Kagawa's Strike Helps Dortmund Salvage Draw

Kagawa's strike helps Dortmund salvage draw

The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund was held to another Bundesliga draw on Friday as the club dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the second match in a row.

Shinji Kagawa salvaged a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin when he capitalized on a rare defensive lapse from the otherwise well-organized home side with 20 minutes remaining.

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Kakuryu Wins Battle Of Unbeatens

Kakuryu wins battle of unbeatens

The Japan News Left the tournament favorite by default, yokozuna Kakuryu overcame his first big hurdle in his bid for a first championship in over a year and fourth overall.

Kakuryu weathered fierce resistance from No. 3 maegashira Tochinoshin in a battle of unbeatens to notch his seventh win in seven days at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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Ski Jumping: Japan Sweeps World Cup Team Events

Ski jumping: Japan sweeps World Cup team events

YAMAGATA (Kyodo) -- Japan completed a sweep of the season's two women's ski jumping World Cup team events by winning Saturday's finale.

The quartet of Kaori Iwabuchi, Yuka Seto, Yuki Ito and four-time World Cup overall champ Sara Takanashi scored 761.7 points in a comprehensive victory on the Kuraray Zao Schanze in Yamagata Prefecture. Slovenia finished runner-up with 706.8 and third-place Russia with 696.1 in the eight team competition.

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Football: Mainz's Muto Nets Brace In Win Over Stuttgart

Football: Mainz's Muto nets brace in win over Stuttgart

Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto scored a brace to help Mainz snap their winless streak in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, when they beat Stuttgart 3-2 at home.

Japan international Muto equalized with an assist from Frenchman Abdou Diallo in extra minutes in the first half, after Stuttgart defender Holger Badstuber's goal in the 19th minute.

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Skiing: Horishima Ends Kingsbury's Streak With 1st World Cup In Moguls

Skiing: Horishima ends Kingsbury's streak with 1st World Cup in moguls

Japan's Ikuma Horishima claimed his first World Cup victory on Saturday, after winning the men's moguls event in Quebec and ending Canadian Mikael Kingsbury's record 13-straight World Cup win streak.

Horishima scored 93.88 points to take the event over Kingsbury's 93.27, earning the highest score of any athlete in any moguls event on the World Cup circuit this season. Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Reikherd took third place, and Japan's Sho Endo was behind in seventh.

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Rugby: Fiji's Rio Olympic Gold Medal Coach Hopes Japan Delivers In 2020

Rugby: Fiji's Rio Olympic gold medal coach hopes Japan delivers in 2020

Fiji's Rio Olympic rugby sevens gold medal-winning coach Ben Ryan said Saturday he hopes Tokyo will embrace the spirit of the sport when it hosts the Olympics in 2020.

Talking with Kyodo News at the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, Ryan said the scale and nature of the event should ensure a carnival-like atmosphere at Ajinomoto Stadium.

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Rugby: Released Ex - Wallabies Star Smith Not Indicted For Alleged Assault

Rugby: Released ex-Wallabies star Smith not indicted for alleged assault

Prosecutors decided Friday not to indict Australian rugby legend George Smith for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver on New Year's Eve after releasing him the previous day.

The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office did not disclose any reason for the decision on the 37-year-old flanker, who played for Suntory Sungoliath in the most recent season of the Japanese Top League.

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Rugby: Young Japan Side Wilt In Fijian Heat

Rugby: Young Japan side wilt in Fijian heat

The Japan's women's development sevens side saved their worst till last on Friday, when they were knocked out of the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park at the semifinal stage.

The young side -- containing mostly high school and university students -- went into the game against local side Striders heavily favored to go all the way by the big crowd that included Ben Ryan, who led the Fiji men's team to gold at the Rio Olympics.

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Baseball: New Hall Of Fame Manager Hara Applauds "disciple" Ramirez

Baseball: New Hall of Fame manager Hara applauds

On the day of his induction into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, Tatsunori Hara gave praise to one of his former players, current DeNA BayStars manager Alex Ramirez.

Ramirez, the only foreign-born player to join Japan's iconic 2,000 hit club, has called Hara, his skipper from 2008 to 2011, his biggest managing role model. Ramirez said Hara excelled at getting crucial runs late in games, a skill Ramirez has worked to perfect.

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Japan Club Near Ichiro's Hometown Considers Offer To Veteran Outfielder

Japan club near Ichiro's hometown considers offer to veteran outfielder

The Chunichi Dragons are looking at acquiring major league outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who became a free agent after playing with the Miami Marlins last year, an unnamed team source said Friday.

The Central League ballclub is eyeing Suzuki, who has 3,080 career major league hits, under the assumption that the 44-year-old will return to Nippon Professional Baseball after playing 17 seasons in the majors.

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Sumo: Grand Champion Kisenosato Withdraws From 5th Straight Meet

Sumo: Grand champion Kisenosato withdraws from 5th straight meet

Struggling grand champion Kisenosato withdrew from his fifth consecutive tournament on Friday, a day after suffering a demoralizing fourth defeat at the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Although he pulled out citing injury, with just one tournament of perfect attendance in six meets at sumo's highest rank, the 31-year-old has all but guaranteed he will be forced to make a decision on whether to retire from the sport.

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Injured Hakuho Sits Out January Tournament From 5th Day

Injured Hakuho sits out January tournament from 5th day

Amid controversy gripping the sumo world, struggling yokozuna Hakuho dropped out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament from Jan. 18, citing an injury.

A day earlier, Hakuho suffered his second straight loss to a maegashira wrestler, the first time that has happened since he was promoted to yokozuna in 2007.

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