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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...