July 02, 2015
EDMONTON, Canada--Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
June 30, 2015
LONDON--A five-set Wimbledon first-round match lasting almost three and a half hours was not what Kei Nishikori needed on June 29 as he nursed a sore calf strain.
June 29, 2015
Japan's trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on June 29.
June 28, 2015
EDMONTON, Alberta--Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn't resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi's expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on June 27.
June 27, 2015
LEICESTER, England--Japan striker Shinji Okazaki has signed for English club Leicester and will become the seventh Japanese player to feature in the Premier League.
June 24, 2015
No final decision has been made on Japan's new National Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but with an alternate plan judged "unrealistic," there are still no reasons to abandon the original design, an official said on June 24.
June 24, 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Mizuho Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the 78th minute, and defending Women's World Cup champion Japan held on to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on June 23 and reach the quarterfinals.
June 20, 2015
SAO PAULO--The Japan Football Association sent $1.5 million (185 million yen) to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in appreciation for its support of Japan’s hosting of the 2002 World Cup, a Spanish sports newspaper reported June 19.
June 13, 2015
Aya Sameshima scored in the 6th minute as defending champion Japan became the first team at the women's World Cup to secure a berth in the knockout stage with a 2-1 victory over Cameroon on the night of June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
June 13, 2015
Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place after Games officials opened the door for new attractions at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
June 11, 2015
BAKU--Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on June 11 as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.
June 10, 2015
NEW YORK--Masahiro Tanaka outpitched Max Scherzer as the New York Yankees defeated the Washington Nationals 6-1 on June 9 for their seventh straight victory.
June 09, 2015
VANCOUVER--Aya Miyama scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute as defending Women’s World Cup champion Japan opened with a 1-0 win over newcomer Switzerland on June 8.
June 04, 2015
SEATTLE--In an effort not to overstress his arm, the goal was to get New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka into the sixth inning in 80 pitches in his return from the disabled list.
June 03, 2015
PARIS--Kei Nishikori rallied from two sets down against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but his bid to become the first Japanese man to reach the semifinals of the French Open in 82 years fell just short of the mark.
June 01, 2015
Team play and not individuality is the key to winning back to back World Cups, the captain of Nadeshiko Japan, the women's national soccer team, said at a special event in Tokyo on May 31.
May 29, 2015
Figure skater Mao Asada said her one-year break from the sport has rejuvenated her motivation to challenge herself and dashed all earlier thoughts of retirement.
May 27, 2015
The Japan Sumo Association formally promoted sekiwake Terunofuji to ozeki, the sport's second-highest rank, following a unanimous decision by its board of directors on May 27.
May 24, 2015
Up-and-coming Mongolian sekiwake Terunofuji won his first championship title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on May 24, making his promotion to ozeki, the sport's second-highest rank, a virtual certainty.
May 18, 2015
Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says she cannot live without skating and has resumed training after a one-year break with the aim of returning to competition.