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At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, athletes from Syria march into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world’s population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There’s Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn’t. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet -North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?  Welcome to the Asian Games, where, as the organizers put it, "Diversity Shines." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world’s population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There’s Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn’t. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet — North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?

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Retiring Li Na has “no regrets” about retiring

Chinese tennis player Li Na wipes her tears during a press conference to announce  her retirement in Beijing, China, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

BEIJING (AP) — Two days after announcing the end of her momentous tennis career in an open letter to friends and fans, Li Na entered her farewell news conference with the appearance of somebody who had been crying.

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Pliskova beats Lepchenko to win Korea Open

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Korea Open.

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Part of Ohio road honors baseball’s Branch Rickey

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Part of a highway in southern Ohio is being renamed for Scioto (sy-OH’-tuh) County native Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Jackie Robinson to break the color line.

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Washington State falls short against No. 2 Oregon

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass to wide receiver Devon Allen against Washington State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Underdog Washington State almost beat No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, but Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was not impressed.

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