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Sports › Venus beats No. 1 Kerber; unseeded Fognini ousts Nishikori at Miami Open

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 02:15
Venus Williams whacked a winner on her fifth match point, then spun and threw a celebratory fist toward her father, who watched from the front row while munching popcorn. The taste of victory never gets old. Venus and her dad have been coming together to Key Biscayne for 20 years,…
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Sports › Medvedeva leads figure skating worlds after short program

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:13
Evgenia Medvedeva closed in on a second world figure skating title Wednesday by taking the lead in the short program, while China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led the pairs. Seventeen-year-old Russian Medvedeva skated flawlessly and scored 79.01 points, a result second only to the world-record score she posted at…
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Sports › Soccer video technology 'fair but kills spectacle,' say some

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 18:54
The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews on Wednesday, praised by most for being more fair but condemned by some for killing the spectacle. France lost 2-0 in Paris on Tuesday in a game in which the Spanish side benefited twice from crucial…
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Sports › Brazil becomes 1st to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 18:15
Less than three years after the most humiliating loss in its proud soccer history, a resurgent Brazil has become the first team to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. With a convincing 3-0 victory over Paraguay on Tuesday and results going its way elsewhere in South American qualifying, the…
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Sports › Jaguares only surprise as Super Rugby reaches sixth round

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 18:13
Super Rugby teams will have completed a third of the regular season by the end of this weekend's sixth round, and the tournament is playing out as expected. The one surprise so far has been the form of Argentina's Jaguares, a test-strength side which has won four of five matches.…
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Sports › Mets closer Familia banned 15 games for domestic violence

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:44
New York Mets closing relief pitcher Jeurys Familia was issued a 15-game suspension Wednesday by Major League Baseball for an off-season domestic violence incident. The 27-year-old Dominican, who pitched for his homeland in this month's World Baseball Classic, was arrested in New Jersey last October after allegedly bruising the right…
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Sports › Kisenosato has left arm muscle injury, requiring one-month treatment

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 06:27
Yokozuna Kisenosato, who came from behind to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday despite injury, was diagnosed with muscle damage in his left upper arm and needs one month of treatment, a Japan Sumo Association source said Wednesday. Kisenosato, who also won the previous tourney in January and…
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Sports › Federer, Nadal, Nishikori reach Miami Open quarterfinals

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 04:00
For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary. For Stan Wawrinka, it was not a happy birthday. Federer and Nadal — playing back-to-back on stadium court on the 13th anniversary of their very first match — both advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, surviving…
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Sports › Japan beats Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:30
Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup. Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home…
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Sports › Pliskova makes Miami Open semis; Nishikori reaches quarters

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:00
Karolina Pliskova has never found Miami exactly to her liking, until now. The second-seeded Pliskova reached the Miami Open semifinals on Tuesday, beating 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 6-4. It's the first time Pliskova has made the semifinals at Key Biscayne. Pliskova improved to 23-3 this year, the best record on…
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Sports › FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:50
Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly…
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Sports › Australia beats UAE 2-0 after 4 draws in World Cup qualifiers

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:19
Australia defeated United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Sydney on Tuesday, ending a run of four games without a win to get qualification for the 2018 World Cup back on track. However, UAE's second loss in five days prompted coach Mahdi Ali to announce his resignation at the news conference. He'd…
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Sports › Hanyu targets Helsinki gold before Olympic defense

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:00
Yuzuru Hanyu insists conditions are perfect for him to recapture the men's figure skating world gold from two-time reigning champion Javier Fernandez as the Japanese star prepares his Olympic title defense. Despite a world-record-scoring season last year, Hanyu -- the 2014 world champion -- has had to settle for silver…
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Sports › Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:44
Roger Federer took a look around as he entered the stadium court at the Miami Open, immediately feeling the energy of the crowd. He gave them quite a show. Federer advanced to the fourth round at Key Biscayne on Monday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4. Federer, who was…
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Sports › Halilhodzic urges Japan not to underestimate Thailand in World Cup qualifier

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 20:43
Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic has urged his side not to rest on their laurels as they seek a third successive World Cup qualifying victory when they host Thailand at the Saitama Stadium on Tuesday. Japan, who beat United Arab Emirates last week, are unbeaten in their last five qualifiers to…
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Sports › Dustin Johnson makes the toughest test look easy

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:49
Even for a player of Dustin Johnson's immense ability, the Dell Technologies Match Play was always going to be the toughest for him to capture all four of the World Golf Championships. Somehow, he made it look easy. It's not just that Johnson never trailed at any point during the…
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Sports › NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas from Oakland

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:27
National Football League team owners gave the green light to the Raiders to move to Las Vegas from Oakland, paving the way for the building of a new, $1.9 billion stadium in Sin City, the NFL said on Monday. The plan by Raiders owner Mark Davis, who has been the…
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Sports › Man City fined 35,000 pounds for failing to control players

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:34
Manchester City have been fined 35,000 pounds ($44,030) by the English FA after they accepted a misconduct charge for the way their players reacted to a 50th minute penalty in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool on March 20. City were charged by the FA last week after their…
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Sports › Venus Williams, Nadal, Nishikori reach 4th round at Miami Open

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:56
The oldest player in the women's draw at the Miami Open, Venus Williams is looking forward to the next round. And next year. And the year after that. "Yeah, 2020 here I come," she said. Williams earned her latest win in this season of resurgence Sunday, beating qualifier Patricia Maria…
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Sports › Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:25
Language schools in Japan are tying up with sports associations to help improve the English skills of Japanese athletes in the lead up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The push is aimed at overcoming concern about athletes' struggles to communicate in English during international competitions, while the schools…
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