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Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

Reference | FYI Nov 17, 2019

Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

by Eric Johnston

When speaking last month about a plan to introduce private-sector English testing for university entrance exams, education minister Koichi Hagiuda created an outcry when he said students should compete for entry "in accordance with their (financial) standing," implying they should compete financially. The comments created ...

Olympics Nov 17, 2019

Men's marathon to be held on last day of 2020 Games: source

The 2020 Olympic men's marathon will be held on its originally scheduled date of Aug. 9 despite the event's relocation from Tokyo to Sapporo, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The International Olympic Committee's decision to shift the Olympic marathon and race-walking events to ...

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Hakuho easily defeats Tamawashi to stay on top

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 17, 2019

Hakuho easily defeats Tamawashi to stay on top

Hakuho remained alone at the top of the leaderboard after beating Tamawashi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Having started the second week of the meet as outright leader, Hakuho made sure it stayed that way by forcing out the No. 4 maegashira ...

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem set up title match at ATP Finals

Tennis Nov 17, 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem set up title match at ATP Finals

The first time Dominic Thiem played at the ATP Finals, he was handed an unknown Greek teenager as a hitting partner in training. Three years later, Thiem is facing that same player in the final of the season-ending tournament. Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev in ...

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia expanded a list of big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on Saturday as the trio booked their places at next summer's finals. Austria also made it through to the tournament, which kicks off in Rome on ...