| Aug 23, 2008

Japan beats U.S. for softball gold

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — This was on-field drama at its best: workhorse pitcher Yukiko Ueno playing the starring role, Ayumi Karino and Eri Yamada shining in their supporting roles and Japan destroying the U.S. softball team’s aura of invincibility. Japan earned a stunning 3-1 victory over ...

| Aug 23, 2008

Japan lies fourth after team technical routine

Asian powerhouse Japan was outperformed by minor medal rival China and finished fourth after the technical routine in the synchronized swimming team event at the Beijing Olympics on Friday. Japan, featuring duet bronze-medalists Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki, suffered from some slight synchronization errors ...

| Aug 22, 2008

Fukuhara loses to world No. 1

BEIJING — Popular teenager Ai Fukuhara’s Beijing Olympic campaign ended Thursday when she went down to world No. 1 Zhang Yining in the fourth round of the women’s table tennis singles tournament. Fukuhara, arguably the most well-known Japanese athlete in China, barely avoided a ...

| Aug 21, 2008

Fukuhara cruises in singles opener

BEIJING — Ai Fukuhara got off to a winning start to her singles campaign in the Beijing Olympic table tennis competition Wednesday, cruising past the third round with a five-game victory. Fukuhara, who is ranked 12th in the world and had early round byes, ...

Japan downs Aussies late

| Aug 21, 2008

Japan downs Aussies late

Rei Nishiyama singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday, lifting Japan to a 4-3 victory over Australia for a rematch with the United States in the softball final at the Beijing Olympics. The game appeared to be over ...