Kyodo sports news summary
TOKYO, Sept. 12 (00:11) Kyodo
Soccer: Japan's Honda looks to rediscover scoring touch
SAITAMA, Japan - Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has vowed to
rediscover his scoring touch after firing blanks as Japan overcame a
spirited Iraq 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Ryoichi Maeda scored the winner in the 25th minute with a
close-range header but Japan rode their luck at times and Honda, who
hit four goals in the first two final round qualifiers in June
including a hat-trick against Jordan, admitted he could have done
better after missing a couple of decent chances in the second half in
Olympics: Swimming executive says lack of gold a serious issue
TOKYO - An executive of the Japan Swimming Federation said
Tuesday that despite winning 11 medals at the London Olympics, Japan
has a lot of work to do between now and the 2016 Games in Rio de
"We badly need to reflect on not winning a single gold medal,"
Koji Ueno wrote in a report he presented to a meeting of federation
committee chairmen. "This is going to be our homework for the Rio de
Baseball: Yomiuri youngster Koyama shuts down Hiroshima
TOKYO - Yuki Koyama threw eight shutout innings and three of his
teammates drove in two runs apiece as the Yomiuri Giants beat the
Hiroshima Carp 6-3 at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old right-hander allowed five hits, while striking
out four and walking one for the Central League leaders.
Soccer: Japan edge Zico's Iraq to solidify Group B lead
SAITAMA, Japan - Japan were made to work by Zico's Iraq but held
on for a slim 1-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday,
cementing their place at the top of Group B.
Ryoichi Maeda scored the lone goal midway through the first half
as Alberto Zaccheroni's side braved a few scares to improve to 10
points from four games, taking a commanding eight-point lead over
Baseball: Dragons' Nelson has shoulder injury
NAGOYA - Chunichi Dragons right-hander Maximo Nelson has
suffered damage to the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, the
Central League club said Tuesday.
The 2.04-meter pitcher has been out of form all season, allowing
10 runs in 11-1/3 innings in six games. He was deactivated on Sunday.
An MRI on Tuesday revealed damage to the subscapularis muscle where
it attaches to the humerus bone in the right arm.
Tennis: Doi advances to 2nd round in Tashkent
TOKYO - Japan's Misaki Doi advanced to the second round of the
Tashkent Open on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Julia Cohen of
the United States.
Doi, 21, will take on No. 7 seed Alexandra Panova of Russia in
the second round at the $220,000 event in Uzbekistan.
Soccer: Japan's Kagawa says back injury not serious
SAITAMA, Japan - Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson will be a
relieved man after Red Devils midfielder Shinji Kagawa revealed a
lower back injury he suffered in training on the eve of Japan's World
Cup qualifier against Iraq is not serious.
The Japan Football Association announced that Kagawa had pulled
out of the qualifier just over an hour before Tuesday's kickoff, but
Ryoichi Maeda's first-half header secured a 1-0 win to keep the Asian
champions in control of Group B.
Sumo: 3 ozeki scalps taken but Harumafuji, Hakuho remain perfect
TOKYO - The ozeki ranks suffered a blow on Tuesday, the third
day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, when the last three ozeki to
fight lost one after the other.
The carnage left seven wrestlers with perfect records, including
grand champion Hakuho and three ozeki -- Harumafuji, Kisenosato and
Kakyryu. Following consecutive defeats by Kotooshu, Baruto and
Kotoshogiku, yokozuna Hakuho stopped the rot.
Sumo: Wrestler offered settlement in suit against JSA, stablemaster
TOKYO - Former juryo division sumo wrestler Daiyubu, who is
seeking roughly 70 million yen in damages from his former
stablemaster and the Japan Sumo Association, was offered a settlement
on Tuesday at the Tokyo District Court.
Daiyubu, whose real name is Davaadorji Undrah, was injured by
his stablemaster Shibatayama on June 4 last year and subsequently
left the sport. On Tuesday, his side was offered an undisclosed
amount at a settlement hearing.
Baseball: Aoki, Brewers beat Braves, keep Milwaukee hopes alive
MILWUKEE - Norichika Aoki had another solid game on Monday,
helping the Brewers to come from behind at home in a 4-1 win over the
Atlanta Braves. The win left the Brewers five games back in the race
for a wild card playoff berth.
Aoki went 2-for-4 with two doubles and stole his 24th base of
the year. A day after he tied the game in the ninth with a two-run
homer, Aoki's seventh-inning double broke a 1-1 tie and propelled
Milwaukee to victory before a crowd of 34,395 at Miller Park.
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