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Jun 20, 2015

Ex-Isles owner convicted of fraud

A man who once tried to pull off an audacious scam to buy the NHL’s New York Islanders was sentenced to 10 years in prison for another fraud case in northeast Ohio. John Spano Jr., 50, pleaded guilty last month to 16 counts of ...

Jun 20, 2015

Injured Kiryu to skip nationals

Yoshihide Kiryu will miss the national championships at the end of June in Niigata, which serve as a qualifying event for the world championships in August in Beijing, his coach said Friday. “He will not participate (in the nationals). We’ll not predetermine when he’ll ...

Nishikori, Federer on collision course

Jun 20, 2015

Nishikori, Federer on collision course

ATP Kei Nishikori advanced to the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open for the second straight year on Friday, winning a quarterfinal war of attrition against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Nishikori, ranked fifth in the world and the second seed, beat his 51st-ranked opponent ...

Jun 19, 2015

Farah denies doping rumors

Angered by “rumors and speculation” swirling around him, two-time Olympic champion Mo Farah said Friday that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs and described his two missed tests as “simple mistakes.” The British distance runner missed the tests in 2010 and 2011 in the ...

Jun 19, 2015

Kirwan quits coaching post

John Kirwan quit Friday as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues after the team’s 14th-place finish in Super Rugby this season. The Blues won only three of 16 matches in their worst-ever season in 2015, following 10th place finishes under Kirwan’s coaching in 2013 ...

Jun 19, 2015

Hall of Fame receiver Reed becomes intern again

Legendary receiver Andre Reed is once again looking to make his mark with the Buffalo Bills. The Hall of Fame wide receiver joined his former team this week as a coaching intern. As part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Reed is one ...

Jun 19, 2015

Senators coach Cameron gets two-year contract extension

The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year contract extension Thursday. Cameron is under contract to the NHL club through the 2016-17 season. Cameron, 56, was promoted to head coach last December after Paul MacLean was fired. The Senators were ...

Jun 19, 2015

Heisman Trophy winner Crow dies at 79

John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79. The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family. A cause of death ...

Jun 19, 2015

American Pharoah back in California

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returned home to Santa Anita in California and was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers, including Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts. After a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a police escort from Ontario Airport to Hall of Fame trainer Bob ...

Doping agency gets defensive over Farah tests

Jun 19, 2015

Doping agency gets defensive over Farah tests

Britain’s anti-doping agency defended its procedures for dealing with missed drug tests on Thursday after it was reported that distance runner Mo Farah missed two doping controls in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics. While declining to discuss Farah’s case, U.K. Anti-Doping Agency ...

Wilson still waiting on new contract

Jun 19, 2015

Wilson still waiting on new contract

Russell Wilson wouldn’t budge much on Thursday when asked about his ongoing contract negotiations after the Seattle Seahawks finished up minicamp. Wilson is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is worth $1.5 million in 2015. “As you guys know, ...

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

Jun 19, 2015

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Four years before Japan midfielder Homare Sawa became the first player in soccer to appear in six consecutive World Cups, Yasuo Wakisaka was the only player to participate in all four world championships of another version of football, American football that is. Now the ...