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Ohtani keeping watch on Angels' offseason moves from afar

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Even though Shohei Ohtani is back in Japan for the offseason, he has been in frequent contact with Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian about the team’s offseason moves. “We talk a lot. He’s asking me daily who we’re getting,” Minasian said during baseball’s winter meetings. “He’s into it.… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic to begin Australian Open campaign at Adelaide International

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Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a 10th Australian Open title at the Adelaide International, organizers said Wednesday, after the Serbian was granted a visa to enter the country. The world number five missed the opening Grand Slam of 2022 when he was deported over his vaccine status after… Read

FIGURE SKATING

'Quadgod' Malinin among newcomers challenging Japan's Uno in ISU Grand Prix final

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U.S. teenager Ilia Malinin, who made history after landing the first quad axel jump in competition, will be among a group of newcomers aiming to upset Japanese world figure skating champion Shoma Uno in the ISU Grand Prix final in Turin starting Thursday. Malinin, the 18-year-old reigning men's world junior… Read

BASEBALL

Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360 mil, 9-year deal

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Aaron Judge has issued his ruling: Court remains in session in the Bronx. Judge is staying with the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with baseball's biggest free agent deal ever. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition… Read

Sports

Olympic chiefs want to 'explore ways' to reintegrate Russian, Belarusian athletes

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The International Olympic Committee wants to examine ways to reintegrate Russian and Belarusian athletes, banned from international competition since February after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, IOC president Thomas Bach said Wednesday. While most international federations followed the IOC's recommendation in February to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes, the question is… Read

BASKETBALL

East Asia Super League to begin with Champions Week in Japan

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The World Cup venue in Okinawa will have a preview tournament run in March when the East Asia Super League tips off for Season 1 with its inaugural Champions Week in Japan. EASL organizers on Wednesday said all eight qualified teams will contest Champions Week in Japan from March 1-5,… Read

OLYMPICS

IOC postpones 2030 Winter Games host selection

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The International Olympic Committee decided Tuesday to postpone its final selection, scheduled for September-October 2023, of the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics, citing concerns about the impact of climate change on potential future hosts. The IOC, during an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, said three interested parties --… Read

BASEBALL

Japanese outfielder Yoshida to negotiate with MLB teams

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Outfielder Masataka Yoshida will be able to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams starting Wednesday under the posting system with the Japanese big leagues. A member of Japan's Olympic team last year, Yoshida will be posted at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday and MLB teams have until 5 p.m. EST… Read

BASEBALL

Darvish joins Ohtani in agreeing to play in WBC

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Yu Darvish will join fellow MLB star Shohei Ohtani in committing to play for Japan in March's World Baseball Classic, the San Diego Padres pitcher said in a Twitter post Monday. The 36-year-old Darvish was a member of Japan's second WBC championship team in 2009. Since then, Samurai Japan was… Read

RUGBY UNION

England fire Eddie Jones nine months from Rugby World Cup

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England were left looking for a new head coach nine months out from next year's World Cup after the Rugby Football Union announced Tuesday that Eddie Jones had been sacked. Veteran Australian boss Jones, 62, paid the price for presiding over England's worst year since 2008, the team losing six… Read

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