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Ono handed one-match ban for headbutt in Sunwolves' blowout loss

Japan lock Hitoshi Ono has been suspended for the June 11 test match against Canada after he was sin-binned for headbutting an opponent in the Sunwolves’ 66-5 loss to the Brumbies last weekend, SANZAR announced on Tuesday. Ono was sin-binned just before halftime in Saturday’s blowout in Canberra. The veteran ...

May 31, 2016

Japanese rugby players association established

The Japanese rugby players association was launched on Tuesday, with president Toshiaki Hirose saying he was confident it would improve the Japanese game. “I want to work with the firm belief the players association is an organization that will improve Japanese rugby,” said former ...

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

May 31, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren’t for the ...

Cook reaches 10,000-run milestone

May 31, 2016

Cook reaches 10,000-run milestone

Alastair Cook became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 test runs before leading his team to an emphatic nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second test on Monday to wrap up the series. Cook scored 47 not out as England eased to its ...

French Open play washed out for first time in 16 years

May 31, 2016

French Open play washed out for first time in 16 years

Not so much the French Open as the French closed. For the first time in 16 years, unrelenting rain Monday washed out a full day of play at the only Grand Slam tennis venue without a retractable roof over its show court, clogging the ...

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

May 30, 2016

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced the 33-man squad that will play Canada and Scotland in June. The squad includes 16 members of the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and five uncapped players. Heading the list of absentees are captain Michael Leitch ...

Nishikori falls short in Paris

May 30, 2016

Nishikori falls short in Paris

Kei Nishikori was bundled out of the French Open in the fourth round Sunday, losing to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a rain-hit four setter, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 at Roland Garros. “I was missing too much. I couldn’t really get my feeling today. And ...

Spieth wins in Texas for first time on PGA Tour

May 30, 2016

Spieth wins in Texas for first time on PGA Tour

Jordan Spieth found the perfect cure for his Masters misery. With an impressive back nine at Colonial, Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three consecutive birdies after making the turn, and three more in ...

Jutanugarn extends winning streak

May 30, 2016

Jutanugarn extends winning streak

Ariya Jutanugarn’s strength and skill helped her become the first player in three years to win three straight LPGA Tour events. The 20-year-old Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday in the Volvik Championship. She’s the first player since Inbee ...

Rossi stuns field at 100th Indy 500

May 30, 2016

Rossi stuns field at 100th Indy 500

A new era for the Indianapolis 500 arrived in the form of a most unfamiliar driver. An American, no less. Alexander Rossi outlasted his faster rivals — and his fuel tank — for a stunning victory Sunday in the historic 100th running of “The ...

China stonewalls Japan at net en route to three-set triumph

May 29, 2016

China stonewalls Japan at net en route to three-set triumph

Japan fell to a 1-1 record at the men’s Olympic volleyball qualification tournament on Sunday with errors, particularly on service, and China’s stout central blocking proving too much for the hosts, who went down in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-23). Japan could not get ...

Ramos-Vinolas stuns Raonic, advances to French Open quarterfinals

May 29, 2016

Ramos-Vinolas stuns Raonic, advances to French Open quarterfinals

Unheralded Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic. Ramos-Vinolas, 28, had never got beyond the second round of any major before this Roland Garros and had failed to ...