TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ozeki Goeido capitalized on a slip-up by his closest rival to move two wins clear at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.
After Chiyotairyu crashed to a third defeat, Goeido (10-1) took full advantage in the day's penultimate bout, getting both hands on the front of Mitakeumi's (5-6) belt and surging forward to force him over the straw bales.
Japan's world champion Nozomi Okuhara responded to her fans' expectations on Wednesday by setting up a rematch of her world championships final against India's Pusarla Sindhu in the women's singles at the Japan Open.
With her fans cheering her on at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium the world No. 9 Okuhara, the bronze medalist at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi. Okuhara needed 40 minutes to beat the world No. 15 21-15, 21-13.
Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back and forth between strange emptiness and ecstatic relief now that she has retired from competitive tennis.
"There's a sentiment of sadness but at the same time, I'm relieved that I don't have to worry about my condition every morning when I wake up. I do feel reassured and liberated," said Date, who ended her career with a straight-sets loss at the recent Japan Women's Open.
Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south.
"Two years to go is an exciting milestone for people in the host nation and fans around the world and I am delighted that Japan is marking it with a special nationwide festival that will engage and inspire people the length and breadth of the host nation," World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a press release.
Shohei Otani will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday, Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama revealed Tuesday.
Otani, who threw 78 pitches in his previous start last week, a 5-2/3 inning win over the Rakuten Eagles, is expected to throw around 100 when he takes the mound at Sapporo Dome against the Pacific League champion SoftBank Hawks.
Ozeki Goeido remains the act to beat after he improved to 9-1 on Tuesday with five days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Goeido has been an extremely tricky opponent so far in the 15-day event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, feinting and dodging his way to several of the victories he badly needed here. After suffering a losing record in July in Nagoya, Goeido entered this tournament needing eight wins to secure his ozeki status.
With Wednesday, Sept. 20, marking two years until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019, Japanese cities hosting the tournament held various countdown events over the weekend.
In Tokyo, the Webb Ellis Cup, to be awarded to the winner of the competition to be held Sept. 20-Nov.2, 2019, was unveiled along with a performance of New Zealand's Maori Haka dance, often associated with rugby.
The Hiroshima Carp clinched their second straight Central League championship, the team's eighth overall, with a 3-2 win over the Hanshin Tigers on Monday afternoon.
Two days after they were denied a chance to clinch at home, a huge number of Carp fans invaded the Tigers' home, historic Koshien Stadium outside Osaka, and erupted after Shota Nakazaki sealed the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his eighth save.
Angelique Kerber made sure there would not be another slipup against Naomi Osaka on Monday as the former U.S. champion eliminated the local favorite in straight sets in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Kerber, who was beaten in the first round by the 19-year-old Osaka as defending U.S. Open champion last month, returned the favor to the new face of Japanese women's tennis, winning 6-3, 6-4 at Ariake Colosseum.
Ozeki Goeido won his eighth straight bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday to take sole lead and secure his status in sumo's second-highest rank.
Goeido (8-1), who would have faced demotion with a losing record in the 15-day event, appeared uncharacteristically cautious against No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama (0-2 with seven rest days due to injury) but thrust the Bulgarian down after sidestepping his charge at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
Japan's Miyu Kato insists she has left her court rage in New York for good and was gracious in defeat on Sunday after a heartbreaking loss to Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the Japan Women's Open final.
Kato admitted to doing some soul searching after going berserk following her failure to make the main draw last month at the U.S. Open and paid full credit to Diyas, who denied her a first WTA Tour title with a 6-2, 7-5 win at Ariake Colosseum.