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Sep 28, 2012

Tennis-Radwanska to face Petrova in Tokyo final

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska pulverised Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-1 to set up a final with Nadia Petrova at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday.

Russian Petrova upset eighth seed Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2 in a surprisingly one-sided match to advance to her first final at the WTA premier five event in Tokyo.

Sep 11, 2012

Lid screwed tight on Honda’s ketchup bottle

SAITAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan playmaker Keisuke Honda has compared his recent goal drought to a clogged ketchup bottle after Japan squeaked past Iraq 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

The bleached-blond midfielder promised to sharpen his finishing after twice going close with headers in Tuesday’s game in Saitama, the second tipped onto the post.

Sep 11, 2012

Soccer-Lid screwed tight on Honda’s ketchup bottle

SAITAMA, Japan, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Japan playmaker Keisuke
Honda has compared his recent goal drought to a clogged ketchup
bottle after Japan squeaked past Iraq 1-0 in a World Cup
qualifier.

The bleached-blond midfielder promised to sharpen his
finishing after twice going close with headers in Tuesday’s game
in Saitama, the second tipped onto the post.

Sep 11, 2012

Japan beat Iraq 1-0 after Kagawa scare

SAITAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan survived severe early pressure from Zico’s Iraq to beat them 1-0 at home on Tuesday, taking a significant step towards qualifying for the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil.

Ryoichi Maeda steered in a point-blank header in the 25th minute for the Asian champions, who lost playmaker Shinji Kagawa to a back strain an hour before kick-off.

Sep 11, 2012

Soccer-Japan beat Iraq 1-0 after Kagawa scare

SAITAMA, Japan, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Japan survived severe
early pressure from Zico’s Iraq to beat them 1-0 at home on
Tuesday, taking a significant step towards qualifying for the
2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.

Ryoichi Maeda steered in a point-blank header in the 25th
minute for the Asian champions, who lost playmaker Shinji Kagawa
to a back strain an hour before kick-off.

Sep 7, 2012

England “totally on track” for 2015 – IRB

TOKYO (Reuters) – England are “totally on track” to deliver a successful 2015 rugby World Cup despite criticism preparations were lagging, the International Rugby Board (IRB) said on Friday.

A senior IRB official backed England’s decision to appoint the director of sport for the London Olympics, Debbie Jevans, as a replacement for chief executive Paul Vaughan.

Sep 7, 2012

Rugby-England ‘totally on track’ for 2015 – IRB

TOKYO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – England are “totally on track” to
deliver a successful 2015 rugby World Cup despite criticism
preparations were lagging, the International Rugby Board (IRB)
said on Friday.

A senior IRB official backed England’s decision to appoint
the director of sport for the London Olympics, Debbie Jevans, as
a replacement for chief executive Paul Vaughan.

Sep 7, 2012

Williams can have “Beckham effect” – IRB

TOKYO (Reuters) – Boxing All Black Sonny Bill Williams can have a David Beckham-like effect on Japanese rugby, says the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) new chief executive Brett Gosper.

“The game needs big stars,” Gosper said in his first formal interview in the job, comparing the celebrity status of Williams to that of former England football captain Beckham.

Sep 7, 2012

Rugby-Williams can have ‘Beckham effect’ – IRB

TOKYO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Boxing All Black Sonny Bill
Williams can have a David Beckham-like effect on Japanese rugby,
says the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) new chief executive
Brett Gosper.

“The game needs big stars,” Gosper said in his first formal
interview in the job, comparing the celebrity status of Williams
to that of former England soccer captain Beckham.

Sep 7, 2012

Kagawa seeks improvement after disappointing display

NIIGATA, Japan (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa cut a forlorn figure after being substituted at halftime during Japan’s 1-0 friendly victory over the United Arab Emirates, having made little impact on the game.

After enjoying an impressive start to his United career, triggering ‘Kagawa-mania’ across Japan, the forward failed to mask his disappointment after Thursday’s match.