Tennis: Nishikori Reaches Australian Open 2nd Round With Hard-fought Win

Tennis: Nishikori reaches Australian Open 2nd round with hard-fought winWorld No. 5 Kei Nishikori was made to work hard by Andrey Kuznetsov Monday in a five-set 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-2 men's singles first-round victory at the Australian Open.
After making 18 unforced errors in dropping the first set to his Russian world No. 45 opponent, Nishikori regained his composure to win four straight games in the second set on the Hisense Arena hard court, appearing to turn the tide in his favor.

Kodaira Finds Winning Formula After Struggling In Netherlands

Kodaira finds winning formula after struggling in NetherlandsTopping the podium at the recent All-Japan speed skating sprint championships, Nao Kodaira was savoring the joy of regaining a title she had once taken for granted.
The 30-year-old won the two-day meet held through Dec. 29, beating Miho Takagi, the young skater who had snapped Kodaira’s winning streak at four the previous year.

Soccer: Real Lift Club World Cup, But Kashima Win Praise

Soccer: Real lift Club World Cup, but Kashima win praiseWhile Kashima Antlers would love nothing more than to have won the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid on Sunday, they gained a precious consolation in their 4-2 extra-time defeat against the 11-time European champions: respect, on a worldwide level.

Hino Dakar Team Heating Up For Eighth Win In The Desert

Hino Dakar Team Heating up for Eighth Win in the DesertHino Team Sugawara is chasing a record eighth successive class victory in the 2017 Dakar Rally beginning on 2 January.
The two-truck team will race through the South American desert, setting off from Acunción in Paraguay and finishing in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires on January 14.

Toyota: Will Brown Takes Championship And Win In Final Race

Toyota: Will Brown Takes Championship And Win in Final RaceCementing an outright championship victory, rising racer Will Brown has taken the win in the final race of the 2016 Toyota 86 Racing Series*, running in support of the Coates Hire Sydney 500.
18-year-old Brown led second place Canberra's Cameron Hill by over two seconds, with the third step going to New South Welshman Luke King.

Subaru Eyesight-equipped Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Forester, Levorg And Wrx S4 Win Top Asv++ Rating

Subaru EyeSight-equipped Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Forester, Levorg and WRX S4 Win Top ASV++ RatingFuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that its all-new Impreza as well as Legacy, Outback, Forester, Levorg and WRX S4 models equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system have received the top rating of Advanced Safety Vehicle++ (ASV++) in the fiscal 2016 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) preventive safety performance assessment conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the National Agency for Automotive Safety & Victims’ Aid (NASVA).

Pro-nuclear Candidate Set To Win Mayoral Race In Plant Host City

Pro-nuclear candidate set to win mayoral race in plant host cityA candidate who has pledged to conditionally approve the restart of the world's biggest nuclear power plant is set to win the mayoral election in Kashiwazaki in Niigata Prefecture, according to Kyodo News projections.
Masahiro Sakurai, a 54-year-old former Kashiwazaki city council member, beat Eiko Takeuchi, 47, a former city employee, who has opposed the restart of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex on the Sea of Japan coast.

Sumo: Hakuho Notches 1,000th Win, Goeido Keeps Pace At Kyushu

Sumo: Hakuho notches 1,000th win, Goeido keeps pace at KyushuYokozuna Hakuho reached a milestone Tuesday, picking up his 1,000th career win by defeating No. 2 maegashira Kaisei on the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Ozeki Goeido also kept the pace, thrusting second-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze down onto his knees with a side throw for a 3-0 record, which he shares with Hakuho, yokozuna Kakuryu and four other grapplers in the maegashira ranks.

Japan's 4-0 Win Over Oman Win Gives Halilhodzic Selection Headache For Saudi Game

Japan's 4-0 win over Oman win gives Halilhodzic selection headache for Saudi gameThe best thing for Japan about Friday’s 4-0 win over Oman wasn’t the scoreline, but perhaps the fact that coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave himself options for the fast-approaching World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
“We managed to produce a solid win for the next match,” said Japan captain Makoto Hasebe, who was rested on this night ahead of the Saudi Arabia game Tuesday.

Home Win For Toyota In The Wec

Home Win For Toyota In The WECToyota Gazoo Racing earned its first victory of the season on home ground in an epic 6 Hours of Fuji, the seventh round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
The #6 TS050 Hybrid of Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi came out on top by just 1.439 seconds after an enthralling battle.

Golf: 17-year-old Hataoka 1st Amateur To Win Japan Women's Open

Golf: 17-year-old Hataoka 1st amateur to win Japan Women's OpenSeventeen-year-old Nasa Hataoka became the first amateur golfer to win the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship on Sunday.
Hataoka carded five birdies and two bogeys in her final round at par-71 Karasuyamajo Country Club in Tochigi Prefecture and claimed the tournament at 4-under 280. Hataoka surpassed Ai Miyazato record as the tournament's youngest champion. Miyazato won the 2005 event at the age of 20.

Hibino, Nara Win In Tashkent Open 1st Round

Hibino, Nara win in Tashkent Open 1st roundJapan’s Nao Hibino and Kurumi Nara were among the winners on the first day of main-draw play at the WTA Tashkent Open on Monday as both beat junior players.
Fourth-seeded Hibino, the reigning champion, had few problems beating 16-year-old Komola Umarova of Uzbekistan, winning 6-3, 6-1 in less than an hour.