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.
Yokozuna Hakuho throws down ozeki Kotoshogiku on Day 12 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 24 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. (Taku Hosokawa)
SUMO/ Hakuho moves step closer to title with win over Kotoshogiku on Day 12
Hakuho took a big step toward capturing his 30th career title with a clutch win over Kotoshogiku on July 24 at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Javier Aguirre (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mexican Aguirre named as new coach of Japan
Japan has appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre as the new head coach of the national team.
Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi arrives at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, where the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament is being held, on July 22. (Yuta Takahashi)
SUMO/ Muslim sumo wrestler Osunaarashi struggles with Ramadan as well as rivals
NAGOYA--With his stunning upsets of not one, but two yokozuna in the early stages of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament here, Osunaarashi, as might be expected, is plotting his next move.
Sekiwake Goeido, back, topples yokozuna Hakuho inside the ring on Day 11 of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on July 23. (Minako Yoshimoto)
SUMO/ Hakuho, upset by Goeido, falls into two-way tie for lead on Day 11
Sekiwake Goeido upset grand champion Hakuho to hand the Mongolian his first loss and throw the title chase at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament wide open on July 23.
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)
Chief of Pyeongchang's organizing committee quits
SEOUL--The head of Pyeongchang's organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics resigned July 21, saying new leadership is needed to complete preparations for the games.
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.

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