Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

More Sports / Gymnastics May 5, 2016

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

Reigning Olympic and world all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive NHK Cup on Thursday. As usual, Uchimura was in a league of his own, totaling 184.650 points to finish comfortably ahead of Ryohei Kato (180.100), who beat Yusuke Tanaka by just 0.100 ...

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

Basketball Apr 26, 2016

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's Olympic-bound women's national basketball team has entered its second training camp in Tokyo, with Phoenix Suns assistant Corey Gaines as a guest coach. Gaines, a former guard for four NBA teams as well as the now-defunct Japan Energy Griffins, is expected to teach Team ...

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

More Sports / Judo Apr 17, 2016

Yamabe wins national judo crown to book Rio berth

Kanae Yamabe downed rival Megumi Tachimoto for her third national judo championship title on Sunday to clinch a spot in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the pair's third meeting in the final at the national championships in as many years, and this year ...

Tanii wins 50-km walk national title

More Sports / Track & Field Apr 17, 2016

Tanii wins 50-km walk national title

World bronze medalist Takayuki Tanii won the 50-km walk on Sunday at the national championships, the final qualifier for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Tanii, who has already qualified for Rio, clocked 3 hours, 44 minutes, 12 seconds in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture for his ...

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

Basketball Apr 13, 2016

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Corey Gaines, a Phoenix Suns assistant who formerly played in Japan, will be invited to coach the Japanese women's national team, team assistant Tom Hovasse revealed on Tuesday. Gaines will join the women's team, which has already secured a spot at this summer's Rio de ...

More Sports / Swimming Apr 12, 2016

McEvoy smokes field at Australian swim trials

elbourne Australia Cameron McEvoy will head to the Rio Games brimming with confidence after storming to the Australian 100-meter freestyle title at the Olympic trials on Monday, but former world champion James Magnussen failed to book his ticket for the blue-riband event. McEvoy, runner-up at the ...

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

Soccer Apr 11, 2016

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

In the wake of bans handed to badminton players over casino gambling, Japan's Olympic soccer coach said Monday he will warn his players of the dangers facing them. Speaking at the Japan Under-23 training camp in Shizuoka Prefecture, Makoto Teguramori said that the potential for ...

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

More Sports / Swimming Apr 11, 2016

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Swimming Federation officially announced its national team for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday. Medal hopefuls such as Kosuke Hagino, Ryosuke Irie, Kanako Watanabe and Rie Kaneto will lead the 34 representatives — the second-biggest team in Japan's Olympic history. Japan ...

More Sports Apr 5, 2016

Ota makes Japan's Olympic fencing team

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Yuki Ota and three others were officially named to Japan's fencing team for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday. Ota, whose medals came in men's individual foil in the 2008 Beijing Games and team foil in London four years ...

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

More Sports / Gymnastics Apr 3, 2016

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

Six-time all-around world champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura won a record-extending ninth consecutive national championship on Sunday, although he did not have the best of days as he made numerous mistakes. Uchimura, who will be looking to defend his all-around crown at the Rio de Janeiro ...