Oct 8, 2010

Recent results won't alter Hamilton's style

SUZUKA, Mie Pref. — Lewis Hamilton said he will not temper his aggressive racing style at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix despite crashing out of the past two Formula One races while attempting ambitious passing moves. Consecutive non-finishes mean the McLaren driver has dropped ...

Alonso hopes to make push for title at Suzuka

Oct 7, 2010

Alonso hopes to make push for title at Suzuka

SUZUKA, Mie Pref. — Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso says the team must step up its efforts at the Japanese Grand Prix to maintain its push for the Formula One championship. Alonso heads into this weekend’s race with some momentum after winning the last two in ...

Sep 20, 2010

Castroneves wins Indy Japan 300

MOTEGI, Tochigi Pref. — Pole-sitter Helio Castroneves of Brazil won the Indy Japan 300 on Sunday to ensure the IndyCar series championship will come down to the final race of the year. Castroneves gained the lead from Team Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe on a ...

Feb 13, 2010

Fans object to Asashoryu's retirement pay

A generous retirement package proposed for former sumo yokozuna Asashoryu has angered some fans in Japan. The Japan Sumo Association is considering paying him $1.2 million, local media reported Friday. That’s a sum many Japanese see as too much for the Mongolian, who retired ...

Mao wins nationals

Dec 28, 2009

Mao wins nationals

KADOMA, Osaka Pref. — Mao Asada won the women’s Japan Figure Skating National Championships on Sunday to secure a place in the Vancouver Olympic team. Asada, first after the short program, began the free skate with a triple axel and was solid the rest ...

Asada holds top spot at nationals

Dec 27, 2009

Asada holds top spot at nationals

KADOMA, Osaka Pref. — Mao Asada posted the top score in the women’s short program at the Japan Figure Skating National Championships on Saturday, strengthening her chances of securing a spot in the Vancouver Olympics. Mao had a triple axel downgraded to a double ...

Takahashi leads at nationals

Dec 26, 2009

Takahashi leads at nationals

OSAKA — Daisuke Takahashi finished first in the short program at the Japan National Figure Skating Championships on Friday, moving a step closer to earning a spot for the Vancouver Olympics. Takahashi landed all his jumps to record a personal-best score of 92.85 points. ...

Sharapova takes big step in return

Oct 4, 2009

Sharapova takes big step in return

Maria Sharapova made progress in her comeback Saturday even though her first title after a 10-month layoff was cut short by injury to her opponent. Former No. 1-ranked Sharapova won her first tournament since undergoing surgery on her right shoulder a year ago when ...

Oct 1, 2009

Sharapova recovers to join Jankovic in Pan Pacific quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova recovered from a slow start Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan Pacific with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over compatriot Alisa Kleybanova. The former top-ranked Russian, who has been struggling since returning from a 10-month injury layoff, will ...

Sep 30, 2009

Sharapova cruises into third round with straight-sets victory

Maria Sharapova easily beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-1 Tuesday in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The former top-ranked Russian, who has been struggling since returning from a 10-month injury layoff, will next face Alisa Kleybanova, who defeated sixth-seeded ...