Asian Cup | Japan opens with 4-0 win over Palestine in Group D

Defending champion Japan won its first match of this year's Asian Cup, beating newcomer Palestine 4-0 yesterday in its opening Group D match. Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored

Football | Asian Cup : Iran beats Bahrain, UAE downs Qatar

  Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran a 2-0 win over a determined Bahrain in their opening match of the Asian Cup yesterday. In a

Skiing | Germany’s Dopfer leads World Cup slalom; Hirscher 3rd

Fritz Dopfer of Germany made his No. 1 start bib count to lead the first run of a World Cup slalom yesterday. Dopfer used the best conditions to clock 56.21 seconds

Takanashi wins 2nd ski jumping

The 18-year-old Takanashi had jumps of 87 and 97 meters at the Miyanomori hill for a total of 236.3 points. Takanashi, who won her first World Cup event Saturday at the

THE BUZZ: Karate bidding to be included in program at Tokyo Olympics

Karate is making a push to be part of the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. New reforms by the IOC have given karate officials renewed hope that the martial art

Football | Barcelona in meltdown after transfer ban opens club crisis

  The once almighty Barcelona is heading toward meltdown. One week after the Spanish team's appeal against a FIFA-imposed transfer ban was rejected and two days after its sports director was fired,

Football Down Under | Asian Cup kicks off with Australia-Kuwait match today

The Asian Cup kicks off today deep in Australia's sporting heartland, where the Socceroos will attempt to win the continental championship for the first time. It would have been inconceivable a

Football | Asian Cup : Palestinian team aiming for knockout stage of the tournament

  While it didn't generate anything remotely like the attention of Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil at the World Cup, the Palestinian team's 1-0 victory over the Philippines in the AFC

Asian Cup to feature 5 Australian stadium sites

Australia’s three largest cities — Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane — will host matches at Asian Cup matches, as well as the national capital of Canberra and the industrial city of

Football | Analysis : Lampard NY deal creates credibility issue for MLS, new team

Major League Soccer expected the alliance between Manchester City and the New York Yankees to “elevate the league to new heights.” MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s forecast at the 2013 launch now

Cristiano Ronaldo could make move to the United States, says agent

  Cristiano Ronaldo could move to play in the United States after his Real Madrid career has come to an end, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has told Telefoot. Ronaldo, 29, signed a

Football | European roundup : Madrid loses, Manchester clubs through in FA Cup

  After a perfect end to 2014, Real Madrid opened the new year with its first loss since September. Madrid slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Valencia to end a 22-game winning

Tennis | Halep survives tough opening match in Shenzhen

Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame 10 double faults and a tough challenge from Germany’s Annika Beck to advance to the second round of the Shenzhen Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Skiing | US Shiffrin leads WCup slalom after 1st run

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin continued her recent resurgence by building a commanding lead in the opening run of a World Cup slalom yesterday. The Olympic champion timed 56.88 seconds on the

Football | Russian player shot dead

A 20-year-old footballer for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has been shot dead near his home in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus. Gasan Magomedov was driving into his home village Saturday night

Basketball | Wizards edge Rockets to take NBA SE Division lead

  Washington survived a furious fourth-quarter charge by Houston to beat the Rockets 104-103, moving into a share of the lead for the NBA Southeast Division. Elsewhere, Chicago narrowly defeated Indiana to

Moments in world sports in 2014

With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014. The World Cup was in Brazil, but the five-time champions couldn't make it

Rugby | Australia captain Hooper involved in police incident

The Australia Rugby Union says it will take no action against Wallabies captain Michael Hooper for his involvement in an overnight incident to which police were called. Hooper was out

Football | Chelsea, Man City held as Arsenal wins in EPL

  Chelsea retained its three-point lead at the midpoint of the Premier League season over the weekend despite being held to a draw by Southampton, thanks to Manchester City collapsing against

Skiing | Shiffrin fastest in 1st run of World Cup slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led a women’s World Cup slalom after the first run yesterday, positioning herself for a first podium finish in the discipline this season. The OIympic champion finished

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