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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…

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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…

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‘A new heroine’: Japan celebrates first grand slam winner amid Serena row

Shinzo Abe and Japanese news outlets have lauded Naomi Osaka’s victory at the US Open on SundayWhile the tennis world debated the merits of Serena Williams’ tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final, Japan heaped praise on its …

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Beijing’s crumbling Olympic legacy – in pictures

A decade after Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, signs of the event, most in disrepair, can be seen around the Chinese capital Continue reading…

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Beijing’s crumbling Olympic legacy – in pictures

A decade after Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, signs of the event, most in disrepair, can be seen around the Chinese capital Continue reading…

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North Korea: US blocks sanctions exemption for sports equipment

IOC had asked for exemption to help Olympic athletes prepareUS raises objection on security council committeeThe United States has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to transfer sports equipment to North Korea so its athlete…

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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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Dwyane Wade offered three-year, $25m deal by China’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls

Future Hall of Famer reportedly offered $25m contractFree agent Wade, 36, suffered drop in production last year15-year NBA veteran last made an All-Star team in 2016With his NBA future still undecided, Dwyane Wade is apparently being courted heavily by…

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Dwyane Wade offered three-year, $25m deal by China’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls

Future Hall of Famer reportedly offered $25m contractFree agent Wade, 36, suffered drop in production last year15-year NBA veteran last made an All-Star team in 2016With his NBA future still undecided, Dwyane Wade is apparently being courted heavily by…

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Manny Pacquiao captures welterweight title with first knockout in nine years

Pacquiao stops Matthysse in seventh for first KO since 2009Filipino, 39, captures Matthysse’s WBA welterweight titlePacquiao scored knockdowns in second, fifth and seventhManny Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory with a seventh-round knockout Sunday of …

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The South Korean players who sent Germany crashing out of the World Cup

Going into the match, Kim Young-gwon was despised by his own fans, now he’s a national heroHeading into the match against Germany, the South Korean player who scored the opening goal was despised by his own fans. Last year, Kim Young-gwon lost favour w…

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Chinese firms pile in to sponsor World Cup 2018 amid Fifa fallout

Brands seize chance to push products after western firms pull out over bribery scandalFootball fans heading to the World Cup this summer are going to get an education in Chinese TVs, mobile phones, electric scooters and Mongolian dairy products. As wes…

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Floyd Mayweather’s record in peril after Wanheng Menayothin moves to 50-0

Thai champion defends 105lb title in style to improve to 50-0Menayothin, 32, can surpass Mayweather record in next fightFloyd Mayweather’s most cherished record is no longer his alone.The Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin improved to 50-0 on Wednesday, equ…

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani drawing early Babe Ruth comparisons

Japanese import continues to shine as both pitcher and hitterOhtani flirted with perfect game for six-plus innings on SundayJapanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani continued to display Babe Ruth-like brilliance in the early stages of his Major League Baseb…

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny

No official objection lodged against Kiwi athlete, but other teams at Commonwealth Games said they felt it was unfair New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only t…

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‘Too tall for basketball’: American player exceeds Korean league height limit

David Simon, who stands 6ft 6in, falls foul of a new rule designed to make South Korea’s competition less reliant on tall importsHeight may not be a pre-requisite attribute to become a top basketballer – a diminutive stature never held back the likes o…

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Tonga bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing ‘to preserve dignity’

Order from education minister criticised as sexist, but government blames disruption caused by Cyclone GitaThe Tongan government has banned schoolgirls from playing rugby or boxing because the sports are deemed undignified and not in keeping with the i…

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Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

Athletes and performers put on a vivid display at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South KoreaParalympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games Continue reading…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…