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Asada holds top spot at nationals

/ Dec 27, 2009

Asada holds top spot at nationals

KADOMA, Osaka Pref. — Mao Asada posted the top score in the women's short program at the Japan Figure Skating National Championships on Saturday, strengthening her chances of securing a spot in the Vancouver Olympics. Mao had a triple axel downgraded to a double but ...

Takahashi leads at nationals

/ Dec 26, 2009

Takahashi leads at nationals

OSAKA — Daisuke Takahashi finished first in the short program at the Japan National Figure Skating Championships on Friday, moving a step closer to earning a spot for the Vancouver Olympics. Takahashi landed all his jumps to record a personal-best score of 92.85 points. "There were ...

Sharapova takes big step in return

/ Oct 4, 2009

Sharapova takes big step in return

Maria Sharapova made progress in her comeback Saturday even though her first title after a 10-month layoff was cut short by injury to her opponent. Former No. 1-ranked Sharapova won her first tournament since undergoing surgery on her right shoulder a year ago when Jelena ...

/ Sep 30, 2009

Sharapova cruises into third round with straight-sets victory

Maria Sharapova easily beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-0, 6-1 Tuesday in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The former top-ranked Russian, who has been struggling since returning from a 10-month injury layoff, will next face Alisa Kleybanova, who defeated sixth-seeded Vera ...

Jun 4, 2009

Ozeki Kaio says harsh treatment is integral

Sumo veteran Kaio said Tuesday that harsh treatment of wrestlers in training is an integral part of Japan's ancient sport and is partially responsible for his own success. Japan's ancient sport has been rocked by several recent scandals, including one in which a trainer was ...

/ Apr 18, 2009

American Lysacek victorious in free skate

World champion Evan Lysacek won the men's free skate on Friday as the United States remained in the lead at the figure skating World Team Trophy. Lysacek, who was second after Thursday's short program, received 154.86 points in the free skate to finish with a ...

/ Apr 2, 2009

Rabbits forced to fold amid economic crisis

The Seibu Prince Rabbits, an ice hockey team with a 37-year history, is the latest casualty of Japan's economic crises. The Rabbits were disbanded Tuesday after the club's parent company, Prince Hotels Inc., was unable to find a new owner. Since announcing its withdrawal from the ...

Masters invitation excites Ishikawa

/ Jan 24, 2009

Masters invitation excites Ishikawa

When he turned professional just over a year ago, Ryo Ishikawa listed winning the U.S. Masters as one of his goals in life. Now the 17-year-old high school student will get his first chance. Ishikawa received a special invitation from Augusta National on Thursday, putting ...

/ Dec 21, 2008

Blatter lauds England 2018 World Cup bid

FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised England as a strong candidate to host the 2018 World Cup, adding he expects a competitive bidding process. "England is a strong candidate, because it is a strong country in football," Blatter said after FIFA's executive committee wrapped up two ...