Sports

U.S.-based soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgender

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese forward Kumi Yokoyama, who plays for the Washington Spirit in the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League, has come out as transgender in a YouTube video. “In the future, I want to quit soccer and live as a man,” the 27-year-old said in a 19-minute video published on fellow Japanese player Yuki […]

Filipino-Japanese teen Saso wins U.S. Women’s Open

Filipino-Japanese teenager and Japan LPGA Tour player Yuka Saso won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 6, beating Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in a three-hole playoff after the pair finished the final round tied for the lead at 4-under. A dual citizen with a Filipino mother and Japanese father, Saso tied Park Inbee as the youngest […]

Ohtani hitless, kept off mound by Bay Area traffic

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Shohei Ohtani batted second as the team’s designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a walk instead of pitching in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 defeat to the Oakland Athletics on May 27, after being forced to take public transportation to Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani was not scheduled to hit and his pitching […]

Olympics cancellation likely to cost Japan $17 bil.

TOKYO — Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer would cost Japan around 1.81 trillion yen ($17 billion), a research institute estimate showed May 25, as Japan scrambles to curb coronavirus infections with the major sporting event now just two months away. The Nomura Research Institute warns of even a bigger economic loss if […]

Japan heartened by Matsuyama’s historic Masters win

TOKYO — People living in the hometown of Hideki Matsuyama and his university town in Japan on April 12 congratulated the golfer, who became the first player from the country to claim a men’s major golf championship this past weekend. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called Matsuyama’s Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club […]

Ohtani homers, pitches into 5th

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani both hit the hardest homer and threw the hardest pitch by a starter in the majors this season in an extraordinary two-way performance for the Los Angeles Angels on April 4. Ohtani pitched and hit in the same game for the first time since moving to the majors, and the […]

UCLA’s Juzang could be first Asian American NBA lottery pick

INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny Juzang’s impact at UCLA has been immediate since he transferred from Kentucky, giving the Bruins the scorer and dynamic player they had been missing in recent years. The junior guard was playing his best at just the right time, leading the Bruins into the Final Four for the first time since 2008. […]

Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. — The plan was for PGA champion Collin Morikawa to wear a red shirt with his black pants Feb. 28 to show support for Tiger Woods as he recovers from career-threatening leg injuries from a car crash. The clothes shipped to him never arrived, so Morikawa did the next best thing at the […]

Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

MELBOURNE, Australia — As Naomi Osaka strode through the Champion’s Walk leading to the court for the Australian Open final — headphones on her ears, racket bag strapped to her back — she reached out her left hand to tap a panel marked with her name and the year of her previous title there. Not […]

Jeremy Lin experienced racism on court

Warriors G League guard Jeremy Lin shared on social media that he experienced an act of racism on the court. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he will support Lin and denounced any discriminatory act that caused Lin to speak out about racism targeting Asian Americans. In a heartfelt social media post, Lin didn’t go […]

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