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Gundam towers over a transforming Tokyo

National | AT A GLANCE Nov 4, 2017

Gundam towers over a transforming Tokyo

by Yoshiaki Miura

Every day, the towering full-scale Unicorn Gundam statue in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront district undergoes a transformation, eliciting shouts of joy from visitors young and old, many trying to snap good photos with their smartphones. The 19.7-meter, 49-ton statue of a mobile robot from the popular ...

Balanced scoring powers Albirex past Grouses

Basketball / B. League Nov 4, 2017

Balanced scoring powers Albirex past Grouses

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB's offense performed at a high level on Saturday. Six Albirex players scored in double figures, including B League scoring leader Davante Gardner, who had a game-best 24 points, in Niigata's 95-86 triumph over the host Toyama Grouses. Gardner, a Marquette University alum, ...

Wallabies crush Brave Blossoms

More Sports / Rugby Nov 4, 2017

Wallabies crush Brave Blossoms

by Andrew McKirdy

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Australia handed 2019 host Japan a harsh lesson two years ahead of the tournament with a 63-30 win in Yokohama on Saturday. Australia, which beat the world champion All Blacks in Brisbane on Oct. 21, ran in five first-half tries ...

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

More Sports / Tennis Nov 4, 2017

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday because of a right knee injury, putting in doubt his participation in the ATP finals. The top-ranked Spaniard, who had his knee taped during the third set of his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas, said ...

French charge Fredericks in probe

Olympics Nov 4, 2017

French charge Fredericks in probe

IOC member Frankie Fredericks was handed preliminary charges on Friday in a French investigation into vote-buying around the decision to award the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. An official close to the investigation told AP that Fredericks was questioned Thursday and handed charges of ...

Uchimura seeks to make comeback in December

More Sports / Gymnastics Nov 4, 2017

Uchimura seeks to make comeback in December

Kohei Uchimura said Saturday he hopes to return to competition in December, after an injury forced him to end his bid for a seventh straight individual all-around title at the world championships. "I'm planning to compete at the moment, but I don't want to push ...

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers hopes to return this season

More Sports / Football Nov 4, 2017

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers hopes to return this season

Aaron Rodgers will not decide whether he will play again this season. His surgically repaired collarbone will make that call. Speaking with reporters Friday for the first time since fracturing his right collarbone in an Oct. 15 loss to Minnesota, the Green Bay Packers quarterback ...

Masahiro Tanaka staying with Yankees

Baseball / MLB Nov 4, 2017

Masahiro Tanaka staying with Yankees

Scratch Masahiro Tanaka off the list of potential free-agent pitchers. Tanaka said Friday he will stay with the New York Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract. "It was a simple decision for me as I ...

Cerezo claim first title with Levain Cup victory

Soccer / J. League Nov 4, 2017

Cerezo claim first title with Levain Cup victory

Cerezo Osaka captured their first major domestic title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale in the final of the YBC Levain Cup. Japan international Kenyu Sugimoto opened the scoring with an early strike at Saitama Stadium before Brazilian midfielder Souza netted deep ...