800,000 people crowd Tokyo to celebrate Olympians, Paralympians

Oct 7, 2016

800,000 people crowd Tokyo to celebrate Olympians, Paralympians

An estimated 800,000 spectators thronged the streets of Tokyo on Friday to celebrate Japan’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning athletes in an open-top parade. The procession of 50 Olympians and 37 Paralympians traveled a 2.5-km course from the city’s Toranomon area, through Ginza to ...

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

Oct 7, 2016

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players “deserve two glasses of champagne” after Thursday’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup-qualifying win over Iraq, but warned they will have to sharpen up at set pieces before they take on Australia on Tuesday. Hotaru Yamaguchi scored a ...

Reds stroll past Gamba

Oct 2, 2016

Reds stroll past Gamba

Urawa Reds moved top of the overall J. League table and exorcized a few demons along the way with a 4-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who had lost their last four games against Gamba, took a sixth-minute lead at Saitama Stadium ...

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

Sep 25, 2016

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki denied teenage sensation Naomi Osaka her first title on the WTA Tour with a 7-5, 6-3 win in the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka was aiming to become the tournament’s first Japanese champion since Kimiko ...

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

Sep 23, 2016

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

Rising teenage star Naomi Osaka reached her first-ever semifinal on the WTA Tour after conquering her demons in a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, who toppled world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova ...

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

Sep 21, 2016

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

Teenage sensation Naomi Osaka claimed her biggest scalp to date after beating world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, whose appearance and playing style have drawn comparisons with her idol Serena ...

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

Sep 20, 2016

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai on Tuesday denied that the league has already decided to return to a single-stage format from next season but confirmed that the idea is under consideration. The J. League last season adopted a two-stage league system with postseason playoffs ...