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Thames bashes way into Brewers’ record book

26 Apr

MILWAUKEE – Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers’ record book. No adjustment period necessary for the bushy-bearded first baseman in his first season back in the majors after three years playing ball in South Korea. With a two-run shot on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, Thames upped his major league-leading […]

Decision on Sharapova’s status for French Open to come May 16

26 Apr

PARIS – Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open. French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Tuesday that the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16 at 7 p.m. local time. “The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said without […]

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

26 Apr

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half […]

Joseph names changes for match against South Korea at Asia Rugby Championship

26 Apr

KYODO – Frustrated Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Wednesday made a flurry of changes to his starting XV for this weekend’s Asia Rugby Championship match against South Korea. Joseph, who blasted his side for lacking heart and effort following last week’s 47-29 win in South Korea, introduced eight into his first team including World Cup […]

Mogi, Peguero hit it off for high-flying Eagles

26 Apr

Eigoro Mogi and Carlos Peguero have been one of the most dynamic duos in Japanese baseball so far this season. They’ve been the driving force behind the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, helping the club to a 14-4 record and a spot in first place in the Pacific League after Tuesday’s games. The two have been […]

Emergence of new generation bodes well for Summer Basho

26 Apr

I was honored to be asked by The Japan Times to write a sumo column as part of the 120th anniversary revamp. This paper was probably the first place I read about sumo and was an invaluable source of news back in the days of dial-up internet, when I first came to Japan. For those […]

Rockets advance to West semis

26 Apr

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James Harden had 34 points while Westbrook piled up 47 […]

Leitch reveals plans to play for Sunwolves

26 Apr

Japan captain Michael Leitch said Wednesday he will join the Sunwolves for the 2019 Super Rugby Season, as his current side the Chiefs prepare to clash with the Japanese franchise this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Leitch told stuff.co.nz he will play for the Sunwolves in 2019 in the build-up to that year’s Rugby World […]

Gamba blow two-goal advantage in draw with Adelaide United

25 Apr

SUITA, OSAKA PREF. – Gamba Osaka squandered a two-goal lead, missed a penalty and conceded a last-gasp equalizer as their slim hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League suffered a major blow with a 3-3 draw at home to Australia’s Adelaide United on Tuesday. But it was not all bad news […]

Giants’ Sugano outduels Carp’s Nomura, tosses second consecutive shutout

25 Apr

HIROSHIMA – Tomoyuki Sugano posted his second straight shutout win on Tuesday as the Yomiuri Giants moved within half a game of the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp, beating them 1-0 after Casey McGehee provided the only run with a solo home run. Sugano (3-0) allowed four hits and a walk while fanning seven in a […]