T. M. Ocean captures Shukasho

first_imgKYOTO – Top favorite T. M. Ocean surged into the lead at the top of the final straight Sunday and then held off the challengers to win the sixth running of the Shukasho, the third leg of the triple crown series for 3-year-old fillies.T.M. Ocean, winner of the Okasho in April, completed the 2,000-meter test on turf at Kyoto Racecourse in 1 minute, 58.5 seconds with jockey Masaru Honda astride to claim the 89 million yen winner’s purse. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 It was T.M. Ocean’s third Grade One victory and second win in the triple crown races after the Okasho. She finished third in the second leg, the Oaks, in May.Rosebud, runnerup in the Oaks, made a late move on the inside but could not catch the leader, finishing second, three-quarters of a length behind. Oaks winner Lady Pastel finished third. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Yamada powers to victory in U.S.

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Japanese recordholder Sachiko Yamada powered her way tovictory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle final onthe opening day of the U.S. Open SwimmingChampionships on Thursday. Sydney Olympian Yamadatouched the wall in 4 minutes, 10.04 seconds ahead ofAmericans Brooke Bennett, who clocked 4:12.69 and RachelKomisarz, who took third in 4:13.05. Japan’s Norie Urabewas eighth. In men’s action, World University Games goldmedalist Takahiro Mori produced Japan’s best finish bycoming third in the 200-meter individual medley won byBrian Johns of Canada. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Nippon Paper captures first title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former NHL forward Derek Plante set up all three goals by Sato, who also had a hand in a third-period goal from Ryan Haruo Kuwabara and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img SAPPORO – Masashi Sato scored three goals in less than nine minutes in the second period as the Nippon Paper Cranes came from behind twice to beat Oji Paper 6-4 to win its first national championship title Sunday.With Nippon Paper trailing 2-1, Sato tied the score 9 minutes, 57 seconds into the second period and added two more goals in succession to give the Cranes the lead for good in the final at the Makomanai indoor rink.last_img read more

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Nakata takes lead at Katokichi Queens

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I sat at the top of the leaderboard for the first time in a while. I’ve been trying hard, but my work hasn’t really produced results,” Nakata said, who came second at the same tournament in 2003. “Today, I was able to recover from mistakes.”Bae, a rookie on the Japanese women’s tour, had a bogey-free round of 67 to place second, followed by Yuka Irie and Nahoko Hirao another stroke back.Yuri Fudo, who is aiming for her seventh straight money title on the JLPGA tour, carded a 70 to place her in a tie for ninth. Sakura Yokomine was tied for 16th at 71 with defending champion Midori Yoneyama, Shiho Oyama, the winner of last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic, and six others.Sunday’s winner will take home 10.8 million yen from the 60 million yen purse. TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Pref. – Mie Nakata fired a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea’s Bae Jae Hee after the first round of the Katokichi Queens on Friday.Looking for her first career title, the 29-year-old Nakata made seven birdies, including on the first two and final two holes, against one bogey at Yashima Country Club in Kagawa Prefecture.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Japan to file petition with FILA

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Under FILA rules, countries whose wrestlers do not compete in continental championships do not qualify for berths at the world championships, which double as a qualifying event for next year’s Beijing Olympics. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img The Japan Wrestling Federation will file a petition with FIlA, world wrestling’s governing body, asking that Chiharu Icho be allowed to compete at this fall’s world championships, JWF chief Tomiaki Fukuda said Tuesday.Icho was scheduled to wrestle at the Asian Championships in Kyrgyzstan last week but withdrew after she hurt her lower back. The Athens Olympic women’s 48-kg silver medalist hoped that by weighing in her participation in the tournament would be recognized, but she was disqualified after coming in over 48 kg. When that happened, Fukuda, who is also vice president of FILA, said it is possible that FILA may not allow Icho to appear at the world championships.last_img read more

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Japan women qualify for Olympic field hockey tournament

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Rika Komazawa and Akane Shibata scored two goals apiece for Japan.In the previous two Olympics, the Japanese women’s hockey team finished eighth in Athens and 10th in Beijing.On Sunday in the men’s final, Japan will take on South Africa for its first Olympic appearance since the 1968 Mexico Games. center_img KAKAMIGAHARA, GIFU PREF. – Japan earned its third consecutive Olympic berth in women’s hockey by beating Azerbaijan 5-1 in the final of the last world qualifying tournament Saturday.Japan, ranked ninth in the world, took a commanding 4-0 lead by halftime against 15th-ranked Azerbaijan at Green Stadium.last_img read more

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JOC considering zero judo funding

first_imgThe Japanese Olympic Committee has drafted a measure to withhold funding for the All Japan Judo Federation for fiscal year 2013 over athlete abuses and will discuss the matter at a meeting of its executives on Tuesday, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday.A JOC executive said the drafted measure is the “harshest ever.” The committee is said to be considering options that will not affect the judo federation’s athlete development program. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The JOC on Thursday mulled possible measures based on a report from the task force that debriefed 15 elite female judo athletes whose joint complaint accused their former coach Ryuji Sonoda and others of harassment and physical violence. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Freestyle skier Uemura set to retire

first_imgThe Hyogo native appeared in five consecutive Winter Olympics. Although she never medaled, she finished in the top eight in all five competitions. She won two titles at the 2009 world freestyle championships.Uemura will compete in her last freestyle meet in the national championships in Nagano Prefecture on Thursday. She will not compete in the women’s dual moguls on Friday. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Freestyle moguls skier Aiko Uemura will retire at the end of the season, informed sources said Wednesday.Uemura, 34, who won the overall World Cup crown during the 2007-2008 season, is scheduled to announce her retirement at a press conference next Tuesday.last_img read more

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Brady may be suspended in ball scandal

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Trouble looms: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, a four-time Super Bowl winner, has been implicated in the deflation of game balls. | REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The 243-page report, however, failed to show the evidence that rules Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, definitely knew it was a violation of the NFL’s Playing Rules.As expected, Patriots owner Robert Kraft wasted no time reacting by saying, “the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me,” in a statement. Then Brady’s agent, Don Yee, issued his response and said “The Wells Report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible disappointment.”Brady told the media on Thursday he would address this issue publicly soon.Now it’s time for the NFL to decide if it should punish Brady. If the league does sanction the reigning Super Bowl winning quarterback, how harsh it could be?The NFL has already punished two teams this offseason. The Falcons were fined $350,000 and docked a fifth-round draft pick for making crowd noise artificially during the home games. The league also suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer for four games because he broke league rules by sending text messages to the sideline during the games.A fine is likely for the Patriots even if Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick or any top executives did not know the employees deflated the balls. If the league judges the Wells Report shows enough evidence to believe Brady was really aware of the plans to deflate the balls, a suspension will be considered.The number of games of the suspension will be up to how deeply the league determines Brady was involved with “Deflategate.” If Brady knew about the deflated balls, the suspension could be one or two games, but if he asked the employees to do deflate them, he should face a longer suspension.But whether a ban is actually enacted is anyone’s guess. Brady will surely appeal any suspension. Otherwise, it means he admits his involvement with the tampering and lied to Wells during the investigation process.If Brady files an appeal, any suspension would be put on hold. Unless the NFL is able to show enough evidence to prove Brady’s involvement, Brady can avoid a suspension.This was exactly what happened with bounty scandal and the Saints. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Scott Fujita, Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith because the league believed they were deeply involved with the bounty scandal. All four players appealed and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was appointed to hear the appeals, ruled to vacate all of the players’ suspensions and leave all the blame on coaches.So long as the Wells Report fails to show obvious evidence of Brady’s strong involvement, in a potential appeal there is a good chance that Brady will be on the field on Day 1 when the Patriots host the Steelers on Sept. 10 in the season opener.Big blow to JaguarsLosing rookie linebacker Dante Fowler due to a torn ACL even before the season starts is a huge setback for Jacksonville, which planned to beef up its defense with young players. The Jaguars expected the first-round pick to be a pass rushing threat to their division rival Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.Future Hall of Famer quitsOvershadowed by “Deflategate” was Ed Reed announcing his retirement last week. The NFL has lost two-former All-Pro safeties this offseason — Reed and Troy Polamalu. The two surely will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img NFL, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, Ted Wells “Deflategate” has become the biggest NFL scandal since the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal in 2012. Or it could be even bigger because one of the most popular and respected quarterbacks in NFL history seems to be involved.The Ted Wells Report released on Wednesday says, “it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of” the Patriots’ personnel who the report indicates were involved in deflating the game balls before the AFC Championship Game against the Colts this January. KEYWORDSlast_img read more

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Kyrgios earns Nishikori matchup in Shanghai

first_img KEYWORDS “Kei’s one of the best players in the world right now,” said Kyrgios. “He’s got unbelievable returns. He’s a great athlete. He’s playing well. So I know what I have to do.”Slovak Martin Klizan beat local favorite Zhang Ze 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 and now runs into top seed Novak Djokovic, who is gunning for his ninth title of the year.Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, who prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, also faces a formidable second-round opponent in 2009 runnerup Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in Sunday’s China Open final.American John Isner burnished his big-serving reputation with 20 aces in a 6-1, 6-2 romp against Adrian Mannarino, while Roberto Bautista Agut also had it easy against fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who was beaten 6-2, 6-3.American Steve Johnson cut short Italian Andreas Seppi’s campaign with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) win. SHANGHAI – Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios swept aside Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets on Monday to set up a second-round clash with Kei Nishikori in the Shanghai Masters.The outspoken Australian, who fired 13 aces and saved all five break points in a 6-3, 6-2 win over his Austrian opponent, has no illusions about the task ahead. Kei Nishikori, Shanghai Masters, Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a shot during the Japan Open at Ariake Colosseum last week. | AFP-JIJIcenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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