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Takehiro Tomiyasu's header propels Japan past Saudi Arabia

Soccer Jan 21, 2019

Takehiro Tomiyasu's header propels Japan past Saudi Arabia

Defender Takehiro Tomiyasu netted his first senior international goal to send Japan into the Asian Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Monday. The 20-year-old center back for Belgian side Sint-Truiden underscored his status as one of Japan’s next-generation stars by heading ...

Sumo 101: Pre- and post-bout rituals

Sumo Jan 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Pre- and post-bout rituals

by John Gunning

From once they are called to mount the dohyo, makuuchi division wrestlers have four minutes to prepare for their bout. After bowing to each other, they go to the corner, do shiko (foot stomps) and receive the chikara mizu and chikara gami (power water and ...

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2019

Hakuho stays spotless on ninth day

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho maintained his lead after beating former ozeki Kotoshogiku on Monday, the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The 33-year-old Hakuho, the only yokozuna still in action, beat Kotoshogiku to keep a perfect record at the 15-day meet at Tokyo's ...

Yushiro Hirano makes progress toward NHL debut

More Sports / Ice Hockey Jan 21, 2019

Yushiro Hirano makes progress toward NHL debut

Yushiro Hirano said he has opened "just one door" in his quest to be the second Japan-born player in the NHL. The 23-year-old forward signed on Jan. 13 with the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, a farm club for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. The 185-cm, 100-kg ...