Jun 4, 2009

Ozeki Kaio says harsh treatment is integral

Sumo veteran Kaio said Tuesday that harsh treatment of wrestlers in training is an integral part of Japan’s ancient sport and is partially responsible for his own success. Japan’s ancient sport has been rocked by several recent scandals, including one in which a trainer ...

Apr 18, 2009

American Lysacek victorious in free skate

World champion Evan Lysacek won the men’s free skate on Friday as the United States remained in the lead at the figure skating World Team Trophy. Lysacek, who was second after Thursday’s short program, received 154.86 points in the free skate to finish with ...

Apr 2, 2009

Rabbits forced to fold amid economic crisis

The Seibu Prince Rabbits, an ice hockey team with a 37-year history, is the latest casualty of Japan’s economic crises. The Rabbits were disbanded Tuesday after the club’s parent company, Prince Hotels Inc., was unable to find a new owner. Since announcing its withdrawal ...

Masters invitation excites Ishikawa

Jan 24, 2009

Masters invitation excites Ishikawa

When he turned professional just over a year ago, Ryo Ishikawa listed winning the U.S. Masters as one of his goals in life. Now the 17-year-old high school student will get his first chance. Ishikawa received a special invitation from Augusta National on Thursday, ...

Dec 21, 2008

Blatter lauds England 2018 World Cup bid

FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised England as a strong candidate to host the 2018 World Cup, adding he expects a competitive bidding process. “England is a strong candidate, because it is a strong country in football,” Blatter said after FIFA’s executive committee wrapped up ...

Dec 1, 2008

Oda wins to cap return

Nobunari Oda capped a successful return to competitive skating on Sunday with a victory at the NHK Trophy. Oda, who was in first place after Friday’s short program, overcame several mistakes in his free skate to finish with 236.18 points, ahead of American Johnny ...

Oct 5, 2008

Berdych shocks Roddick in semis

Tomas Berdych defeated Andy Roddick 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in the semifinals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the second-seeded American’s bid for a second straight title in Asia. The ninth-seeded Berdych will face fifth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in ...

Oct 1, 2008

Nishikori prevails in tough opening match

Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori beat American Robert Kendrick in three sets Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open. Nishikori downed Kendrick 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 and will meet Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round Wednesday. Defending champion David ...

Sep 29, 2008

Rossi wins Japan GP, claims MotoGP title

Italy’s Valentino Rossi stormed to victory at the Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday, claiming his sixth MotoGP world championship. Rossi, riding a Yamaha, pulled ahead of defending MotoGP champion Casey Stoner of Australia with 11 laps to go and won the race with ...

Japan duo stun defending champs

| Aug 12, 2008

Japan duo stun defending champs

Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna upset defending Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China on Monday to advance to the women’s doubles semifinals in Olympic badminton. Maeda and Suetsuna, who are unseeded, took advantage of unforced errors by the top-seeded Chinese duo ...