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Shoya Nakajima says 'everything attractive' about new club Al-Duhail

Soccer Feb 6, 2019

Shoya Nakajima says 'everything attractive' about new club Al-Duhail

Winger Shoya Nakajima said Tuesday he is eager to get on the pitch following his reported record transfer to Qatari first-division club Al-Duhail. The club announced their acquisition of Nakajima from Portuguese top-flight side Portimonense on Sunday. His contract runs for four and a half ...

Amateur coaches feted at annual gala

More Sports Feb 6, 2019

Amateur coaches feted at annual gala

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Coaches Association rewarded amateur coaches who accomplished remarkable feats in 2018 during the sixth annual Japan Coaches' Awards ceremony on Sunday in Tokyo. But the event wasn't just about handing the recipients their trophies. It was also an opportunity for coaches who are ...

Paralympian switches from skiing to taekwondo for 2020

Paralympics Feb 6, 2019

Paralympian switches from skiing to taekwondo for 2020

Two-time Paralympic medalist Shoko Ota hung up her skis following the 2014 Sochi Games, but she has taken up a new sport: the martial art taekwondo, with the goal of making her debut at the summer games next year in Tokyo. The 29-year-old Ota started ...

Naomi Osaka out of Qatar Open with back injury

Tennis Feb 6, 2019

Naomi Osaka out of Qatar Open with back injury

World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has pulled out of next week's Qatar Open because of a back injury, tournament organizers said on Tuesday. No more details were given about the injury but Osaka, 21, also withdrew from the Hong Kong ...

New Besiktas signing Shinji Kagawa thrilled to be in Istanbul

Soccer Feb 6, 2019

New Besiktas signing Shinji Kagawa thrilled to be in Istanbul

Shinji Kagawa said Tuesday he is excited about life in Istanbul after joining Turkish first-division side Besiktas on loan. "I've heard it's a wonderful city. I'm really looking forward to living here," the Japanese midfielder said in his first news conference since arriving in Turkey. Kagawa ...