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More Sports Feb 3, 2003

Davenport outlasts Seles

All it took was losing one set point for Lindsay Davenport to rejuvenate from a disgruntled player returning from injury to a former No. 1 player ready to send a loud message to the women's tennis world. Lindsay Davenport celebrates afrer winning the Toray Pan ...

More Sports Feb 2, 2003

Seles, Davenport reach final

After a dozen of unforced errors, several racket flicks and countless mumblings to herself, Lindsay Davenport could only stare down at her feet as the Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals came to an end on Saturday. Third-seeded Davenport looked nothing but a winner, but she ...

Baseball / MLB Jan 17, 2003

M's, A's matched up in Tokyo

"Godzilla" is now a New Yorker, but Japan will have plenty to cheer about when the baseball season arrives in the spring. Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki are coming home -- for a while at least. The Seattle Mariners will open their 2003 season against the ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 20, 2002

Giambi sees big things ahead for 'Godzilla'

As hard as it is to imagine a Japanese ballplayer batting in the heart of the order for the New York Yankees, Jason Giambi won't second-guess Hideki Matsui's potential. And, for those who do, he says it's nonsense. In an exclusive interview with The Japan Times ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 18, 2002

Matsui exits on low note

"Godzilla" left his old stomping grounds with more of a whimper than a bang Sunday afternoon. Soon-to-be-ex-Yomiuri Giants slugger Hideki Matsui bid farewell to his Japanese fans without the one home run 55,000 people had hoped to witness at the Tokyo Dome. Matsui, a free agent ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 17, 2002

Big leaguers knot series

The big boys found a new way to win, and it had nothing to do with anyone's power. The major league All-Star team stuck to the short ball and timely hitting, while the Japanese All-Stars made critical errors as the visiting squad scraped out a ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 13, 2002

Cabrera stealing Matsui's thunder so far

OSAKA -- Seibu Lions slugger Alex Cabrera tied the Japanese record for home runs in a single season, and next season, he thinks he'll reach No. 56. But that's if he comes back for another year with the defending Pacific League champions. Before Tuesday's MLB-Japan All-Star ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 13, 2002

Locals make it three in a row

OSAKA -- It's probably about time someone came up with another nickname for Seibu Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui. Matsui, who is known as "Little" Matsui in comparison to Yomiuri Giants slugger Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui, came through with some clutch hitting, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 12, 2002

Young 'weed' Uehara has grown into ace

The Yomiuri Giants pitcher who once compared himself to a "weed" took his game to another high. Yomiuri Giants pitcher Koji Uehara delivers the goods during Sunday's MLB-Japan All- Star Series opener at the Tokyo Dome. Japan won the game 8-4. And those who play at the ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 10, 2002

Bonds, MLB All-Stars teach Giants a lesson

On a night when Hideki Matsui was the focus of attention, it was the major league's most dominant hitters who showed the Yomiuri Giants center fielder what the term "slugger" really means. The San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds and New York Yankees' Jason Giambi crushed ...