Jul 20, 2008

Ex-teammates, foes praise hurler Nomo for impact

Hideo Nomo was a trailblazer and an inspiration to Japanese players who dreamed of playing in the U.S. major leagues, former teammates and opponents said a day after the pitcher retired. Nomo announced his retirement on Thursday, bringing an end to an illustrious Major ...

May 30, 2008

Kirwan to lead Japan against former team

Japan coach John Kirwan will get a little help from his former New Zealand teammates as he prepares his side for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup. Japan will play the Classic All Blacks on Saturday in a tuneup for next month’s Pacific Nations Cup ...

Super Aguri announces its departure from Formula One

May 8, 2008

Super Aguri announces its departure from Formula One

Super Aguri’s brief stint in Formula One ended Tuesday when the Japanese team withdrew from the F1 World Championship due to financial difficulties. “I have participated in the championship for two years and four months,” team president Aguri Suzuki told a news conference. “I ...

Mar 28, 2008

MLB's opening series wins big with fans, teams

Everyone got something out of this road trip. Both teams got a win, the fans loved it and the future of Major League Baseball in Japan looks bright. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Wednesday night to continue the tradition of ...

Mao, Daisuke poised to win gold at world championships

Mar 19, 2008

Mao, Daisuke poised to win gold at world championships

Japan is aiming to become the first country since Russia in 2002 to win gold medals in both the men’s and women’s events at figure skating’s world championships. On a star-studded team, Mao Asada, Miki Ando and Yukari Nakano all look strong on the ...

Oct 8, 2007

Ferrer downs Gasquet to win Japan Open final

Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 win over third-seeded Richard Gasquet of France on Sunday to win the Japan Open. Ferrer was in control from the outset at Ariake Colosseum, breaking Gasquet in the first game of a match that ...

Oct 7, 2007

Defiant Razzano rallies to pull upset

France’s Virginie Razzano rallied from a set down and defied match points against her to defeat top-seeded Venus Williams 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 and win the Japan Open. In the men’s bracket, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain downed seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 ...

Feb 16, 2007

Darvish looks for ways to keep baseball popular

In the absence of players like Daisuke Matsuzaka, one of Japanese baseball’s rising stars says its time to pull together to keep the game attractive to fans. Yu Darvish, who helped the Nippon Ham Fighters win the Japan Series last year, is one of ...

Feb 15, 2007

Lee aims high for Giants

South Korean slugger Lee Seung Yeop is setting his sights high for the 2007 season. After deciding to remain in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants instead of pursuing a career in the U.S. major leagues, Lee is determined to help Japan’s most popular team ...

Nov 5, 2006

MLB goes up 2-0 on pair of Howard blasts

Ryan Howard and Tadahito Iguchi gave the MLB All-Stars the best of both worlds. Tadahito Iguchi of the MLB All-Stars rounds first base on his way to a two-run double in the third inning on Saturday night against the NPB All-Stars at Tokyo Dome. ...