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Blockbuster Queen biopic reignites Japanese fans' passions

Film Dec 06, 2018

Blockbuster Queen biopic reignites Japanese fans' passions

"Bohemian Rhapsody," a biographical film about the legendary British rock band Queen, is captivating the hearts of young and old alike in Japan, where in the 1970s the band saw success before anywhere else. The film, released in Japan on Nov. 9, grossed more than ...

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

Film / Reviews Dec 06, 2018

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

by Mark Schilling

The films of Sabu — the pseudonym of actor-turned-director Hiroyuki Tanaka — are typically about guys on the move, be it as a troubled soul on a journey ("Blessing Bell") or a crook on the run ("Unlucky Monkey"). The object is usually laughs, though ...

Southampton hires Ralph Hasenhuettl as new manager

Soccer Dec 06, 2018

Southampton hires Ralph Hasenhuettl as new manager

Southampton hired Ralph Hasenhuettl as its fourth permanent manager in 18 months on Wednesday, tasking him with developing the talent to revive the struggling Premier League club after impressing in Germany. Mark Hughes was fired on Monday with Southampton third-to-last in the standings with only ...

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

Sumo Dec 06, 2018

Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa assaults attendant

The Japan Sumo Association said Wednesday that rank-and-file wrestler Takanoiwa, whose beating by former yokozuna Harumafuji caused a scandal last year, assaulted an attendant of his stable during the ongoing regional tour. Just two months after the sport's governing body issued a "declaration to eradicate ...

Lions slugger Hotaka Yamakawa signs new deal

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 06, 2018

Lions slugger Hotaka Yamakawa signs new deal

Pacific League MVP Hotaka Yamakawa has signed a new contract with the Seibu Lions, the Saitama club said Wednesday. The 27-year-old first baseman, who led Nippon Professional Baseball in home runs this year, will receive an estimated annual salary of ¥110 million ($973,000), nearly tripling ...

Official quits over 'Garlic Girls' scandal

More Sports / Winter Sports Dec 06, 2018

Official quits over 'Garlic Girls' scandal

A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the "Garlic Girls," the country's hugely-popular Olympic silver medalists. Former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo said Tuesday he ...

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 06, 2018

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

by John Gunning

Takakeisho, winner of this year's Kyushu tournament, was pictured alongside his stablemaster on Nov. 26 holding up a large red sea bream and drinking sake from an outsized trophy at a celebratory event. While there was nothing noteworthy in the scene itself — such parties ...

Patric Hornqvist hat trick buries Avalanche

More Sports / Ice Hockey Dec 06, 2018

Patric Hornqvist hat trick buries Avalanche

Patric Hornqvist's natural hat trick in the third period powered the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night. The Avalanche had erased a three-goal deficit to tie the game going into the third when Hornqvist went to work. His power-play goal 6:11 into ...

Sixers guard Fultz out indefinitely with thoracic irritation

Basketball / NBA Dec 06, 2018

Sixers guard Fultz out indefinitely with thoracic irritation

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome. Fultz visited with several specialists to figure out what's ailing him. The Sixers said the specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical ...

Deontay Wilder wants rematch 'ASAP' with Tyson Fury

More Sports / Boxing Dec 06, 2018

Deontay Wilder wants rematch 'ASAP' with Tyson Fury

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury "ASAP." Wilder said in a conference call Tuesday he's "ready and willing to give Tyson Fury the opportunity ASAP." The two heavyweights fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night in Los Angeles ...