Former Barcelona youth prodigy Takefusa Kubo came off the bench and set up Ritsu Doan's winner as Japan came from behind to defeat South Africa 2-1 on Sunday in their Group D opener at the U-20 World Cup.
Grant Margeman handed South Africa the lead in the seventh minute but Koki Ogawa leveled three minutes after the break, and the 59th-minute introduction of the 15-year-old Kubo had a telling impact.
Reliever-turned-starter Katsuki Matayoshi got a measure of revenge on Saturday, with seven impressive innings in the Chunichi Dragons' a 2-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp.
The 26-year-old right-handed side-armer allowed a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Matayoshi (3-0) won his second game in his five starts, a string that was marred by a May 4 start against Hiroshima in which he allowed five runs in five innings.
OSAKA -- Shogi prodigy Sota Fujii defeated fellow fourth-dan player Yugo Takeuchi in a match at Kansai shogi hall here on May 18 to rack up his 18th consecutive win since his professional debut in October last year.
Fujii, 14, is now tied in seventh place for the highest number of consecutive wins. Other players to have reached that mark include ninth-dan Yoshiharu Habu, who achieved victorious streaks when he held a fifth-dan rank in 1988, and in 2006 when he held four of the main crowns in shogi, or Japanese chess. (Habu's own record is 22 straight wins.) Notable is the fact that Fujii managed to make the top 10 rank with consecutive victories from his debut.
Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish posted the 50th win of his major league career on Tuesday, pitching seven strong innings to help lift the Texas Rangers over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 for their seventh straight victory.
Darvish (4-2), who threw a two-hitter through six scoreless innings, gave up one run and four hits while striking out nine in his 95-pitch outing at Globe Life Park in Arlington to become the sixth Japanese pitcher to reach the 50-win milestone.
Kisenosato survived a scare and squeezed out his second win of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji kept their perfect record intact after three days.
Still nursing the left upper arm and chest injury he suffered at the Spring tourney in March, Kisenosato was on the back foot throughout against a spirited No. 1 maegashira Chiyonokuni (1-2), who handed yokozuna Kakuryu his second defeat a day earlier.
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenta Maeda wished the longest outing of his major league career was just a little longer.
Maeda pitched into the ninth inning, Cody Bellinger homered and made a tumbling catch in left field and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Japan responded in the best possible way to stinging criticism from head coach Jamie Joseph by beating South Korea 80-10 Saturday in the Asia Rugby Championship.
The Brave Blossoms had been accused of lacking hunger and passion in the opening round's 47-29 win in Incheon. But at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, they hit back, running in 12 tries and producing a far better defensive effort.
Kenta Maeda returned to form with seven strong innings en route to his second win of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Friday night.
Maeda (2-2), who gave up six runs over five innings in his last start, allowed two runs on five hits, while fanning eight and walking one in a 101-pitch outing at Dodger Stadium.
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso says he wants to win the fabled Triple Crown of Motorsport by adding Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans wins to his Monaco GP success.
That feat has only been achieved by one man, Graham Hill, and according to Alonso, is a necessity if he wants to be considered the best and most complete racing driver in the world.
Gamba Osaka squandered a two-goal lead, missed a penalty and conceded a last-gasp equalizer as their slim hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League suffered a major blow with a 3-3 draw at home to Australia's Adelaide United on Tuesday.
But it was not all bad news for Japanese clubs in the continent's elite competition, as Kawasaki scored their first win of the group phase, edging South Korea's Suwon Bluewings 1-0 away to stay in the hunt for a place in the last 16 in Group G.