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Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

With Japan once again the darling of world rugby, thanks to the exploits of the sevens team at the Rio Olympics, attention now shifts to the 15-a-side version of the game with the Top League kicking off Friday. While the players and coaches have been involved in what new Kubota ...

Aug 22, 2016

Redskins legend Green joins George Mason athletics department

Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green has joined George Mason’s athletics department. Green, a four-time All-Pro cornerback for the Washington Redskins, was hired as associate athletic director/special assistant to the AD. According to the school, Green will work with the department’s senior leadership ...

Matsuyama ties for third at Wyndham Championship

Aug 22, 2016

Matsuyama ties for third at Wyndham Championship

Hideki Matsuyama struggled on the putting green but still managed to move three notches up the leaderboard and finish in a two-way tie for third place at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. Matsuyama, whose charge was slowed by a bogey and a double-bogey a ...

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

Aug 20, 2016

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

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Harry Sweeney has his hand up a horse’s backside. The mare looks put out by this intrusion. Her eyes dart about nervously and she shifts her weight before accepting five thick human digits probing her insides. After feeling the uterus and the swelling of ...

Takayama claims vacant WBO minimumweight crown

Aug 20, 2016

Takayama claims vacant WBO minimumweight crown

Katsunari Takayama captured the vacant WBO minimumweight title on Saturday by defeating fellow Japanese Riku Kano by unanimous decision. The title was the sixth of the 33-year-old Takayama’s career. Kano, the top-ranked contender was, at the age of 20, attempting to become the youngest ...

Matsuyama cards 6-under 64, trails by two strokes after two rounds

Aug 20, 2016

Matsuyama cards 6-under 64, trails by two strokes after two rounds

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 6-under 64 to finish the second round tied for second at the Wyndham Championship on Friday, two strokes behind the leader. Matsuyama, starting the day in eighth, had no bogeys at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club, carded six birdies, five ...

Aug 20, 2016

Flames give forward Monahan seven-year contract extension

Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan signed a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $44.6 million on Friday. The move leaves Johnny Gaudreau as the last remaining move in a busy Flames offseason. The 23-year-old is still without a new contract for next season. “Today’s ...

Aug 20, 2016

Steelers running back Bell handed three-game drug suspension

The NFL on Friday suspended Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell for the first three games of the season for missing multiple drug tests, a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Bell initially faced a four-game suspension, but it was reduced to three ...

Aug 19, 2016

Japan to add second-tier rugby league in 2017

An eight-team second-tier league below the Top League will begin from the 2017-18 season, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The top two teams from each of Japan’s three provincial leagues — Top East, Top West, and Top Kyushu this upcoming season will ...

Aug 19, 2016

Matsuyama three strokes back at Wyndham Championship

Hideki Matsuyama shot 4-under 66 on Thursday to tie for eighth after the first round of the Wyndham Championship, but found himself thinking about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Returning from a two-week break, Matsuyama carded five birdies and one bogey at the par-70 Sedgefield ...

Aug 19, 2016

Sharper sentenced to over 18 years for rape

Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them — double the sentence recommended by prosecutors. One of Sharper’s victims — the only one to speak at his sentencing hearing ...