Olympics | 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS Aug 23, 2008

Japan beats U.S. for softball gold

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — This was on-field drama at its best: workhorse pitcher Yukiko Ueno playing the starring role, Ayumi Karino and Eri Yamada shining in their supporting roles and Japan destroying the U.S. softball team's aura of invincibility. Japan earned a stunning 3-1 victory over the ...

Olympics | 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS Aug 23, 2008

Japan lies fourth after team technical routine

Asian powerhouse Japan was outperformed by minor medal rival China and finished fourth after the technical routine in the synchronized swimming team event at the Beijing Olympics on Friday. Japan, featuring duet bronze-medalists Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki, suffered from some slight synchronization errors to ...

Japan downs Aussies late

Olympics | 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS Aug 21, 2008

Japan downs Aussies late

Rei Nishiyama singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday, lifting Japan to a 4-3 victory over Australia for a rematch with the United States in the softball final at the Beijing Olympics. The game appeared to be over again ...

Olympics | 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS Aug 18, 2008

Japan secures medal in softball

Eri Yamada hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth-inning rally Sunday as Japan beat Venezuela 5-2 in the preliminary round of the Beijing Olympic softball tournament, securing a medal for the third straight Olympics. Japan picked up its fifth win in six games ...

Yoshida defends wrestling gold in Beijing

Olympics | 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS Aug 17, 2008

Yoshida defends wrestling gold in Beijing

Saori Yoshida proved to be an indestructible force Saturday but countrywoman Chiharu Icho saw her dream of realizing Olympic gold with her younger sister Kaori dashed after having to settle for silver in women's freestyle wrestling at the Beijing Games. Yoshida successfully defended her title ...