Sports

Australian Olympic chief says campaign against him is malicious

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An increasingly bitter Olympic election in Australia has intensified with IOC Vice President John Coates describing the campaign against him as malicious and designed to damage him personally. Coates is facing his first challenge as president of the Australian Olympic Committee in 27 years, with 1996 Olympic field hockey gold… Read

BASEBALL

Cubs beat Pirates, Brewers defeat Reds

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Addison Russell set a career high with four hits while Jason Heyward homered for the third time in four games and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in a 14-3 victory on Monday night. Ben Zobrist added three RBIs for Chicago as… Read

SOCCER

Rakuten to become official J.League partner

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Rakuten Inc on Monday announced it has reached an agreement with the Japan Professional Football League (J.League) to be the Official EC Platform Partner. Based on the agreement, Rakuten will collaborate with the J.League on redesigning the “J.League Online Store,” an EC site selling merchandise of the clubs in the… Read

TENNIS

Montanes wins opener in Barcelona; Nishikori out due to wrist injury

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Albert Montanes defeated Spanish countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-4 in the Barcelona Open on Monday to begin his final ATP tournament. The 36-year-old Montanes announced last week he will retire after nearly 20 years on tour when he's knocked out of Barcelona, where he lives. He beat Goran Ivanisevic on… Read

BASEBALL

Barnes ejected as Boston beats Baltimore 6-2

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A tempestuous three-game series between the Red Sox and Baltimore wound up with Matt Barnes being ejected for throwing a fastball behind the head of Orioles star Manny Machado in Boston's 6-2 victory Sunday. Barnes' ejection was the latest facet of this tense rivalry between AL East contenders. His high,… Read

BASEBALL

Eagles' Tomura steps into breach to hold off Hawks

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Kenji Tomura made his season debut count for the Rakuten Eagles on Sunday in a 2-1 Pacific League win over the SoftBank Hawks. Called on to start at the last minute, Tomura (1-0) worked five-plus scoreless innings. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed four singles and walked three, the last two, with… Read

OLYMPICS

NOCs impressed by what they see of Tokyo's 2020 plans

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With just over three years to go, sports administrators from around the world are already visiting Tokyo to check on the city's Olympic preparations for the 2020 Games. While Tokyo has had to overcome some initial setbacks, such as the delay of the new national stadium and a plagiarism scandal… Read

SOCCER

Sanchez sends Arsenal into FA Cup final with win over City

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Alexis Sanchez ensured Arsenal's stormy season will end with an FA Cup final after securing a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in extra time at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The Chilean striker struck in the 101st minute to secure an all-London May 27 final against Chelsea. Arsenal is chasing a… Read

GOLF

Kuboya wins Panasonic Open

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Kenichi Kuboya of Japan beat compatriot Katsumasa Miyamoto in the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Panasonic Open. Kuboya fired a 7-under-par 64 in the final round to finish tied with Miyamoto (68) at 11 under 273. Kuboya started the final round six strokes off the lead but… Read

SOCCER

Benteke earns Crystal Palace 2-1 win on return to Liverpool

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Christian Benteke endured a miserable one-season stay at Anfield before being sold by Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp in August. The Belgium striker had a much happier time on his return with new club Crystal Palace on Sunday. Benteke scored twice as Palace came from behind to win 2-1 for a… Read