To finish up, a five-point wrap-up of big stories from the world of sport as seen from Japan:
- Terunofuji beat fellow ozeki Takakeisho in a playoff to clinch the Summer Basho on Sunday, capping his epic return to sumo’s second-highest rank this month by capturing the fourth Emperor’s Cup of his career.
- The Panasonic Wild Knights edged the previously undefeated Suntory Sungoliath 31-26 to win the Top League’s last championship Sunday. The match crowned ex-Brave Blossom Kenki Fukuoka’s playing career and marked the end of All Blacks star Beau Barrett’s stint in Japan.
- The Washington Wizards showed their ability to bounce back Thursday with a blowout 142-115 win over the Indiana Pacers that sent them into the playoffs. Rui Hachimura scored 18, grabbing four rebounds and recording two assists.
- Shogo Nakamura did the bulk of the damage against Masahiro Tanaka and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ bullpen Saturday, paving the way for a 3-1 Chiba Lotte Marines win that knocked their opponents off the top of the Pacific League standings.
- For nearly three years, Urawa Reds fans have waited for a chance to see Vissel Kobe captain Andres Iniesta in the flesh. On Saturday, 4,917 got their chance, but it was Urawa that came away victorious, overcoming an error-strewn first half to win 2-0, writes Dan Orlowitz.