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SUMO

Former yokozuna Hakuho recognized for 5 Guinness world records

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Sumo elder Magaki, the 36-year-old recently retired former yokozuna Hakuho, has had five records recognized by Guinness World Records, the Japan Sumo Association announced Friday. The five records are for Hakuho's 45 career grand tournament championships, 1,187 career wins, 1,093 makuuchi-division wins, 16 makuuchi championships without a loss and 84… Read

BOXING

Golovkin world title bout in Japan postponed over border restrictions

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Gennady Golovkin's world title fight against Ryota Murata in Japan was Friday postponed "to next spring", over a ban on new foreign arrivals to the country prompted by the Omicron variant. The hard-hitting Kazakh boxer was set to return to the ring after a year's absence with a unification bout… Read

SOCCER

Premier League top three set for titanic title battle

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have set a fearsome pace in the Premier League that no other team can live with as a thrilling three-way title race takes shape. Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are in charge of three of Europe's hottest sides, with Liverpool, in third place,… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic pulls Serbia level with Croatia in Davis Cup semis

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Novak Djokovic pulled Serbia even with Croatia at 1-1 in the Davis Cup semifinals by beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 Friday. The top-ranked Djokovic will try to put Serbia into the final by playing in the deciding doubles. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is slated to team with Filip Krajinovic… Read

Sports

Tokyo Olympics cost ¥150 bil less than expected

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The total cost of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was at least 150 billion yen ($1.3 billion) less than expected as the Games were mostly held without spectators, helping to cut labor costs and other outlays, officials with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Cost reductions stemming from the absence… Read

BASEBALL

MLB lockout sets up March showdown in union talks

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Major League Baseball's first dispute with players since a strike wiped out the 1994 World Series could drag on long enough to jeopardize the start of the 2022 season. On the day that team owners locked out players upon the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, no talks were scheduled… Read

Sports

Figure skating Grand Prix Final in Osaka canceled over travel restrictions

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The figure skating Grand Prix Final next week has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic for the second season in a row. The Dec 9-12 event in Osaka, Japan, was the only global event matching the best skaters across all four disciplines before the Winter Olympics in Beijing in… Read

TENNIS

IOC says it had 2nd video call with tennis player Peng Shuai

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The International Olympic Committee said it held a second video call with Peng Shuai but again didn't release any video or transcript nor make any reference to the tennis player's sexual assault allegation against a former Chinese government official. The Grand Slam doubles champion and three-time Olympian dropped out of… Read

AUTO RACING

Hamilton looks to extend F1 race as Verstappen eyes title

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Lewis Hamilton will bid to keep alive his hopes of a historic eighth Formula One world title at the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend, powered by the new engine that aided his remarkable triumph in Brazil. After consecutive victories in Sao Paulo and Qatar, Mercedes' defending champion seeks… Read

TENNIS

Medvedev puts Russia back in Davis Cup semifinals

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Daniil Medvedev maintained his perfect record at the Davis Cup Finals to put Russia into the last four. Medvedev defeated Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the revamped team event. Andrey Rublev earlier outlasted Elias Ymer, Mikael's older… Read

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