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Review: Sid at Yokohama Arena

Music Mar 18, 2019

Review: Sid at Yokohama Arena

by Patrick St. Michel

Passionate fandom has become the domain of pop music. Or, at least, that's the image that has developed globally over the past decade, as intense groups of diverse people throw their support behind a wide range of mainstream acts, from Beyonce to BTS. Rock, ...

Sumo 101: College graduates in sumo

Sumo Mar 18, 2019

Sumo 101: College graduates in sumo

by John Gunning

New entrants into the world of sumo generally fall into three groups. Most are recent junior high school graduates with little to no previous sumo experience. That category has a fairly high washout rate, as the reality of sumo's harsh lifestyle normally comes as a shock ...

Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 18, 2019

Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho earned his ninth straight win on Monday and remained the only undefeated wrestler at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In the final bout at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho took on komusubi Mitakeumi (3-6), who earned his first top-division title last July in Nagoya ...

Junya Ito nets first goal in Belgium as Genk make playoffs

Soccer Mar 18, 2019

Junya Ito nets first goal in Belgium as Genk make playoffs

Japanese forward Junya Ito scored his debut goal in the Belgian first division Sunday as league leaders Genk qualified for the championship playoffs with a 3-3 draw at Zulte Waregem. After setting up a 19th-minute equalizer for Ruslan Malinovskiy to erase an early 1-0 deficit, ...

Rui Hachimura's Gonzaga handed NCAA tourney's West No. 1 seed

Basketball Mar 18, 2019

Rui Hachimura's Gonzaga handed NCAA tourney's West No. 1 seed

After a season in which it reeled off 17 straight wins in conference play, the Gonzaga University men's basketball team, led by Japan's NBA hopeful Rui Hachimura, was handed the top seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament. Sunday's announcement gave Gonzaga its ...

Khris Davis' bat salvages tie for Athletics

Baseball Mar 18, 2019

Khris Davis' bat salvages tie for Athletics

by Jason Coskrey

Khris Davis' reputation for hitting home runs preceded him on the Oakland Athletics' trip to Japan, even among some of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' own sluggers. The Oakland star showed the Fighters what the fuss was all about in his club's final game before ...

New Zealand rugby's Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre

Rugby Mar 18, 2019

New Zealand rugby's Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre

New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders rugby team said they would consult with the Muslim community about a potential change of name after criticism following Friday's massacre at two mosques in their home city of Christchurch. The name of the reigning Super Rugby champions has been questioned ...