Figure skater Mao Asada explains her comeback in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on May 28 in Tokyo. (Daisuke Maeda)
FIGURE SKATING/ Yearlong break revives Mao Asada's fighting spirit
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.
Terunofuji celebrates his promotion to ozeki by holding a red sea bream, which is considered auspicious, at the Isegahama stable in Tokyo's Koto Ward on May 27. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
SUMO/ Terunofuji promoted to second highest ozeki rank
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.
Sekiwake Terunofuji, right, forces out No. 6 maegashira Aoiyama as yokozuna Hakuho, seated below, watches on the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on May 24. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
SUMO/ Terunofuji wins 1st title and likely promotion to ozeki as Hakuho falls
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.
Mao Asada speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on May 18. (Takuya Isayama/ The Asahi Shimbun)
FIGURE SKATING/ Asada resumes training, eyes return to competition
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.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MLB/ Yankees pitcher Tanaka out at least a month with tendinitis
NEW YORK--Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is going to be out at least a month because of tendinitis in his right wrist and a mild right forearm strain.
An artist's conception shows how spectators can enjoy live broadcasts from different angles on dedicated monitors while watching an event. (Provided by the Japan Sport Council)
Tech firms propose cutting-edge devices for new Olympic stadium
High-tech toilets and other cutting-edge gadgetry were unveiled recently as possible additions to the new National Stadium in central Tokyo that will serve as the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kei Nishikori celebrates after winning the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, on April 26. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win
BARCELONA, Spain--Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar on April 26.
Kazuto Ioka, left, fights Juan Carlos Reveco in Osaka on April 22. (Ryo Kato/ The Asahi Shimbun)
BOXING/ Ioka takes WBA flyweight belt to become 2nd Japanese to win titles in 3 weight classes
OSAKA--Boxer Kazuto Ioka became the second Japanese fighter to win world titles in three different weight classes after defeating Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina for the WBA flyweight title on April 22 by a majority decision.
Yokohama FC soccer player Kazuyoshi Miura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SOCCER/ King Kazu silences critic, renews scoring record
Kazuyoshi Miura broke his own record as the oldest J.League player to score a goal, motivated by a critic who said the veteran forward should finally leave the sport.
Entrance of Samsung headquarter in Gangnam, Seoul (AP Photo)
OLYMPICS/ Samsung signs local sponsorship deal for 2018 Games
SEOUL--South Korea's Samsung Group has signed a 100 billion won (10.98 billion yen, or $92.22 million) local sponsorship contract to support the 2018 Winter Games, Pyeongchang organizers (POCOG) announced on April 6.
Kazuyoshi Miura of Yokohama FC during a match on March 8 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SOCCER/ King Kazu, 48, extends Japanese scoring record
The goals may not be as frequent now and the famed celebratory dance not as slick, but 48-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura again proved his worth on April 5 by extending his record as the oldest goal-scorer in Japanese football.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game on March 31, 2015 in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo)
MLB/ Yankees opening day starter Masahiro Tanaka expects his velocity to be down this season
WASHINGTON--New York Yankees opening day starter Masahiro Tanaka says his fastball speed could be down this season as he makes adjustments to the way he throws.
Yoshihide Kiryu becomes the first Japanese to break 10 seconds in the 100-meter sprint in a wind-assisted race at the Texas Relays on March 28. (Ryusei Takeda)
ATHLETICS/ Teen star becomes first Japanese to break 10 seconds in 100-meter sprint
AUSTIN, Texas--Teenage track sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to clock a time under 10 seconds in the 100-meter sprint with a wind-assisted mark of 9.87 seconds.
Hiroshima Carp pitcher Hiroki Kuroda at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima on March 29 (Shinnosuke Ito/ The Asahi shimbun)
BASEBALL/ Former Yankees pitcher Kuroda wins in Japan comeback
HIROSHIMA--Former New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda won his first game in his return to Japanese baseball on March 29.
Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu fails to win successive titles at the world figure skating championships in Shanghai on March 28. (The Asahi Shimbun)
FIGURE SKATING/ Hanyu, upset by Fernandez, fails to defend world title
Javier Fernandez successfully landed two quadruple jumps in his free skate to beat Japan's defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu and become Spain's first male champion at the world figure skating championships in Shanghai on March 28.
Vahid Halilhodzic gestures to the crowd after getting his first victory as head coach of the national soccer team on March 27 in Oita. (Ryo Ikeda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SOCCER/ Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in debut of new coach Halilhodzic
OITA--Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on March 27 in its first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
Yuzuru Hanyu performs during the Men's Short Program event in Shanghai, China, on March 27. (Nobuhiro Shirai/ The Asahi Shimbun)
FIGURE SKATING/ Back from surgery, defending champion Hanyu takes lead after men's short program at worlds
SHANGHAI--Yuzuru Hanyu only had a matter of weeks to prepare to defend his title at the world figure skating championships after a string of injuries and mishaps kept him off the ice for much of an unlucky season.
Umpire Sujeewa Wijayanayake signals that a runner is safe at second base during a game on March 23 at the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Sri Lankan man's Koshien dream comes true behind the second base bag
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--While all Japanese high school baseball players dream of playing in hallowed Koshien Stadium, a Sri Lankan man on March 23 got his wish to umpire a game there.
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, defeats fellow yokozuna Harumafuji after a long battle to claim his record 34th Emperor's Cup on the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka on March 22.(Ryo Kato)
SUMO/ Hakuho claims sixth straight championship and 34th Emperor's Cup
OSAKA--Yokozuna Hakuho extended his Emperor's Cup record to 34 by defeating fellow yokozuna Harumafuji on the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Bodymaker Colosseum on March 22.
Former New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui hits a home-run in front of his team players during the home-run derby in a charity baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on March 21. (AP Photo)
Matsui teams up with former Yankees teammate Jeter to raise funds for tsunami victims
Hideki Matsui went to bat for children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and hit a home run.

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