SPORTS

Sep 18
Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered his first loss and dropped out of a co-leading Mongolian quintet on Wednesday after committing a sumo no-no at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Yokozuna Hakuho kick-started his bid for a third consecutive Emperor’s Cup by smashing Chiyotairyu, but Goeido’s debut at ozeki was marked with a defeat on the opening day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 12
Defending Asian Cup champion Japan will host 2011 runner-up Australia in an international friendly ahead of the 2015 event. (Japan Today)
Sep 11
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a 100 million yen special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide. (Japan Today)
Sep 09
Marin Cilic overwhelmed Kei Nishikori to end a tournament of shocks as one of the US Open’s most unlikely champions. (theguardian.com)
Sep 07
After dispatching world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets Saturday, Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final. Saturday’s match was also the first elite semifinal he’d reached. (npr.org)
Sep 05
Fast Retailing Co. is ready for war. The clothing maker’s battle begins Saturday, when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on 10th-seed Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open semifinal. (Japan Times)
Sep 05
Kimiko Date-Krumm, who turns 44 this month, and partner Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic reached their first Grand Slam semifinal as a duo when they won their women’s doubles quarterfinal at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Sep 04
Kei Nishikori became the first man from Japan to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in 96 years, outlasting third-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 02
Japan’s Kei Nishikori won a marathon match against Canadian Milos Raonic to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Monday. (Kyodo)