It’s been an eventful few days in sport for Japan and its athletes. Here are some of the highlights:
- For the first time in 12 years, the Women’s Japan Basketball League has a champion that isn’t the Eneos Sunflowers. The Toyota Antelopes ended the Sunflowers’ long reign by completing a sweep of the WJBL Finals with a 70-60 win in Game 2 in Tokyo on Sunday, writes Kaz Nagatsuka.
- Nozomi Okuhara dominated the women’s final at badminton’s All England Open, beating Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-12, 21-16 on Sunday. Japan also ruled in doubles, with the three finals involving six Japanese pairings. Notable in his absence among the Japanese winners, however, was men’s singles No. 1 Kento Momota, who fell in the quarters.
- Sara Takanashi tied the all-time record for podium finishes — 108 — in World Cup ski jumping after taking third in Russia’s Nizhny Tagil on Sunday. Takanashi won her 60th World Cup crown last month in Romania, extending her record for most wins by any jumper, male or female, in the sport.
- Shohei Ohtani gave an eye-catching display of his two-way talents Sunday when he started on the mound and at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels in a spring training game against the San Diego Padres. The last time a player did both in the MLB, and stayed on the mound for over an inning, was in 1901.
- Komusubi Takayasu claimed his eighth victory Monday to keep his lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with an 8-1 record, while sekiwake Terunofuji and rank-and-filer Chiyonokuni both stayed one win off the pace after bouncing back from defeats the previous day.