Japan the center of attention in 1st Rugby World Cup in Asia

TOKYO (AP) — The first Rugby World Cup in Asia starts Friday in Tokyo, another sport out to tap a giant region that's in the midst of playing host to three straight Olympics and world championships of...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his co...

France beat Australia 67-59 for bronze medal at World Cup

BEIJING (AP) — France defeated Australia 67-59 on Sunday to take the third-place game in the World Cup. It was France's second straight bronze medal in the event and matches its best finish. ...

Serbia coach Djordjevic resigning after poor World Cup

BEIJING (AP) — Serbia basketball coach Sasha Djordjevic says he's resigning after his team — among the favorites to win the basketball World Cup — settled for fifth place. Djordjevic...

Spain beats Australia 95-88 in 2OT to reach World Cup final

BEIJING (AP) — Spain is back into the final of the basketball World Cup with a chance to match the title it won 13 years ago. Marc Gasol scored 33 points to lead Spain over Australia...

Plenty of NBA talent left among 4 World Cup semifinalists

BEIJING (AP) — There's plenty of NBA talent left among the World Cup semifinalists, even if that foursome does not include the United States. Spain, France and Australia are stocked ...

1 Year: Tokyo Olympics unveil gold, silver, bronze medals

TOKYO (AP) — Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organizers marked exactly a year until the games open. Fans, sponsors and pol...

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tue...

Year to go to Tokyo Games, with costs, ticket demand rising

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has hit 365 days. To mark the year-to-go mark, the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals are to be unveiled Wednesday as part of da...

Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand

TOKYO (AP) — Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year. ...

Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in J...

Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the first lottery were announced in J...

Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

TOKYO (AP) — Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. ...

JOC gets new leader in wake of Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal

TOKYO (AP) — A former gold medalist has been elected to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged vote-buying scheme...

Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed

TOKYO (AP) — Want tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down. Millions were disappointed starting Thursday when applicants in a ticket lottery — for Japan residen...