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Japan reflects on uneven performance

Japan coach Jamie Joseph was not a happy man following his team’s 47-29 victory over South Korea this past weekend at Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field. The former New Zealand and Japan international said his team, which contained 11 new caps, had been “out-passioned” by the South Koreans and that ...

Sprinter Asahara to retire at end of season

/ Apr 24, 2017

Sprinter Asahara to retire at end of season

Sprinter Shinji Takahira, who was part of Japan’s bronze-winning 4×100-meter men’s relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said Monday through his club’s official blog that he will bring the curtain down on his career later this year. In his second of three Olympic ...

/ Apr 23, 2017

Kuboya wins Panasonic Open after playoff

Home-grown veteran Kenichi Kuboya beat compatriot Katumasa Miyamoto in a sudden-death playoff to lift his first title for five years at the Panasonic Open Japan on Sunday. The pair were locked at 11 under par after both registered birdie fours at the 72nd hole ...

Upstart Oilers eliminate Sharks

/ Apr 23, 2017

Upstart Oilers eliminate Sharks

After a more than a decade-long playoff drought in Edmonton, the Oilers are in no hurry to leave the NHL’s postseason party. Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in the opening minutes of the second period and the Oilers advanced to the ...

/ Apr 23, 2017

Sharapova to face Vinci in comeback opener

Maria Sharapova was drawn to face veteran Italian Roberta Vinci in her opening match at next week’s Stuttgart tournament as the five-time Grand Slam champion returns from a 15-month doping ban. The former world No. 1 was controversially handed a wild card into the ...

/ Apr 23, 2017

Gatlin leads U.S. to gold at World Relays

Evergreen American sprinter Justin Gatlin struck gold when he anchored his team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday, while double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson shone for Jamaica. The battle between Gatlin, the 35-year-old 2004 Olympic 100-meter champion who has ...

/ Apr 23, 2017

Nishikori withdraws from Barcelona Open

Japan ace Kei Nishikori withdrew from the Barcelona Open men’s tennis tournament, set to get under way Monday in Spain, due to pain in his right wrist, organizers said Saturday. The world No. 5, who won the tourney in 2014 and 2015, was seeded ...

Sunwolves no match for Highlanders

/ Apr 22, 2017

Sunwolves no match for Highlanders

The Sunwolves showed their depth of resilience and fight, but ultimately came up short yet again as the Highlanders handed them their seventh loss of the Super Rugby season in Invercargill on Saturday. Tokyo’s team crossed the line four times, but errors and line-ball ...