FOOTBALL | Reds beat Tokushima 2-0 to widen lead in J-League

The Urawa Reds beat Tokushima Vortis 2-0 and widened its lead in the J-League standings to four points over Sagan Tosu, which lost 1-0 to Kawasaki Frontale yesterday. Tomoaki Makino opened

Relevance of Commonwealth Games again in question

It's a question that comes up at every Commonwealth Games: How relevant is an event held every four years which often fails to attract top competitors or a large number

FOOTBALL | James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped

CYCLING | Tour de France pack off on short, steep Stage 17

Football Shakhtar Donetsk to play in Lviv this season Shakhtar Donetsk's coach says the Ukrainian champion will play its home games this season in Lviv in western Ukraine, over 1,000 kilometers from

FOOTBALL | Shakhtar midfielder says players’ lives at risk

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who refused to return to the Ukrainian champion did so because the conflict in the country puts their lives

WINTER OLYMPICS | Pyeongchang’s 2018 committee faced audit

The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said yesterday. The confirmation by the Seoul-based Board

CYCLING | Tour de France heads to Pyrenees in Stage 16

Brooklyn Nets director Sergei Kushchenko is talking up the chances of the NBA club playing pre-season exhibitions against teams from the Russia-based VTB United League. Kushchenko, who is also the

Chief of Pyeongchang’s organizing committee quits

The head of Pyeongchang’s organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics resigned yesterday, saying new leadership is needed to complete preparations for the games. A former provincial governor, Kim Jin-sun was

Shakhtar players refuse to return to Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner says six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club’s home city. Five Brazilian and one Argentine player

Steven Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football yesterday to focus on playing for Liverpool. The 34-year-old midfielder made 114 appearances for England over 14 years. Gerrard said he “agonized”

BOXING | ‘Macau Kid’ defeats New Zealand Champion

Macau’s boxer Ng Kuok Kun defeated a New Zealand national champion by a close but unanimous decision in a six-round super welterweight bout at Saturday night’s “Champion of Gold” boxing

Cotai Arena sees ‘Champions of Gold’ score 6 KO wins

For the fifth time, Macau’s Cotai Arena has thrilled a large crowd of spectators with a multi-bout boxing event. Last Saturday night’s “Champions of Gold” was marked by six knockout

PHOTO SHOP | Black tie Mayhem! White-collar boxing raises MOP300K for charity

Macau’s inaugural white-collar boxing fight-night took place at The Venetian Macao on Friday and raised over MOP300,000. Net proceeds from the charity dinner, which included silent and live auctions, lucky

GOLF |BRITISH | Open Crane makes last-minute trip with hopes of playing

Ben Crane faced long odds of getting into the British Open, and an even longer trip to get to Royal Liverpool. And he left without playing a single hole. Crane arrived in

CYCLING TOUR | Kristoff wins 12th stage, Nibali keeps lead

Alexander Kristoff, in a solo show of opportunistic racing, won the 12th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint and Vincenzo Nibali kept the yellow jersey yessterday. Kristoff emerged

F1 | German drivers eying rare success in home GP

UEFA has decided to keep Ukrainian and Russian clubs from playing each other "until further notice" because of the continuing unrest between the neighboring countries. European football's governing body made

One down, one to go: Rio Olympics next for Brazil

Brazil just pulled off the World Cup. Next up is Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics, which poses an even bigger challenge. Cement trucks are busy, creating billowing dust clouds, and

US Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach football fans and young

BRAZIL’S UPSIDE-DOWN CUP | Bad on field, good off

For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. Brazilians lost at what they were certain they would win — soccer — and won where so many expected failure — organization. For years,

Ticket-scalping suspect surrenders

A top figure in an alleged illegal World Cup ticket-scalping scheme surrendered to Brazilian officials yesterday, four days after police labeled him a fugitive, his lawyer said. Ray Whelan, a British

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