Posts Tagged Asia

Meet Coco: potentially China’s next Li Na

China’s Xu Shilin, with playing partner Australia’s Sara Tomic, serves as they play Czech Republic’s Miriam Kolodziejova and Marketa Vondrousova during junior girls' doubles semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Xu, who just turned 17 and goes by the English name Coco, was the first Chinese girl to be No. 1 in the world junior rankings and won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games last year. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country’s two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.

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Suzuki says new sense of enthusiasm behind Marlins deal

Ichiro Suzuki, right, and Miami Marlins president David Samson, left, speak during a news conference in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Ichiro says a renewed sense of enthusiasm was behind his decision to sign a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. His deal includes $2.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $400,000 for 300 and the same amount for each additional 50 through 600. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki says a renewed sense of enthusiasm was behind his decision to sign a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

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A chupacabra in Japan? Depp says it came from his suitcase

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers during a photo session prior to a press conference to promote his latest film "Mortdecai" in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — Johnny Depp has recovered from a cold. And a chupacabra attack.

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Sochi hockey team thriving a year after Winter Olympics

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, children shout during the KHL hockey match between Sochi and Atlant teams in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia. The subtropical resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games, now boasts a decent hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic park into a noisy busy place it was a year ago. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports.

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Meet Coco: China’s next Li Na

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country’s two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese.

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