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Tokyo salutes baseball ‘god’ Ichiro Suzuki

Tokyo salutes baseball ‘god’ Ichiro Suzuki

The cheering began well before the Japanese “god” reached home plate. It was the top of the third inning in the MLB regular-season opener between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome, and Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham reached first base on a single. But the roars from the crowd likely weren’t all…

‘Hardest decision’: Ski ace Marcel Hirscher mulls retirement

‘Hardest decision’: Ski ace Marcel Hirscher mulls retirement

He’s accomplished “way, way more” than he ever dreamed possible and is arguably the greatest ski racer that ever lived, but Marcel Hirscher is contemplating retirement. The Austrian ace has won skiing’s World Cup overall season title for an unprecedented eight years in a row alongside countless other honors in a glittering career. But at…

Rugby side Crusaders mull changing name after Christchurch massacre

Rugby side Crusaders mull changing name after Christchurch massacre

New Zealand’s most decorated Super Rugby side the Crusaders are considering a name change following last week’s mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people. The country’s Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said that he is aware conversations are taking place between the club and the city’s Muslim community and that such actions…

Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to quit

Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to quit

With less than 500 days until the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, Tsunekazu Takeda — president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) — has announced he will step down from his position in June amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Games. Takeda told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in…

Could ‘adopted Welshman’ Warren Gatland coach the All Blacks?

Could ‘adopted Welshman’ Warren Gatland coach the All Blacks?

Any doubts as to whether Warren Gatland is amongst rugby’s greatest ever coaches have effectively been put to bed over the past few weeks as Wales surged to a third Six Nations grand slam under the New Zealander’s guidance. Recent victories have been hard-fought and unspectacular, built on gritty defense and tactical nous rather than…

How sailing can offer vital lessons in leadership and teamwork

How sailing can offer vital lessons in leadership and teamwork

Leadership lessons pop up in all aspects of life but skippering a sailing yacht offers a glimpse of the deep end. With weather, wind and waves to contend with, a crew to cajole and keep safe, navigation to be worked out, and an expensive boat to maintain, strong leadership is a must. Racing ups the…

Liverpool back to top of Premier League after victory over Fulham

Liverpool back to top of Premier League after victory over Fulham

He described it as a “brilliant afternoon” but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had a few nervy moments before his side finished off Fulham to return to the top of the Premier League. The Reds won 2-1 at Fulham courtesy of substitute James Milner’s late penalty to move two points clear of Manchester City, which has…

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: World record crowd for women’s club match

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: World record crowd for women’s club match

It was a world record for a club match in women’s football as a crowd of 60,739 turned out to watch Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona in the Spanish capital. The top-of-the-table clash was played in Atletico men’s team’s Wanda Metropolitano instead of the women’s much smaller home stadium which has a capacity of 3,500.…

Mikaela Shiffrin seals stellar season with 60th career win

Mikaela Shiffrin seals stellar season with 60th career win

It summed up her stellar season. Another race. Another win. The unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin has been scintillating all winter, and she put the gloss on a remarkable campaign with victory in her last race at the World Cup finals in Andorra to push her record 17 wins in a season. The American cemented her status…

F1: Valtteri Bottas beats team mate Lewis Hamilton to win Australian GP

F1: Valtteri Bottas beats team mate Lewis Hamilton to win Australian GP

He started behind world champion Lewis Hamilton on the grid but Valtteri Bottas roared off the start to dominate the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The flying Finn raced past Mercedes team-mate Hamilton on pole and led into the first corner before stretching away to win by more than 20 seconds around the Albert…

Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

The rain sluiced down but the Cardiff crowd was unshrinking and the Welsh players irrepressible as they trounced defending champion Ireland to secure the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam season clean sweep of northern hemisphere international rugby. Welsh triumphed 25-7 in a pulsating atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium to clinch its first title…

Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints at retirement

Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints at retirement

She’s ski racing’s undoubted new queen, but Mikaela Shiffrin finished the slalom season in regal fashion with victory in the final race in Andorra. The 24-year-old clinched her 16th win of a record-breaking season Saturday to take her tally to 59 World Cup titles overall. The victory was also her 40th slalom win to equal…

Everything you need to know for March Madness 2019

Everything you need to know for March Madness 2019

Get ready for a lot of bracket smack talk. March Madness is finally here. It’s the time of year when NCAA Division I men’s basketball gets to shine in a single-elimination tournament in seven rounds — all for the chance to compete in the big national championship. Here’s everything you need to know to stay…

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt 8 games

The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt on Friday for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in Ohio in June. The NFL announcement said that Hunt advised the league office…

Bangladesh cricket team ‘extremely lucky’ to avoid New Zealand mosque shootings

Bangladesh cricket team ‘extremely lucky’ to avoid New Zealand mosque shootings

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the terror attacks in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, which killed at least 49 people. The team, on tour in the country, arrived for Friday prayers at the Deans Avenue mosque near the Hagley Oval cricket ground as the attack was unfolding. Mohammed Isam, Bangladesh correspondent…

Cheltenham Festival: Bryony Frost makes history on emotional day

Cheltenham Festival: Bryony Frost makes history on emotional day

The words poured out in emotional fashion as Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a top-flight race on an inspirational day at the Cheltenham Festival. The 23-year-old Frost was roared home by an ecstatic crowd to win the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase onboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon to secure her place in…