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Wednesday, Feb 28

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Japan beats North Korea to clinch Olympic spot

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Nadeshiko Japan coach Futoshi Ikeda targeted Olympic gold after his team qualified for the Paris Games with a hard-fought 2-1 win over North Korea in the second leg of their Asian qualifying tie on Wednesday.

Tuesday, Feb 27

10

Coach urges Japan to be 'aggressive' against North Korea

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Coach Futoshi Ikeda promised Japan would be "aggressive" against North Korea as it looks to qualify for the Paris Olympics in a winner-takes-all women's football showdown in Tokyo on Wednesday.

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Tough domestic league behind North Korea's soccer success

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North Korean soccer has been competitive in international play despite having fewer chances to face other national teams due to limited diplomatic ties.

Sunday, Feb 25

07

Nadeshiko Japan and North Korea draw first leg of final Olympic qualifier

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Japan and North Korea remained on level terms in their final qualifier for the Paris Olympic women's football tournament following a scoreless draw in the opening leg Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

Friday, Feb 23

05

Former Seibu slugger David MacKinnon embraces new challenge with South Korea's Lions

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If someone had asked David MacKinnon early in the offseason about what he thought spring training would be like in 2024, he might have guessed that he would be in Japan preparing for another season in Asia with the Lions.

Wednesday, Feb 21

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A 'safe bet' Yamamoto will start in South Korea, Dodgers manager says

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to make the first MLB start of his career in South Korea in March, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday.

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High school star Sasaki drawn to Stanford by baseball and academics

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Trailblazing Japanese high school slugger Rintaro Sasaki said Tuesday he chose to attend Stanford University in California because of its standing as both a good baseball school and an academic powerhouse.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Japan heads to Saudi Arabia for Olympic qualifier against N. Korea

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Japan's national women's soccer team is preparing to play the first of its two final Olympic qualifying games against North Korea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Japan Football Association announced Tuesday.

Friday, Feb 16

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Seoul mayor hopes interest in Shohei Ohtani and MLB brings more games to South Korea

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As Seoul prepares to host one of the most hotly anticipated MLB season openers ever next month, its mayor is seeking to make MLB games regular events in South Korea.

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South Korea fires Jurgen Klinsmann after disappointing showing at Asian Cup

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Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as manager of the South Korean men's national soccer team Friday in the wake of a disappointing exit from the Asian Cup in Qatar.

Tuesday, Feb 13

07

Cross Border Rugby sets stage for exciting possibilities

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Cross Border Rugby — a series of challenge games between top club sides from Japan and New Zealand — wrapped up last weekend with the visitors victorious in three of four contests.

Thursday, Feb 8

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Meet the Gen Zer in Japan who is forging a path for girls in baseball

Having grown up in a household with two brothers, Shiki Nakayama is used to being a kou-itten, a Japanese expression to describe the lone girl or woman in a group that literally translates to “a single spot of red.”

Friday, Feb 2

05

Junya Ito again out of Japan squad amid sexual assault allegations

The Japan Football Association on Friday announced the withdrawal of winger Junya Ito from the Asian Cup squad in Qatar amid sexual assault allegations, which he has denied.

Thursday, Feb 1

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Ito leaves Japan soccer team after sexual assault claims

Soccer player Junya Ito has left Japan's national team during the Asian Cup following an accusation he sexually assaulted two women last year, the Japan Football Association said Thursday.

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Japan midfielder Junya Ito accused of sexual assault

Japan soccer player Junya Ito has been accused of involving himself in a sexual act with two women without their consent last year and police are probing the allegation, according to a major publisher's news website and an investigative…

Tuesday, Jan 30

03

West Bank fans proud of Palestine's Asian Cup progress

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Despite the war and whatever the result, the only thing that mattered in Al-Dhahiriyah in the occupied West Bank on Monday was the number 7 jersey worn by Palestine's Musab al-Battat.

Friday, Jan 19

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Protesting police highlight strike risk to Paris Olympics

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Hundreds of police officers protested across France on Thursday to demand extra pay during this year's Paris Olympics, highlighting the potential threat of strikes disrupting the Games.

Thursday, Jan 18

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Warriors assistant Dejan Milojevic dies at 46 after heart attack

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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic died at age 46 after suffering a heart attack at a team dinner in Salt Lake City, the team said on Wednesday.

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South Korea's Lee Kang-in reaching new heights under Jurgen Klinsmann

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Lee Kang-in has been called "a joy" and "a flower" by South Korea coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his performance in the team's Asian Cup opener showed why the German is so smitten.

Thursday, Dec 28

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Japan to host soccer matches against North Korea at National Stadium

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Japan will host respective women's Olympic and men's World Cup qualifying matches against North Korea in February and March at National Stadium in Tokyo, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday.

Tuesday, Dec 26

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Pele 'would have been sad' at state of Brazil team, says son

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Pele "would have been sad" at the state of the current Brazilian national team, his son Edinho has said in an interview, days before the first anniversary of the former player's death on Friday.

Wednesday, Dec 20

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Japan's Abe to face Mexico's Lopez for featherweight title

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Japan's Reiya Abe will challenge reigning champion Luis Alberto Lopez for the International Boxing Federation featherweight crown in New York on March 2, fight promoter Top Rank announced Tuesday.

Monday, Dec 18

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Ichiro goes back to school again as a special instructor

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Ichiro Suzuki has continued his offseason ritual of coaching high school students, wrapping up a two-day session with Okinawa Prefecture's Miyako High School baseball club on Sunday.

Wednesday, Dec 13

04

San Francisco signs South Korean Jung Hoo Lee for $113 million

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The San Francisco Giants made their offseason splash by signing South Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee to a six-year, $113 million contract, several media reports said Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Olympic surfing to be held in Polynesia despite row, president says

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Next year's Olympic surfing competition will be held in French Polynesia as planned, the regional president has said, declaring a blazing row between organizers, authorities and environmental groups to be over.

Sunday, Dec 10

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Philippines and China trade blame for collision in disputed waters

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A Philippine boat and a Chinese Coast Guard ship collided near a hotly contested reef on Sunday, with both countries trading blame for the latest such confrontation in the disputed South China Sea.

Friday, Dec 8

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Ex-Jaguars executive accused of stealing $22 million from team

A former Jacksonville Jaguars executive charged with stealing more than $22 million from the National Football League team said he plans to plead guilty to fraud.

Wednesday, Nov 22

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Kotonowaka beats Takakeisho to remain among leaders

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Sekiwake Kotonowaka remained among the leaders after the 11th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a win over Takakeisho on Wednesday that seriously damaged the ozeki's hopes of promotion to sumo's highest rank of yokozuna.

Friday, Nov 17

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MLB owners give stamp of approval to Athletics' move to Las Vegas

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Major League Baseball owners voted to approve the move of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas, the team said on Thursday, ending years of speculation over the club's future.

Thursday, Nov 16

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Formula One’s Las Vegas race isn’t living up to the hype

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Las Vegas’ first Grand Prix in four decades was supposed to be the latest big sports win for Sin City. But in the days and weeks leading up to Thursday’s start of racing, ticket prices and hotel room rates have been tumbling, a sign of…