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Ohtani back on Big A mound in Angels' intrasquad game

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Shohei Ohtani threw competitive pitches off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday for the first time in two years. Ohtani struggled with his control in the Los Angeles Angels' intrasquad game, walking eight batters on about 50 pitches. The two-way star and manager Joe Maddon weren't overly concerned about… Read

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Japan to consider easing travel curbs for Tokyo Olympic athletes

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Japan will consider easing travel restrictions for athletes from abroad for next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in a bid to hold the Summer Games even if the global coronavirus pandemic is not completely under control by then, several sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The government considers it… Read

Sports

Sports prepare for return in U.S., but virus doubts persist

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Four months after grinding to a halt due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, major professional sports leagues in North America are taking their first nervous steps back on the road to recovery. But as basketball, soccer and baseball gear up for long-awaited returns this month, they are doing so against… Read

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Chelsea into 3rd place in Premier League; Arsenal held by Leicester

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On a night of spectacular goals in the Premier League, it was a pair of tackles that had the most significant impact on the hard-fought race for Champions League qualification. Chelsea's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace was only secured thanks to a remarkable last-ditch challenge by center back Kurt Zouma,… Read

BASEBALL

MLB unveils schedule for 60-game season; Nationals-Yankees first up

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The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will play host to the New York Yankees on July 23 in the first game of the 60-game Major League Baseball season, the league announced on Monday. Later that day, the San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers as MLB tries… Read

Sports

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

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As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the organizing committee, the… Read

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Japanese soccer and baseball to start allowing fans at games from Friday

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Japan’s professional baseball and soccer leagues will begin allowing fans this week, the heads of both leagues said on Monday. Soccer and baseball officials said the first day with fans will be Friday. The maximum number will be 5,000 or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials… Read

SUMO

5 sumo association members in Japan confirmed to have antibody for coronavirus

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Five members of Japan's Sumo Association were confirmed to have the coronavirus antibody, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday, citing the association. The association has conducted antibody tests for 891 members including sumo wrestlers and stablemasters who wished to, NHK said. Among the five who were confirmed to have the… Read

RUGBY UNION

Former Scotland rugby captain Laidlaw signs for Japan's Shining Arcs

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Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will be playing for Japanese Top League side NTT Shining Arcs when the season begins next year, the Chiba-based club said on Monday. Shining Arcs also announced the signing of Australian flanker Liam Gill and New Zealand hooker Anaru Rangi. Scrumhalf Laidlaw won 76 test… Read

TENNIS

Federer missing Wimbledon but aiming to be back next year

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Roger Federer on Monday said he is "missing" Wimbledon after the grass-court Grand Slam was cancelled, but hopes to play the tournament in 2021. The 38-year-old, who has undergone two knee surgeries this year, had already announced he will not play again until next year. This week was scheduled to… Read

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