Nishikori overcomes Querrey for place in quarterfinals

Oct 7, 2015

Nishikori overcomes Querrey for place in quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori tamed big-serving American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Japan Open on Wednesday. Defending champion Nishikori stood toe-to-toe with the 198-cm Querrey, winning all his service games under an open roof in windy conditions at Ariake Colosseum. ...

Japan eyes World Cup heroes for Super Rugby's Sunwolves

Oct 5, 2015

Japan eyes World Cup heroes for Super Rugby's Sunwolves

Japan’s new Super Rugby franchise is hoping to ride the wave of the national team’s World Cup success when it enters the competition next season. The new team, which was officially named the Sunwolves on Monday, is set to open its debut Super Rugby ...

Reds, Tosu settle for 1-1 draw

Oct 3, 2015

Reds, Tosu settle for 1-1 draw

Urawa Reds moved a step closer to the J. League overall points title despite squandering a lead in a 1-1 draw with Sagan Tosu on Saturday. Urawa began the day two points ahead of Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the overall table — the winner of ...

Reds' Koroki delivers winning strike against Antlers

Sep 26, 2015

Reds' Koroki delivers winning strike against Antlers

Shinzo Koroki hit the winner against his former club as Urawa Reds beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday to stay two points clear at the top of the overall J. League table. First-stage champions Reds went into the game having won five of their ...

Japan took past lessons to heart in win over Cambodia

Sep 4, 2015

Japan took past lessons to heart in win over Cambodia

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes Japan owes Singapore a debt of gratitude for providing the wake-up call that fueled Thursday’s World Cup qualifying win over Cambodia. Japan beat Cambodia 3-0 at Saitama Stadium to pick up its first victory on the road to ...

Japan overcomes slow start to put away Cambodia

Sep 3, 2015

Japan overcomes slow start to put away Cambodia

Japan got its 2018 World Cup qualification campaign up and running with a 3-0 win over Cambodia on Thursday night. The Samurai Blue had stumbled out of the blocks in their opening game on the road to Russia, drawing 0-0 at home to Singapore ...

Japan looking to draw strength from off-field rugby turmoil

Aug 30, 2015

Japan looking to draw strength from off-field rugby turmoil

Japan captain Michael Leitch fears that Japanese rugby is in danger of squandering the momentum it has built up in recent years following a harrowing week for the sport. But Leitch also believes that the Brave Blossoms can turn negative headlines surrounding the future ...