Soccer: Japan Boss Halilhodzic Calls For Winning Finish To World Cup Q'fying

Soccer: Japan boss Halilhodzic calls for winning finish to World Cup q'fying

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his Russia-bound Blue Samurai that he expects nothing less than victory when they play Saudi Arabia away in their last match in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

Japan have already secured qualification for next year's finals thanks to a 2-0 win over Australia in Saitama last week, while the Saudis' hopes of advancing still rest on Tuesday's match at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

Toyota: Cameron Hill Continues Winning Streak At Sydney Motorsport Park

Toyota: Cameron Hill Continues Winning Streak at Sydney Motorsport ParkToyota's 86 Racing Series launched off to an exciting start this weekend with another win from Townsville round winner Cameron Hill.
Hill was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, and achieved pole position for race one after scrutineering results saw Ben Grice relegated to the rear of the grid.

Tennis: Nishikori Off To Winning Start At Citi Open

Tennis: Nishikori off to winning start at Citi Open

Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori got off to a winning start at the rain-delayed Citi Open on Tuesday, posting a three-sets win over American Donald Young in the second round.

Nishikori, who had a first-round bye, prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) in a match that lasted just under two and a half hours at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington D.C.

Golf: Miyazato Feels She Has Chance Of Winning U.s. Women's Open

Golf: Miyazato feels she has chance of winning U.S. Women's Open

Former women's world No. 1 Ai Miyazato was in a confident mood Tuesday as she geared up for the U.S. Women's Open, the third major tournament of the season.

Miyazato, who has announced that she will retire at the end of this season, will be taking part in her first U.S. Women's Open in three years. She could only manage 36th at the Women's PGA Championship earlier this month but believes she is in with a shot of winning an elusive first major title.

Youngest Shogi Pro Sets 2nd Longest Winning Streak

Youngest shogi pro sets 2nd longest winning streak

Japan's youngest professional player of shogi, a Japanese game akin to chess, has stretched his official winning streak to 25. It's the second longest on record.

Souta Fujii has won every encounter since he turned pro last October, at the age of 14 years and 2 months.

Teen Shogi Prodigy Extends Winning Streak To 24 Games

Teen shogi prodigy extends winning streak to 24 games

Teen shogi sensation Sota Fujii notched up another win in a qualifying round of the Eio tournament on June 10 to extend his winning streak to 24 games and tie for second place for the most consecutive victories.

The triumph over 21-year-old opponent Hirotaka Kajiura at Tokyo's Shogi Hall lifted Fujii's record for the most number of consecutive wins since his debut to 24.

Teen Shogi Player Fujii's Winning Streak Hits 23, Surpasses Habu For 3rd Longest

Teen shogi player Fujii's winning streak hits 23, surpasses Habu for 3rd longest

OSAKA -- Teen shogi sensation Sota Fujii added three more victories in a single day to his winning streak here, extending his total to 23 consecutive triumphs since he went professional in October 2016, putting him in third place for most consecutive wins ever.

The 14-year-old fourth-dan player participated in the Japan Shogi Association's Joshu Yamada Challenge Cup held at the Kansai Shogi Hall in Osaka's Fukushima Ward, and won all three of his matches on June 7. Fujii surpassed the 22-win streak shared by several players including 46-year-old ninth-dan Yoshiharu Habu, who currently holds three of shogi's main titles. Fujii now lies five victories away from longest winning streak holder, 56-year-old eighth-dan Hiroshi Kamiya, at 28 consecutive wins. Fujii's next match is set for June 10 in Tokyo against 21-year-old fellow fourth-dan Hirotaka Kajiura. Expectations are growing for the junior high school shogi player with seemingly endless potential to shatter existing records.

Youngest Shogi Pro Sets 3rd Longest Winning Record

Youngest shogi pro sets 3rd longest winning record

The youngest person to have ever become a professional player of the Japanese board game shogi has stretched his run of official consecutive victories to a third longest record of 23. Sota Fujii turned pro last October at the age of 14 years and 2 months.

Fourth-dan ranked Fujii beat 4th-dan Ryuma Tonari in his first match of a shogi tournament in Osaka on Wednesday. He notched up 2 more wins in the following matches.

Soccer: Kashima Rebound From Acl Exit, Give New Boss Oiwa Winning Start

Soccer: Kashima rebound from ACL exit, give new boss Oiwa winning start

Leandro struck twice as Kashima Antlers bounced back from their midweek Asian Champions League exit, beating struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-1 away in the J-League on Sunday in their first match under new manager Go Oiwa.

Atsutaka Nakamura opened the scoring for the reigning champions on 14 minutes at Edion Stadium and then set up Leandro for the second before the Brazilian midfielder made it 3-0 just before the break.

Kyoto University Demonstrates Competition-winning Rescue Robot

Kyoto University demonstrates competition-winning rescue robot

Kyoto University demonstrated on Tuesday a competition-winning rescue robot that can find and rescue people from buildings during a disaster.

The robot Fuhga -- around 25 centimeters tall and some 60 cm wide -- is equipped with two caterpillar legs and a long arm installed on the center of its body with a clutcher-type instrument attached at its end that can grab hold of people.

Youngest Ever Shogi Pro Extends Record Winning Run

Youngest ever shogi pro extends record winning run

The youngest-ever professional player of the Japanese board game shogi, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, has stretched his run of official consecutive victories to a fresh record of 17.

Fujii made headlines last month when he broke an earlier record of 10 straight wins in the game, which is often called Japan's version of chess. Since then he has continued to dominate.

Udpate1: Baseball: Kawasaki Makes Winning Return On Throwback Night

UDPATE1: Baseball: Kawasaki makes winning return on throwback night

On a night when both teams were sporting throwback uniforms, the SoftBank Hawks introduced a throwback player, former big leaguer Munenori Kawasaki in Friday's 3-1 Pacific League win over the Orix Buffaloes.

A crowd of 22,293 witnessed the return of the Hawks' fan favorite on a night when the Buffaloes sported the red, white and blue of the defunct Kintetsu Buffaloes, while the Fukuoka-based Hawks wore the green of their Osaka-based forbearers, the Nankai Hawks.

Sumo: Mongolian Yokozuna Off To Winning Start At New Year Tourney

Sumo: Mongolian yokozuna off to winning start at New Year tourneySumo's three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Japan's emperor and empress.
Kakuryu, who won his third career title in most-recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, latching onto a left overarm belt hold before sending the Georgian komusubi sprawling with a pulling throw for his 20th win in their career 21 meetings.