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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...

Ichiro Suzuki announces retirement from Major League Baseball

Mar. 21, 2019 10:22 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki announces retirement from Major League Baseball.

Chen leads after short program at figure skating worlds

Mar. 21, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen upstaged two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu to lead the short program at the figure skating world championships on Thursday. Skating to "Caravan" by Duke Ellington, Chen performed a lively program that featured a triple axel, a quad lutz, and a quad...

Rui Hachimura's popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga

Mar. 20, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas' Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below. The Gonzaga big man patiently answered questions in Japanese for more than 15 minutes from the nearly two dozen reporters, including...

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome, Mariners top A's 9-7 in opener

Mar. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the...

Ichiro takes field with 45,000 voices in full support

Mar. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a serious home-field advantage. Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro — "Ichiromania" in other words — as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLB's opening game of the season. About 45,000 voices in a sellout...

US man arrested for allegedly stabbing wife at Tokyo court

Mar. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested an American man on Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing his Japanese wife at a court where they were to settle a divorce, officials and media reports said. The man, identified only as a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, stabbed the woman in the neck near a security check...