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AUTO RACING

Japan GP organizers say safety 'top priority' as typhoon looms

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Japanese Grand Prix organizers on Thursday pledged that the safety of fans and drivers would be their top priority as they monitor a massive typhoon threatening to cause havoc at the weekend. Typhoon Hagibis is classed as "violent" -- the top end of Japan's storm scale and the equivalent of… Read

BASEBALL

Kendrick slam in 10th lifts Nationals over Dodgers 7-3, and into NLCS

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Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals overcame a three-run deficit with a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advance to the NL Championship Series against St Louis. Three-time Cy Young Award winner… Read

OLYMPICS

'Old sports' must adapt, says surf chief ahead of Olympics debut

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As "cool" sports such as surfing, skateboarding and climbing prepare to make their Olympic debut in Tokyo, the president of surfing's governing body has told Reuters that more traditional sports must adapt or face being dropped from the Games. Karate will also make its debut in 2020 while baseball and… Read

AUTO RACING

Hamilton can land KO blow at Japanese GP

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Lewis Hamilton may not be able to clinch a sixth world championship at the typhoon-threatened Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, but knows he can knock all but teammate Valtteri Bottas out of the title race. There are only 104 points to be won after Japan and a victory for Hamilton… Read

Sports

Russia wins men's team world gymnastics gold; bronze for Japan

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Nikita Nagornyy shrugged off nearly 30 years' worth of pressure to give Russia its first men's team gymnastics world title since the Soviet era. A year after losing to China by less than five-hundredths of a point, Russia took advantage of a crucial fall by a Chinese gymnast to turn… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic beats Shapovalov to reach 3rd round in Shanghai

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Novak Djokovic opened his title defense at the Shanghai Masters by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round. Djokovic, who had a bye into the second round, improved his career record against the Canadian to 3-0 and has now won 22 straight sets in Asia… Read

TENNIS

Coco Gauff reaches 1st WTA quarterfinal in Linz

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Coco Gauff reached her first WTA quarterfinal when Kateryna Kozlova retired during the third set of their second-round match at the Upper Austria Ladies. Gauff trailed by a set and a break but was on the verge of a comeback when Kozlova retired with the American teenager leading 4-6, 6-4,… Read

BASEBALL

Rays beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS at 2-2

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The Tampa Bay Rays never doubted themselves, even with Justin Verlander looking to end their season. Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, and the Rays chased Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games… Read

BASKETBALL

Chinese state media slam NBA in free speech row

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Chinese state media on Wednesday accused the National Basketball Association (NBA) of endorsing violence and peddling a "secessionist pipe dream" in an escalating row over comments by a team official in support of protests in Hong Kong. The tweet sent over the weekend by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey… Read

BASKETBALL

With China rift ongoing, NBA commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in that country later this week. Silver, speaking Tuesday… Read

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