Sapporo will bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OLYMPICS/ Sapporo looking to bid for 2026 Winter Games
SAPPORO--The mayor of Sapporo has announced his city's intention to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony does not plan to renew FIFA sponsorship contract--sources
Sony Corp does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritize its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Yokozuna Hakuho is overwhelmed with emotion during the awards ceremony after winning his 32nd career championship in Fukuoka on Nov. 23. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Promise made to fabled Taiho drove Hakuho to record-tying 32nd championship
Hakuho flashed a rare display of emotion after capturing the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 23 to match the all-time record of 32 championships, as if the floodgate of emotions he had kept in check for the past three and a half years had been released.
Hakuho, left, forces out fellow yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 15 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 23. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Hakuho claims 32nd championship, ties immortal Taiho on Day 15
A determined Hakuho made short work of fellow yokozuna Kakuryu to take his 32nd career title and a place in the record books alongside Taiho on Nov. 23 on the final day of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Yokozuna Kakuryu throws ozeki Kotoshogiku to the dirt on Day 14 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 22. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Kakuryu keeps alive championship hopes on Day 14
Yokozuna Kakuryu won his 12th match at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 22 to set up a final-day showdown with Hakuho, who is looking to take home a record-tying 32nd career title.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, left, is forced out by yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 13 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 21. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SUMO/ Hakuho takes sole lead after Kakuryu falls at Kyushu tourney on Day 13
Yokozuna Hakuho's hopes of a record-tying 32nd championship title got a big boost at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 21 as Harumafuji drove Kakuryu out of the ring--and out of the lead--in the first yokozuna showdown of the competition.
Yokozuna Kakuryu forces down ozeki Goeido on Day 12 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 20. (Motoki Nagasawa)
SUMO/ Dominant Hakuho, tricky Kakuryu keep lead on Day 12
Co-leaders Hakuho and Kakuryu captured their 11th wins at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 20, although Kakuryu had to resort to a little trick at the face-off of his match.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, left, and International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates during a meeting in Tokyo on Nov. 19 (Akio Harada/ The Asahi Shimbun)
IOC suggests some 2020 Games venues be moved outside Tokyo to cut costs
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometers away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, right, is pushed out by ozeki Kisenosato on Day 11 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 19. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SUMO/ Kakuryu suffers first defeat, shares lead with Hakuho on Day 11
Kakuryu was battered out of the ring for his first loss, Harumafuji hit the dirt for the third time and even Hakuho was nearly sent out on Nov. 19 in what was a tough day for the Mongolian yokozuna trio at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, back, forces out maegashira No. 3 Terunofuji on Day 10 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 18. (Mahito Kaai)
SUMO/ Kisenosato records second loss as sole leader Kakuryu posts 10th win on Day 10
Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu held onto the sole lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 18, but his determined compatriot Hakuho is turning up the pressure with one loss and five crucial--and increasingly difficult--days left.
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, throws sekiwake Ichinojo on Day 9 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 17. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Unbeaten yokozuna Kakuryu marches on, Hakuho throws Ichinojo on Day 9
Unbeaten yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his one-match lead over defending champion Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato on the ninth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 17, with a steadily improving Harumafuji in hot pursuit.
Yokozuna Kakuryu slaps down komusubi Ikioi on Day 8 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 16. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Kakuryu holds ground; Hakuho, Kisenosato stay on his heels on Day 8
Yokozuna Kakuryu sent his eighth victim to the dirt at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 16, while Mongolian compatriot Hakuho and Japanese ozeki Kisenosato held firm at one loss back.
Kei Nishikori plays a return to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their ATP Finals semifinals in London on Nov. 15. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori eyeing Grand Slam success after exit from ATP Finals
LONDON--Kei Nishikori is confident he will build on a breakthrough season that saw him reach his first Grand Slam final.
Rika Hongo performs at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on Nov. 15. (AP Photo)
FIGURE SKATING/ Rika Hongo gets gold at Rostelecom, first Grand Prix medal
MOSCOW—Japan's Rika Hongo hit every jump she aimed for to win gold at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 15, her first medal in the Grand Prix series.
Yokozuna Kakuryu, right, pushes maegashira No. 3 Takayasu out of the ring on Day 7 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 15. (Motoki Nagasawa)
SUMO/ Kakuryu wipes out giant-killer Takayasu to remain unbeaten on Day 7
Mongolia's Kakuryu denied rank-and-filer Takayasu a sweep of upsets against the current yokozuna trio at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 15, winning with ease to maintain his unbeaten record and the sole lead after the first week of competition.
Maegashira No. 3 Takayasu, left, slaps down yokozuna Hakuho on Day 6 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 14. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SUMO/ Takayasu stuns Hakuho; Kakuryu takes sole lead on Day 6
In a stunning upset, defending champion Hakuho hit the dirt for the first time at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 14, leaving fellow Mongolian Kakuryu in the sole lead.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns to Spain's David Ferrer during their ATP World Tour tennis match at the O2 arena in London on Nov. 13. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ In-form Nishikori tops stand-in Ferrer to reach semis of ATP finals
LONDON--Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori surged to a three-set victory over alternate David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on Nov. 13.
Yokozuna Hakuho throws No. 2 maegashira Toyohibiki on Day 5 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 13. (Koichi Ueda)
SUMO/ Hakuho, Kakuryu take lead after Kisenosato overwhelmed on Day 5
The leaders pack at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament narrowed to the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Kakuryu on Nov. 13 after ozeki Kisenosato stumbled out to his first loss.
Top maegashira Tochiozan, right, forces down yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 4 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 12. (Ryo Ikeda)
SUMO/ Harumafuji falls again as Hakuho sails on in Kyushu tourney on Day 4
Yokozuna Harumafuji and rising star Ichinojo fell to defeats at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 12, but defending champion Hakuho and rivals Kakuryu and Kisenosato all made it through the day unscathed.
Maegashira No. 3 Takayasu, right, defeats yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 3 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 11. (Yoichi Kawatsu)
SUMO/ Harumafuji dealt first loss as Hakuho survives close call on Day 3
Yokozuna strongmen Hakuho and Harumafuji were put to the test on Nov. 11 at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament and only Hakuho emerged victorious, while the junior member of the grand champion trio, Kakuryu, also emerged unscathed.

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