Japan Captures Team Trophy

Japan captures Team Trophy

AFPTOKYO (AFP-Jiji) — World champion Evgenia Medvedeva displayed elegance and athleticism to win the ladies' free program at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo Saturday, with host nation Japan grabbing the overall title.

The Russian teenager's artistry captivated rivals and fans, renewing her own world record score to 160.46, soaring ahead of her Japanese rivals Mai Mihara in second place with 146.17 and Wakaba Higuchi in third with 145.30.

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All Japan Judo Championships To Welcome First Female Referee Onto The Mat

All Japan Judo Championships to welcome first female referee onto the mat

A female referee will stand for the first time on the mat at the All Japan Judo Championships on April 29, the All Japan Judo Federation has announced.

In a push toward gender equality in the sport, 46-year-old Akiko Amano, who also became the first Japanese female judo referee at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will now stand on the mat of one of the sport's most traditional and high-status events at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo next week. "I feel like I am standing at the turning point of an era," Amano said, "I am honored."

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Athletics: Men's 4x100 Relay Olympic Medalist Takahira To Retire

Athletics: Men's 4x100 relay Olympic medalist Takahira to retire

TOKYO -- Japanese sprinter Shinji Takahira, who was part of the bronze-winning 4x100-meter men's relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said Monday through his club's official blog that he will bring the curtain down on his career later this year.

In his second of three Olympic appearances, Takahira, along with Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu and Nobuharu Asahara, earned Japan's first medal in 80 years in a track event at the 2008 Games.

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Mlb: Darvish, Rangers Finish 4 - Game Sweep, Beat Royals 5 - 2

MLB: Darvish, Rangers finish 4-game sweep, beat Royals 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish didn't get pulled early this time, and didn't have to try to explain a puzzling loss for Texas.

The Japanese right-hander pitched eight innings in his longest outing since elbow surgery two years ago and the Rangers scored the tying and go-ahead runs without a hit, completing a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

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Rugby: Brave Blossoms Accept Joseph's Criticism Following Arc Opener

Rugby: Brave Blossoms accept Joseph's criticism following ARC opener

Japan coach Jamie Joseph was not a happy man following his team's 47-29 victory over South Korea at the weekend at Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field.

The former New Zealand and Japan international said his team, which contained 11 new caps, had been "out-passioned" by the South Koreans and that a number of the more experienced players had "not done the hard work" expected of them.

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Baseball: Eagles' Tomura Steps Into Breach To Hold Off Hawks

Baseball: Eagles' Tomura steps into breach to hold off Hawks

Kenji Tomura made his season debut count for the Rakuten Eagles on Sunday in a 2-1 Pacific League win over the SoftBank Hawks.

Called on to start at the last minute, Tomura (1-0) worked five-plus scoreless innings. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed four singles and walked three, the last two, with no outs in the sixth, sending him to the showers.

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Boxing: Ioka Matches Gushiken's Record With 14th Career Title Fight Win

Boxing: Ioka matches Gushiken's record with 14th career title fight win

Japan's Kazuto Ioka defended his WBA bantamweight crown for the fifth time on Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Noknoi Sitthiprasert of Thailand.

In the first title fight on the card at Edion Arena Osaka, Shohei Omori lost his first world title fight, suffering an 11th round technical knockout against Marlon Tapales of the Philippines.

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Soccer: Reds Edge Sapporo To Go 4 Points Clear In J - League

Soccer: Reds edge Sapporo to go 4 points clear in J-League

Urawa Reds moved four points clear at the top of the J-League first division on Saturday thanks to a 3-2 win at home to promoted Consadole Sapporo and a couple of slip-ups by their chasing rivals.

Rafael Silva opened the scoring midway through the first half and Takahiro Sekine made it 2-1 after Shingo Hyodo had pulled one back for Sapporo with a smart finish at Saitama Stadium.

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