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/ Mar 31, 2005

Miyazato values overseas experience

Ai Miyazato hopes one day to be as famous on the world stage as she is in Japan. It could happen, but the 19-year-old Miyazato knows she'll have to play better than she did at last week's Nabisco Championship where she made her debut on ...

Mar 13, 2005

Rising star Hakuho set to shine in Osaka

Grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia heads into the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament as the odds-on favorite, but rising star Hakuho will be the one to watch when the 15-day meet begins Sunday at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium. Sekiwake Hakuho will be looking to steer the spotlight ...

Mar 1, 2005

Revamped Fuji Speedway unveiled

OYAMA, Shizuoka Pref. -- Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday unveiled a revamped Fuji Speedway, a state-of-the-art racing facility the Japanese manufacturer hopes will be among the best Formula One circuits in the world. Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher shakes hands Monday with Hisamitsu Shimada, president ...

Jan 19, 2005

'The Grate One:' Tikkanen now teaching game in Asia

Former Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers forward Esa Tikkanen never had any trouble motivating himself during an NHL career that spanned almost two decades. Now that he's pushing 40, the Helsinki native has found a whole new reason to come to the rink. Tikkanen ...

/ Nov 10, 2004

Big leaguers take 4-0 lead

FUKUOKA -- Moises Alou drove in a pair of runs in the first inning Tuesday to lead his major league teammates to a 7-2 win over the Japanese All-Stars in Game 4 of an eight-game exhibition series. St. Louis Cardinal Ray King pitches against the ...

/ Oct 25, 2004

Lions force decider

NAGOYA -- Daisuke Matsuzaka came through with another huge win. Seibu starter Daisuke Matsuzaka fires a pitch against the Chunichi Dragons during Game 6 of the Japan Series on Sunday at Nagoya Dome. The Lions won 4-2 to send the best-of-seven series to a final game ...

/ Oct 6, 2004

Kuehnert to head Rakuten team

Internet services company Rakuten on Tuesday introduced American Marty Kuehnert as the general manager of the company's new professional baseball club. American Marty Kuehnert has been hired as general manager of the new Rakuten baseball team, the Internet services company announced in Tokyo. Rakuten has applied ...

/ Sep 3, 2004

Furuta: Players ready to strike if merger happens

The head of the Japanese baseball players' association said Thursday his organization will do everything possible to block the proposed merger of two Pacific League teams. Atsuya furuta, chairman of Japan's professional baseball players' association and starting catcher for the Yakult Swallows, speaks at the meeting ...

Feb 7, 2004

Williams withdraws

Top-seeded Venus Williams was forced to pull out of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday with an injured leg, while defending champion Lindsay Davenport overwhelmed Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova to advance to the semifinals. Former world No. 1 Williams withdrew just before her quarterfinal match ...