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China stonewalls Japan at net en route to three-set triumph

Japan fell to a 1-1 record at the men’s Olympic volleyball qualification tournament on Sunday with errors, particularly on service, and China’s stout central blocking proving too much for the hosts, who went down in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-23). Japan could not get any sort of foothold in the ...

Makahiki triumphs by a nose in Japanese Derby

May 29, 2016

Makahiki triumphs by a nose in Japanese Derby

Makahiki became the top 3-year-old in all of Japan on Sunday, winning the Japanese Derby and a ¥200 million check after a photo finish over Satono Diamond. On a glorious afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse, the Deep Impact-sired Makahiki, who went off as the third ...

May 29, 2016

Spieth cards 5-under 65, climbs atop leaderboard at Colonial

Jordan Spieth shot a 5-under 65, even while missing a lot of fairways and a few greens, to take the third-round lead Saturday at Colonial. The second-ranked Spieth was alone in the lead at the Dean & Deluca Invitational after three birdies and a ...

Jutanugarn heads into final round with lead

May 29, 2016

Jutanugarn heads into final round with lead

Ariya Jutanugarn ended a shaky round spectacularly, making a 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole on Saturday at Travis Pointe to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship. Trying to become the first to win three straight LPGA Tour events since Inbee ...

Japan spikers open tournament with victory

May 29, 2016

Japan spikers open tournament with victory

Japan was forced to rally from a nervy start and a one-set deficit against Venezuela but got its Olympic qualification campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 3-1 win as the battle for Rio 2016 men’s volleyball places began in Tokyo. ...

Gatlin races to win in 100 at Prefontaine Classic

May 29, 2016

Gatlin races to win in 100 at Prefontaine Classic

Justin Gatlin considers himself an antsy person, finding it hard to wait early in the season for the fast times he hopes to have later in the year. “Worry about those later when they count the most,” he said. The 34-year-old American sprinter had ...

Serena edges Mladenovic in third round

May 29, 2016

Serena edges Mladenovic in third round

Serena Williams was ahead, yes, but hardly at her best, when claps of thunder and a heavy downpour interrupted her third-round French Open match at a critical juncture. During what turned out to be a delay of more than 2½ hours right before a ...

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

May 28, 2016

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

Without two of their best players in the first half, the Sunwolves lack of depth was glaringly obvious in a 66-5 Super Rugby beating at the hands of the Brumbies on Saturday. Lacking the intensity and creative spark of first-choice fly-half Tusi Pisi and ...

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

May 28, 2016

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

Japan once again proved it rules the roost of Asian rugby as the men and women’s teams both beat Hong Kong on Saturday to claim their respective Asia Rugby Championships. The Brave Blossoms ran in eight tries in a 59-17 victory, while the Sakura ...

Yokomine struggles in second round of Volvik Championship

May 28, 2016

Yokomine struggles in second round of Volvik Championship

Sakura Yokomine slid down the leaderboard after struggling to a 3-over-par 75 in the second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship on Friday. Yokomine started the day five shots off the lead and tied for sixth place, but a round of three birdies, four ...

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

May 28, 2016

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

Japan’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic women’s team members Misato Nakamura and Ami Kondo both prevailed to win their respective weight divisions at the World Judo Masters in Mexico on Friday. World No. 4 Nakamura scored an ippon win over Russian Natalia Kuziutina in the ...

Nishikori beats Verdasco in thriller

May 28, 2016

Nishikori beats Verdasco in thriller

Kei Nishikori won a riveting five-set duel against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco on Friday to advance to the fourth round of the French Open. In his second five-setter of the year, Nishikori, who is No. 6 in the world rankings, defeated the 52nd-ranked Spaniard ...

Halep eliminates teenager Osaka in third-round match

May 27, 2016

Halep eliminates teenager Osaka in third-round match

Naomi Osaka failed to capitalize on her strong start on Friday, when she blew a one-set lead en route to losing her third-round French Open match to Romanian sixth seed Simona Halep. Osaka, who is ranked 101st in the world, won the final four ...