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Tennis: Nishikori advances to third round

June 26, 2014 - 23:20
Kei Nishikori cruised into the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday after dispatching American qualifier Denis Kudla with ease 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. (Japan Times)
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Zaccheroni quits as Japan coach after early exit

June 25, 2014 - 23:48
Alberto Zaccheroni quit as Japan coach in the wake of the Asian champion's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup. (The Japan News)
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Japanese fans drown sorrows after World Cup exit

June 25, 2014 - 12:16
Groggy Japanese fans reacted with sadness early Wednesday after watching their team exit the World Cup, some deciding to numb the pain after the horror show with one more drink. (Japan Today)
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Colombia post their third group win to put Japan through the exit door

June 24, 2014 - 22:43
On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 days - as many as they had managed in their previous four World Cup appearances - and condemned Japan to an early exit that represents a huge disappointment for Asia, Alberto Zaccheroni and his players. (
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Japan's Nishikori into Wimbledon second round

June 24, 2014 - 14:14
Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori won through to the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a straight sets win over France`s Kenny de Schepper. (zeenews)
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Baseball: Giants cruise to 2nd interleague title

June 22, 2014 - 23:18
Shuichi Murata smacked a home run and a double for four RBIs to lead an offensive outburst as the Yomiuri Giants won the interleague title for the second time, knocking off the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 10-5 in a showdown on Sunday at Tokyo Dome. (The Japan News)
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Japan held to a goalless draw by 10-man Greece

June 19, 2014 - 23:30
Greece held on for a goalless draw against Japan in Natal on Thursday, ensuring Colombia will play in the round of 16 in Brazil. (Daily Star)
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Japan v Greece: World Cup 2014 match preview

June 18, 2014 - 23:24
The bottom two sides in Group C meet on Thursday in Natal in a must-win game for both. Neither manager has any need to make changes, but both might want to tinker as they go in search of a win. (
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Japan facing early exit if mistakes go unheeded against Greece

June 18, 2014 - 03:04
Japan must beat Greece on Thursday to stand any realistic chance of surviving at the World Cup, but a repeat of Saturday's performance in a frustrating defeat to Cote d'Ivoire will bring nothing but an early ticket home. (Japan Times)
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Zaccheroni plans radical Japan rethink

June 15, 2014 - 22:44
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni admitted Sunday he could be forced into a radical rethink to salvage his team's World Cup dreams after an opening 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast. (Bangkok Post)
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Japan v Ivory Coast

June 14, 2014 - 23:40
Ivory Coast scored two quick goals against Japan in the second half to win 2-1 at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Daily Star)
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Croatia furious with Japanese ref after defeat

June 13, 2014 - 03:14
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura was the toast of Brazil and the curse of Croatia on Thursday after his contentious penalty award proved decisive in helping the home side to a 3-1 opening day win in the World Cup. (
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Muscle versus pace as Ivory Coast meets Japan

June 12, 2014 - 22:57
It's a contest of brawn and bravado against pace and finesse. The muscular Ivory Coast team could not be more different at first glance from the compact Blue Samurai of Japan. (Japan Today)
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Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing for Japan's World Cup opener

June 10, 2014 - 23:12
The Tokyo metropolitan police department will mobilize 800 officers and erect metal barriers to restrict pedestrian access to the popular Shibuya scramble crossing before, during and after Japan's World Cup opening match against Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo governor seeks review of 2020 Olympics plan

June 10, 2014 - 13:40
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe has called for a review of a plan to build facilities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, citing rising construction costs. (NHK)
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Thousands turn out to watch Japan's first practice session in Brazil

June 9, 2014 - 06:08
As a police helicopter circled overhead to keep a watchful eye on scores of anti-World Cup demonstrators outside the stadium, over 5,000 fans turned out to watch Japan's first practice session Sunday, a day after the Asian champions arrived in Brazil for soccer's showpiece tournament. (Japan Times)
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Japan's soccer squad arrives in Brazil

June 8, 2014 - 10:48
Japan's football squad arrived in Brazil on Saturday, 5 days before the opening of the FIFA World Cup. (NHK)
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Soccer: Japan beats Zambia in final World Cup warm-up

June 8, 2014 - 00:12
Japan's national football team has defeated Zambia 4-3 in its last warm-up match before the World Cup finals. (NHK)
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