Fireworks explode from the roof of the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea Sept. 19. (Takuya Isayama/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Games-Diversity, sporting power on show at Asiad opening
INCHEON, South Korea--The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-colored blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Sept. 19, as athletes from the world's most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea.
Yokozuna Hakuho forces out  maegashira No. 3 Yoshikaze on Day 6 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 19. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
SUMO/ Hakuho dispatches Yoshikaze to stay tied for lead on Day 6
Grand champion Hakuho overpowered Yoshikaze on Sept. 19 to stay in a three-way tie for the lead with fellow Mongolians Kakuryu and Ichinojo at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
Ozeki Goeido balances on the ridge to defeat komusubi Chiyotairyu on Day 5 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 18. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
SUMO/ Harumafuji pulls out, Hakuho shares lead on Day 5
Grand champion Hakuho easily defeated Aoiyama to share the lead while fellow yokozuna Harumafuji pulled out and Goeido secured his second real win as ozeki at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sept. 18.
Masahiro Tanaka pitches in a simulated game at the Yankees' spring training complex in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sept. 15. (Yuki Yamaguchi)
MLB/ Yankees to hand ball to Tanaka after 75 days recovering from torn UCL
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida--New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound on Sept. 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the MLB rookie’s first start since injuring his right elbow in July.
Yokozuna Harumafuji, right, ended up forfeiting this bout against Yoshikaze over a breach of sumo etiquette at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 17. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
SUMO/ Hair-pulling Harumafuji handed first loss on Day 4
Yokozuna Harumafuji was dealt his first loss of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sept. 17 when he pulled the topknot of Yoshikaze, a breach of sumo etiquette that results in a forfeit.
Members of the North Korea team wave to the crowd after defeating Vietnam in their women's first round group C soccer match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Sept. 16. (AP Photo)
North Korea center of attention at Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea--The North Korean women's soccer team had more reasons than usual to kick off its Asian Games campaign with a commanding win.
Yokozuna Kakuryu forces down top maegashira Endo on Day 3 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 16. (Makiko Ikenaga)
SUMO/ 3 yokozuna remain unbeaten, ozeki Goeido suffers 2nd loss on Day 3
All three yokozuna cruised through their bouts, but new ozeki Goeido fell unceremoniously on his back on Sept. 16 for his second loss at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
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.

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