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Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. Read More

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Read More

NASCAR’s culture of cheating unmasked during playoffs

The credo in NASCAR has always been “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’,” and that has never changed despite serieseffort to keep things on the up-and-up. Read More

Linebackers are paying price for NFL’s video-game numbers

With the NFL’s volcanic offenses, can’t-hit-them-too-hard rules and bewildered officials, linebackers today aren’t the snarling 250-pound thumpers who used to just give running backs fits. Read More
 

New Orleans Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, source says

The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent, will join one of the NFL’s top offenses in New Orleans. Read More

Rainbow Wahine volleyball loses in 5 at Pepperdine

Senior hitter McKenna Granato had her 11th double-double of the season, but it was not enough as Hawaii dropped a critical nonconference volleyball match tonight, falling to Pepperdine 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-6 in Malibu, Calif. Read More
 

Pepperdine steals UH women’s basketball opener

Pepperdine’s Paige Fecske hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the Waves a 65-64 win over Hawaii in the teams’ 2018-19 season opener at the Stan Sheriff Center tonight. Read More

Rules officials face crash course on new golf rules

Hundreds of rules officials worldwide who face a crash course on the modernized Rules of Golf that take effect Jan. 1. The modernized rules, which took more than five years to develop, were announced in early March. Read More

Athletes outraged at proposed age requirement for WADA prez

Three high-profile Olympic and Paralympic athletes are incensed over a proposed age minimum that would eliminate their choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Read More

Quarterback Nick Mullens to get 2nd start for 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with Nick Mullens as their starting quarterback after his spectacular debut performance. Read More

Mariota recovers as Titans top Cowboys

Kevin Byard secured the interception that sparked the sluggish Tennessee Titans and turned toward midfield. Read More

Cavs sign Larry Drew to coaching contract for rest of season

Larry Drew’s awkward impasse with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team relented to Drew’s requests by restructuring his contract and signing him to be their coach for the remainder of this season — and perhaps beyond. Read More
 

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. Read More

A guide to the 2018-19 college basketball season

The 2017-18 college basketball had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in first game of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons. Read More

What do NFL zebras chat about with Lions and Giants and Bears?

Like any other workplace, there is constant, if hidden, interplay between NFL players and officials on the field, a largely overlooked dialogue reserved for the few permitted to participate in the action. Read More

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