SPORTS

Oct 31
The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. (Japan Today)
Oct 30
The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks celebrated like they’d won a championship after Akira Nakamura’s home run cleared the fence and ended Game 4 of the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
Oct 28
Mongolian sumo wrestler Ichinojo has reached the sport’s third-highest rank of Sekiwake in the shortest period of time in about 90 years. (NHK)
Oct 27
A Japanese university baseball team extended its own record of futility on Sunday, losing its 86th straight game while finishing a fourth consecutive year winless. (nzherald)
Oct 25
Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016. (tvnz.co.nz)
Oct 20
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
The Hanshin Tigers were behind the Yomiuri Giants before even stepping on the field, but the Kansai club didn’t waste any time getting even. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
The Yomiuri Giants worked out in a mostly empty Tokyo Dome, with neither fans nor the Hanshin Tigers anywhere in sight. The Big Egg will be rocking the next time they’re in it, as they square off with their oldest rivals for the right to participate in the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Japanese Olympic medalist Daisuke Takahashi is retiring from competitive figure skating. (NHK)
Oct 13
Big-serving Australian Samantha Stosur retained a title for the first time in her career Sunday with a resounding 7-6, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas in the Japan Women’s Open final. (Japan Times)