Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

People walk by a screen showing TV news reports of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, held by the Islamic State group, in Tokyo Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.  The fates of the Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot were still unknown Saturday after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap lapsed with no further messages from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.

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Safiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title

Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, left,  holds the trophy with runner-up Katie Swan of Britain after winning the junior girls' singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.

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No. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State in 57-34 win

Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid (32) shoots over Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — T.J. McConnell jumped into passing lanes for steals and reached in to strip unsuspecting players of the ball.

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Kane, Sharp lead Blackhawks’ 4-1 rout of Anaheim Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates a goal by right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp assisted on every Chicago goal in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

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Xavier Ford and Buffalo blast MAC-leading Kent State 80-55

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Xavier Ford had a career-high 25 points Friday night, and Buffalo knocked off conference-leading Kent State 80-55, snapping the Golden Flashes’ six-game winning streak.

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