Yokozuna Hakuho is victorious against top maegashira Endo on Day 2 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 15. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
SUMO/ Hakuho, fellow yokozuna in fine form on Day 2
Mongolia's yokozuna trio overpowered their opponents while Japanese ozeki Kisenosato came up short and hit the dirt on Sept. 15, the second day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.
Kei Nishikori says he has taken a giant step forward in tennis at a news conference in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Sept. 13. (Shiro Nishihata)
Nishikori receives hero's welcome after U.S. Open run
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--About 200 fans showed up at Narita Airport to give a hero’s welcome home to rising tennis star Kei Nishikori, the runner-up at the U.S. Open.
No. 2 maegashira Takayasu forces down ozeki Goeido on Day 1 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 14. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
SUMO/ Takayasu spoils Goeido’s ozeki debut on Day 1
Goeido made his debut as ozeki on Sept. 14 but was overpowered by second-ranked maegashira Takayasu in a close bout at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
Kei Nishikori is interviewed after losing to Marin Cilic of Croatia in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament Sept. 8 in New York. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori derives strength from supportive parents
Kei Nishikori may never have become a world professional tennis player were it not for his supportive family.
Commuters in Osaka receive an extra edition of The Asahi Shimbun reporting Kei Nishikori's defeat at the U.S. Open final on Sept. 9. (Yoshiko Sato)
TENNIS/ Nishikori storybook run ends in U.S. Open final
NEW YORK--Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori had a thrilling run at the U.S. Open, but could not summon a finishing kick as he hit the wall against big-hitting Marin Cilic in the final on Sept. 9 at Flushing Meadows.
Marin Cilic, left, and Kei Nishikori stand for the trophy ceremony after Cilic defeated Nishikori in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 8 in New York. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Cilic tops Nishikori at U.S. Open for 1st Slam title
NEW YORK--Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Sept. 8 at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces--including four in one game--and the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Kei Nishikori, of Japan, returns a shot to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament,  Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Joy of the game propels 'Air K' into first Grand Slam final
Kei Nishikori's playful attitude, probably more than anything else, accounts for his spectacular rise to the U.S. Open singles final, making him the first Japanese to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Kei Nishikori reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tournament in New York on Sept. 6. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori stuns No. 1 Djokovic to make U.S. Open final
NEW YORK--Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Sept. 6 to become the first Japanese man to reach a grand slam final.
Chunichi Dragons starter Masahiro Yamamoto delivers a pitch to a Hanshin Tigers batter at Nagoya Dome on Sept. 5. (Yuta Takahashi)
BASEBALL/ Dragons’ Yamamoto becomes oldest winning pitcher in NPB at 49
NAGOYA--Masahiro Yamamoto tossed five scoreless innings on Sept. 5 to become the oldest winning pitcher in Japanese professional baseball history at the age of 49 years, 25 days.
WBC light flyweight champ Naoya Inoue connects against Thai challenger Samartklek Kokietgym in the fourth round of their bout at the Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo on Sept. 5. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
BOXING/ Inoue defends WBC light flyweight title with TKO
WBC light flyweight champion Naoya Inoue used a diversified attack in his first title defense to pummel his Thai opponent before the lopsided bout ended in an 11th-round technical knockout on Sept. 5.
Kei Nishikori returns a shot against Stan Wawrinka during the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 3 in New York. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori 1st Japanese U.S. Open semifinalist in 96 years
NEW YORK--Kei Nishikori felt like he had jet lag.
Shinji Kagawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Soccer/ Japan midfielder Kagawa returns to Dortmund
BERLIN--Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa returned to Borussia Dortmund on Aug. 31, signing a four-year contract with last season's Bundesliga runners-up after two disappointing years at Manchester United.
Members of the Chukyo High School rubber baseball team, right, shake hands with Sotoku High School players after winning the game in the 50th inning in the Akashi Tocalo Baseball Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture on Aug. 31. (Ryo Kato)
Tireless Chukyo finally wins 50-inning marathon in high school baseball tourney
AKASHI, Hyogo Prefecture--In a scoreless game that spanned four days and captivated a nation, Chukyo High School broke through with three runs in the 50th inning to beat Sotoku High School in the semifinals of the 59th National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament here on Aug. 31.
Yokohama F Marinos president Akira Kaetsu speaks in Tokyo on Aug. 29 to explains steps the club will take to prevent a repeat of last week's incident. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese soccer club fined for fan's racist gesture
Yokohama F Marinos club has been slapped with a 5 million yen ($48,179) fine after a fan made a racist gesture during an Aug. 23 match against Kawasaki Frontale at their Mitsuzawa Stadium, local media reported on Aug. 29.
Kosuke Hagino of Japan swims butterfly during his men's 200m individual medley at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia Aug. 24. (AP Photo)
SWIMMING/ Hagino edges Phelps in 200m individual medley at Pan Pacific
GOLD COAST, Australia--Katie Ledecky set her second world record in as many nights for her fifth gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships, while Michael Phelps missed another individual gold when he was touched out by Kosuke Hagino of Japan in the 200 medley.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MLB/ Yankees' Tanaka begins work to return to mound
NEW YORK--Masahiro Tanaka took a very small step toward returning to the New York Yankees' rotation, playing a pain-free game of catch.
Seiryo High School baseball team players smile before the start of the bottom of the 9th inning in the final of the Ishikawa prefectural tournament held July 27. (Shoko Hina)
BASEBALL/ Smiles lead to Seiryo's incredible come-from-behind win
KANAZAWA--Down 8-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning and with little hope, the Seiryo High School baseball team still never forgot its motto, "always keep smiling."
Hakuho flings down fellow yokozuna Harumafuji to win the Emperor's Cup on Day 15 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 27. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ Hakuho captures 30th title, gains on 2 legends on Day 15
Yokozuna Hakuho defeated Mongolian compatriot Harumafuji on July 27 to win his 30th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, which puts him within three titles of breaking the record for most championships in Japan's ancient sport.
Hakuho forces out fellow yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 14 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 26. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ Hakuho defeats Kakuryu on Day 14 to move closer to 30th title
Grand champion Hakuho defeated Mongolian compatriot Kakuryu on July 26 to move a step closer to winning his 30th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Ozeki Kisenosato forces down yokozuna Hakuho on Day 13 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 25 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ Hakuho upset by Kisenosato to fall into 3-way tie for lead on Day 13
Ozeki Kisenosato played the spoiler on July 25 when he upset sole leader Hakuho, dropping the Mongolian yokozuna into a three-way tie for the lead with two days remaining in the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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