SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nao Higashihama will return to active duty on Wednesday after three weeks on the sidelines to start Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series.
Higashihama tied for the Pacific League lead with 16 wins, but hasn't pitched on the first team since Sept. 23 due to lower back stiffness. In the meantime, however, he has been tuning up in instructional league games.
Joe Wieland allowed a run in seven innings to earn the win as the DeNA BayStars beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the final stage of the Central League Climax Series.
Wieland, who was pitching his third game this year at the Tigers' ballpark, historic Koshien Stadium, was 2-0 here during the season. He went to the mound in the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead. The right-hander gave up seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Japanese figure skater Keiji Tanaka injured a muscle in his right hip-pelvic area and will withdraw from the upcoming Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday.
Tanaka was told by doctors he would need three weeks to recover, and his absence leaves Yuzuru Hanyu as the only Japanese competing in men's singles at the Grand Prix series opener scheduled on Friday and Saturday.
Takayuki Kishi returned to MetLife Dome with a vengeance on Sunday, holding his old team scoreless into the seventh inning as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions 4-1 to even their playoff series 1-1.
Having left the Lions as a free agent over the winter to sign with his hometown team, Kishi knew first-hand how hard it would be to shut down Nippon Professional Baseball's most potent offense. Needing a win in the best-of-three Climax Series first stage after suffering a 10-0 beating on Saturday, Kishi was determined to throw strikes and challenge hitters.
Suntory Sungoliath showed why they are defending Japan Rugby Top League champions Sunday as they fought back to beat Toyota Verblitz 32-31 at Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium.
Trailing 31-13 with 20 minutes to go, Keisuke Sawaki's side drew on all their experience, and tries from Daishi Murata, Yutaka Nagare and Koji Iino gave them a one-point advantage with five minutes to play.
Third choice Deirdre stormed to victory in the Shuka-sho on Sunday, capturing the final jewel in the filly's triple crown under yielding conditions at Kyoto Racecourse.
Jockey Christophe Lemaire, who rode to his fourth Grade One victory of the season, was singing in the rain after steering Deirdre to her maiden G1 title in their first partnership.
Slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani should be fit to pitch and hit without any restrictions in about three months, the Nippon Ham Fighters said Wednesday.
Otani is expected to move to the majors via the posting system following the end of Nippon Professional Baseball's season. The PL's MVP in 2016, when he was voted the circuit's top pitcher and its top designated hitter, Otani appeared in just 65 games this past season.
The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport has been confirmed for the Australian market, with the company’s local arm expecting its new hot hatch in the first quarter of 2018.
Sitting above the current GLX Turbo flagship, the Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbocharged petrol engine, developing 103kW of power and 250Nm of torque – a 70Nm leap over its predecessor.
The suicide of a 23-year-old man who was overseeing construction at the new National Stadium in Tokyo has officially been recognized as a work-related incident, which resulted from mental illness brought on by excessive overtime, it was learned on Oct. 10.
The decision, which was finalized by Tokyo's Shinjuku Labor Standards Inspection Office on Oct. 6, was made public by the bereaved family's lawyer, Hiroshi Kawahito.