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Condemnation, protests spread after Iran admits to shooting down airliner

World Jan 12, 2020

Condemnation, protests spread after Iran admits to shooting down airliner

Iran's admission that it shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard, has provoked international outrage and triggered protests against Iranian authorities in Tehran and other cities, including one in which Britain's ambassador was detained. In what President Hassan Rouhani called a "disastrous mistake," ...

Kento Momota opens Olympic year with Malaysia triumph

More Sports Jan 12, 2020

Kento Momota opens Olympic year with Malaysia triumph

Kento Momota, the world's No. 1 men's badminton player, opened his year by winning the Malaysia Masters on Sunday. Momota beat Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 24-22, 21-11 in the men's singles final to win his first title of the year ahead of this summer's Tokyo Olympics. ...

Sunrockers capture crown

Basketball Jan 12, 2020

Sunrockers capture crown

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Sunrockers Shibuya are back on top of Japanese basketball for the first time in five years. The Tokyo side claimed the Emperor's Cup title on Sunday with a nail-biting 78-73 win over the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in the All-Japan Championship final at Saitama Super ...

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

Rugby Jan 12, 2020

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

by Rich Freeman

The 2019-2020 Japan Rugby Top League season kicked off Sunday with a plethora of world superstars and Rugby World Cup winners playing in front of big crowds across the nation. The season was pushed back five months to accommodate last year's World Cup and will ...

Yokozuna duo experience mixed fortunes on Day 1

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 12, 2020

Yokozuna duo experience mixed fortunes on Day 1

Hakuho started his pursuit for a record-extending 44th career championship on a winning note on Sunday, while fellow yokozuna Kakuryu suffered a shocking defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho seized komusubi Daieisho's belt with his right hand following ...

Serena Williams breaks 3-year title drought at ASB Classic

Tennis Jan 12, 2020

Serena Williams breaks 3-year title drought at ASB Classic

Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn't won a title since the Australian Open singles in January, 2017, and not since she became ...

Nationals star Max Scherzer ready to get going again

Baseball / MLB Jan 12, 2020

Nationals star Max Scherzer ready to get going again

With a "2019 World Series Champions" patch stitched onto the right sleeve of his white Washington Nationals jersey, and his eyes — one brown, one blue — open wide, Max Scherzer made it clear as clear can be Saturday that his neck is just ...

Liverpool sets record, extends lead in Premier League

Soccer Jan 12, 2020

Liverpool sets record, extends lead in Premier League

By gaining redemption for one of the darkest days in its history, Southampton succeeded in pushing record-breaking Liverpool even closer to its first English league title in 30 years. A 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday gave Southampton a measure of revenge for its humiliating ...

49ers dominate Vikings to reach NFC title game

More Sports / Football Jan 12, 2020

49ers dominate Vikings to reach NFC title game

Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San Francisco's defense and running game take over from there in the 49ers' 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round Saturday. The Niners' (14-3) first ...