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 ...

Baseball: Fighters demolish Lions, Tadano deals in Saitama

Apr 17, 2012

Baseball: Fighters demolish Lions, Tadano deals in Saitama

The hot-hitting Fighters continued their winning ways against the feckless Lions, and added insult to injury in their opponents’ backyard. Kazuhito Tadano threw six shutout innings, and Hokkaido Nippon Ham knocked Seibu’s lights out in a six-run seventh en route to a 13-0 blowout ...

Arakaki goes distance as Hawks complete sweep

Apr 2, 2012

Arakaki goes distance as Hawks complete sweep

Nagisa Arakaki went the distance on one-run ball, Yuya Hasegawa broke open a close game with a three-run homer, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep in the season-opening series on Sunday. Softbank got on the ...

Hawks rally for second straight win

Apr 1, 2012

Hawks rally for second straight win

Give the Japan Series champions an opening, and they’ll find a way to win. Yuichi Honda had a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning, rallying the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks past the Orix Buffaloes en route to a 5-2 victory for their second straight win ...

Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Jan 23, 2012

Hakuho calls time on Baruto's perfect record

Yokozuna Hakuho drew a line in the sand Sunday, beating ozeki Baruto to deny the Estonian goliath a 15th win on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Baruto was trying to become the first wrestler at sumo’s No. 2 rank ...

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

Jan 22, 2012

Baruto closes in on perfect tourney

With his first championship title already a done deal, ozeki Baruto maintained his momentum with a thrashing of rival ozeki Kotooshu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. The Estonian man-mountain moved one win away from finishing the Tokyo meet with an ...