A Japanese city is to host a special event under the Tour de France banner in October to mark the 100th edition of cycling’s most prestigious race, a report said on Friday.
Saitama City, north of Tokyo, and tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation will soon reach a formal agreement and then announce the project, said the mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
The two sides are considering inviting some 50 top cyclists to the “All Stars” exhibition, which will come after the Tour’s title race takes place in June and July in France.
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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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From Nov. 8-16, former Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr. will lead baseball and softball clinics in Japan as part of his upcoming nine-day trip as a sports diplomat on behalf of the U.S. State Department.
Ripken will be joined by former Orioles teammate Brady Anderson at the clinics in Tokyo, Takarazuka, Kyoto and Ofunato, a city still recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese baseball great Sachio Kinugasa will also join the pair in Tokyo and Ofunato.
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Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France cruised to a straight-sets victory over top-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia to win the Japan Open on Sunday.
Bartoli defeated the U.S. Open champion 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour, 14 minutes on the hard court at the Utsubo Tennis Center. The Frenchwoman broke Stosur twice in the opening set and held serve throughout the match on the way to her second WTA Tour victory of the season.
It was also the seventh WTA Tour title of Bartoli’s career.
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The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics will open next season in Japan with a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29.Seattle and Oakland had been scheduled to play there in March 2003, but the series was scrapped because of the threat of war in Iraq. The As will be the home team in both games, the commissioners office said Wednesday.
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Japan will host a Sevens World Series tournament for the first time next year in a boost for rugby union in Asia, officials said Thursday.
The Japanese leg will take place a week after the iconic Hong Kong Sevens tournament at Tokyos Prince Chichibu Stadium from March 31 to April 1, the International Rugby Board IRB announced.
Japan, which will also host the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup in 2019, becomes the seventh of nine stops on the expanded Sevens series. A planned test event this year was called off after Marchs horrific earthquake-and-tsunami disaster.
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Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi was granted a British work permit on Tuesday despite a lack of international appearances for Japan and is set to make his debut for the Premier League club.
The 18-year-old Miyaichi was signed in January but spent the rest of last season on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord as he didn’t have official clearance to play for the London club.
Arsenal said Miyaichi was granted a work permit on the grounds of his "exceptional talent.”
"We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
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Hideki Irabu, the former Yankees pitcher who struggled to live up to grand expectations after coming over from Japan, was found dead in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 42. Police are investigating Irabu’s death as a possible suicide, according to various reports. Irabu came to the United States in 1997 billed as one of Japan’s premier right-handed pitchers. The Padres owned his rights, but Irabu refused to play for any team but the Yankees. San Diego traded him to the Yankees, who signed him to a four-year, $12.8 million contract.
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Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters on Sunday and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.
Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.
The 26-year-old Miyazato will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.
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Japan’s Ai Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.Japanese Ai Miyazato hits a drive during the Evian Masters Golf Tournament in Evian-les-Bains, French Alps. Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.
On a day that started dull and wet, the sun was shining by the time leaders set out and Miyazato took advantage of the ideal conditions with a glorious round of five birdies for a 13 under par total that pushed her two shots ahead of a packed field.
Four players shared second place – Americans Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford, South Koreas Hong Ran and the halfway leader, Japans Miki Saiki.Miyazato admits she struggled during the early part of the season in the wake of her countrys earthquake disaster.
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