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20-time national champion Murofushi fails to qualify for Rio Games

Japan’s 2004 Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi hinted at his retirement on Friday after placing 12th in men’s final at the National Athletics Championships, a result that ended his hopes of competing at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 41-year-old veteran was returning to the nationals after a ...

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Jun 24, 2016

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Kei Nishikori defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in an exhibition match on Thursday and came through it without any fitness issues ahead of Wimbledon, which gets underway on Monday. Nishikori, who pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open for the second straight season earlier this ...

Jun 24, 2016

Compton given break from cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board says struggling batsman Nick Compton is being given a break from the sport after being challenged “physically and mentally.” Compton, who turns 33 on Sunday, amassed only 51 runs in three recent tests against Sri Lanka and his ...

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...

Jun 24, 2016

IAAF president Coe downplays split with IOC

IAAF president Sebastian Coe on Thursday downplayed the split with international Olympic leaders over his sport’s decision to bar Russian track and athletes from competing under their own flag, saying the two sides “will work our way through these issues.” “We have to be ...

Jun 23, 2016

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Wimbledon

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a right knee injury. It was the same knee she hurt at the French Open, forcing her to retire during her first-round match. She hasn’t played since. Azarenka, ranked No. 6, was ...

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Jun 23, 2016

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Japan interim coach Mark Hammett limited the changes ahead of Saturday’s second test against Scotland, making just two to the side that started last week’s 26-13 defeat. Male Sa’u, who is returning from injury, was handed the No. 14 jersey (rather than his more ...

New NHL franchise headed to Las Vegas

Jun 23, 2016

New NHL franchise headed to Las Vegas

The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas. The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league’s board of ...

McIlroy opts out of Olympics over Zika concerns

Jun 22, 2016

McIlroy opts out of Olympics over Zika concerns

Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is “a risk I am unwilling to take.” “After speaking with those closest to ...

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

Jun 22, 2016

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

Up-and-coming sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown’s hopes of appearing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August are all but over, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Wednesday. A left thigh injury has forced the 17-year-old to withdraw from the national championships — ...

Jun 22, 2016

Jones touts Hartley as Lions skipper

Dylan Hartley has all the right qualities to lead the British and Irish Lions for the tour of New Zealand next year, the England captain’s head coach Eddie Jones has said. The 30-year-old hooker, who has picked up 74 caps for his country, led ...