Japan edges Czech Republic to qualify for worlds

Nov 11, 2014

Japan edges Czech Republic to qualify for worlds

The happy face is back for “Smile Japan.” Goals by Moeko Fujimoto and Ami Nakamura sent Japan women’s ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory in the decisive game of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Qualification Series on Tuesday night at ...

Czechs beat Japan to tie hockey playoff

Nov 9, 2014

Czechs beat Japan to tie hockey playoff

Goals by Alena Polenska and Denisa Krizova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 victory over Japan and tied the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Qualification Series 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Shin-Yokohama Skate Center. Czech goalie Klara Peslarova was impressive in the ...

Japan women blank Czech Republic in ice hockey series opener

Nov 8, 2014

Japan women blank Czech Republic in ice hockey series opener

Goals by Naho Terashima and Shiori Koike powered Japan to a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the opening game of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Qualification Series on Saturday afternoon at Shin-Yokohama Skate Center. In a hard-fought battle between ...

Hanyu looks to continue strong start by Japan men

| Nov 4, 2014

Hanyu looks to continue strong start by Japan men

Often the campaign following an Olympic season can be a letdown. Some skaters retire (Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki), others chose to sit out (Mao Asada, Patrick Chan), and some don’t quite have the same motivation that drives them when the quadrennial event is on ...

Nishikori rises to No. 5

Nov 3, 2014

Nishikori rises to No. 5

When Kei Nishikori became the first Asian man to break into the top 10 in the ATP Tour rankings back in May, he said his next goal was to make the top five. Less than six months later, he has done it. Nishikori was ...

Nishikori good enough to become No. 1

| Oct 8, 2014

Nishikori good enough to become No. 1

Kei Nishikori’s victory in the Rakuten Japan Open final on Sunday was not just a testament to his exceptional physical ability, but further evidence that he has the mental toughness to go all the way to the top. The very top. Witnessing what I ...

Nishikori captures Japan Open title

Oct 5, 2014

Nishikori captures Japan Open title

Even a typhoon bearing down on Tokyo could not stop the tennis faithful from making the trek to Ariake Colosseum on Sunday afternoon to watch national hero Kei Nishikori go for his fourth ATP Tour title of the season. They weren’t disappointed by coming ...

Nishikori advances to final

Oct 4, 2014

Nishikori advances to final

Kei Nishikori is one victory away from his second Rakuten Japan Open title after his 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) victory over unseeded Benjamin Becker of Germany on Saturday in the semifinals. Nishikori, who is nursing a lower-back injury, started slowly and appeared to have ...

Nishikori books spot in Rakuten Japan Open semis

Oct 3, 2014

Nishikori books spot in Rakuten Japan Open semis

Kei Nishikori continued his march toward the Rakuten Japan Open final on Friday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the quarterfinals. The seventh-ranked player in the world, Nishikori put on another fine display with an array of ...

Nishikori beats Young to reach Japan Open quarterfinals

Oct 2, 2014

Nishikori beats Young to reach Japan Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rakuten Japan Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over unseeded American Donald Young on Thursday afternoon at Ariake Colosseum. The fourth-seeded Nishikori, ranked No. 7 in the world, blasted away from the baseline and capitalized ...