Rory Carroll
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Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles toward the basket during Game Three of Los Angeles' first-round series against the Nuggets on April 25.
May 1, 2024
LeBron James focused on family and Paris Olympics after Lakers playoff exit
The Lakers fell 108-106 to the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Monday to lose 4-1 in the first round.
Poland's Iga Swiatek holds the championship trophy after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari during the ATP-WTA Indian Wells Masters women's final in Indian Wells, California, on Sunday.
Mar 18, 2024
Swiatek crushes Sakkari to win second Indian Wells title
"It's an amazing thing to be standing here again," Swiatek said during the trophy ceremony.
Carlos Alcaraz pumps his first after winning a point against Fabian Marozsan as the defending champion moved into the Indian Wells quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Mar 13, 2024
Alcaraz and Sinner reach Indian Wells quarters
Alcaraz never looked to be in any trouble against Marozsan, pounding forehands and confidently holding serve throughout the match.
Novak Djokovic hits a shot in his third-round match against Luca Nardi in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Monday.
Mar 12, 2024
Djokovic rues 'bad day' after shock exit from Indian Wells
The world number one had not competed at the tournament since 2019.
Novak Djokovic stretches for a return during his second-round match against Aleksandar Vukic at Indians Wells on Saturday.
Mar 10, 2024
Djokovic says the 'great feeling still there' in Indian Wells
The world No. 1 from Serbia was pushed hard by Aleksandar Vukic in his first match since falling in the Australian Open semifinals six weeks ago.
Coco Gauff hit a forehand during her match against Clara Burel in Indian Wells, California, on Saturday.
Mar 10, 2024
Gauff survives scare; Osaka moves into third round
The third-seeded Gauff came out tight, spraying errors around the court and double faulting on two break points in a poor first set.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his Australian Open semifinal match against Italy's Jannik Sinner in Melbourne on Jan. 26.
Mar 5, 2024
Djokovic returns as Gauff hopes for a U.S. win at Indian Wells
Djokovic hasn't competed at the BNP Paribas Open since 2019 due to U.S. travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during the BNP Paribas Open in March 2019, the last time the world No. 1 competed at the tournament, better known as Indian Wells.
Feb 28, 2024
Djokovic thrilled to return to Indian Wells after five-year hiatus
The world No. 1 is seeking an unprecedented sixth title at the Masters 1000 event, which begins next week.
Tiger Woods walks onto the 18th green with his daughter Sam Woods during the PNC Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.
Dec 18, 2023
Woods optimistic following family weekend at PNC Championship
Woods said his surgically repaired right ankle continues to hold up well and that he recovered quickly after the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc during qualifying for the Las Vegas Grand Prix on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Nov 18, 2023
Charles Leclerc on a roll with pole for Ferrari in Las Vegas
Leclerc was fastest in all three qualifying phases down the floodlit Strip, with its neon backdrop of landmark hotels and casinos.
American skateboarder Nyjah Huston, seen at a party in Beverly Hills, California, celebrating the one-year countdown to the Paris Olympics on Wednesday, says he has recovered from an ACL tear he suffered a year ago.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Aug 1, 2023
American Nyjah Huston ramping up for Olympic redemption in Paris
The 33-year-old said his Tokyo 2020 performance was not too surprising given he had struggled at other fan-free competitions during the pandemic.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2023
Garin stuns Ruud to reach last 16 at Indian Wells
Garin pounded 27 forehand winners and fought off a second set comeback attempt to dispatch the struggling Norwegian, who has yet to win consecutive matches this season.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2023
Tiger Woods laments 'turbulent' time for golf
While banned from PGA Tour events, LIV players have been invited to compete at the Masters, with tensions potentially expected at the traditional champions' dinner.
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2023
NBA returns to Paris as French hopes of Olympic gold grow
Tickets to see the Chicago Bulls face the Detroit Pistons at Accor Arena sold out in minutes.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2022
Dodgers enter offseason of soul searching after early playoff exit
A number of players who contributed to the team's franchise-record 111-win regular season could leave over the winter, putting more pressure on embattled manager Dave Roberts.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2022
Ex-Angels employee sentenced for 2019 overdose death of pitcher
Several former Angels players testified in federal court that former communications director Eric Kay had distributed oxycodone pills to them as well as Tyler Skaggs.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2022
Dodgers seek championship to enter dynasty discussion
The Dodgers won a franchise-record 111 games this season to claim their ninth NL West title in 10 years behind outstanding play from Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner and more.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2022
All rise! Yankees' Aaron Judge becomes AL's new home run king
The popular outfielder clobbered a first-inning offering from Texas right-hander Jesus Tinoco over the left field wall to etch his name into the history books
Japan Times
Sep 11, 2022
Iga Swiatek swats aside Ons Jabeur to claim maiden U.S. Open title
The demonstrative Jabeur was able to harness the energy of her fans at times, but it was not enough to overcome the focused and determined Swiatek.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2022
Aryna Sabalenka overcomes Danielle Collins to reach quarterfinals
Sabalenka, a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows last year, improved to 4-0 against her 19th-seeded opponent.


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