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Here’s a round-up of recent sports news with a focus on Japan and its athletes, starting with the biggest story of the lot:

A rare playoff between two Japanese golfers decided the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday, and it was Filipino-Japanese teen Yuka Saso who kept her nerve to become the third Japanese woman to lift a major title — and the joint-youngest to win the tourney.

All the focus has been on Naomi Osaka’s exit, but Kei Nishikori has been working his socks off to stay in the French Open. After two five-set slogs, Nishikori’s foe in round 3 limped off after a set. But alas, a spot in the final eight — and an 100th Grand Slam win — was not to be.

Playoff: Yuka Saso vs. Nasa Hataoka – 2021 U.S. Women's Open | UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
Playoff: Yuka Saso vs. Nasa Hataoka – 2021 U.S. Women’s Open | UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION

Inspired by the success of fellow countrymen such as Hideki Matsuyama and Shohei Ohtani, Takumi Sato was hoping to defend his Indy 500 title last week, Jason Coskrey reports. But in the end, it really wasn’t Sato’s day.

The last B. League season? So much to say, they spread the awards over two days. On day 1, Kai Toews and J.R. Sakuragi took the top honors, Kaz Nagatsuka reports. On day 2, SeaHorses Mikawa’s Kosuke Kanamaru was the star.

Rui Hachimura scored a career playoff-high 21 points Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Washington Wizards’ season alive. But a day after being knocked out of the playoffs, Hachimura was focused on the positives.

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