Japan claims two golds in judo

| Sep 22, 2014

Japan claims two golds in judo

Japan took two of the top podium spots of the five gold medals on offer in the judo competition, but still fell below expectations at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday. On the third day of competition, perhaps the most intriguing ...

Kiryu absence gives Japan headache

| Sep 22, 2014

Kiryu absence gives Japan headache

Right out of the starting gate, Japan will face its biggest hurdle in one of the main attractions it had set sights on in the athletics competition at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. With 18-year-old rising sprinting star Yoshihide Kiryu pulling out ...

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 ...