Mlb: Mariners' Iwakuma Ready To Shoulder Load Again If Needed

MLB: Mariners' Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again if neededPitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a major reason the Seattle Mariners stayed in the race for an American League wild-card playoff spot until the second-to-last day of the 2016 season.
The big right-hander led the Mariners with 16 wins, and he got the start on Oct. 1 with Seattle in a must-win situation at home against Oakland in order to have a chance. Iwakuma faltered, however, and gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
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Asian Winter Games Offer Athletes Ideal Prep For Olympics

Asian Winter Games offer athletes ideal prep for OlympicsWith the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent's leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.
The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.
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Ski Jumping: Takanashi Scores Record - Equaling 53rd World Cup Win

Ski jumping: Takanashi scores record-equaling 53rd World Cup winJapanese ski jumping superstar Sara Takanashi captured the 53rd World Cup title of her career to tie Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer's all-time record at a meet in South Korea on Thursday.
A day after securing her fourth overall World Cup title, the 20-year-old Takanashi had jumps of 99.5 and 97 meters to post a winning total of 215.1 points on the second day of the test event for next year's Pyeongchang Olympics.
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Sakamoto Aims To Drive Yomiuri, Samurai Japan

Sakamoto aims to drive Yomiuri, Samurai JapanIn his third year as the Yomiuri Giants’ captain, Hayato Sakamoto is now at ease in his actions as the leader.
“All right, let’s go,” Sakamoto shouted as he energetically raced up the stairs at Kirishima Sunmarine Stadium Miyazaki on Feb. 2 at the head of a line of players. Thirteen teammates, mostly inexperienced players, repeatedly dashed up and down the stairs in the right wing of the stadium. They followed Sakamoto as if they were propelled by the captain, who wore a confident look as he worked out.
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Ski Jumping: Takanashi Nets 4th Overall World Cup Title, Misses Career Wins Mark

Ski jumping: Takanashi nets 4th overall World Cup title, misses career wins markSara Takanashi won her fourth overall ski jumping World Cup title on Wednesday, but fell short of tying Gregor Schlierenzauer's all-time record of 53 victories.
In a test event for next year's Pyeongchang Olympics, Takanashi finished second on 224.9 points behind Japanese compatriot Yuki Ito with 234.4 points.
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Mlb: Tanaka Named Yankees' Opening Day Starter

MLB: Tanaka named Yankees' Opening Day starterNew York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday.
"Our plan is for him to be the Opening Day starter," Girardi said at a news conference. "You've got to see where he's at, but I don't really see him being not our Opening Day starter unless something was to arise that I wasn't expecting."
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Swimming: 5 - Time Olympic Medalist Yamanaka Dies

Swimming: 5-time Olympic medalist Yamanaka diesFive-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78.
Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men's 400 and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high school senior, another two silver in the 400 and 4x200 relay at the Rome Games in 1960, and a bronze in the 4x200 relay at the Tokyo Games in 1964.
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Takagi Sisters Each Secure Medal On Their Own

Takagi sisters each secure medal on their ownFor the first time in their careers, speed skating sisters Miho and Nana Takagi both got to step onto the medal podium as individuals.Miho Takagi finished third in the women’s 1,500 meters at the world single distance world championships on Sunday, the final day of the meet held on the 2018 Winter Olympics oval. A short time later, older sister Nana Takagi skated to the silver medal in the women’s mass start event.
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