Hakuho Wins 44th Title At Osaka Tournament

Hakuho wins 44th title at Osaka tournament

In the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho clinched his 44th title, beating fellow grand champion Kakuryu on Sunday.

The two Mongolian Yokozuna wrestlers had entered the final day of the Osaka tournament with 12 wins and 2 losses each. Hakuho had previously won 41 bouts against Kakuryu and lost eight.

Hanyu Wins First Four Continents Title

Hanyu wins first Four Continents title

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has clinched his first title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Hanyu performed in the men's singles free skating on Sunday in the competition held in South Korea.

Rank-and-file Wrestler Wins Sumo Tournament

Rank-and-file wrestler wins sumo tournament

In the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, a wrestler at the bottom of the rankings in the top Makuuchi Division has won the Emperor's Cup.

Tokushoryu beat Ozeki Takakeisho on the final day of the tournament on Sunday, clinching the title with 14 wins and one loss.

Carlos Sainz Wins His Third Dakar Rally; American Motorcyclist Wins

Carlos Sainz wins his third Dakar Rally; American motorcyclist wins

Spaniard Carlos Sainz became a triple Dakar Rally champion with the Mini X-Raid team at the age of 57 on Friday, while American Ricky Brabec took the motorcycle crown for Honda and ended KTM's 18-year dominance. Brabec is the first American to win the Dakar on two wheels since the grueling endurance event started from Paris through the Sahara desert to the Senegalese capital in West Africa in 1979. Both were also the first winners in Saudi Arabia, a country making its debut as host of an event staged in South America for the past decade. Two times world rally champion Sainz, whose son and namesake races in Formula One for McLaren, ended the final timed stage with a 6 minutes and 21 seconds advantage over Qatar's defending champion Nasser Al Attiyah. Sainz also won Dakar in 2010 and 2018. His three victories have been with different car manufacturers, the first coming with Volkswagen and the second in a Peugeot. "We started winning this Dakar on day one, and we have gone flat out from the beginning," said Sainz, hailed by his son on Twitter as a legend. Brabec had started four previous Dakars, but Friday was only his second finish. "At the end, we put the pieces to the puzzle together," said the American after an event marred by the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves in a fall last Sunday. "I woke up this morning just happy to ride the last day. And we're here. We won. We had to be smart and focused every day. There's no top guy on the team, we all work together, we're a family. We all won." Triple champion Al Attiyah won the final stage to finish as overall runner-up for Toyota with Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, a 13 times winner on two and four wheels and Sainz's team mate, completing the top three in his 31st Dakar. "I'm coming back to win next year. I just needed a bit more luck," said the Qatari, who applauded and embraced Sainz at the finish. Two times Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, a Dakar rookie, was fourth in the final stage and finished 13th overall for Toyota. Australian Toby Price, the 2019 motorcycle winner and leading KTM rider, finished third overall behind Chilean Pablo Quintanilla. "It's not the result we came for, but I'm quite glad. Every time that I've lined up and I've made the finish line, I've been on a podium step," said Price. "This, for me, is a big achievement, especially after these two weeks being tough. We just regroup and get ready for the Dakar 2021 and we come back here to try and get that number one plate back." In the truck category, Russian Andrey Karginov took his second Dakar crown in a Kamaz one-two with compatriot and team mate Anton Shibalov. Chile's Ignacio Casale was the quad champion for a third time while American Casey Currie won the lightweight side-by-side (SSV) category introduced in 2017.

Journalist Shiori Ito Wins Damages Over Rape Case

Journalist Shiori Ito wins damages over rape case

A Japanese court has ordered a former television correspondent to pay damages worth 3.3 million yen, or about 30,000 dollars, to a journalist over a rape case.

Journalist Shiori Ito sued Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former reporter of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, or TBS, demanding about 100,000 dollars in compensation. Ito said she was raped by Yamaguchi in 2015 after getting drunk at a dinner with him and falling unconscious.

Figure Skating/ Chen Wins 3rd Grand Prix Finals In A Row, Beating Hanyu

FIGURE SKATING/ Chen wins 3rd Grand Prix Finals in a row, beating Hanyu

TURIN, Italy--American figure skater Nathan Chen won the Grand Prix Finals for the third season in a row Saturday, beating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu by a dominant 44-point margin.

Chen and Hanyu both landed five quadruple jumps in their free skates, a number that was almost unimaginable in skating even a few years ago, but Chen skated his program clean to score a total 335.20 points, while Hanyu made crucial errors.

Japan Wins Baseball's Premier 12

Japan wins baseball's Premier 12

The Japanese national baseball team has won the Premier 12 championship for the first time, beating South Korea 5-3 in the final.

This was the second edition of the tournament, which is held once every four years.

Hanyu Wins Skate Canada With Personal Best Score

Hanyu wins Skate Canada with personal best score

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu has won the Skate Canada International, a competition in the ISU Grand Prix series.

The two-time Olympic champion triumphed in the free skating event on Saturday. That came after Hanyu got the top score in the short program on Friday.

Hanyu Wins Skate Canada In Grand Prix

Hanyu wins Skate Canada in Grand Prix

Japan's two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has won the Skate Canada International, an event at the IS Grand Prix series.

His achievement marks a victorious start to the 2019-2020 season.

Japan Wins Bronze In Men's 4x100m Relay

Japan wins bronze in men's 4x100m relay

Japan has won the bronze medal in the men's 4-by-100-meter relay in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, setting a new Japan record.

In the final of the race on Saturday, the Japanese sprinters finished with a time of 37.43 seconds, shaving 0.17 seconds off the previous national record.

Racewalker Yamanishi Wins Gold, Olympic Spot

Racewalker Yamanishi wins gold, Olympic spot

Japan's Toshikazu Yamanishi has won the men's 20-kilometer racewalking event at the track and field world championships in Qatar. Yamanishi's victory earns him a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The race started at 11:30 PM on Friday, in temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius and high humidity.

Racewalker Suzuki Wins Gold, Olympic Spot

Racewalker Suzuki wins gold, Olympic spot

Japan's Yusuke Suzuki has won the men's 50-kilometer racewalking event at the track and field world championships in Qatar. He's the first Japanese athlete to win a gold medal in the event at either the world championships or the Olympics.

Suzuki's victory earns him a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.