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Panthers QB Newton starts throwing again

27 Jun

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Cam Newton is throwing again. The Carolina Panthers said on Twitter on Monday the NFL’s MVP in 2015 threw his first passes since surgery in March for a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Newton is on schedule to participate in the team’s training camp in July and barring […]

Dortmund’s Kagawa remains optimistic about recovery from shoulder injury before Bundesliga season

27 Jun

Shinji Kagawa said Tuesday he will be ready for the Aug. 18 start of the new Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund despite dislocating his left shoulder while on international duty. “It’s no issue at all for next season,” said the 28-year-old, who suffered the injury during a 1-1 home draw against Syria in a June […]

FC Tokyo’s Okubo sidelined with foot injury

27 Jun

FC Tokyo striker Yoshito Okubo has been diagnosed with a right-foot ligament injury and will need four to six weeks for a full recovery, team officials announced Tuesday. Okubo, the J1 career scoring leader with 177 goals, was hurt in Sunday’s game against Jubilo Iwata at Yamaha Stadium and replaced after 23 minutes. “He was […]

Olympic champion Yamaguchi speaks on greatness of Hanyu, Mao, Takahashi

27 Jun

One of the benefits of covering skating for many years has been the high caliber of people I have continually come in contact with. Skaters, coaches, choreographers, executives and parents, they almost always seem to be open and approachable. The latest example came recently when I had the opportunity to interview 1992 Olympic gold medalist […]

Westbrook wins NBA MVP award

27 Jun

NEW YORK – Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA. Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during his historic season. He led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining […]

Team New Zealand completes rout to capture America’s Cup

27 Jun

HAMILTON, BERMUDA – Redemption for a gutty crew of five New Zealanders and one Australian came on the turquoise waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, four years and 4,800 km removed from one of the most brutal collapses in sports. With a mixture of ingenuity and national pride, Emirates Team New Zealand got back up after […]

Fighters’ Kondo to undergo back surgery, miss rest of regular season

27 Jun

Pacific League hitter leader Kensuke Kondo will miss the rest of the regular season after having back surgery this week, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced Monday. Kondo, who is batting .407, will have surgery on Wednesday at a hospital in Tokushima Prefecture after being diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disk. The team is holding […]

Giants pound Rockies, end five-game slide

27 Jun

SAN FRANCISCO – For a night, the San Francisco Giants delivered the key hits with runners in scoring position. They got contributions from throughout the order, made things happen on the basepaths and did all the little things. Music blared in a victorious clubhouse. San Francisco finally got Jeff Samardzija back in the win column, […]

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

26 Jun

SENDAI – Kazuo Matsui delivered off the bench for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, singling in the tying run in the ninth inning, and finishing the game at shortstop in a 4-4, 12-inning tie on Monday night. On a rare Monday night game, a good crowd of 24,931 at Kobo Park Miyagi saw their Pacific […]

Hawks’ Yanagita tops fans’ All-Star vote

26 Jun

Yuki Yanagita was named to his fourth Pacific League All-Star team on Monday, when the results of this year’s fan ballot were announced by Nippon Professional Baseball. It is the third time that fans have put the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks center fielder on an All-Star roster and it will be his fourth All-Star series. Yanagita […]