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.
Figure skater Mao Asada performs at Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena in Sapporo on July 22. (Kotaro Ebara)
FIGURE SKATING/ Asada makes comeback to ice after yearlong break
SAPPORO--Figure skater Mao Asada performed in front of an audience at a rink here July 22 for the first time since taking a year off from skating.
An artist's concept of the New National Stadium, designed by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on July 17 will be redone (Provided by the Japan Sport Council)
Abe ditches extravagant design of Olympic stadium as public howls at cost
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said July 17 that the government will scrap the costly design of the New National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, and return the project to the starting blocks.
An illustration of the planned New National Stadium (Provided by Japan Sports Council)
Council approves 252-billion-yen Olympic stadium plan
The need to live up to an international promise and to show off Japanese technology will come at a price of 252 billion yen ($2.1 billion).
Japan's Yuki Ogimi, right, scores a goal as United States' Julie Johnston watches during the first half of the final of the FIFA World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 5.  (AP Photo)
Soccer/ Early onslaught left Japan with no way back
VANCOUVER--When your game is built on possession and suffocating the opposition, the last thing you want to do is concede an early goal--let alone four inside the first 16 minutes as Japan did in the Women's World Cup final on July 5.
Japanese players celebrate a 2-1 win over England in a semifinal in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament on July 1 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SOCCER/ Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semifinal
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.
Kei Nishikori serves to Simone Bolelli of Italy during the men's singles first round match of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, on June 29. (AP Photo)
TENNIS/ Nishikori battles through calf problem at Wimbledon
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.
An artist's concept of the new National Stadium (Provided by Japan Sport Council)
OLYMPICS/ New Tokyo stadium to cost over $2 billion, stick with basic design
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.
Japan celebrates their win as Australia's Alanna Kennedy (14) reacts during FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final action in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Saturday June 27. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Iwabuchi lifts Japan to semis with 1-0 win over Australia
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.
Shinji Okazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SOCCER/ Japan striker Okazaki joins Premier League club Leicester
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.
An artist's concept of the new National Stadium (Provided by Japan Sport Council)
OLYMPICS/ No decision yet on new Japan National Stadium, but original design in lead
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.
Saori Ariyoshi, second from right, and other Japanese players celebrate after she scored the opening goal in the first half of Japan's 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup in Vancouver on June 23. (Yuta Takahashi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SOCCER/ Japan beats the Netherlands 2-1 to advance to World Cup quarterfinals
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.
Ken Naganuma, left, president of the Japan Football Association, raises a trophy in May 1996 in Switzerland after it was decided the 2002 World Cup would be co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SOCCER/ Spanish media: JFA paid $1.5 million to CONMEBOL for backing to host 2002 World Cup
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.
Yuika Sugasawa celebrates her goal against Cameroon during the first half of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match on June 12 in Vancouver. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SOCCER/ Japan earns knockout berth with 2-1 win over Cameroon
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.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, at a meeting of the International Paralympic Committee in Tokyo on June 5 (Pool)
OLYMPICS/ 26 sports seek inclusion in 2020 Tokyo Games
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.
Norichika Aoki of Japan connects in a semifinal game at the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 22, 2008. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OLYMPICS/ Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Games inclusion
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.
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers against the Washington Nationals during the first inning on June 9 in New York. (AP Photo)
MLB/ Tanaka outduels Nats' Scherzer as Yankees take 7th straight win
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.

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