Rugby chief fears Olympics leaving 2019 World Cup in shade

Oct 14, 2016

Rugby chief fears Olympics leaving 2019 World Cup in shade

World Rugby chief Brett Gosper admits he is concerned that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are shunting the 2019 Rugby World Cup into the shadows just three years before Japan hosts the event. “I do think it’s important that we remind the people of Japan ...

Goffin, Kyrgios roll into Japan Open final

Oct 8, 2016

Goffin, Kyrgios roll into Japan Open final

Belgium’s David Goffin set up a Japan Open final showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios after beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-4 in Saturday’s semifinal. Goffin, who had already beaten 2014 U.S. Open champion Cilic twice this year, looked to be in trouble at Ariake ...

Crafty Kyrgios conquers Muller, advances to Japan Open semis

Oct 7, 2016

Crafty Kyrgios conquers Muller, advances to Japan Open semis

Australian world No. 15 Nick Kyrgios showcased the full range of his mercurial talents to reach the Japan Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller on Friday. Kyrgios, whose volatile on-court antics have earned him a reputation as the bad ...

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 ...