Ready or not, the Rio Games set to begin

Aug 5, 2016

Ready or not, the Rio Games set to begin

All eyes will turn to Rio de Janeiro on Friday when it opens South America’s first Olympic Games against a backdrop of political and economic crises off the sporting field and doping scandals on it. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries will compete ...

Free-falling Grampus' winless streak reaches 14 games

Jul 30, 2016

Free-falling Grampus' winless streak reaches 14 games

Nagoya Grampus slipped further into relegation trouble after a 0-0 draw with Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday that extended the 2010 J. League champions’ winless streak to 14 games. Grampus — one of only three teams, along with Marinos and Kashima Antlers, to have ...

Japan badminton team ready to escape gambling shadow in Rio

Jul 20, 2016

Japan badminton team ready to escape gambling shadow in Rio

The head coach of Japan’s Olympic badminton team insists the gambling scandal that engulfed the sport three months ago will not cast a shadow over his squad at next month’s Rio Games. Japanese badminton was reluctantly thrust into the spotlight in April when star ...

Uchimura determined to lead Japan to team gold in Rio

Jul 3, 2016

Uchimura determined to lead Japan to team gold in Rio

If the pressure to lead Japan back to Olympic team glory at this summer’s Rio Games is weighing heavily on Kohei Uchimura’s muscular shoulders, the gymnastics superstar does well to hide it. “I don’t think of it as pressure,” the record six-time all-around world ...