Ozeki Kotoshogiku, right, forces out ozeki Kisenosato on Day 10 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 22 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Hakuho retains lead while Kotoshogiku remains 1 behind on Day 10
Yokozuna Hakuho added another win to his so-far perfect run, and Kotoshogiku won a battle of the ozeki against Kisenosato to stay right behind the Mongolian with one loss at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 22.
Yokozuna Kakuryu forces out ozeki Kotoshogiku on Day 9 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 21 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Hakuho moves ahead of rivals on Day 9
Yokozuna Hakuho assumed the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 21 as ozeki Kotoshogiku and rank-and-filer Takayasu both crashed out to their first defeats. Struggling Harumafuji also fell to an upset.
In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics Kim Jin-sun attends a press conference during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
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Yokozuna Hakuho, back, forces down No. 3 maegashira Osunaarashi with an "over-arm throw" technique on Day 8 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 20 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Hakuho takes down Osunaarashi to remain in 3-way tie for lead on Day 8
Mongolia's Hakuho proved he is still the wrestler to beat by upending yokozuna-killer Osunaarashi before a standing-room-only crowd at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 20.
Komusubi Aoiyama, left, slips to the dirt shortly after the face-off with yokozuna Hakuho on Day 7 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 19. (Minako Yoshimoto)
SUMO/ Hakuho, Kotoshogiku stay in the lead on Day 7
Leaders Hakuho and Kotoshogiku emerged victorious after their bouts July 19 to remain unbeaten at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, with No. 11 maegashira Takayasu keeping apace in the lower ranks of the top division.
No. 3 maegashira Osunaarashi forces yokozuna Harumafuji to the dirt on Day 6 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 18 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yoichi Kawatsu)
SUMO/ Osunaarashi beats 2nd yokozuna as Hakuho, Kotoshogiku remain perfect on Day 6
Egypt's Osunaarashi pulled off his second upset win over a yokozuna opponent in successive days on July 18 by driving Harumafuji into a bellyflop at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
No. 3 maegashira Osunaarashi defeats yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 5 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 17 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Minako Yoshimoto)
SUMO/ Kakuryu loses for first time, Hakuho, Kotoshogiku remain perfect on Day 5
Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi sent yokozuna Kakuryu to his first defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 17, while Kakuryu’s Mongolian compatriot Hakuho and Japan’s Kotoshogiku cruised through their bouts to remain unbeaten.
No. 2 maegashira Yoshikaze, back, forces down yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 4 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 16. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ Harumafuji first grand champion to fall on Day 4
Yokozuna Harumafuji dropped out of the leading ranks on July 16 with a major upset at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, while Mongolian compatriots Hakuho and Kakuryu moved through unscathed to share the lead with ozeki Kotoshogiku and rank-and-filer Takayasu.
Tomohiro Anraku of Ehime Saibi High School throws a pitch during an 8-0 win against Mishima High School on July 16 in a first round game of the Ehime qualifying tournament for the Summer National High School Baseball Championship. (Fumitaka Ohnishi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
BASEBALL/ Japanese high school teams look to save young pitchers' arms
The marathon pitching exploits of Japan's high school baseball players may soon be a thing of the past.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, left, plows No. 3 maegashira Kaisei out of the ring on Day 3 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 15. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ 3 grand champions remain neck and neck on Day 3
Mongolian grand champions Hakuho, Harumafuji and Kakuryu continued their strong starts by winning their third-consecutive bouts to remain undefeated at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 15.
Yokozuna Hakuho defeats top maegashira Shohozan with an "overarm throw" on Day 2 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 14 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Perennial yokozuna hopeful Kisenosato stumbles on Day 2
"Not-quite-ready-for-primetime" ozeki Kisenosato fell to an upset at the hands of komusubi Aminishiki on July 14 at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, while all three yokozuna dominated action on the second day.
Yokozuna Hakuho falls but still defeats komusubi Aminishiki on Day 1 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 13 in the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Three yokozuna, Kisenosato prevail on Day 1
Mongolia’s yokozuna trio all won their bouts on the opening day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 13, and ozeki Kisenosato matched them with a solid start of his own.
Masahiro Tanaka (Hikaru Uchida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
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Alberto Zaccheroni announces his resignation as Japan coach at a news conference in Brazil on June 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Zaccheroni quits as Japan coach after disappointing group-stage exit
ITU, Brazil--Alberto Zaccheroni quit as Japan coach in the wake of the Asian champion's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, saying the team needed a fresh influence.
Shinji Okazaki heads the ball in for Japan in its loss to Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil on June 24. (Jun Ueda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
UPDATE: WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Colombia crush Japan to win group, face Uruguay
CUIABA, Brazil--Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on June 24 to set up a second round clash with Uruguay.
Alberto Zaccheroni, right, thanks Keisuke Honda after Japan's World Cup loss to Colombia in Brazil on June 24. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto/ The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Asian champions Japan fail to bridge the World Cup gap
Alberto Zaccheroni instilled flair, creativity and goals in his four years in charge of Japan but he could not find a cure for the mental flaws that prevented his side showcasing those talents on the grandest stage.
Japan national soccer team coach Alberto Zaccheroni during a training session in Itu, Brazil, on June 22 (Wataru Sekita/ The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Zaccheroni seeks 'balance' so far missing in Brazil
CUIABA, Brazil--Coach Alberto Zaccheroni thinks he can bring back the balance that has eluded Japan in their first two World Cup games in Brazil as they face unbeaten Colombia on June 24.
Yuto Nagatomo keeps the ball during the match against Greece in Natal, Brazil, on June 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Scoreless draw keeps Japan and Greece alive in Group C
NATAL, Brazil--Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on June 19 that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.
Keisuke Honda and other Japanese national soccer team members warm up before training in Itu, Brazil, on June 16. (Wataru Sekita/ The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Japan and Greece go back to the well for Natal clash
NATAL, Brazil--After losing their Group C openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on June 19.
Japan's Keisuke Honda boots the Samurai Blue's first goal against Ivory Coast during the group C World Cup soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, on June 14. (Jun Ueda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Samurai Blue suffer 2-1 opening loss to Ivory Coast
Japan failed to hold off a determined second-half Ivory Coast comeback in dropping its opening World Cup Group C match 2-1 on June 14 in Recife, Brazil.

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