Sports

Soccer players union promises to defend Olympic protesters

  • Jan 22, 2020

GENEVA  — Soccer players who defy Olympic rules by making protest gestures at the 2020 Tokyo Games will be supported by their global union. Freedom of speech on issues like anti-discrimination and gender equality needs to be protected from “a hypocritical rule,” FIFPro general secretar

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Coco Gauff sets up Osaka showdown in Australia; Serena wins

  • Jan 22, 2020

Plenty was going badly for Coco Gauff in the second round of the Australian Open. The double-faults kept coming Wednesday, nine in all. The deficits, too: First, she dropped the opening set against 74th-ranked Sorana Cirstea. Then, after forcing a third, Gauff fell behind by a break, ceding 14 of 16 points w

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Mexican goal-scoring star Chicharito signs with LA Galaxy

  • Jan 22, 2020

 The biggest star in Mexican soccer is coming to the LA Galaxy. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández announced his move to the five-time MLS champions on Tuesday, bringing the veteran striker back to North America after a lengthy career in Europe. Hernández will participate in

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Southampton beats Palace 2-0, climbs into top half of EPL

  • Jan 22, 2020

Southampton continued its revival with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace that lifted the visitors into the top half of the Premier League on Tuesday.  Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong scored long-range goals in the first half as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team made it six wins from its last eight games in all co

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Cameroon drawn to face Ivory Coast in World Cup qualifying

  • Jan 22, 2020

 Cameroon and Ivory Coast were drawn in the same World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday, meaning one of the West African soccer powers won’t make the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will face Gabon and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang, along with Libya and Angola in Grou

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No. 4 SDSU beats Wyoming 72-55 to match Leonard’s 20-0 start

  • Jan 22, 2020

SAN DIEGO  — With transfers Malachi Flynn and Yanni Wetzell once again leading the way, No. 4 San Diego State improved to 20-0 to match Kawhi Leonard’s 2010-11 team for the best start in school history. Like that team, though, this squad wants a whole lot more. Flynn scored 18 points

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NHL teams realize backup goaltender is important position

  • Jan 22, 2020

BOSTON  — The Boston Bruins had it all set up to honor backup goalie Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday night for becoming the 74th goalie in NHL history to play in 500 games. Then something went wrong: Starter Tuukka Rask was injured, Halak became the No. 1 guy and the Bruins decided to postpone the cerem

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Barty joins Osaka, Kvitova in 3rd round of Australian Open

  • Jan 22, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia  — Defending champion Naomi Osaka threw her racket, tossed a ball and kicked the racket again for good measure, before sitting for a while with a towel over her head. She sensed the crowd was looking for drama, and she gave them a little bit. She pulled it together quickly in

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Haaland, 19, scores hat trick on dream debut for Dortmund

  • Jan 21, 2020

BERLIN  — Norwegian teenager Erling Haaland scored a second-half hat trick on a dream Bundesliga debut to help Borussia Dortmund come from two goals down and win 5-3 at Augsburg on Saturday. The 19-year-old Haaland, who came on in the 56th minute after Florian Niederlechner had put the home side 3

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