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Mongolian Hakuho smashes sumo record with 1,048th win

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Mongolian sumo wrestler Hakuho on Friday smashed the record for most career wins in Japan's national sport as the yokozuna took down Takayasu in a frenetic bout to deafening cheers at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. With his 1,048th win, the 32-year-old surpassed former wrestler Kaio's record, in place since… Read

BASEBALL

Pirates complete 4-game sweep of Brewers

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Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory on Thursday. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of Milwaukee in a division that's tightened up since the… Read

GOLF

Spieth, Koepka, Kuchar lead American charge at British Open

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Americans Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar tamed a fiendish course in tough conditions to fire sparkling first-round 65s and lead the British Open by one shot on Thursday. Spieth, world number three and twice major champion, putted smoothly to pick up five birdies and did not drop a… Read

SUMO

Hakuho ties all-time wins record, keeps lead in Nagoya

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Mongolian grand champion Hakuho rebounded from a shock first defeat by beating sekiwake Tamawashi on Thursday to collect a record-tying 1,047th career win, at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho matched the all-time record held by former ozeki Kaio in the day's penultimate bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, knocking sekiwake… Read

SOCCER

Guangzhou, Kawasaki have banner bans upheld

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Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale had punishments for the display of controversial banners by their fans upheld by the Asian Football Confederation Appeals Committee on Thursday. Evergrande were fined $22,500 and handed a suspended two-match stadium ban after their fans unfurled banner reading "Annihilate British Dogs,… Read

BASEBALL

Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

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Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: Rockies 18, Padres 4 Nolan Arenado hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies walloped the San Diego Padres 18-4 to sweep a three-game series and win their fourth in a… Read

Sports

All Black Sonny Bill Williams available for Championship opener

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Sonny Bill Williams will have served his red-card ban by next month and be eligible for New Zealand's Rugby Championship opener against Australia, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Thursday. Williams was handed a four-match ban after becoming the first All Black in 50 years to be sent off during… Read

AUTO RACING

F1 opts for cockpit protection from 2018

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Formula One cars will have the Halo cockpit safety device installed in the 2018 world championship, the sport's strategy group said Wednesday, despite reservations over its effectiveness. The sport has searched for extra head protection for drivers in the last two years following the deaths of F1 driver Jules Bianchi… Read

Sports

China boxing star Zou primed for Sho Kimura battle

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He is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland. The 36-year-old defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the first time next week when he faces Japan's… Read

Sports

Big names like Spieth, Matsuyama in fight for form coming into British Open

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While uncertainty surrounds the form of leading names such as Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, the British Open begins at Royal Birkdale on Thursday with a plethora of players hopeful of winning the Claret Jug. When The Open last came to the links at Southport, near Liverpool on the coast… Read

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