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Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

Film Mar 27, 2019

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

by Matthew Hernon

'Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean is well-known for dying in almost everything he stars in. If you had to find a Japanese equivalent, though, it would certainly be Kengo Kora. Since his 2006 big-screen debut, the Kumamoto native has featured in around 50 films, ...

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 27, 2019

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

by John Gunning

Sumo columnist James Hardy once bemoaned the difficulty of doing daily tournament reports, saying, "There are only so many ways to write A pushed out B." With yokozuna Hakuho wrapping up his 42nd championship last Sunday, I'm beginning to feel the same way about describing ...

Promise to parents keeps new ozeki Takakeisho pushing forward

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Promise to parents keeps new ozeki Takakeisho pushing forward

Japan-born rikishi Takakeisho reached one milestone in his career but is already looking ahead to the next, as his promotion to ozeki means he has closed in on, but not yet reached, sumo's top rank of yokozuna. After his promotion ceremony on Wednesday, the 22-year-old ...

U.S. draw with Chile to remain unbeaten under Berhalter

Soccer Mar 27, 2019

U.S. draw with Chile to remain unbeaten under Berhalter

Midfielder Christian Pulisic scored early but limped off with a quadriceps injury Tuesday as the United States remained unbeaten under coach Gregg Berhalter with a 1-1 friendly draw against Chile. Pulisic became the youngest American to score 10 international goals when he opened the scoring ...

IOC lifts threat to remove weightlifting from Paris Olympics

Olympics Mar 27, 2019

IOC lifts threat to remove weightlifting from Paris Olympics

Weightlifting's place at the 2024 Paris Olympics has been confirmed after an IOC review of persistent doping problems, as long as the sport's governing body meets certain conditions. The International Weightlifting Federation will continue to undergo "very close monitoring" after 18 months of scrutiny, the ...

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Takakeisho was officially promoted to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association. The 22-year-old Japanese is the first wrestler to reach the rank since Georgian Tochinoshin, who faces demotion after posting two straight losing records, was bumped up from ...