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Editorials Sep 11, 2019

Boris Johnson's horrible week

While most assessments of these horrific events have focused on Brexit's economic impact, there is increasing attention to the damage that has been done to British politics and its democracy.

Full tilt: Setamaru has energy to burn

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Sep 11, 2019

Full tilt: Setamaru has energy to burn

Full tilt: Need a pickup? A break from the hum-drum? If so, then this ginger ball of energy is for you. He's called Setamaru, a name coined from the Tokyo Ward where he was found. Born sometime this spring, he's still new to life ...

Lions move into first place with win over Hawks

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 11, 2019

Lions move into first place with win over Hawks

The Seibu Lions grabbed the top spot in the Pacific League on Wednesday, sinking the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4-1 after Tomoya Mori connected on a three-run double with two outs in the third. Starting a half-game behind the Hawks, the Lions made their opportunities count ...

France stuns U.S. in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals

Basketball Sep 11, 2019

France stuns U.S. in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds ...

All Blacks hold first practice in Japan ahead of Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 11, 2019

All Blacks hold first practice in Japan ahead of Rugby World Cup

Defending champion New Zealand underwent a punishing first World Cup training session in Japan on Wednesday before promising to come out firing against South Africa in their blockbuster tournament opener. The treble-chasing All Blacks, who face the Springboks in a potentially explosive Pool B clash ...

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 11, 2019

Kakuryu, two others earn 4th wins

Yokozuna Kakuryu kept his share of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, defeating rank-and-filer Ichinojo in the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The Mongolian yokozuna, gunning for his second straight championship, sits in a tie with sekiwake Takakeisho and ...

Sumo 101: Technique and strategy

Sumo Sep 11, 2019

Sumo 101: Technique and strategy

by John Gunning

One of the defining features of sumo is how quickly bouts end. Most fights take less than 5-6 seconds from start to finish. Japan's national sport is one in which a rikishi notorious for long, slow battles earned the nickname "Mr. One Minute." A matchup in any ...

Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer

More Sports / Football Sep 11, 2019

Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer. Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a ...

South Korea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

Olympics Sep 11, 2019

South Korea asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics

South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese "rising sun" flag at next year's Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan's brutal wartime past and comparing it with the Nazi swastika. South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism ...

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 11, 2019

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

High hopes turned into devastation — and misery. With an 80-65 loss to Montenegro on Monday, the Japan men's basketball team concluded its campaign at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a disastrous 0-5 record, the worst-ever outcome for the team in the sport's extravaganza. Considering ...

13,000 'Team No-Side' volunteers ready for Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 11, 2019

13,000 'Team No-Side' volunteers ready for Rugby World Cup

Fans can expect plenty of helping hands at the Rugby World Cup starting on Sept. 20 as a record-high 13,000 volunteers are set to cover 12 venues across Japan. They have been named the "Team No-Side," a Japanese rugby term corresponding to the English "full ...

Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem

Soccer Sep 11, 2019

Hong Kong soccer fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem

Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm. The crowd broke out into "Glory ...