SPORTS

May 26
Urawa Reds mounted a remarkable extra-time comeback against FC Seoul but conceded a last-minute equalizer for a 3-3 draw on aggregate, and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on penalties 7-6 on Wednesday in a frenetic Round-of-16 encounter. (Kyodo)
May 25
The Japanese government on Tuesday began receiving proposals for trial projects to showcase Japanese culture ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Jiji Press)
May 23
Yokozuna Hakuho capped his dominating run at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a final-day victory over fellow yokozuna Kakuryu, finishing the tournament with a 15-0 record on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. (the-japan-news.com)
May 23
First-choice Sinhalite erased the painful memory of the Oka-sho with a resounding win in the Japanese Oaks on Sunday. (Japan Times)
May 22
Japan World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru faces shoulder surgery next week and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with the Queensland Reds, the club said Sunday. (Japan Today)
May 21
Yokozuna Hakuho increased his record total of grand sumo tournament championships to 37 on Saturday, when he won the 15-day summer tourney with a day to spare. (Japan Today)
May 20
Japanese equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, 75, is to miss out on becoming the oldest ever Olympic athlete after his horse fell ill with a cough, officials said Thursday. (Japan Today)
May 19
Japan erased a six-point deficit in the fifth set for a 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) come-from-behind victory over resilient Thailand in the women’s Olympic final qualifying on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
May 17
Former Japanese professional baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara has apologized for using illegal stimulant drugs at his first appearance in a court trial. (NHK)
May 17
Former Wallabies loose forward George Smith will head back to Japan for a second stint with Top League side Suntory Sungoliath after completing his English Premiership season with Wasps, Japanese media said on Monday. (sbs.com.au)