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Ian Ransom
For Ian Ransom's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Australian coach Graham Arnold prior to his team's 2026 World Cup qualification match on Nov. 16 in Melbourne.
SOCCER
Dec 6, 2023
Mideast teams best suited to Asian Cup's scheduling: Australia coach
Graham Arnold noted that his country — as well as Japan and South Korea — has many players based in Europe, making the January scheduling difficult.
North Korea's Kim Kyong Sok (center) reacts after the men's quarterfinal football match between North Korea and Japan at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday.
SOCCER
Oct 2, 2023
North Korean soccer players clash with referee after loss to Japan
North Korea captain Jang Kuk Chol and teammate Kim Kyong Sok remonstrated heatedly with referee Rustam Lutfullin.
Light from the opening ceremony of the 2022 Asian Games in the sky over the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou, China on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS
Sep 24, 2023
China opens Hangzhou Asian Games with dazzling ceremony
Spectators in the city's 80,000 capacity stadium let out a huge roar as Chinese leader Xi Jinping was introduced and sat with visiting dignitaries.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jul 18, 2023
Next Commonwealth Games host pulls out over cost concerns
The Australian Olympic Committee, which had spoken of the 2026 Games as a "runway" for hosting the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, said it was "an enormous disappointment" for the athletes.
Japan Times
Rugby
Mar 21, 2023
Robertson to succeed Foster as All Blacks head coach after Rugby World Cup
Appointed on a four-year deal, Scott Robertson"s contract will see him through to the end of the 2027 World Cup in Australia.
Japan Times
Rugby
Mar 1, 2023
New Zealand to appoint Ian Foster's post-World Cup successor in weeks
New Zealand Rugby said "recent events" had forced the governing body to provide clarity on the appointment process and cited significant competition for talent in the global rugby market.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jan 17, 2023
Andy Murray turns back the clock to win five-set epic
Murray will play the winner of Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Italian veteran Fabio Fognini for a place in the third round.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jan 16, 2023
Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk won't shake hands with Russian players at Australian Open
Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to play at Melbourne Park this year without their flag or country displayed.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Dec 28, 2022
David Warner rates 'magical' Boxing Day double-ton among his best innings
Short of runs and under pressure, David Warner entered the Boxing Day test against South Africa warning the doubters not to underestimate the fight of a “housing commission boy” with his back against the wall.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Dec 19, 2022
Australian soccer does not have culture of crowd trouble, says CEO
Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover was concussed after being struck in the face by a metal bucket full of sand during the weekend's abandoned Melbourne derby.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Oct 24, 2022
Virat Kohli blitz lifts India to victory in Pakistan cliffhanger
The eventual man of the match went ballistic with his bat in the final overs to bring India home in front of 90,293 screaming fans and millions more watching around the world.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jul 26, 2022
Pride jersey triggers boycott by rugby league players
Australian media reported up to seven Manly players were opposed to wearing it on "religious and cultural" grounds and had elected to pull out of the Roosters game.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Oct 19, 2021
Host state won't cut deal with unvaccinated Australian Open players
Victoria's premier suggested that the state's vaccine mandate covers international athletes, who would be required to complete their inoculations ahead of the tournament in January.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 6, 2021
No relief for embattled Australia as rugby world champions South Africa looms
The Wallabies served up the same array of turnovers, intercept tries and poor decisions seen in the first two tests against the All Blacks.

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