SPORTS

Jul 24
Harumafuji defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and seize his eighth career championship. (Japan Times)

Jul 21
The J.League said Wednesday it has concluded a huge 10-year broadcast rights deal, set to start in 2017, worth about ¥210 billion with major British online sports content distributor Perform Group. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 16
With less than a month until the track and field competition begins at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the Japanese delegation for the sport assembled at Tokyo’s National Training Center for a send-off event hosted by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Friday. (Japan Times)

Jul 14
Ozeki Kisenosato’s bid for yokozuna promotion hit a speed bump and yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first loss in four months on Thursday, the fifth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)

Jul 11
Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara has admitted to his involvement in illegal gambling at a hearing held at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, Kyodo news agency reported.
(Japan Today)

Jul 07
The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. (Japan Times)

Jul 06
Japan’s Olympic team has been warned by the president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee not to “mumble” the national anthem. (BBC)

Jul 04
Hideki Matsuyama has followed Jason Day and Rory McIlroy out of the Rio Olympics, opting not to compete because of concerns about the Zika virus, the Japanese golfer said on Sunday. (Japan Times)

Jul 04
Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. (Japan Times)

Jul 01
Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. (Japan Times)