SPORTS – 5

Jan 27
Japan’s Naomi Osaka has become the new women’s world number one after winning the Australian Open final against Petra Kvitova in three gripping sets at Melbourne Park. (abc.net.au)

Jan 27
Grand champion Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries, his stablemaster announced Saturday, ending his bid for a record-extending 42nd top division championship. (Kyodo)

Jan 25
Japan’s Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. (Japan Today)

Jan 24
A nine-year-old girl who is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game go in Japan has played the world’s top-ranked female player.
(NHK)

Jan 20
Tickets for all of host-nation Japan’s Rugby World Cup 2019 pool games have sold out following the start of sales on a first-come, first-serve basis, organizers said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Jan 17
Grand champion Kisenosato, the only Japanese wrestler at sumo’s highest rank, decided to retire Wednesday after three straight losses at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Today)

Jan 16
The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee is denying any wrongdoing related to allegations he used bribes to help secure the 2020 Tokyo Games.
(NHK)

Jan 12
French authorities say a judge is considering charging the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee with corruption. It’s in connection with the awarding of the 2020 Tokyo Games.
(NHK)

Jan 07
In tennis, Japan’s Kei Nishikori has clinched his first title in almost three years by winning the men’s singles final at the Brisbane International tournament in Australia.
(NHK)

Jan 02
Over half of the total tickets for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan have been sold, a source said Monday.
(Japan Times)