Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

Sep 20, 2014

Bach hints at Olympic baseball return

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is all in favor of bringing back men’s baseball and women’s softball as part of his 2020 Olympic agenda. He’s just not ready to say so, quite yet. Asked whether he wants to see the return of the ...

Festive opening ceremony marks start of Asian Games

| Sep 19, 2014

Festive opening ceremony marks start of Asian Games

The 17th Asian Games kicked off with a lavish opening ceremony Friday, with YouTube singer PSY getting the crowd jumping for the curtain-closer with his popular “Gangnam Style” to kick off the contental extravaganza. The ceremony at Asiad Main Stadium was the opening showcase ...

Lions' Kishi tosses no-hitter against Marines

May 2, 2014

Lions' Kishi tosses no-hitter against Marines

Seibu right-hander Takayuki Kishi threw the first no-hitter of his career and the 89th in Nippon Professional Baseball history as the Lions defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-0 on Friday night. Kishi (3-2) struck out eight and walked one in a 117-pitch outing, and ...

Hakuho beats Kakuryu in playoff to capture 28th title

Jan 26, 2014

Hakuho beats Kakuryu in playoff to capture 28th title

Yokozuna Hakuho won his 28th career championship Sunday, sumo’s dominant force doing what he has done umpteen times with everything on the line on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho suffered his first setback with a defeat at the ...

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

Jan 18, 2014

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

Ozeki Kisenosato kept his slim hopes for promotion alive, overpowering Aminishiki while undefeated yokozuna Hakuho continued to wreak havoc with a demolition of Toyohibiki on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho, who is gunning for his 28th ...

IOC chief Bach leaves door open for baseball at 2020 Games

Nov 20, 2013

IOC chief Bach leaves door open for baseball at 2020 Games

IOC president Thomas Bach said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday the possibility still exists for the inclusion of baseball and softball for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Making his first official visit to the Japanese capital after being elected president of the IOC, Bach ...

Nishikori, Raonic move into Rakuten Open quarterfinals

Oct 3, 2013

Nishikori, Raonic move into Rakuten Open quarterfinals

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori made quick work of Feliciano Lopez, walloping the Spaniard in a straight-sets victory Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Rakuten Japan Open. The world No. 13 Nishikori needed little over an hour to put away Lopez, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 ...

Marines rout new PL champion Eagles

Sep 27, 2013

Marines rout new PL champion Eagles

A night after breaking out the bubbly to celebrate their first ever Pacific League title, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were understandably in need of a collective pick-me-up during a sluggish performance against the second-place Chiba Lotte Marines. Left-hander Takahiro Matsunaga (4-1) allowed four ...

JOC delegates in radiation spin control

Sep 5, 2013

JOC delegates in radiation spin control

What was to have been a resounding kickoff for the Tokyo 2020 bid with the International Olympic Committee's looming vote turns into a fencing match as bid chief Tsunekazu Takeda parries media questions about Fukushima.