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Sports › Super Rugby faces challenges ahead of changes in 2017

1 hour 48 min ago
Super Rugby will begin its 22nd season on Thursday, stalled at a crossroads at which fan expectations and commercial imperatives meet in an almost irreconcilable impasse. The sudden expansion of the competition last year from 15 to 18 teams was unsettling to fans who saw playing standards drop in what…
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Sports › Man City beats Monaco 5-3 in wild Champions League game

2 hours 18 min ago
Manchester City scored three goals in 11 minutes to fight back for a 5-3 win over Monaco in a wild Champions League match full of dazzling attacking play and dreadful defending on Tuesday. City was facing a first-leg deficit in the Round of 16 match when Radamel Falcao scored with…
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Sports › Japan, China get gold in speedskating

12 hours 22 min ago
Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Nao Kodaira of Japan earned her second gold of the Sapporo Games by beating two-time Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea in the women's 500 on…
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Sports › China, Japan get gold in speedskating

14 hours 22 min ago
China claimed two gold medals in short track speedskating at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday. Wu Dajing, who won silver in the men's 1,500 meters on Monday, won gold in the men's 500 meters with a time of 40.764 seconds, edging South Korea's Seo Yi-ra by .078 seconds. Park…
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Sports › Gov't eyes inclusive, barrier-free society toward Tokyo Olympics

16 hours 17 min ago
The government has drawn up set of proposals to build an inclusive, barrier-free society toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, incorporating concerns of the elderly and disabled into policymaking. The compiled Universal Design 2020 Action Plan includes proposals for legal reforms to build easily accessible stations and hotels for…
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Sports › Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:45
Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would…
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Sports › Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:45
The club scheduled to host the golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates told Reuters on Monday. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama Prefecture, which is set…
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Sports › Gulf not obvious as Arsenal beats 5th-tier Sutton in FA Cup

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:57
Arsenal took 26 minutes to break through fifth-tier Sutton United's resistance and the 12-time FA Cup winners were made to toil for a 2-0 victory over the tenacious non-league side to reach the quarterfinals on Monday. On the plastic patch at tiny Gander Green Lane stadium, the gulf in class…
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Sports › South Korea wins 2 golds in short track speed skating

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 09:05
South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport. Choi Min-jeong won the women's 1,500 meters and Park Se-yeong took top honors in…
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Sports › Temperatures may be too high at some Tokyo Olympic venues

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 04:17
Temperatures may be too high for participants and spectators at some of the venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, according to government officials. The government measured temperatures last summer at three of the venues and heat gauge readings indicating sports "should be avoided" were registered on some days…
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Sports › Nishikori upset by Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:31
Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open. Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian's first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five…
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Sports › New rules to be used at Japan judo nationals

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:00
The All Japan Judo Federation's executive committee has decided to apply some of the new regulations introduced by the sport's world governing body at the national championships in Tokyo on April 29. The regulations, effective from this year, will also come into play at the women's national championships at Yokohama…
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Sports › FA Cup: Ibrahimovic rescues United; Kane nets Spurs treble

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:47
Manchester United turned to Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come to the holders' rescue and eliminate second-tier Blackburn in the FA Cup on Sunday. The duo came off the bench with around 30 minutes remaining at Ewood Park and combined to complete United's comeback. Ibrahimovic ran onto Pogba's long,…
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Sports › Dustin Johnson goes to No. 1 with big win at Riviera

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 19:27
Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera. Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. He finished the third round in the morning with a 7-under 64 to build a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots…
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Sports › Winter Asian Games kick off with opening ceremony in Sapporo

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:59
The Asian Winter Games officially got underway Sunday with an opening ceremony that united winter athletes from the world's most populous continent. With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away in South Korea, the continent's leading winter athletes will use the games to fine tune for…
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Sports › Chen holds on to lead to win 4 Continents figure skating

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:13
Nathan Chen held off a challenge by Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu to win the Four Continents, a figure skating test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The American champion, 17, was first after the short program and second in Sunday's free skate at the Gangneung Ice Arena for a total…
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Sports › Yanetani takes 1st gold medal at Asian Winter Games

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 06:40
Eri Yanetani of Japan won the first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games on Sunday in the women's snowboard giant slalom. Yanetani took top honors with a combined time of 1 minute, 43.47 seconds after two runs. China's Zang Ruxin was second, 2.23 seconds back while Gong Naiying, also…
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Sports › Nishikori battles through to Argentina Open final

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:51
Top seed Kei Nishikori survived a tough slog against unheralded opponent Carlos Berlocq before winning his semi-final match at the Argentina Open on Saturday. The Japanese world number five took nearly three hours to overcome local wild card Berlocq 4-6 6-4 6-3 on the clay surface in Buenos Aires. In…
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Sports › Wallabies lock Vickerman dies suddenly at 37

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 01:28
Former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman has passed away suddenly at the age of 37 leaving the rugby world in a state of shock, the Australian Rugby Union said Sunday. The South African-born lock, who played 63 Tests for the Wallabies up until 2011, passed away at his family home in…
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Sports › Host Japan off to winning start at Asian Winter Games

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 20:39
Japan overpowered defending champion Kazakhstan 6-0 in women's ice hockey on Saturday, the first day of competition at the Asian Winter Games. More than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries are competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events in Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. On Friday, the…
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