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Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots

/ Sep 22, 2017

Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport. Dr. Ann McKee, ...

NHL taps into new market in China

/ Sep 22, 2017

NHL taps into new market in China

A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about. NHL preseason hockey made its debut in China — a 5-2 victory by the Los ...

Rams outscore rival 49ers in wild shootout

/ Sep 22, 2017

Rams outscore rival 49ers in wild shootout

Coach Sean McVay walked into the postgame news conference and immediately asked, "Anyone have a beer?" He probably wasn't the only person who wanted a drink after watching a surprisingly thrilling Thursday night shootout between his Rams and the San Francisco 49ers that wasn't decided ...

Okuhara, Yamaguchi secure spots in Japan Open quarterfinals

Sep 21, 2017

Okuhara, Yamaguchi secure spots in Japan Open quarterfinals

World champion Nozomi Okuhara breezed past India's world No. 2 Pusarla Sindhu in straight games at the Japan Open badminton tournament on Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition. Eighth-ranked Okuhara, bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, had claimed ...

Sunwolves drawn in Australian Super Rugby conference

/ Sep 21, 2017

Sunwolves drawn in Australian Super Rugby conference

The 2018 Super Rugby season will open on Feb. 17 with a match between the Cape Town-based Stormers and Argentina's Jaguares, and with Japan's Sunwolves moving to the Australian conference. Tournament organizer SANZAAR released the draw Thursday for a 15-team competition which will see three ...

'Raging Bull' inspiration LaMotta dies at 95

/ Sep 21, 2017

'Raging Bull' inspiration LaMotta dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film "Raging Bull," has died. He was 95. The former middleweight champion died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, ...

Okuhara sets up rematch against Sindhu at Japan Open

Sep 20, 2017

Okuhara sets up rematch against Sindhu at Japan Open

Japan's world champion Nozomi Okuhara responded to her fans' expectations on Wednesday by setting up a rematch of her world championships final against India's Pusarla Sindhu in the women's singles at the Japan Open. With her fans cheering her on at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, world ...

/ Sep 20, 2017

WBO champ Tanaka sidelined with broken eye sockets

World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka has been diagnosed with fractures in both his eye sockets and will need two months to make a full recovery. The head of Tanaka's gym, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, said Wednesday the 22-year-old, who sustained the injuries defending his ...

Indy 500 winner Sato to drive for  Rahal in 2018

/ Sep 20, 2017

Indy 500 winner Sato to drive for Rahal in 2018

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season. Sato spent just one season with Andretti Autosport and became the first Japanese winner of the 500. Sato drove for Rahal in 2012 and nearly beat Dario Franchitti in attempting to ...

Date says coaching not part future plans

/ Sep 20, 2017

Date says coaching not part future plans

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Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back and forth between strange emptiness and ecstatic relief now that she has retired from competitive tennis. "There's a sentiment of ...