Double for Yining at Japan Open

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KOBE – China’s Zhang Yining, who won both the women’s singles and the doubles at the Athens Olympics, captured her first singles title of the Ogimura Cup Japan Open table tennis tournament on Sunday.The 22-year-old Zhang, ranked No. 1 in the world, brushed aside fellow Chinese Niu Jianfeng 4-0 in the final at Kobe City Central Gymnasium for her 16th singles title on the International Table Tennis Federation pro tour.last_img read more

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Mao needs victory at NHK Trophy to regain confidence

first_img RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Mao Asada center_img Instead, Mao went on to endure the worst season of her competitive career. For the first time since the 2002-03 season, she failed to win an event.Last year’s NHK Trophy foreshadowed the trouble that loomed ahead. Mao placed eighth, her lowest finish in an event since the Japan nationals during the 2003-04 season when she was just 13 years old.The disastrous result assured she would not make the Grand Prix Final for the second straight year. The following month, Mao came in fifth at the Trophee Bompard in Paris.There was a slight uptick midseason at the Japan nationals and Four Continents, where Mao was second behind Ando in both events. But any hopes of salvaging the campaign came to a crashing halt at the delayed world championships in Moscow in April, where Mao took sixth as Ando claimed her second world crown.Mao begins this season at a crossroads. With Kim and Ando both electing not to compete in 2011-12, Mao would seem to have a clear path to her third world title. But as history has taught us, the road to glory can be filled with many obstacles, especially in the form of younger competitors.So which Mao will fans see in Sapporo?Will it be the confident two-time world champion?Or the inconsistent performer of last season?Mao’s primary competition at the NHK Trophy will come from Olympic teammate Akiko Suzuki, who was second at Skate Canada two weeks ago, American Ashley Wagner, third at Skate Canada, Russia’s Alena Leonova and Finland’s Kiira Korpi.In years past, Mao would have been the prohibitive favorite going up against this field, but at 21 she is now faced with the prospect of having to prove herself all over again. The 2014 Sochi Games are more than two years away, which is an absolute eternity in skating.Mao would go a long way to silencing the doubters with a decisive victory. The nation will be tuned in again to see if this is the beginning of the end for its favorite female athlete, or the start of the journey to greater glory in Russia 27 months from now.Here’s hoping it’s the Mao of old, who helped propel skating to incredible heights with her talent and charisma. No matter the sport, people everywhere love a comeback. There is nothing like seeing great athletes do it like they used to.The men’s field in Sapporo is strong, with the likes of 2010 world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi and compatriot Takahiko Kozuka, the silver medalist at last season’s worlds, going up against Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic and American Brandon Mroz.Takahashi finished third at Skate Canada, while Kozuka took third at Skate America.Germany’s Robin Szolkowy and Aliona Savchenko, the reigning world champions, will face off with Russia’s Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov in the pairs, where Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran will represent Japan.Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States, who came in second at the Cup of China, will take on Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in the ice dance. Cathy and Chris Reed are entered for Japan.Wise decision: Ando’s announcement last week that she was going to sit out the entire season to recharge her batteries for Sochi was the right move.After skating competitively nonstop for nearly 12 years, and coming off an absolutely incredible season, Ando consulted with coach Nikolai Morozov and arrived at the decision.She will not skate in the Japan nationals in Osaka next month, and therefore won’t be able to represent Japan at the world championships in Nice, France, next March.Ando’s success last season was a testament to her fortitude and the genius of Morozov, who made all the right moves. With many feeling Ando’s best days were behind her, she summed up a season for the ages. Her victory over Kim at the worlds was both fitting and poignant.The big picture: The city of Fukuoka has stated its interest in hosting the 2013 Grand Prix Final, the last major event of the next Olympic season. The Japan Skating Federation was cool to the proposal, saying it would have to take into consideration the feasibility of holding the event outside of Tokyo.It is time for the JSF to stop having such a narrow view and taking the easy route. Last season’s world championships, which were to have been in Tokyo before the March 11 disaster hit, were originally slated for Nagano, but swapped with last season’s nationals without explanation.Whether the excuse is cost or convenience, it doesn’t fly. For the benefit of raising interest in the sport and supporting the economy, the JSF should take a broader view and get away from always trying to stage the major events in the nation’s capital.There are a lot of fans in other parts of the country who should have the opportunity to see the elite skaters in person, while there are many in the international skating community who would welcome the chance to see other parts of Japan. Just over one year ago, Mao Asada entered the NHK Trophy coming off her second world title and a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics. The stage was set for a triumphant return at the Grand Prix event in her hometown of Nagoya.With archrival Kim Yu Na having announced she would sit out the 2010-11 season, and Miki Ando three years removed from winning the world championship, it looked like Mao was poised to dominate her fellow skaters. But it didn’t quite work out that way. Long drought: Mao Asada enters this week’s NHK Trophy looking for her first victory since winning the 2010 world title. | APlast_img read more

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Olympic champ Katie Ledecky inspired by Rikako Ikee’s positivity amid cancer fight

first_imgFive-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Katie Ledecky said Wednesday she has been moved by the “positivity” of leukemia-battling swimmer Rikako Ikee and threw her support behind the young Japanese athlete’s fight back to the top of the sport.”She is a great swimmer and she is a great person,” the American told Kyodo News in a video interview a day before Tokyo marks one year to go until the postponed Summer Games. leukemia, Katie Ledecky, Rikako Ikee Rikako Ikee celebrates after winning the women’s 50-meter freestyle at the Asian Games on Aug. 24, 2018. | REUTERS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS Ledecky said she came to know the 20-year-old Ikee through competing against her and is delighted to see the progress she has made on her path to recovery since revealing her diagnosis in February last year.”She just has such a positive attitude and it’s very inspiring,” Ledecky said. “I think she has inspired many beyond her own country and the swimming community as a whole.”The 23-year-old said she exchanged messages with Ikee on Instagram after hearing about her diagnosis.”It was so hard to see her go through this over the past year. I know the whole swimming community has been behind her,” she said.Ledecky won the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics and became a household name after bagging four gold medals in Rio de Janeiro four years later. She is also a 15-time world champion.Despite her dominance, she finished behind Ikee in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2018 Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo, winning bronze while the hometown favorite took silver in a national-record time.”That was a fantastic race, a very tough race,” Ledecky said.”I was struck by how friendly she was, and how kind she was, and she has such beautiful strokes and is an incredible swimmer. She has so much talent, so much potential and she has already accomplished so much at 20 years old.”Ikee shot to fame at the 2018 Asian Games, held shortly after the Pan Pacific championships, winning six gold medals and becoming the games’ first female MVP.While Ikee will not compete at the Tokyo Games, which were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has her sights firmly set on the 2024 Paris Olympics.She was discharged from hospital in December and has been training in a bid to make her competitive return at a domestic meet in October.Ledecky said she “does not have an ounce of the toughness” that Ikee possesses and believes the Tokyo-born athlete will overcome any challenge she faces, in or out of the pool.”I’ve seen on social media, and in the news, she has great perspective on things and seems to know to take a step by step (approach) and focus on one day at a time,” she said.”I can’t wait to see what she can accomplish in the pool in the years to come.” last_img read more

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Monaco signs coach Jardim

first_imgMonaco announced the news on its website Friday. Jardim led Sporting to a runner-up finish in the Portuguese league this season.Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Jardim “is part of this new generation of coaches who bring a new dynamic. He’s ambitious as we are. He fits exactly the profile we were looking for.”Ranieri helped Monaco gain promotion last year and finish second in the French league this season. But the club dismissed the Italian coach because of a season with no silverware.last_img read more

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Incident resolved; all individuals satisfied

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A domestic dispute call in early October has reached a resolution, and the family could not be more pleased with the sheriff’s willingness to help, according to a family member.   See the television story from WATE’s Don Dare HERE.The call of a domestic dispute at a home on Morton Road came in to 911 Dispatch on October 11, and Campbell County Deputies responded accordingly with two units being dispatched.  One Sheriff’s official said, “It is procedure, if personnel is available, to send at least two units to a domestic call, because of the dangerous nature of domestic situations.”Dispatch explained to deputies as they were in route to the call that the caller said there was a male on site that was possibly drug impaired and extremely violent. This was the seventh time this year that deputies had been called to this address, based on 911 records.The deputies report detailed that once on scene, a male subject exited through the back door of the house. On two separate occasions, he was commanded to stop and show his hands, and he did not both times.  At that point, a deputy deployed his department issued taser from approximately ten-feet away, based on the report.Once detained, it was learned that the individual was hearing impaired, and per sheriff’s office policy, medical personnel were dispatched to the scene for medical evaluation. According to sheriff’s officials, the man was cleared of any health issues pertaining to being detained.It was brought to the Sheriff’s Department’s attention that the individual’s hearing device may have been lost while deputies were in the process of detaining him. At Sheriff Robbie Goins request, a replacement cochlear hearing device is in the process of being purchased for the individual.On Facebook, the individual’s mother, Jamie Wilhoit, wrote, “I am thankful as well as Brett also for Robbie Goins making sure his cochlear is replaced. This was unfortunate for sure, but I understand.  This has happened several times with Brett but never to this level of tase.”In a release from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Robbie Goins said, “While it’s unfortunate this happened, domestic violence calls are some of the most dangerous calls our deputies face on a daily basis. Our deputies are required daily to make split-second judgement calls with the information they have during the situation not what they find out later.  I believe our deputies acted as any other reasonable law enforcement officer would in that situation.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/23/2019-2:30PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Chelsea star Kante suffers hamstring injury

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury while playing for France in a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.The midfielder limped off after 34 minutes in Sofia, where his team’s 1-0 win took them closer to qualification for next summer’s tournament.AdChoices广告The injury is being assessed and it is not yet known whether Kante is likely to be available for Chelsea’s next game, away at Crystal Palace on 14 October.Chelsea’s midfield options are already limited, with summer signing Danny Drinkwater still nursing a calf problem.Meanwhile, Blues striker Alvaro Morata could be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up during the recent defeat against Manchester City. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Chelsea’s Bakayoko ‘has room for improvement’Chelsea v Manchester City player ratings’Simple tactical decision’ to bring on Willian – ConteEngland Under-21 boss Boothroyd praises AbrahamChelsea duo shortlisted for Ballon d’Or awardQPR’s Scowen returns to trainingFive Chelsea players feature in England Under-17 World Cup winConte hits back at reports he could quit ChelseaMilan chief dismisses Conte reportsKante to have second scan on hamstring injuryKante in contention for Chelsea returnlast_img read more

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Chelsea defender ‘open’ to deal being terminated early, ‘questioning his…

first_imgA regular, he was playing a lot of football, but then, everything changed very quickly.The manager was sacked and Vahid Halilhodzic took over, and during the new coach’s first game in charge, Miazga probably had one of the worst games of his career.The Chelsea defender was at fault for two of Bordeaux’s three goals in a 3-0 loss, and he was swiftly taken out of the first-team.Since then, he’s not even been in match day squads, and a return to Stamford Bridge in January is very much on the cards.Embed from Getty ImagesThis is what 20 Minutes report on Friday, claiming the player is now ‘questioning his Nantes future’ despite previously saying he was planning on finishing the season with the Ligue 1 side.The newspaper also claim Christophe Lollichon and Eddie Newton (the man in charge of loans at Chelsea) travelled down to France, who admitted their 23-year-old wasn’t in the best of situations, and a new meeting is expected to take place in the next couple of weeks.As for if an early return is possible, the goalkeeping coach revealed it was as long as all parties agreed to it, and, as things stand, that’s something Miazga would be open to.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undo Loaned out to FC Nantes for the season in order to get some first-team football, Matt Miazga’s season started rather well.last_img read more

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Wreckage believed to be from El Faro cargo ship detected near…

first_imgThe US National Transportation Safety Board says members of a search team have found the wreckage of the cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of The Bahamas during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.The vessel, with 33 crewmembers, disappeared while sailing from Florida to Puerto RicoThe Transportation Safety Board, said sonar equipment was used to locate a vessel at a depth of 15,000ft.On October 1, the El Faro sent out a distress signal, saying it had lost power and was taking on water.Debris was spotted in the ocean in the days after it disappeared, and one body was recovered.The National Transportation Safety Board said a remotely operated vehicle will be deployed “to survey and confirm the identity of the wreckage”.It added that the wreckage was “consistent with a 790ft cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece”.The statement added that if the wreckage was confirmed to be the missing cargo ship, attempts would be made to locate and recover the voyage data recorder.last_img read more

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Fifties for five India batsmen in Sydney warm-up

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – India had a useful outing on the second day of their only warm-up match before the test series against Australia with five of their batsmen hitting half centuries on Thursday against a Cricket Australia XI. The opening day of the four-day non-first class match against an understrength representative side was washed out by torrential rain but the storms abated on Thursday.The Virat Kohli-led tourists suffered a mini collapse towards the end, losing their last five wickets for 11 runs to be dismissed for 358, but will be pleased to have got so much time in the middle for their top and middle orders.India’s 19-year-old opening batsman Prithvi Shaw caught the eye with a sparkling 66, hitting 11 boundaries in his 69-ball knock. Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 61 in India’s win in Sydney on Sunday to tie the three-match Twenty20 series, also signalled his rich vein of form with a 64 off 87 balls.The world’s top-ranked test batsman hit seven fours and a six in his knock before offering a simple return catch to seamer Aaron Hardie, 19, who finished with 4-50.Number three Cheteshwar Pujara spent some quality time at the crease during his knock of 54, while vice captain Ajinkya Rahane pitched in with 56 before retiring out to let others bat. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari made 53. Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the test squad after a poor show in South Africa earlier this year, did not get to the half century mark but scored a stroke-filled 40, studded with five fours and a six.Opening batsman Lokesh Rahul has not been in the best of form and missed out again. He scored three and was the first wicket to fall for India.The test series begins in Adelaide on Dec. 6, with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney over the following month.last_img read more

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