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Editorials Oct 7, 2019

Nuclear talks fail once again

While Japan continues to demand implementation of the Singapore declaration, there is concern that Trump cares only about North Korea's ability to threaten the U.S. homeland.

England cricket team back in hands of an Englishman

More Sports / Cricket Oct 7, 2019

England cricket team back in hands of an Englishman

After four years with an Australian in charge, England's cricket team is back in the hands of an Englishman. Chris Silverwood, who played six tests for England over six years around the turn of the century, was the rather low-profile choice to replace Trevor Bayliss ...

South Africa coaches trying not to think too far ahead

Rugby Oct 7, 2019

South Africa coaches trying not to think too far ahead

by Rich Freeman

With so many permutations as to which teams from Pool A will reach the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup — made more complicated by the possible intervention of Typhoon Hagibis — South Africa's coaching team is not looking too far ahead. The Springboks should ...

Rugby World Cup on alert for powerful typhoon

Rugby Oct 7, 2019

Rugby World Cup on alert for powerful typhoon

Rugby World Cup organizers warned Monday that a powerful typhoon forming to the south of Japan could bring fierce winds and torrential rain over the last weekend of the pool stages. Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) is tracking Typhoon Hagibis, expected to develop into the highest ...

Waldgeist stuns history-chasing Enable to win Arc

More Sports / Horse Racing Oct 7, 2019

Waldgeist stuns history-chasing Enable to win Arc

Waldgeist denied Enable a historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory on Sunday in a thrilling duel at Paris Longchamp, giving French trainer Andre Fabre his eighth win in the race. John Gosden's odds-on favourite Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, looked set to become ...

Carp announce Shinji Sasaoka as new manager

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 7, 2019

Carp announce Shinji Sasaoka as new manager

The Hiroshima Carp promoted pitching coach Shinji Sasaoka and named him the club's new manager for the 2020 season on Monday. The 52-year-old replaces Koichi Ogata, who stepped down after the Central League team finished the regular season in fourth and missed out on a ...

Toronto gears up for Japan Games

Basketball / NBA Oct 7, 2019

Toronto gears up for Japan Games

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors showed their energy on the floor on Monday as they hit the gym for their first practice since arriving in Japan for a two-game preseason series against the Houston Rockets. The two teams will square off on Tuesday ...

Raptors to defend crown in post-Leonard era

Basketball / NBA Oct 7, 2019

Raptors to defend crown in post-Leonard era

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors' magic-carpet ride last season lifted the franchise to new heights of popularity throughout Canada. Now, it's back to work for second-year head coach Nick Nurse and his team. The defending NBA champions' preseason mission, including their Tuesday and Thursday night games against the ...

Sixth-inning barrage lifts Dodgers over Nats

Baseball / MLB Oct 7, 2019

Sixth-inning barrage lifts Dodgers over Nats

With all of that October experience, no wonder Justin Turner and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to produce a postseason inning unlike any other: seven runs, all scored with two outs and two strikes. Turner's three-run homer capped a startling and record-setting ...

Upset defeat to Fiji in 2007 looms over Wales

Rugby Oct 7, 2019

Upset defeat to Fiji in 2007 looms over Wales

The Fijians have beaten Wales before at the Rugby World Cup, winning a thrilling last group game to reach the 2007 quarterfinals at their expense. Wales won't be knocked out of contention this time if it loses Wednesday's match at Oita Stadium, because it has ...

Japan coach Jamie Joseph finally earning global recognition

Rugby Oct 7, 2019

Japan coach Jamie Joseph finally earning global recognition

For Japan rugby coach Jamie Joseph, recognition and expectation arrived at about the same time and in equal measure. Joseph has an impressive rugby resume from his native New Zealand but, for much of his coaching career, he operated beneath the radar. It wasn't until Japan ...