Japanese Schoolgirl Speared in Head by Javelin

A Japanese schoolgirl was in intensive care Tuesday after being speared in the head by a javelin while taking part in track and field training, an official said.

The 2.6 metre 8 ft 6 ins javelin became lodged in the 15-year-olds head after being thrown by a student on campus at Fukuyama Heisei University in western Hiroshima prefecture on Monday, the university official said.

The girl was training at the university with a group of fellow high school students when the accident happened.

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Sharapova admits Japan fears

World number two Maria Sharapova Sunday admitted to concerns about playing in the Pan Pacific Open in Japan after the March earthquake-tsunami sparked the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

But the popular Russian said that the presence of seven of the worlds top 10 womens players in Tokyo should serve as "a big statement" of support for Japan in a time of crisis.

"There was definitely a lot of talk before the tournament, a lot of players having concerns whether its safe to come here," Sharapova said.

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Rugby: Japan seeks spiritual help before Tongan encounter

After conceding 130 points in two losses, Japan coach John Kirwan felt his players needed a little spiritual help ahead of the Rugby World Cup match against Tonga on Wednesday.

The former All Black great and his squad traveled to Waipoua Forest near the northern tip of New Zealand to visit the sacred tree Tane Mahuta—“Lord of the Forest” in Maori—on Sunday. Revered as a Maori icon and thought to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old, it is the largest kauri tree in existence at 51.2 meters high (168 feet). It is also linked with Japan, being named a sister tree of Jomon Sugi in Yakushima in 2009.

“This is a very strong place for us to be,” Kirwan said. “We will take your strength with us on Wednesday night, when we have a huge game ahead of us.”

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