Hakuho Keeps The Pase At Kyushu

Hakuho keeps the pase at KyushuYokozuna Hakuho showed no mercy as he ripped through Kitataiki to remain among the front-runners at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday.

On the day he would have matched the all-time wins streak of 69 by legendary Yokozuna Futabayama had he not lost to Kisenosato on Monday, Hakuho unleashed his fury on Kitataiki in the day's finale at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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Kato Wins Second World Cup Title

Kato wins second world cup titleJapanese Joji Kato has won his second World Cup speed skating gold medal with 500 metres victory in Berlin.


Kato just passed Jan Smeekens from Netherlands by 0.01 seconds. Germany’s Jenny Wolf has won the women's sprint for her 53rd career World Cup victory.
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Hakuho Hits Back

Hakuho RevengeYokozuna Hakuho hit back with a vengeance Tuesday to mow down Kotoshogiku on the third day of action at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

A wounded animal can be a dangerous beast and so it proved in the day's finale at Fukuoka Kokusai Center as Kotoshogiku bore the full brunt of Hakuho's backlash following the Mongolian's devastating defeat to Kisenosato.

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Japan Swim Team Crisis

Japanese swimmingJapan says its swimming is in crisis, admitting defeat to China in the widely anticipated 'duel in the pool' at the Asian Games amid a stunning display of power by the host nation.

With two nights of swimming finals to go in Guangzhou, the host nation has bagged an astonishing 19 gold medals out of 26 on offer, leaving Japan trailing in its wake on just five. South Korea has two gold.

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Hakuho's Winning Ends

Hakuho wining endsYokozuna Hakuho saw his record-chasing streak end at 63 bouts after a stunning defeat to Kisenosato at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Having gone undefeated the past four tournaments, Hakuho was widely expected to match and surpass Futabayama's record of 69 set from 1936-1939.

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Hakuho On The Win In Kyushu

Hakuho in KyushuHakuho handily disposed of Georgian Tochinoshin to extend his seemingly interminable winning streak to 63 at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday.

His 63rd straight win since the penultimate day of the New Year meet in January also tied him with ancient wrestler Tanikaze from the Edo period (1603-1868). He faces Kisenosato on Monday.
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Oda Leads At Skate America

Oda leads at Skate AmericaJapan's Nobunari Oda delivered a clean programme featuring a triple-triple combination to lead Daisuke Takahashi in a Japanese one-two in the men's short programme at Skate America on Friday.

Oda pumped his fist and beamed after completing his programme, which included a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and earned 79.28 points.

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Japan Beats South Korea At Volley

Japan beats South Korea at volleyPowerhouses Russia, Brazil and the United States steamed past their opponents in the FIVB Women's World Championship on Tuesday while hosts Japan achieved another victory by defeating South Korea.

The defending champions Russia maintained their unbeaten run by defeating Serbia 3-0 in pool E at Yoyogi Gymnasium in Tokyo.

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Football Japan Beats China 3 - 0

Japan China 3-0China's Asian Games got off to a miserable start on Monday when they were humbled 0-3 by bitter rivals Japan in their opening game of the football tournament.

The host nation are the perennial underachievers of regional football and they were outplayed before a large crowd at the Tianhe Stadium, although many left early.

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Lotte Takes Japan Series Title

Yoshifumi OkadaYoshifumi Okada hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the 12th inning as the persistent Lotte Marines prevailed to beat the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 in Game 7 to clinch their first Japan Series title in five years on Sunday.

The Marines, who won the series four games to two with one tie, became the first third-place team in history to win a championship. Chunichi, the Central League pennant winner, failed in its bid to win its first crown since 2007.

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Japan Beats Russia In Rugby

Japan Rugby SquadLeft winger Alisi Tupuailai scored a hat-trick to lead Japan to a 75-3 victory over Russia in a rugby union test match at the Prince Chichibu stadium on Saturday.

The Japanese - who were shut out by Samoa in the second half a week ago - made no mistakes this time, with Tupuailai scoring a try five minutes into the match. From then on, the team never looked back.

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Oda Second At Skate Canada

Nobunari OdaNobunari Oda was unable to hold onto the lead he took after the short program and settled for second at Skate Canada on Sunday with an unconvincing free skate performance.

Oda finished with a total of 236.52 points, 3.0 behind local favorite and world silver medalist Patrick Chan, who came from fourth to win after generating the highest free skate score in the second event of this season's Grand Prix series.

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Maeda Wins Sawamura Award

Kenta MaedaHiroshima Carp right-hander Kenta Maeda, the Central League leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts this season, won his first Sawamura Award on Monday.

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Grampus In Control

Grampus is J-League's LeaderThe J. League championship is led by Nagoya Grampus' , as Kashima Antlers were condemned to a 2-1 defeat by Albirex Niigata, a result that left Grampus 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Marcio Richardes' second-half strike put Niigata in front and although Kashima piled on the pressure after leveling through a sumptuous finish from Toru Araiba, and Isao Homma grabbed the winner in stoppage time.
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