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SOCCER

Hoarau brace beats Juve but Italians pip Man United for top spot in Champions League

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Guillaume Hoarau scored in either half as Young Boys inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Juventus in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday in Switzerland but the Italians still took top spot in Group H after Manchester United lost by the same scoreline to Valencia. The Swiss champions proved… Read

SOCCER

Honda's soccer passion showing in Australia

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Not long after Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda joined the Melbourne Victory, he mentioned at the A-League season launch that "I've made people disappointed, I've made people happy ... I don't have any magic." Seven games into the season, the 32-year Honda is providing plenty of spark and experience for the… Read

Sports

It's time for baseball's shift to go

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Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It's not a problem if the hitters don't make it one. "There's an easy way to combat that," Oakland's Bob Melvin said. "Just hit the ball the other way." It's a simple… Read

BOXING

AIBA 'anxious' over Olympic qualifying amid IOC probe

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The AIBA said on Wednesday that it had been left in the dark by the IOC following the launch of a probe into amateur boxing's troubled governing body that has put qualifying for the sport's 2020 Olympic event on hold. Late last month the International Olympic Committee froze preparations for… Read

SOCCER

Japan shuns Kagawa for bid to reclaim Asian Cup

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Japan dropped former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa from the Blue Samurai's bid to reclaim the Asian Cup, opting instead for a squad filled with young Europe-based talents. Coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday selected several players with only a handful of caps to their names for Asia's showcase football tournament… Read

OLYMPICS

Waterfront district to host Tokyo 2020 flame cauldron

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An Olympic flame cauldron will be installed for the 2020 Tokyo Games in the city's waterfront, sources said Tuesday. The cauldron will be placed near the Yume no Ohashi (great bridge of dreams) connecting the Ariake district with the Odaiba artificial island in Tokyo Bay. The area is also the… Read

SOCCER

Salah sends Liverpool into Champions League last 16; Moura rescues Spurs

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Mohamed Salah's first-half goal and a stunning late save from goalkeeper Alisson saw Liverpool edge into the Champions League knockout stage after a tense 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday, while Lucas Moura's late strike saw Tottenham progress with a draw at Barcelona. Last year's runners-up Liverpool knew victory by… Read

SWIMMING

American men set world record in short-course relay; Seto sets butterfly record

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Japan's Daiya Seto set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly and upset Chad le Clos at the world short-course swimming championships. Seto, who won bronze in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2016 Olympics, held off le Clos down the stretch to win in 1 minute, 48.24 seconds. Le… Read

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka's coach wins 1st WTA Coach of the Year award

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Sascha Bajin has been chosen as the first winner of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Naomi Osaka collect the U.S. Open title. The women's tennis tour announced its annual honors Monday. The first season as a team for Bajin and Osaka produced her first WTA title… Read

GYMNASTICS

USOC fires official over his silence in Larry Nassar case

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The U.S. Olympic Committee fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley in the wake of an independent report released Monday that said neither he nor former CEO Scott Blackmun elevated concerns about the Larry Nassar sexual abuse allegations when they were first reported to them. The 233-page independent report detailed… Read

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