Mao comes through to win national title

Dec 24, 2012

Mao comes through to win national title

Mao Asada, Kanako Murakami and Akiko Suzuki were all named to compete at the world figure skating championships in March, the Japan Skating Federation said Sunday. Yuzuru Hanyu, who won his first national title a day earlier, Grand Prix Final winner Daisuke Takahashi and ...

Hanyu dazzles in short program, takes commanding lead over Takahashi

Dec 22, 2012

Hanyu dazzles in short program, takes commanding lead over Takahashi

Yuzuru Hanyu propelled himself into the lead with an electrifying performance in the men’s short program, stunning defending champion Daisuke Takahashi at the Japan Figure Skating National Championships on Friday. The 18-year-old boy wonder riveted the crowd at Makomanai Ice Arena with his performance ...

Dec 2, 2012

Ono tops Olympic silver medalist Nakaya in 73-kg final

Shohei Ono staged an upset against London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya to win the men’s 73-kg final on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Saturday. A day after Japan pulled off a gold-medal sweep of the medals, representatives from the ...

Yano slugs sayonara home run as Giants triumph in 10th

Oct 8, 2012

Yano slugs sayonara home run as Giants triumph in 10th

The Central League champions wrapped up their prolific season with bang on Sunday, pinch hitter Kenji Yano hitting a game-ending home run to lift the Yomiuri Giants to a 10-inning, 2-1 victory over the last-place Yokohama BayStars on Sunday afternoon at Tokyo Dome. The ...

Sharapova reaches Pan Pacific quarterfinals

Sep 27, 2012

Sharapova reaches Pan Pacific quarterfinals

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova staved off a strong challenge from Lucie Safarova to beat her Czech opponent in a straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. The career Gram Slam titleholder dominated the ...

Sharapova rallies back, triumphs over Watson

Sep 26, 2012

Sharapova rallies back, triumphs over Watson

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova held off British qualifier Heather Watson in a three-set thriller to reach the third round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday. Sharapova, the second seed who had a bye into the second round, came back from a set ...

Giants beat Dragons to claim first place

Jul 2, 2012

Giants beat Dragons to claim first place

Kenji Yano made his cameo appearance count with one swing of the bat and Edgar Gonzalez hit a two-run homer as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons 7-5 to take over first place in the Central League on Sunday. The Giants swept their ...