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Aug 28, 2015

Takayama to defend IBF title against Thai challenger

Katsunari Takayama on Friday announced he will make the second defense of his IBF minimumweight world title in Osaka next month. Takayama, who defeated Thailand’s Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. in his first title defense in April, will take on 12th-ranked compatriot Ryuji Hara at Osaka ...

Manziel to miss remainder of preseason with elbow injury

Aug 28, 2015

Manziel to miss remainder of preseason with elbow injury

Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over, sacked by a stinging elbow. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday that Manziel, who has made strides in his second year in the NFL after a rough rookie season, will not play in Cleveland’s last two exhibition games because ...

Aug 28, 2015

Burgess selected to England squad for Rugby World Cup

Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England’s squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most divisive selection by coach Stuart Lancaster. Burgess was included as one of four centers in ...

Aug 28, 2015

Japan dominating at judo worlds

Japan continued to dominate and Tina Trstenjak won Slovenia’s first-ever world title at the World Judo Championships in Kazakhstan on Thursday. Trstenjak beat reigning champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in the 63-kg final to gain revenge for her defeat to the Frenchwoman in their European gold medal ...

Aug 28, 2015

Struggling Bouchard turns to Connors ahead of U.S. Open

Eugenie Bouchard is getting a little help from Jimmy Connors ahead of the U.S. Open. A statement issued by Bouchard’s management company Thursday said the Canadian and Connors have “no long-term plans at this time” for a coaching arrangement. The statement said Bouchard, the ...

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Aug 27, 2015

Nagase claims under-81-kg world title

Takanori Nagase defeated Frenchman Loic Pietri to win the men’s under-81-kg gold medal at the World Judo Championships on Thursday. It was Nagase’s first world title and Japan’s second gold medal in the men’s competition here following Shohei Ono’s win in the 73-kg division ...

Aug 27, 2015

Pistorius parole board review slated for Sept. 18

Oscar Pistorius’ parole board review will take place on Sept. 18, meaning the athlete will have to spend at least another three weeks in jail. Pistorius’ family said in a statement Thursday that they had taken note of the date but would not comment ...