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Gonzaga-Pitt game called at halftime due to unsafe court conditions

The Gonzaga-Pittsburgh season-opening basketball game Friday lasted one half before officials called it off due to unsafe court conditions.


For traveling Zags, it’s time to play basketball

When opening the college basketball season nearly 6,000 miles from home at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan, Xs and Os share time with the bigger picture.


Trip of a lifetime for Gonzaga basketball team

Gonzaga will open the college basketball season with the longest and most unique road trip in program history.


Japan leader announces redo for costly Tokyo Olympic stadium

TOKYO – In a major reversal, Japan’s leader announced Friday that the plans for the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics will be redone because of spiraling costs. As a …


Early criticism of Jill Ellis turns to awe as U.S. reaches World Cup final

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Two weeks ago, Jill Ellis was anything but a genius. As her U.S. team struggled through group play at the Women’s World Cup, the coach was being …


Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

EDMONTON, Alberta — Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, “We’re not the Netherlands,” in responding to question regarding how his team might defend against …


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2015

Will history repeat itself? The U.S. women hope not

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title …


US women react to facing Japan in final

Bring it on. That’s how the U.S. women’s soccer team reacted Wednesday night to learning that Japan would be the opponent in the World Cup final.


World Cup: Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in semi

EDMONTON, Alberta – England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing. Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration …


Former Zags Josh Heytvelt, Ira Brown reunite in Japan

Ira Brown has played basketball professionally in Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines and on the USA 3-on-3 team. Josh Heytvelt has had stints in Turkey sandwiched around stops in Italy and …


Gonzaga basketball team to play in Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa

Gonzaga will face Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic next November at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, The Spokesman-Review has learned. The game will likely be the …


Gonzaga basketball team to play in 2015 Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa

Gonzaga will face Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic next November at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, The Spokesman-Review has learned.


Italy, Uruguay head Groups C and D battles today

Five teams are chasing two places in the knockout stage of the World Cup today. Here are the basic permutations:


World Cup roundup: Mario Balotelli goal gives Italy win over England

The heat and humidity of the jungle made its mark on the first World Cup match to be played in the Amazon rainforest, and so did Mario Balotelli. With players …


Didier Drogba inspires Ivory Coast to FIFA World Cup comeback win over Japan

Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.


Brad Penny the latest big name to disappoint in Japan

TOKYO – American pitcher Brad Penny was released by the Softbank Hawks after appearing in just one game for the Pacific League team, becoming the latest in a long list …


Baseball waits as Mariners pay visit to devastated city

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of …


A reason to cheer

IZUNOKUNI, Japan – One year after their lives were torn apart by the devastating earthquake and tsunami, players from Ishinomaki Technical High School are ready to compete on one of …


Joy blossoms in Japan after World Cup win

A nation reeling from months of tragedy united in joyous celebration Monday after its women’s soccer team — nicknamed “Nadeshiko” for a pink mountain flower — won the World Cup …


Japan stuns U.S. in World Cup title game

FRANKFURT, Germany – It was the most gut-wrenching, most emotional and most dramatic final in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It produced the most surprising, most gloriously happy …


Japan, France advance to World Cup semifinals

Japan knocked two-time defending champion and host Germany out of the Women’s World Cup in Wolfsburg on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama …


ISU seeks new host for figure skating worlds

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Accepting that Tokyo could not host the World Figure Skating Championships next week, the sport’s governing body stepped up efforts Monday to find a new venue and …