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Sunwolves cull a blow to Asian rugby before World Cup

Rugby Mar 25, 2019

Sunwolves cull a blow to Asian rugby before World Cup

The decision by Super Rugby organizers to give Japan's Sunwolves the boot six months before the country hosts the World Cup has sparked concerns about the sport's growth prospects in Asia. The axe will fall on the Tokyo-based franchise after next season following a chastening ...

Ankle injury sidelines Yuzuru Hanyu from World Team Trophy

Figure Skating Mar 25, 2019

Ankle injury sidelines Yuzuru Hanyu from World Team Trophy

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will miss next month's ISU World Team Trophy as he has yet to fully recover from an ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday. The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up at the world championships in Saitama on Saturday, originally sustained ...

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Basketball Mar 25, 2019

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Asami Yoshida, one of the greatest players in Japanese women's basketball history, announced her retirement on Monday, saying that she can no longer motivate herself even with the Tokyo Olympics drawing near. The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, Yoshida’s home throughout her Women’s Japan Basketball League career, had ...

Injury looms over Hakuho's triumph

Sumo Mar 25, 2019

Injury looms over Hakuho's triumph

Yokozuna Hakuho said Monday he felt an "invisible weight" after suffering an arm injury in the final bout of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where he racked up a record-extending 42nd top division title. Hakuho pulled out another close victory in Sunday's bout against fellow ...

Alvark rally around injured forward Jawad Williams

Basketball / B. League Mar 25, 2019

Alvark rally around injured forward Jawad Williams

by Ed Odeven

Veteran forward Jawad Williams filled a vital role for the Alvark Tokyo during the club's 2017-18 B. League championship season. He had a knack for making clutch shots, grabbing key rebounds, playing lockdown defense and providing valuable leadership on and off the court. Williams' season came ...

Novak Djokovic loses cool, wins match to reach fourth round in Miami

Tennis Mar 25, 2019

Novak Djokovic loses cool, wins match to reach fourth round in Miami

Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete. He lost his temper, but not the match. Annoyed after squandering a second-set lead, Djokovic regrouped and beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 4-6, ...