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/ Dec 1, 2008

Oda wins to cap return

Nobunari Oda capped a successful return to competitive skating on Sunday with a victory at the NHK Trophy. Oda, who was in first place after Friday's short program, overcame several mistakes in his free skate to finish with 236.18 points, ahead of American Johnny Weir ...

/ Oct 5, 2008

Berdych shocks Roddick in semis

Tomas Berdych defeated Andy Roddick 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in the semifinals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the second-seeded American's bid for a second straight title in Asia. The ninth-seeded Berdych will face fifth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in Sunday's ...

/ Oct 1, 2008

Nishikori prevails in tough opening match

Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori beat American Robert Kendrick in three sets Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open. Nishikori downed Kendrick 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 and will meet Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round Wednesday. Defending champion David Ferrer of ...

Sep 29, 2008

Rossi wins Japan GP, claims MotoGP title

Italy's Valentino Rossi stormed to victory at the Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday, claiming his sixth MotoGP world championship. Rossi, riding a Yamaha, pulled ahead of defending MotoGP champion Casey Stoner of Australia with 11 laps to go and won the race with a ...

Japan duo stun defending champs

| Aug 12, 2008

Japan duo stun defending champs

Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna upset defending Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China on Monday to advance to the women's doubles semifinals in Olympic badminton. Maeda and Suetsuna, who are unseeded, took advantage of unforced errors by the top-seeded Chinese duo en ...

/ Jul 20, 2008

Ex-teammates, foes praise hurler Nomo for impact

Hideo Nomo was a trailblazer and an inspiration to Japanese players who dreamed of playing in the U.S. major leagues, former teammates and opponents said a day after the pitcher retired. Nomo announced his retirement on Thursday, bringing an end to an illustrious Major League ...

/ May 30, 2008

Kirwan to lead Japan against former team

Japan coach John Kirwan will get a little help from his former New Zealand teammates as he prepares his side for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup. Japan will play the Classic All Blacks on Saturday in a tuneup for next month's Pacific Nations Cup where ...

Super Aguri announces its departure from Formula One

May 8, 2008

Super Aguri announces its departure from Formula One

Super Aguri's brief stint in Formula One ended Tuesday when the Japanese team withdrew from the F1 World Championship due to financial difficulties. "I have participated in the championship for two years and four months," team president Aguri Suzuki told a news conference. "I regretfully ...

/ Mar 28, 2008

MLB's opening series wins big with fans, teams

Everyone got something out of this road trip. Both teams got a win, the fans loved it and the future of Major League Baseball in Japan looks bright. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Wednesday night to continue the tradition of splitting ...