Ryoyu Kobayashi Marks New Ski Jumping Record

Ryoyu Kobayashi marks new ski jumping record

Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi has set a new record for the number of titles won in a single season at a World Cup competition.

He came out on top in Innsbruck, Austria, on Friday, earning his 4th straight victory, and marking his 7th win this season.

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Martial Arts/ Mighty Mouse, Alvarez Set For Japan Debuts

MARTIAL ARTS/ Mighty Mouse, Alvarez set for Japan debuts

LOS ANGELES--Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts at the mixed martial arts promotion's first show in Japan on March 31.

One Championship on Wednesday revealed several bout matchups to The Associated Press for its landmark event in Tokyo.

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Figure Skating/ Kihira Tackles Back - To - Back Titles That Eluded Mao Asada

FIGURE SKATING/ Kihira tackles back-to-back titles that eluded Mao Asada

KADOMA, Osaka Prefecture--Japan's new skating heroine, Rika Kihira, is seeking to soar to new heights that not even her idol, Mao Asada, ever reached.

The 16-year-old rising star, fresh off winning the Grand Prix Final in her first try, has her sights set on winning the Japan Figure Skating Championships, which kicks off here on Dec. 21.

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Figure Skating/ Takahashi Returns In Style, Wows Crowd At Gala Exhibition

FIGURE SKATING/ Takahashi returns in style, wows crowd at gala exhibition

KADOMA, Osaka Prefecture--Once-retired Daisuke Takahashi drew the loudest applause at a gala exhibition here on Dec. 25, a day after he won silver in the men's competition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships.

It was his first appearance in five years at the event, and the crowd and organizers showed their appreciation for the return of the former world and national champion.

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Ohtani Wins Pro Sports Award

Ohtani wins pro sports award

Japanese two-way baseball player Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels has been awarded the grand prize by the Japan Professional Sports Association for his notable performance in Major League Baseball.

At a ceremony in Tokyo on Thursday, Ohtani received this year's Japan Pro Sports Award.

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Tokyo Bay Area To Feature Extra Olympic Cauldron

Tokyo Bay area to feature extra Olympic cauldron

Officials preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have decided to have two cauldrons of the same design. One is to be placed in a waterfront area where many events will be held.

Officials from the organizing committee and the central and Tokyo governments adopted the plan on Monday.

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Harimoto, 15, Wins Table Tennis Grand Finals

Harimoto, 15, wins table tennis grand finals

Japanese table tennis star Tomokazu Harimoto has set another record by becoming the youngest winner of a singles title in the World Tour Grand Finals.

The 15-year-old Harimoto, the world's number 5 player, beat 4th-ranked Lin Gaoyuan of China in the final of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday.

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Skater Kihira Joyful After Grand Prix Final Win

Skater Kihira joyful after Grand Prix Final win

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira says she is truly happy to have won this year's women's title at the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, Canada, in her debut season.

The 16-year-old star spoke to reporters on Sunday, the day after besting PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia and other competitors.

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Kihira Wins Figure Skating Grand Prix Final

Kihira wins figure skating Grand Prix Final

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira has won the women's event at the Grand Prix final in Vancouver, Canada, in her debut season.

16-year-old Kihira defeated PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia on Saturday.

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Sumo Wrestler Quits After Admitting Assault

Sumo wrestler quits after admitting assault

A professional sumo wrestler has retired from the sport after admitting to assaulting his attendant, a 23-year-old junior wrestler from the same stable.

The Japan Sumo Association said on Friday that it has accepted Takanoiwa's resignation.

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Takanoiwa Likely To Retire From Sumo

Takanoiwa likely to retire from sumo

Sources say that top-division sumo wrestler Takanoiwa is likely to retire from sumo for his act of violence against an attendant.

Takanoiwa admitted that he committed the violence to a Japan Sumo Association inquiry on Wednesday. The wrestler told the association that he hit the attendant several times with his open hand and with his fist in a hotel room in the city of Yukuhashi in southwestern Japan on Tuesday night. He was staying at the hotel for a regional tour match. Takanoiwa did not take part in the tour after that.

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Sumo Association: Takanoiwa Assaulted Attendant

Sumo association: Takanoiwa assaulted attendant

The Japan Sumo Association says a top division wrestler has used violence against an attendant, resulting in an injury.

Association officials said on Wednesday that Takanoiwa hit his attendant several times with his open hand and fist at a hotel room in the city of Yukuhashi, southwestern Japan on Tuesday night. Takanoiwa stayed at the hotel with other wrestlers ahead of matches the following day as part of a regional tour.

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2020 Olympic Cycling, Rugby Starting Times Changed

2020 Olympic cycling, rugby starting times changed

Officials preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they will change the starting time for 2 sports, one of the cycling and rugby events, to avoid the peak daytime temperatures.

Japanese organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori and chair of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission John Coates announced the changes on Wednesday at the end of their 3-day talks.

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