SPORTS

Jun 21
The nation’s youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, won his 28th straight match on Wednesday to equal the all-time winning streak in official matches of the traditional chess-like game. (Japan Times)

Jun 19
On the last day of the U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama was better than everyone else. Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard. (washingtonpost.com)

Jun 17
Ireland scored seven tries on the way to a convincing 50-22 victory over 2019 World Cup hosts Japan at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the first match of a two-test series on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)

Jun 16
The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee says he hopes the northern city of Sapporo will bid to host the 2026 Winter Games if procedures are revised in its favor. (NHK)

Jun 14
Japan is one win away from qualifying for its sixth consecutive World Cup after grinding out a 1-1 draw away to Iraq on Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Jun 11
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, marked the 25th straight victory on Saturday, making his official winning streak since turning a pro the second longest in history. (Jiji)

Jun 11
Sweden’s Team Artemis completed its remarkable comeback to eliminate SoftBank Team Japan from the America’s Cup Challenger semifinal series on Friday and set up a showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand. (Japan Times)

Jun 11
Japan’s pace got the better of Romania’s brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. (Japan Times)

Jun 08
In their 83 years of existence, the Yomiuri Giants have never had a stretch quite this bad. (Japan Times)

Jun 07
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player at age 14, extended his series of wins on Wednesday since turning pro to 23, the third-longest winning streak on record. (Japan Times)