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Nadal prevails over Mayer in straight sets

Jan 17, 2017

Nadal prevails over Mayer in straight sets

Rafael Nadal powered into the second round of the Australian Open with a commanding straight-sets win over Germany’s Florian Mayer on Tuesday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion looked back to his healthy best after an injury-riddled 2016 as he beat the 49th-ranked Mayer 6-3, ...

Jan 17, 2017

Lifeguard tells 1976 Olympic champion Wilkie to slow down

Britain’s 1976 Olympic swimming champion David Wilkie revealed he tore up his health club member’s card after being accused of . . . swimming too fast. The 62-year-old, who won Olympic gold in the 200-meter breaststroke, told The Daily Mail he had been astonished ...

Jan 17, 2017

Green Bay vs. Dallas a huge TV draw

Green Bay’s 34-31 win over Dallas was seen by an average of 48.5 million on Fox, the most-viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever. The game Sunday had a 26.1 rating and 46 share, the network said Monday, the highest-rated NFC divisional game since 1997. ...

Penguins outlast Caps in high-scoring duel

Jan 17, 2017

Penguins outlast Caps in high-scoring duel

The goals kept coming. One after another. A dizzying three periods of shots followed by baffled goaltenders fishing pucks out of the net wondering how things got out of hand so quickly. When Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary ended it 34 seconds into overtime to give ...

McDaniels gives up on chance to coach 49ers

Jan 17, 2017

McDaniels gives up on chance to coach 49ers

The search for San Francisco’s new coach narrowed on Monday with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulling out of the running for the job, while the 49ers added more candidates for their general manager vacancy. Shortly after McDaniels said he was no longer ...

Jan 16, 2017

Brave Blossoms add France test to schedule

The Brave Blossoms will take on France in November, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. The test, slated for Nov. 25 at a venue yet to be specified, gives Jamie Joseph’s squad yet another challenge in what promises to be an exciting year ...

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Jan 16, 2017

Nishikori confirms he will miss Davis Cup tie

Kei Nishikori is the latest player to skip the Davis Cup because of the packed calendar, the Japanese confirming on Monday that he would be unavailable for his country’s World Group opener against France following the Australian Open. “I’m not playing because the schedule, ...

Thomas sets 72-hole record in Sony victory

Jan 16, 2017

Thomas sets 72-hole record in Sony victory

American Justin Thomas set the golf world alight at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday, completing the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history while leaving all, including Japanese hopes Hideki Matsuyama and Hideto Tanihara, in his wake. Thomas, who edged Matsuyama to ...

Steelers hold off Chiefs

Jan 16, 2017

Steelers hold off Chiefs

Who needs to reach the end zone when you have Le’Veon Bell chewing up yards and the clock, and Chris Boswell setting an NFL playoff record with six field goals? Throw in a stingy Pittsburgh defense for most of Sunday night, and a multitude ...

Jan 16, 2017

Quirk, Tatekawa to captain Sunwolves

The Sunwolves announced Monday that Australian Ed Quirk and Japan international Harumichi Tatekawa will captain the side during the 2017 Super Rugby season. “Super Rugby is a grueling competition that tests all teams and a collaborative leadership group both on and off the field ...