Williamson, Broom sweep series for New Zealand

Fill-in batsman Neil Broom and skipper Kane Williamson produced a match-winning 179-run stand for New Zealand to crush Bangladesh in their final one-day match in Nelson on Saturday. Williamson was left unbeaten on 95 while Broom fell just before the close for 97 as the hosts overhauled Bangladesh’s 236 for the loss of only two […]

In-form Antlers looking to complete double in Emperor’s Cup final

J. League champions Kashima Antlers will be looking to complete a remarkable finish to the season with another title win when they take on Kawasaki Frontale in the final of the Emperor’s Cup on Sunday at Suita Stadium. Few could have predicted the recent form of Japan’s most successful club after it finished the league […]

Celtics star Thomas torches Heat with 29-point fourth-quarter outburst

Isaiah Thomas had a fourth quarter better than any other player for a team rich in history. Thomas set a club record with 29 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a career-high 52 points and leading the Boston Celtics to a 117-114 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night. “It doesn’t seem real. […]

Florida State edges Michigan in wild Orange Bowl

Renegade, the horse that serves as Florida State’s mascot, took an uncharacteristic tumble while prancing on the field before kickoff. The horse got up and was just fine. Hours later, Florida State collapsed — and like Renegade, recovered with a flourish. Deondre Francois’ 12-yard touchdown pass to Nyquan Murray with 36 seconds left put No. […]

Preds’ Saros earns first career shutout

Juuse Saros made a strong case for more playing time Friday night. The 21-year-old from Finland got his first career shutout, Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0. Saros made 25 saves and impressed Predators coach Peter Laviolette. “He made some important saves throughout […]

Former Pakistan cricketer Imtiaz Ahmed dies at 88

Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistan’s former test wicketkeeper-batsman who became a chief selector after his playing career, has died. He was 88. The Pakistan Cricket Board said Ahmed, Pakistan’s oldest living test cricketer, died Saturday in Lahore following a chest infection. Ahmed played 41 tests from 1952-62, scoring 2,079 runs at an average of 29 and taking […]

Hamilton lifts Golden Kings with winning layup against Levanga

The Ryukyu Golden Kings closed out the year with a dramatic down-to-the-wire triumph over the Levanga Hokkaido on Saturday. Big man Lamont Hamilton converted a layup with 1 second remaining, giving the Golden Kings a 76-74 New Year’s Eve win and a series sweep in Sapporo. Asahi Tajima missed a potential game-winning layup at the […]

Corrales keeps WBA super featherweight crown with split-decision win over Uchiyama

Takashi Uchiyama didn’t get his wish. Champion Jezreel Corrales handed the Japanese boxing great another loss, recording a a split-decision victory (117-110, 115-112, 113-114) and retaining his WBA super featherweight title at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium on New Year’s Eve. Uchiyama (24-2-1) knocked Corrales down late in the fifth round on Saturday night, though […]

Halilhodzic warns Honda to find regular playing time

Keisuke Honda should seriously consider leaving AC Milan or risk losing his place on the Japan squad, according to national coach Vahid Halilhodzic. “I need Honda to play more on a regular basis,” Halilhodzic said in an end-of-year interview with members of the Tokyo Sportswriters’ Club. “The national team needs Honda. He is our best […]