Soccer / World Cup Feb 28, 2002

Asia must earn extra spot: Blatter

If Asia wants an extra automatic berth to future World Cups, then it will have to earn it, FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the Japanese media on Wednesday. Speaking at the Japanese Press Center in Tokyo, Blatter confirmed that as the winner of this year's ...

Diary of a not-so-mad man

Music Feb 6, 2002

Diary of a not-so-mad man

"I'm not the Antichrist, I'm not the Iron Man, I'm not the kind of person you really think I am . . . I try to entertain you the best I can, I wish I'd walked before I ran," Ozzy Osbourne sings in "Gets ...

SPORTS SCOPE Jan 10, 2002

Forget agents, get a comedian

Yakult Swallows pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii obviously didn't know what to do. His choices were: Play baseball in Japan or head for the major leagues. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Ishii figured that America was far too dangerous a place to live. ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 3, 2002

S-Pulse kicks off new year by winning Emperor's Cup

For Shimizu S-Pulse, Tuesday's Emperor's Cup final was a chance to make it third-time lucky after losing two finals in the past three years. For Cerezo Osaka, it was a chance to finish off a miserable season with a trophy and the opportunity to ...

SPORTS SCOPE Dec 6, 2001

Is FIFA manipulating its balls correctly?

With 13 pots to pick the balls out of, you can probably say one of two things about last Saturday's World Cup draw in Korea: it was either potty or a load of balls. I managed to lose track of things after they had finished ...

Soccer / World Cup Dec 1, 2001

2002 World Cup winner must qualify for 2006 finals

PUSAN, South Korea -- No more free rides. That was the message from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday when he announced that the winner of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea would not get an automatic qualifying berth for the ...

SPORTS SCOPE Oct 19, 2001

2002 -- a big year for Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Jun Nayong and her friend Cho Sook Eun look at each other knowing they have a common answer to my question but are almost embarrassed to say it. Almost. "The truth is that no one is quite sure whether having both ...

More Sports Sep 18, 2001

Navratilova sympathetic

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova expressed sympathy for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States on Monday evening at a low-key press conference for the Toyota Princess Cup, which also started Monday in Tokyo. "I have to offer my condolences to all ...

National Sep 7, 2001

IMG delves into soccer, Japan

IMG, the largest sports management and marketing company in the world, is planning to get even bigger. The company started by Mark McCormack, still chairman of the group, and built around the star power of golf legend Arnold Palmer in the '60s, has grown into ...