SPORTS

Jan 19
University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jan 18
A 10-year-old boy in Okawa City was killed by a falling soccer goal that wasn’t properly secured to the ground, school board officials said on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 09
Sumo’s three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (Japan Times)

Jan 07
Japan’s oldest professional soccer player says he wants to give fans an enjoyable performance in the upcoming season. (NHK)

Jan 02
Kashima Antlers completed Japan’s double on Sunday by beating Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 in the Emperor’s Cup final. (Japan Today)

Dec 31
Fallen Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who was handed a suspended term for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs earlier this year, has admitted using different drugs during his playing days. (Japan Today)

Dec 22
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics says the cost of hosting the Games could reach a maximum of 1.8 trillion yen, or about 15.3 billion dollars. (NHK)

Dec 19
Real Madrid has claimed their 2nd FIFA Club World Cup title after defeating Japan’s Kashima Antlers 4-2 in extra-time. (NHK)

Dec 17
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday that she has decided to accept the initial plan to build Ariake Arena in the Japanese capital’s Koto Ward as the venue for volleyball matches in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Jiji)

Dec 16
Japan will host Australia on Nov. 4, 2017, in a landmark test match, the Japan Rugby Football Union and Australian Rugby Union jointly announced Thursday. (Japan Times)