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July was the hottest month ever recorded

World / Science & Health Aug 16, 2019

July was the hottest month ever recorded

July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees ...

Gujo-Hachiman: Travel along the rivers of time

Travel Aug 16, 2019

Gujo-Hachiman: Travel along the rivers of time

by Stephen Mansfield

Perhaps it is the gurgling brooks that feed the town's roadside culverts, the colorful, vaguely Pyrenean window boxes, or the friendly, natural disposition of the locals — Gujo-Hachiman seems a place where people's spirits are pitched a notch or two higher than elsewhere.

Hybrid grass installed at six venues for tourney

Rugby Aug 16, 2019

Hybrid grass installed at six venues for tourney

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup set to kick off next month, groundskeepers at the tournament's 12 venues are working to ensure all 48 matches are played on surfaces befitting the sport's showpiece event. Among the World Cup stadiums spread across Japan, five have fields ...

Confident Brave Blossoms set ambitious RWC target

Rugby Aug 16, 2019

Confident Brave Blossoms set ambitious RWC target

Winning the Pacific Nations Cup has given Japan every confidence that it is on the right track to achieve its goal of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time. After big wins over Fiji and Tonga, Japan overpowered a dogged United ...

Cubs' Yu Darvish sharp, but bullpen blows lead

Baseball / MLB Aug 16, 2019

Cubs' Yu Darvish sharp, but bullpen blows lead

Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia's bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel's debut as hitting coach. But the Phillies rallied against Chicago's bullpen and moved within one game of the ...

Ex-Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic named Morocco's new coach

Soccer Aug 16, 2019

Ex-Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic named Morocco's new coach

Former Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic was named as the new coach of Morocco on Thursday, his third job with an African nation. The 67-year-old succeeds Herve Renard, who quit after the Africa Cup of Nations and has since taken over at Saudi Arabia. "To reach the ...

'The Brighton Miracle' set to be released before Rugby World Cup

Rugby Aug 16, 2019

'The Brighton Miracle' set to be released before Rugby World Cup

"The Brighton Miracle," a film based on Japan's exploits at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, is set to be released worldwide ahead of this year's tournament, a production source said Friday. Shot in Australia and Japan, and starring Temuera Morrison as former Japan coach Eddie ...

Double disqualification after heat shortens 2020 test event

More Sports Aug 16, 2019

Double disqualification after heat shortens 2020 test event

British triathletes Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor Brown were both disqualified after they crossed the line together following the heat-affected test event for next year's Tokyo Olympics on Thursday morning. Learmonth and Taylor Brown held hands as they crossed the line after organizers had earlier ...