Judoka Kondo wins Japan's first medal of Rio Games

Aug 7, 2016

Judoka Kondo wins Japan's first medal of Rio Games

Ami Kondo won Japan’s first medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics when she beat Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat to claim bronze in the women’s 48-kg judo competition on Saturday. And Naohisa Takato soon followed with a bronze of his own, recovering from defeat in the ...

Nishikori thrills Rio crowd in Olympic opening victory

Aug 7, 2016

Nishikori thrills Rio crowd in Olympic opening victory

Kei Nishikori made himself an instant fan favorite with the Rio de Janeiro crowd after starting his Olympic campaign with a flamboyant 6-2, 6-4 win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday. Trailing 1-0 in the second set, Nishikori dropped his racket after hitting a ...

Rio Olympics open with ceremony focused on environment

Aug 6, 2016

Rio Olympics open with ceremony focused on environment

Rio de Janeiro opened South America’s first-ever Olympic Games on Friday with a pared-down ceremony that put the environment to the forefront and celebrated Brazil’s rich and diverse culture. Hampered by budget cuts enforced by an economic crisis gripping the world’s fifth-biggest country, Rio ...

Rugby chiefs expecting Japan-style boom after Rio Olympic sevens

Aug 6, 2016

Rugby chiefs expecting Japan-style boom after Rio Olympic sevens

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes the Rio Olympic sevens tournament can be the catalyst for emerging nations to follow Japan’s lead and embrace the sport of rugby. Rugby makes its return to Olympic competition after a 92-year absence when the women’s competition kicks ...

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 ...