Soccer Jul 30, 2016

Young Boys may give OK for striker Kubo to play in Olympics: Shimoda

Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said on Friday that there is a possibility that Swiss club Young Boys could release Japan Under-23 striker Yuya Kubo for the Rio Olympics after all. Shimoda flew to Switzerland to hold talks with Young Boys after the ...

More Sports / Tennis Jul 30, 2016

Daniel, Sugita added to 64-man Olympic tennis draw

Taro Daniel and Yuichi Sugita will both compete in the men's singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being added as new entries, the Japan Tennis Association said on Saturday. Daniel and Sugita have secured berths following the withdrawal of players, including Swiss superstar ...

IOC's decision on Russia a disgrace

Sports | SPORTS SCOPE Jul 30, 2016

IOC's decision on Russia a disgrace

by Ed Odeven

The IOC has exposed itself as a toothless tiger. The Olympics' global governing body showed it lacked the moral fortitude and backbone to take a necessary stand against Russia. By leaving it up to international sports federations to determine if Russian athletes who compete for ...

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

Olympics | OLYMPIC NOTEBOOK May 28, 2016

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

by Ed Odeven

Whether or not the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allows professional boxers to compete at the Olympics for the first time at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games, the idea has sparked widespread criticism. The sport's world governing body reportedly plans to finalize its decision on ...

Basketball / NBA Mar 31, 2016

Clippers' Paul to skip Rio Games

Chris Paul is passing up a shot at Olympic history to take a much-needed summer off. The Los Angeles Clippers star said it was a difficult decision to pull his name from consideration for this summer's Olympics in Rio, but after spending a decade playing ...

More Sports Mar 4, 2016

World championships finalists to be seeded at Rio Games

The finalists from the world championships last September will be seeded at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, United World Wrestling announced Thursday. The decision will boost women's 53-kg division World champion Saori Yoshida, aiming for her fourth straight Olympic gold, as well as Kaori ...

Soccer Feb 20, 2016

U.S., Canada book tickets to Rio

Striker Alex Morgan scored a hat trick as the United States booked a place in the Rio Olympic women's soccer tournament with a 5-0 demolition of Trinidad and Tobago in a semifinal at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Houston on Friday. Canada, boosted by two ...

Olympics Feb 5, 2016

Japan will shine in Rio: analysts

With a stated goal for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics of third place on the medal table, Japan will need to make significant strides at this summer's Rio Games, and as the six-month-to-go milestone passed on Friday one group of analysts is predicting bright spots ...

Soccer Jan 30, 2016

Honda would welcome chance to play in Rio Games if asked

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda said he had not contemplated about representing Japan at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an overage player but admitted he would consider it if asked to go by the Japan Football Association. "I hadn't thought about that, ...

Soccer Nov 27, 2015

Nadeshiko Japan's Olympic qualifiers announced

Former women's world champion Nadeshiko Japan will face Australia in its opening match in the final Asian qualifiers for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as the Japan Football Association announced its schedule on Friday for the tournament in Osaka. Japan, the London Olympic silver ...

Soccer Mar 27, 2015

Japan hammers Macau in Asian Under-23 qualifier

Gakuto Notsuda scored twice as Japan launched its bid for a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics in style on Friday with a 7-0 demolition of Macau in the opening Group I match of the Asian Under-23 Championship qualifiers. Wataru Endo set the wheels in ...