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The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

National Feb 11, 2019

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. The nation's sakura (cherry blossom) season is feverishly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Many tourists plan their entire trips ...

Thai court orders release of refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi

Soccer Feb 11, 2019

Thai court orders release of refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and ...

South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid

Olympics Feb 11, 2019

South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid

South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture. South Korea's Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 ...

Yusei Kikuchi bullpen draws big audience ahead of spring training

Baseball / MLB Feb 11, 2019

Yusei Kikuchi bullpen draws big audience ahead of spring training

New Seattle Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi took to the bullpen for the second straight day on Sunday ahead of his first major league spring training. The 27-year-old threw 46 pitches at the team's spring training facility outside Phoenix, Arizona, where the Mariners' pitchers and catchers ...

Chelsea routed by Man City for worst loss in 28 years

Soccer Feb 11, 2019

Chelsea routed by Man City for worst loss in 28 years

Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri's side 6-0 in the Premier League. The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive ...

Panama beats Cuba to win the Caribbean Series

Baseball Feb 11, 2019

Panama beats Cuba to win the Caribbean Series

With a team that wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 on Sunday to win its second ever Caribbean Series and first since 1950. Panama was represented in the tournament for the first time since 1960 only after the Caribbean ...

Sara Takanashi claims first World Cup victory of season

More Sports / Winter Sports Feb 11, 2019

Sara Takanashi claims first World Cup victory of season

Japan's Sara Takanashi overcame difficult weather Sunday to claim her first World Cup victory of the season and end Maren Lundby's winning streak. At Ljubno's Savina Ski Jumping Center, Takanashi triumphed in severe wind conditions that saw qualification cancelled and caused several delays over the ...