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Steve Keating
For Steve Keating's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Tiger Woods takes part in a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Tuesday.
MORE SPORTS / Golf
Apr 10, 2024
Defiant Woods sizing up a sixth Masters green jacket
Woods has always maintained he would never enter a tournament he did not believe he could win and stands by that even in the face of long odds.
Jannik Sinner reacts after winning a point against Tallon Griekspoor on the seventh day of the Miami Open in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Sunday.
TENNIS
Mar 25, 2024
Sinner pulls off Miami great escape but no way out for Rune
"Mentally I tried to stay strong, which I did, and I was in a tough situation today," said Sinner.
Naomi Osaka hits a backhand during her first round match at the Miami Open last week. Osaka continued her comeback with a big win over Elina Svitolina on Saturday.
TENNIS
Mar 24, 2024
Sun returns to Miami as Swiatek dominates and Osaka earns big win
It is another big step in the 26-year-old Japanese's comeback, having now picked off two top 20 ranked players in the six matches since her return.
Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where Super Bowl 58 will be held on Sunday. The city is promising a spectacle around the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers showdown.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Feb 6, 2024
Las Vegas planning Super Bowl supernova to cement sports hub status
The spectacle could be biggest television event in the United States since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969.
Mercedes driver George Russell drives during the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix Launch Party in November 2022.
MORE SPORTS
Nov 15, 2023
Viva Las Vegas as Formula One bets big on Sin City race
It is all systems go for the launch of an event F1 owners Liberty Media believe can propel the sport into a new money-spinning orbit.
Japan Times
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May 24, 2023
WADA prioritizes education, but drug testing in esports' future
The organization said it had been approached by the Global Esports Foundation about developing a health and wellness plan for esports athletes.
Japan Times
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May 9, 2023
In a fickle sporting world, F1 understands need to entertain fans
The red-hot auto racing competition added new glitzy elements to the pre-race buildup at Sunday's Miami Grand Prix.
Japan Times
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May 8, 2023
Verstappen leads rampaging Red Bull to one-two finish in Miami
The victory was Max Verstappen's 38th career win, tying him with Sebastian Vettel for most victories for Red Bull.
Japan Times
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Mar 8, 2023
PGA Tour turning the page with sweeping changes
Commissioner Jay Monahan described the updates to the tour as part of an ongoing evolution that addresses the changing needs of players, partners and fans.
Japan Times
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Feb 14, 2023
Las Vegas betting reputation as party capital on Super Bowl
Even without the game, Super Bowl weekend is already the second-busiest of the year for Las Vegas, with more than 300,000 pouring onto the Strip filling casino sportbooks.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Oct 31, 2022
LIV Golf vows next year will be bigger and better
Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, LIV grabbed the golf world's attention with staggering prize purses totaling $255 million while luring top players.
Japan Times
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Sep 25, 2022
Scrappy Internationals stun U.S. to leave Presidents Cup up for grabs
Despite an inspiring performance on Saturday, the Internationals will head into Sunday's decisive singles still needing to overcome a U.S. team that needs just 4u00bd points to secure victory.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Aug 31, 2022
Naomi Osaka knocked out by Danielle Collins at U.S. Open
American Danielle Collins showed no signs of rust after missing the entire North American hardcourt season, battling past two-time U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on Tuesday and into the second round.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Aug 31, 2022
Emma Raducanu's U.S. Open title defense ends in first round
With more than 2,000 of her ranking points gone, world No. 11 Emma Raducanu will drop out of the top 70 and go back to having to qualify for some events or depend on wildcards.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Aug 31, 2022
Venus Williams tight-lipped on future as Serena heads toward retirement
While Serena Williams has been coy about her future, her older sister Venus has been tight-lipped, with every indication she plans to carry on.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Aug 30, 2022
Serena Williams puts off retirement with U.S. Open first-round win
Serena Williams signaled she is not quite ready for retirement, advancing to the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday with a scrappy 6-3, 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic.
Japan Times
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Aug 2, 2022
'Love triangle' makes waves for Australia in Commonwealth Games pool
The relationships between swimmers Kyle Chalmers, Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon have become tabloid fodder at the ongoing multisport event in Birmingham.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Feb 7, 2022
China accused of ignoring hockey player's human rights as isolation complaints grow
Several Games participants have complained about the isolation conditions, as well as the confusing procedures around being allowed to leave.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jan 26, 2022
Ice hockey 'the Canadian way': Size, speed and aggression
Instead of stocking its roster with NHL All-Stars and future Hall of Famers, Canada has been left scrambling to find coaching staff and players.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jan 19, 2022
Climate change will limit choice for Winter Games hosts, study says
According to the study, only Sapporo would be able to provide safe conditions to stage the Winter Olympics again by the end of the century if greenhouse gases are not dramatically reduced.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on