Teenage prodigy Rika Kihira on Saturday became the first Japanese skater since Mao Asada in 2005 to win the Grand Prix Final in her debut season. The 16-year-old attributed the success to learning from her past failures.
Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani won the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. The two-way star earned 25 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
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.