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 ...

Brazil begins Olympic torch relay

Olympics May 4, 2016

Brazil begins Olympic torch relay

Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got under way with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis. Rousseff presided over the flame ceremony in Brasilia, even though she faces impeachment and is unlikely ...

More Sports Apr 28, 2016

U.K. cycling coach resigns over derogatory comments

One of the key figures behind Britain's successful Olympic cycling team resigned on Wednesday, soon after being suspended by the national governing body for allegedly making discriminatory remarks to riders. Shane Sutton stepped down from his position as technical director at British Cycling, saying the ...

Olympics Apr 28, 2016

South Korea unveils Zika-proof Olympic uniforms

South Korea's Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof uniforms complete with mosquito repellent it says will help protect athletes from the virus at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro. Mosquito-repellent chemicals were added to the outfits, which all include long pants, long-sleeved shirts and ...

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 ...

Olympics Apr 20, 2016

Sports federations concerned about Rio venues

International sports federations expressed concern Tuesday over problems with venues for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena this week. Two top International Olympic Committee officials, meanwhile, will be dispatched to Rio for frequent visits to monitor the final ...

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 / Tennis Apr 13, 2016

Sharapova still in Russia's Olympic plans

Russia says Maria Sharapova is still in its plans for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since last month, when she admitted she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the ...