Organizers plan to hold the final game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at the 72,000-seat Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan set September deadline to get Rugby World Cup house in order
World Rugby has demanded Japan send a new proposal for its 2019 World Cup venues and provide assurances about the tournament's "financial security" after Tokyo's new National Stadium was scrapped as the centerpiece venue.
Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki hits a single in the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 15 in St. Louis. (AP Photo)
MLB/ Ichiro gets 4,192nd career hit combined in major leagues, Japan, passes Cobb
ST. LOUIS--Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning for his 4,192nd career hit in the major leagues and Japan, passing Ty Cobb's total that ranks second in history.
New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Toronto on Aug. 15. (AP Photo)
MLB/ Tanaka tosses 5-hitter, leads Yankees over Blue Jays 4-1
TORONTO--With key relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller both unavailable, the New York Yankees were counting on a solid outing from starter Masahiro Tanaka.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a meeting of Cabinet ministers on the new National Stadium on Aug. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan releases 2020 stadium guidelines, but no cost estimate
Japan approved guidelines for its new Olympic stadium on Aug. 14, vowing to build an athlete-friendly stadium as cheaply as possible and complete it by March 2020, a year later than planned, but without including any cost estimates or limits.
Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki singles against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of a baseball game Aug. 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo)
BASEBALL/ Ichiro's 4,191st hit overall ties Cobb's total
ST. LOUIS--At 41, Ichiro Suzuki still is chasing hits and history.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, top, is mobbed by teammates including catcher Jesus Sucre (2) after Iwakuma threw a no-hitter in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 12 in Seattle. (AP Photo)
BASEBALL/ Seattle's Iwakuma has no-hitter against Orioles
NEW YORK--Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 12 in a 3-0 victory that made him the just the second Japanese pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Kei Nishikori celebrates after he beat John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in a men's singles final match at the Citi Open tennis tournament on Aug. 9, in Washington. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori comes back to beat Isner for 1st Citi Open title
WASHINGTON--Kei Nishikori already was going to enter the U.S. Open brimming with confidence, thanks to his runner-up finish there a year ago. A title at a hard-court tuneup a few weeks before heading to Flushing Meadows only helps.
Japan's Daiya Seto celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 400m individual medley final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, on Aug. 9. (Shiro Nishihata/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SWIMMING/ Japan's Seto defends 400 IM title at world swimming championships
KAZAN, Russia--Japan's Daiya Seto won his second consecutive title in the 400-meter individual medley by 1.40 seconds on Aug. 9 on the final night of the world swimming championships.
Eighteen-year-old Kanako Watanabe celebrates winning the women’s 200-meter breaststroke gold at the world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, on Aug. 7. (Shiro Nishihata)
Teenager Watanabe captures breaststroke gold at worlds
KAZAN, Russia--Kanako Watanabe struck gold in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships here on Aug. 7.
Hiroshima Carp players wearing uniforms with the number 86 observe a moment of silence before a home game at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium on Aug. 6. (Koichi Ueda)
Hiroshima Carp wear special uniforms on 70th anniversary of A-bomb attack
HIROSHIMA--The Hiroshima Carp professional baseball team took the field on Aug. 6 wearing special jerseys featuring the number 86 to remember the month and day 70 years ago when an atomic bomb devastated the city.
Yuzuru Hanyu (Photo by Daisuke Maeda)
FIGURE SKATING/ Gold medalist skater Hanyu to turn pro after 2018 Olympics
TORONTO--Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu says he will leave competitive skating after trying for another gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea.
Hokkai High School catcher Shota Watanabe, left, shakes hands with baseball legend Sadaharu Oh at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Aug. 6. (Jun Ueda)
BASEBALL/ Legend Oh thrills high school players at start of Koshien tournament
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--High school baseball player Kenta Arimura swung and missed in opening the annual National High School Baseball Tournament here at Hanshin Koshien Stadium on Aug. 6.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
International Olympic Committee hears reports on Tokyo emblem flap, new stadium plans
KUALA LUMPUR--A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members on Aug. 1 dealt with issues affecting the next two Summer Games--the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem and severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro.
The official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
Belgian designer demands halt to use of Tokyo Olympics emblem
The controversy surrounding the emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalated on July 31 with a cease-and-desist demand from a Belgian designer and a second claim that it bears a resemblance to one created by a Spanish studio.
Chinese delegation members attend the Beijing bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31. (AP Photo)
OLYMPICS/ Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR--Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on July 31, becoming the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, left, along with organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto, talks to media after a presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur on July 29. (AP Photo)
Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium fiasco
KUALA LUMPUR--Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on July 29 over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games.
Yokozuna Hakuho, right, holds up Kyokutenho's hand during the motorcade after Hakuho won the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 26. (Masaru Komiyaji)
SUMO/ Mongolian who led the way for countrymen's domination set to retire
NAGOYA--As yokozuna Hakuho rode triumphantly in the motorcade celebrating his latest sumo triumph here on July 26, much of the cheers were directed at the popular older wrestler holding his flag.
Synchronized swimmers Yukiko Inui, left, and Risako Mitsui perform during the women’s duet technical final at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, on July 26. (Shiro Nishihata)
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING/ Inui, Mitsui take bronze at worlds
KAZAN, Russia--Synchronized swimmers Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui captured the bronze medal in the women’s duet technical final at the world championships in Russia on July 26.
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, forces out fellow yokozuna Kakuryu to claim his 35th championship on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 26. (Satoru Ogawa)
SUMO/ Hakuho claims 35th Emperor's Cup at Nagoya tournament
NAGOYA--Yokozuna Hakuho extended his Emperor's Cup winning record to 35 by defeating fellow Mongolian grand champion Kakuryu on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament here on July 26.
Hammer thrower and Olympic gold medalist Koji Murofushi, center, and other athletes pose in front of the emblems for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics during an unveiling ceremony in Tokyo on July 24. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Black represents diversity in Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic emblems
The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unveiled emblems for the events on July 24, the date the summer extravaganza will get under way in 2020.

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