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BASEBALL

Judge helps Yankees beat Red Sox

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Luis Severino allowed three hits in seven innings of shutout ball and Aaron Judge celebrated his 25th birthday with a two-run homer and spectacular catch, carrying the surging New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night in the longtime rivals' first meeting this… Read

OLYMPICS

Experts begin discussing 2020 opening, closing ceremonies

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The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee's panel of experts to help produce the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Games met for the first time Wednesday, with an eye to draw up the basic concept by year's end. The 12-member panel, chaired by Canon Inc Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai,… Read

Sports

Olympics, Rugby World Cup organizers to collaborate in Japan

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Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics signed a collaborative agreement with the organizers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, aiming to maximize the benefits and impact of the global events. The Rugby World Cup will be staged in Japan as Tokyo is finalizing preparations to host the Summer Games… Read

SOCCER

Spurs stay in touch with Chelsea with 8th straight win

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For only the third time in its 135-year existence, Tottenham is enjoying an eight-match winning run in the league after edging past Crystal Palace 1-0 on Wednesday. Those runs in the 1950-51 and 1960-61 seasons propelled Tottenham to the title. Whether Tottenham lifts the trophy this time still depends on… Read

TENNIS

Sharapova makes winning comeback after 15-month doping ban

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Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5, 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci in Stuttgart, describing victory as the "best feeling in the world". Sharapova, the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, brushed off a nervous start to eventually… Read

RUGBY UNION

Joseph makes wholesale changes to Japan rugby lineup

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Wednesday made widespread changes to his starting lineup for this weekend's Asia Rugby Championship match against South Korea. The New Zealander was frustrated with his side's lack of effort during last week's 47-29 win in South Korea, and made eight changes to his first team,… Read

Sports

Japanese baseball results

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Results of Japanese baseball games played on Wednesday. PACIFIC LEAGUE Orix Buffaloes 4, Seibu Lions 3 SoftBank Hawks 4, Nippon Ham Fighters 1 CENTRAL LEAGUE Hiroshima Carp 7, Yomiuri Giants 6 Yakult Swallows 8, Chunichi Dragons 7 (11 innings) Read

TENNIS

Nadal cruises in Barcelona Open, Murray gets walkover

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Rafael Nadal began his quest for a 10th Barcelona Open title in commanding fashion, whilst Andy Murray moved into the last 16 without hitting a ball on Wednesday. Fresh from winning a record 50th clay court title at the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, Nadal swept aside Brazilian Rogerio Dutra… Read

BASEBALL

Hendricks lifts Cubs over Pirates

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Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win in Major League Baseball on Tuesday night. Hendricks (2-1) struck out two and walked three, and Wade Davis worked a perfect… Read

BASEBALL

Giants' Sugano silences Carp for 2nd straight shutout win

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Tomoyuki Sugano posted his second straight shutout win on Tuesday as the Yomiuri Giants moved within half a game of the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp, beating them 1-0 after Casey McGehee provided the only run with a solo home run. Sugano (3-0) allowed four hits and a walk while fanning… Read