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For John Maylam's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 10, 2005

Japan nets late winner

SAITAMA — Japan managed to avoid a major disaster with an injury-time winner from Masashi Oguro securing the points in a thrilling 2-1 win in a World Cup Group B Asian qualifier against North Korea at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday night. Masashi Oguro (right) ...

Nov 12, 2004

Top coach Bollettieri backhands rule changes

The last time I spent $1,500 in one hour, the scenario involved chips, cards, a green velvet table and blurred vision. $1,500 is also the fee for a one-hour, private lesson with unquestionably the world’s most renowned tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri. Returns on investments ...

Oct 11, 2004

Novak captures Japan Open title

Jiri Novak captured his first AIG Japan Open and sixth ATP title with a come-from-behind three-set victory over American Taylor Dent at the Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Czech’s 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win earned him $118,000 and an inscription on the Japan Open silverware. ...

Oct 10, 2004

Sharapova bags Japan Open

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova wasted no time in defending her Japan Open title at the Ariake Colesseum on Saturday, blitzing Mashona Washington of the United States 6-0, 6-1 in 51 minutes. American Taylor Dent will play Czech Jiri Novak in the men’s final on ...

Real downs JEF Utd

Jul 30, 2004

Real downs JEF Utd

Real Madrid cruised past a game, but thoroughly outclassed JEF United Ichihara 3-1 at Tokyo National Stadium on Thursday night. Real Madrid midfielder Guti scores his side’s first goal in the exhibition match against JEF United Ichihara at Tokyo’s National Stadium. Real won 3-1. ...

Jul 14, 2004

Japan triumphs in Kirin Cup

YOKOHAMA — Japan won the 2004 Kirin Cup at International Stadium Yokohama on Tuesday night with an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro. Japan striker Keiji Tamada connects with a volley as Serbia and Montenegro defender Dragan Sarac closes in during the first ...

| Jun 15, 2004

Coach Baxter making a name for himself in world soccer

“Stuart who?” This was the message emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers in South Africa upon the appointment of one Stuart Baxter as the new national soccer team coach. This perceived ignorance from the South African media could have been avoided by a ...

Jun 10, 2004

Japan smashes seven past India

SAITAMA — Within five minutes of the Asia Zone Group 3 World Cup qualifier between Japan and India at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Wednesday, it was clear that the only interest in this game from a spectator’s point of view would be how many ...

| Mar 18, 2004

Professional bowling coming to an alley near you

When first approached to interview Steve Miller, President and CEO of the Pro Bowling Association Tour (PBA), I was reluctant to put it politely. Bowling for me was always something of a last resort if a date was going badly, a sport in which ...

Feb 19, 2004

Japan squeezes by Oman

SAITAMA — Oman! Or should that be: “Oh boy?” Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura dribbles the ball deep into Oman territory during the first half of the World Cup Asian qualifying match at Saitama Stadium 2002. A nation with a population of less than three ...