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Ojitani captures national title;  Harasawa earns Rio berth

Apr 29, 2016

Ojitani captures national title; Harasawa earns Rio berth

Takeshi Ojitani captured his second open-weight National Judo Championship on Friday, while beaten semifinalist Hisayoshi Harasawa was chosen for the over-100-kg division for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ojitani, 23, won his first title against 26-year-old Daiki Kamikawa two years ago and was ...

Apr 29, 2016

Leitch's try helps Chiefs edge Sharks

Japan captain Michael Leitch scored a try for the second game running during the Chiefs’ 24-22 win over the Sharks on Friday in Super Rugby. No. 8 Leitch, who scored a try during their win over the Hurricanes last Saturday, crossed again in the ...

Apr 29, 2016

Tui to remain with Reds in 2017

Japan international Hendrik Tui will be back with the Reds next year, the Australian Super Rugby franchise announced Friday. The loose forward, who was part of Japan’s historic World Cup team last year, is now locked in for his third season in Queensland. “I’m ...

Apr 29, 2016

Serena to skip Madrid Open due to flu

World No. 1 Serena Williams has pulled out of the Madrid Open, which begins this weekend, with the flu, organizers announced on Friday. “Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I’ve been battling the flu and I’m not at 100 percent. I look ...

Apr 29, 2016

Indiana University student becomes Indy 500's official poet

An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500’s first official poet since the early 20th century. Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the contest co-sponsored ...

Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

Apr 29, 2016

Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

With Japan set for a test match on Saturday, the Brave Blossoms’ first since their heroics at last year’s Rugby World Cup, former coach Eddie Jones is less than impressed with how things have panned out regarding his successor. “What other team, what serious ...

Rams take Cal quarterback Goff with first pick of NFL draft

Apr 29, 2016

Rams take Cal quarterback Goff with first pick of NFL draft

California love for Jared Goff, and Philadelphia pride for Carson Wentz. It was all about the quarterbacks before Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre tumble down the board at the NFL draft. Goff went No. 1 overall to the Rams on Thursday for their first pick since ...

Apr 28, 2016

Pacquiao continues senatorial campaign despite kidnap threat

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him. Pacquiao said Thursday he doubted the threat but would not ignore it, ...

Aoki establishes record as oldest player on JGTO Tour

Apr 28, 2016

Aoki establishes record as oldest player on JGTO Tour

Isao Aoki became the oldest player to appear on the Japanese men’s tour at the Chunichi Crowns on Thursday, but his round was limited to nine holes due to a sore right ankle. At 73 years, 7 months and 28 days, Aoki rewrote the ...

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Apr 28, 2016

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Two teenage Japanese snowboarders have been banned from competition after being found guilty of smoking marijuana while on tour in the United States in December, local media reported on Thursday. The Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) said traces of the drug were detected in ...