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Sprinter Yamagata aims for success at Rio Games

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Despite coming up short in the national championships, Olympic-bound sprinter Ryota Yamagata has high expectations for himself at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games. The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up to Aska Cambridge by 0.01 seconds for a 10.17 mark in the men’s 100-meter final at nationals last Saturday in Nagoya, ...

Jun 30, 2016

Ex-All Blacks winger Jane joins Toshiba Brave Lupus

Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with theTop League’s Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion ...

Federer puts end to dream for Willis

Jun 30, 2016

Federer puts end to dream for Willis

Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon. The seven-time champion — perhaps the greatest player of all time — showed little mercy Wednesday against Marcus Willis, a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match ...

Jun 30, 2016

Marathon runner Grigoryeva gets doping ban

Former Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva has been banned for 2 1/2 years for doping. The IAAF says the 42-year-old Grigoryeva, who won the Boston Marathon in 2007 and the Chicago Marathon in 2008, was banned under the biological passport program, which tracks suspicious ...

Jun 30, 2016

Lightning give captain Stamkos lucrative eight-year deal

Steven Stamkos insisted all along that he wanted to stay put in Tampa Bay to win the Stanley Cup. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL’s leading goal scorer gave himself that opportunity Wednesday, re-signing with the Lightning for eight years and ...

Jun 30, 2016

Injured hurdler Jones to skip Rio Games

Looking for a Lolo Jones fix? Don’t look in Rio this year. The popular and polarizing hurdler took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce she won’t be healthy enough to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Jones had hip surgery in November and hasn’t ...

Colts reward Luck with $140 million, six-year contract

Jun 30, 2016

Colts reward Luck with $140 million, six-year contract

Andrew Luck has signed the richest contract in NFL history, a deal worth up to $140 million with the Indianapolis Colts that covers the next six seasons through 2021. Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed the contract’s maximum value on Wednesday for Luck, the No. ...

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Jun 30, 2016

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time. That number wasn’t really important. The only thing that mattered was No. 5. Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter ...

Jun 29, 2016

Duramente retires due to injury

Duramente, winner of last season’s Japanese Derby and Satsuki Sho titles, has retired due to injury and will be put out to stud, the Japan Racing Association (JRA) said on Wednesday. The four-year-old colt lost his balance and was injured after finishing second at ...

Jun 29, 2016

Yamaha match against Toulon canceled

Yamaha Jubilo’s scheduled friendly against Toulon next month has been canceled, the match’s organizers announced Wednesday. Yamaha, Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru’s old side, was supposed to play his new team from the French Top 14 on July 30 at Shizuoka Stadium, but organizers could ...

Jun 29, 2016

Group stage for rugby sevens set

Pairings are set for the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years with the draw on Tuesday placing favorites New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa in different groups in the men’s tournament. The rugby sevens event at the Rio de Janeiro Games will be ...

Hurdler Pearson withdraws from Rio Games

Jun 29, 2016

Hurdler Pearson withdraws from Rio Games

Olympic champion Sally Pearson has reportedly withdrawn from the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro because of a hamstring injury. The Herald Sun newspaper and other Australian media reported Wednesday that Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist in London four years ago and ...