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Serena withdraws, No. 1 Osaka loses, Federer wins at Miami

Mar. 23, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power. Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6,...

Chen produces spectacular free skate to win gold at worlds

Mar. 23, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate Saturday to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships. It was the first time an American man captured consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won his fourth in a row in 1984. Two-time...

Angels' Ohtani thankful for shout-out from Ichiro

Mar. 22, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — During his news conference in Tokyo after playing his final game, Ichiro Suzuki mentioned young Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, saying the two-way player could be one of the best in the world. Ohtani was flattered to hear that from his idol. "Obviously, it's one of the most...

Trump adds $3.7B in support to finish 2 new nuclear reactors

Mar. 22, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Friday that the Trump administration has finalized $3.7 billion in new loan guarantees to support completion of the first new U.S. commercial nuclear reactors in a generation, calling the expansion of nuclear energy "the real" Green New Deal. The...

Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry

Mar. 22, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport's governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge. Gafur Rakhimov sai d he was not resigning as AIBA president, however, and did not call for new elections....

Zagitova wins at worlds, Tursynbaeva lands 1st quad jump

Mar. 22, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships on Friday. Skating to "Carmen," the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Mar. 22, 2019 4:08 AM EDT

New Zealanders mourned this week after a gunman killed 50 people and wounded others in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda announced he would stand down when his term ends amid a bribery scandal that...

3-time champ Venus Williams wins opening match at Miami Open

Mar. 21, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match Thursday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3. Williams, making her 20th appearance in the tournament, won the title in 1998, 1999 and 2001 when the event was played on Key...

Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo Dome

Mar. 21, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever. But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing. The great Ichiro has said "sayonara." Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning,...

Ichiro says goodbye to adoring fans; Mariners beat A's in 12

Mar. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The magnitude of the moment — of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell — left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence. Asked what that experience meant, the Japanese rookie pitcher paused for a full minute. "Since spring training...