A Japanese 5th grader became the youngest world champion at the World Othello Championship in Prague on Friday. On his return flight to Japan, he was unexpectedly congratulated by the pilot, who revealed that he was the previous record holder.
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana submitted his retirement to the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday. He said the association pressured him to admit that the complaint he filed with the Cabinet Office in March was groundless, which prompted him to retire from the sport.
Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam singles title on Saturday after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the U.S. Open. The match will be remembered for the way Williams clashed with the chair umpire, who issued her multiple penalties for receiving coaching, smashing her racket, and then calling him a “thief.”
The 78-year-old chairman of the Japan Amateur Boxing Federation admitted to his relationship with a former head of a gang for over half a century. He has been accused of improper conduct including forcing referees to fix the outcome of matches.
Soccer fans were split over Japan’s strategy in the game against Poland on Thursday. Its head coach instructed players to pass the ball around towards the end and settle for a 1-0 defeat, knowing it was enough to advance to the knockout stage.
The association of college American football in the capital and the surrounding area on Tuesday decided to expel the former head coach and assistant coach of a university team in Tokyo. The body determined that the two ordered the defensive player to crush the opposing quarterback in a dangerous foul play earlier this month.
An extremely dangerous tackle against a defenseless quarterback has sparked controversy across the nation. The head of the Japan Sports Agency on Monday launched an inquiry into the incident that occurred during an American football game between two universities on May 6th.
The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that 44-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has become a special assistant to the chairman and will not play for the rest of the season. He told reporters that he is not retiring as a baseball player.
The Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani was named on Monday the American League player of the week. The modern-day Babe Ruth has excelled as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter for the first 11 days of the season.
The Japan Sumo Association apologized on Thursday after two female medics were ordered to leave the ring where they were performing first aid on a man who had collapsed. In sumo’s tradition, the ring is considered sacred and women are banned from the space.