Kowa Co Hires Tiger Woods

Kowa Co hires Tiger WoodsTiger Woods has been hired as a pitchman for a Japanese heat rub used to relieve muscle and joint pain.
  
The Nagoya-based Kowa Company says in a press release it “is pleased to announce the use of Tiger Woods ... as the image character of Antiphlogistic Analgetic Vantelin Kowa series.”

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Ai Miyazato Heads Jp Challenge

Ai MiyazatoAi Miyazato features among several Japanese players entered in the Women's British Open at the famous Carnoustie course in Scotland from July 28 to 31.
Mika Miyazato, no relation to Ai, has also earned a place at the tournament via her world rank of 24, organizers said Wednesday.

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Fighters' Saito Ready For Start

Yuki Saito

The Nippon Ham Fighters said Tuesday that rookie right- hander Yuki Saito, who has been sidelined with a strained right oblique muscle, will be the scheduled starter for a game against the Lotte Marines on Wednesday at Sapporo Dome.

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Kokubo Turns Back Clock

Hiroki Kokubo Veteran Hiroki Kokubo homered twice at his old stomping grounds in Tokyo Dome to lead the Softbank Hawks to a 6-2 win against the Rakuten Eagles on Tuesday.

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Japan Davis Cup 2nd Round Team

Japan Davis Cup 2nd round teamThe Japan Tennis Association on Tuesday named a four-man squad including Kei Nishikori for the country's Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 1 second-round encounter with Uzbekistan from July 8-10.
Nishikori, Tatsuma Ito, Go Soeda and Hiroki Kondo will form the squad. It is the first time Nishikori was selected since March 2009.

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Doi Advances To 3rd Round

Doi advances to 3rd roundJapanese qualifier Misaki Doi advanced to the third round of the women's singles with a stunning straight-sets win over China's Zheng Jie at Wimbledon on Thursday.
 
The 20-year-old lefthander eased to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in 72 minutes to become the first Japanese woman to reach the third round since Ai Sugiyama in 2009.

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Call For 2020 Bid Official

Call for 2020 bid officialJapanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda handed Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara on Thursday -- International Olympic Day -- an official document asking the city to bid for the 2020 Summer Games.
Takeda made his visit to the metropolitan government building with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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Takagi Eyes Japan Call - Up

Yoshiaki TakagiTokyo Verdy's Netherlands-bound midfielder Yoshiaki Takagi said Tuesday he wants to make the grade at his new club Utrecht so he can earn a future call-up to the Japan national team.
The 18-year-old Takagi, whose transfer was announced the previous night, will make his final appearance for second-division Verdy at home to Fagiano Okayama on Saturday.

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Ishikawa Feels He Got Much To Learn

Ishikawa feels ge's got much to learnRyo Ishikawa said Tuesday he has a long way to go before catching up to the likes of newly crowned U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
The 19-year-old Ishikawa returned from his second U.S. Open, where he finished in a nine-way tie for 30th with a 2-over 286 total. He was 33rd last year.

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Higashiguchi Out 4 Weeks

Masaaki Higashiguchi Goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi will be out for four weeks with ligament damage in his left knee, Albirex Niigata announced on Tuesday.

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Date - Krumm Reaches 2nd Round

Kimiko Date-KrummKimiko Date-Krumm became the second oldest woman to win a match at Wimbledon, beating Katie O’Brien 6-0, 7-5 Monday in the first round.
  
The 40-year-old Japanese veteran, the third oldest women to compete at Wimbledon in the Open era and the oldest in this year’s draw, came out of retirement in 2008 but lost in the first round the last two years at the All England Club.

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Anai Wins Rio De Janeiro Title

Anai wins Rio de Janeiro titleWorld champion Takamasa Anai defeated Russia's Sergey Samoylovich in the men's 100-kilogram final Sunday at the Grand Slam meet in Rio de Janeiro.
 
But Athens Olympic men's over-100 kg gold medalist Keiji Suzuki, currently ranked sixth in the world, suffered a first-round loss to 101st-ranked Joao Gabriel Schlittler.

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Nakamura Sidelined 3 Weeks

Shunsuke Nakamura Former Japanese World Cup midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will be out for three weeks with a left thigh injury, Yokohama F Marinos announced Monday.
Captain Nakamura was hurt in Marinos' 1-0 away win over Cerezo Osaka last Wednesday. He was on the bench in a 2-1 defeat to Gamba in Osaka at the weekend.

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Kashiwa Beats Fukuoka 2 - 0

Kashiwa ReysolGoals from Junya Tanaka and Akihiro Hyodo earned J-League leader Kashiwa Reysol a 2-0 victory over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday.
  
Tanaka opened the scoring in the 39th minute with his fifth goal of the season and Hyodo sealed the win with a shot from close range just before the end.

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