Soccer/ Mooy, Kagawa And Son In Running For Asian Award

SOCCER/ Mooy, Kagawa and Son in running for Asian award

SYDNEY--Emerging Australian soccer star Aaron Mooy and former winners Shinji Kagawa of Japan and South Korean Son Heung-min make up the shortlist for this year's Asian International Player of the Year award.

And Ange Postecoglou--who's still to decide whether he'll take Australia to the World Cup after guiding it into next year's finals--is among the nominees for Asian Coach of the Year.

Sumo: Hakuho Stays 2 Wins Clear In Fukuoka

Sumo: Hakuho stays 2 wins clear in Fukuoka

Lone yokozuna Hakuho outlasted fellow Mongolian Ichinojo to maintain his two-win cushion at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.

The only grand champion left in the 15-day tournament following Kisenosato's withdrawal earlier in the day, Hakuho (10-0) broke up a mid-ring stalemate and kicked Ichinojo (7-3) in the knee before flooring the fourth-ranked maegashira with a textbook "uwatenage" overarm throw.

Baseball: Ex-yankee Matsui Named To 2018 Hall Of Fame Ballot

Baseball: Ex-Yankee Matsui named to 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Former New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui was among the 33 players on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Matsui, who played for the Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays during his 10-year major league career, is the second Japanese after Hideo Nomo in 2014 to make the candidate list.

Sumo: Grand Champion Kisenosato Withdraws From Kyushu Meet

Sumo: Grand champion Kisenosato withdraws from Kyushu meet

Grand champion Kisenosato has pulled out of the ongoing Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament due to pain in his left ankle and lower back, his stablemaster Tagonoura said Tuesday.

Kisenosato, 31, suffered a third straight loss Monday that left his record at 4-5 in the 15-day meet at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, equaling Musashimaru's all-time record by giving up five "kinboshi," or losses to rank-and-file wrestlers, in a single tournament.

Baseball: Home Fires Kept Mvp Sarfate Burning In 2017

Baseball: Home fires kept MVP Sarfate burning in 2017

Although he lived through a year of individual records and team triumphs this season, Pacific League MVP Dennis Sarfate admitted to nearly retiring during the middle of his greatest season.

The 36-year-old former big leaguer sped at a breakneck pace from records to milestones. It was a season that never let up until his three critical innings clinched the SoftBank Hawks' Japan Series victory. Sarfate saved a record 54 games, despite being away from his family as his wife, Jada, looked after their three daughters while dealing with chronic health issues.

Baseball: Matsui "interested As A Fan" In Otani's Prospects

Baseball: Matsui

Hideki Matsui, special advisor to the New York Yankees' General Manager, held a baseball clinic Sunday, where he also shared his thoughts on Nippon Ham Fighters' Shohei Otani and his potential move to the MLB through the posting system.

"As a fan, it's interesting to watch him play," the former Yankee outfielder said of Otani. "I think he's strong enough, so I hope he takes care and does his best."

Olympics: Tokyo Begins Calling On Schools To Take Part In Mascot Voting

Olympics: Tokyo begins calling on schools to take part in mascot voting

The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics sent out information to elementary schools nationwide about the games' official mascot on Monday, ahead of a vote for the final selection.

The organizers sent postcards to over 21,000 schools in Japan with details about the voting process including an ID and password to participate in the step that begins in December.

Ski Jumping: Japan's Kobayashi Wins 1st World Cup Gold

Ski jumping: Japan's Kobayashi wins 1st World Cup gold

Japan's Junshiro Kobayashi claimed the men's ski jumping title Sunday at the Nordic ski World Cup, topping the podium at the tournament for the first time.

Kobayashi, who was competing at his 63rd individual World Cup event, recorded leaps of 124.0 and 126.5 meters for a total of 260.5 points. Local favorite and Sochi Olympic double gold medalist Kamil Stoch (258.2) was runner-up and Austrian Stefan Kraft (257.7) was third.

Kisenosato Stumbles Again

Kisenosato stumbles again

The Yomiuri ShimbunYokozuna Kisenosato suffered his fourth loss of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament as No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo overpowered him on Sunday, the midway point at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Ichinojo (7-1) forged ahead at the jump-off and sent Kisenosato out of the ring to remain in a thinned-out group of three one-loss wrestlers who are chasing unbeaten yokozuna Hakuho.

Figure Skating: Uno 2nd At Grand Prix In France

Figure skating: Uno 2nd at Grand Prix in France

World silver medalist Shoma Uno claimed second place after the men's free program on Saturday at the Internationaux de France figure skating competition, securing a spot in December's Grand Prix Final for his third consecutive season.

Uno, second after Friday's short program, scored 179.40 points at Patinoire Polesud for a total of 273.32 at the fifth event of the ISU Grand Prix Series, despite missing practice after catching the flu before the tournament.

Rugby: Solid Defense Lays Foundation For Japan's Big Win Over Tonga

Rugby: Solid defense lays foundation for Japan's big win over Tonga

Japan put in their best performance under coach Jamie Joseph on Saturday as they beat Tonga 39-6 at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Going up against a side that qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the second-ranked team from Oceania behind Fiji, the Brave Blossoms blew the Pacific islanders away with some scintillating 15-man rugby and a well-organized, robust defense.