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88rising's quest to find a Japanese hip-hop sensation

Music Jan 23, 2019

88rising's quest to find a Japanese hip-hop sensation

by Patrick ST. Michel

Japanese music hasn't made many inroads into Western markets this decade. Save for some brief viral flashes and niche success, the country's artists have mostly been overlooked. However, Sean Miyashiro, founder of media company 88rising, thinks Japan still holds one big advantage. "I think the ...

'Divine Justice': The surprises behind closed doors

Film / Reviews Jan 23, 2019

'Divine Justice': The surprises behind closed doors

by Mark Schilling

Love hotels feature in many Japanese films, including those, like Ryuichi Hiroki's "Kabukicho Love Hotel" and Izuru Kumasaka's "Asyl: Park and Love Hotel," that make such establishments a central focus. Typically guests drop their social masks within their walls, while employees get an up-close ...

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Entertainment News Jan 23, 2019

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

A friend says that actress Kaye Ballard, co-star of the TV series "The Mothers-in-Law," has died. She was 93. The friend, Marguerite Gordon, says Ballard died Monday night at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. Ballard had been fighting kidney cancer, Gordon said Tuesday. A boisterous comedian ...

Hakuho's winning streak snapped by Mitakeumi

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2019

Hakuho's winning streak snapped by Mitakeumi

Komusubi Mitakeumi handed yokozuna Hakuho his first loss on Wednesday, returning from injury to pull off the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament's biggest surprise so far. Mitakeumi (6-2-3), who missed three days of competition with an injured left leg, faced the unenviable task of battling ...

South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports

More Sports Jan 23, 2019

South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports

South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches. The yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports ...

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 23, 2019

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

by Dan Orlowitz

"Defense wins championships," as the old saying goes. The Samurai Blue certainly needed plenty of it on Monday after maintaining less than 24 percent possession over 90 minutes of their Asian Cup round of 16 win against Saudi Arabia under the baking sun at Sharjah ...

Sumo 101: Trading cards

Sumo Jan 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Trading cards

by John Gunning

With a sport as ancient as sumo, trading cards aren't the first things that spring to mind when you think of memorabilia. A person could be forgiven for assuming that if such cards existed, they must be just a recent concession to western tastes. The reality ...

Mariano Rivera becomes first unanimous HOF pick

Baseball / MLB Jan 23, 2019

Mariano Rivera becomes first unanimous HOF pick

Mariano Rivera has become baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with ...