Women judoka excel while the men fall in heavyweight divisions

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan saw yet another disappointing campaign in the men’s two heaviest categories at the Grand Slam Tokyo meet Sunday but won all three women’s titles on offer.Takamasa Anai, ranked first in the world in the 100-kg class, was eliminated in the semifinals by South Korea’s Hwang Hee Tae on the final day of the three-day meet at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. “I wanted to finish the year with a win,” Anai said. “It was really a rough year for me. I didn’t regain the national title. I failed to retain the world crown. I’ll try to bounce back next year and win a gold medal at the London Olympics.”All four Japanese judoka weighing more than 100 kg lost before the semifinals.Ryuta Ishii fell to Uzbekistan’s Abdullo Tangriev in the quarterfinals, while veteran Keiji Suzuki was knocked out in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.Russia took both of the men’s heavyweight events, with Sergei Samoilovich winning at 100 kg and Alexander Mikhaylin prevailing at over 100 kg.Japan was shut out of the medals in the men’s four heaviest classes at the world championships in Paris in August.In women’s action, world bronze medalist Mika Sugimoto defeated top-ranked Megumi Tachimoto on points in an all-Japanese final at over 78 kg.Akari Ogata won the 78 kg division and the 70 kg title went to Tomoe Ueno. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Gitau triumphs in Fukuoka Marathon

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “I came into the race quite confident I would finish top among Japanese runners,” said Horibata. “But I wanted to finish under (2 hours and) 8 minutes, so to be honest I am disappointed about that.”The qualifying standard for the worlds has been set by Japan athletics officials at 2:07:59.Gebrselassie, who won this race in 2006, was among the frontrunners when he pulled up at the side of the road and withdrew with around 10 km left. Joseph Gitaucenter_img FUKUOKA – Former world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie retired late in the race and Japan-based Kenyan Joseph Gitau won the Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday.Gitau, who established a 13-second lead with 5 km left, pulled away and posted a winning time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 58 seconds for his first victory in a marathon. Hiroyuki Horibata placed second in 2:08:24 in one of three selection races for Japanese runners for next year’s athletics world championships in Moscow. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Deers beat Frontiers to win Pearl Bowl title

first_imgIn April, the Kajima Deers found out they were going to need to find a new sponsor at the end of the current X League season.While that search is still ongoing, if any potential backers were watching them play Monday night, good news may be on the horizon. Kajima Deers, Fujitsu Frontiers, Pearl Bowl GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDScenter_img Quarterback Takuya Yamashiro and the Deers offense put on a show through the air in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered points to earn a 17-10 victory over the Fujitsu Frontiers in Pearl Bowl XXXVI on Monday night at Tokyo Dome.“We were able to move the chains in the first half,” Kajima head coach Kiyoyuki Mori said. “Our play wasn’t as bad as the halftime score (the Deers trailed 10-0). We knew Fujitsu would try to stop our running game, so we felt our passing would be effective in the second half.”Yamashiro ended Kajima’s first two drives of the second half with touchdown passes to help his team overturn a 10-0 halftime deficit and win the Pearl Bowl title for the first time since 2009. He finished 16 of 22 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.“We struggled to score in the first half, but believed we’d have a chance to catch up if we kept playing patiently,” Yamashiro said. “Our defense played great in the second half and gave us a chance to win.”Receiver Yujiro Iwai caught three passes for 76 yards in the win and was named the game’s MVP. Iwai helped set up his team’s first score with a 48-yard reception in the third quarter and later scored the go-ahead touchdown.“I’m happy that I took advantage of the few chances I had,” Iwai said.Kajima receiver Naoki Maeda also had three receptions and finished with 45 yards and a touchdown.The Pearl Bowl signals the end of the X League’s spring season and is a matchup of the final two teams remaining in the Pearl Bowl tournament.The victory gives the Deers a bit of good news to fall back on after getting word that Japanese construction giant Kajima would be pulling its corporate backing after the season. Kajima cited financial reasons for the move. Meaning this was the team’s last Pearl Bowl under the Kajima banner.“We have always had the mentality that every season could be our last even before this year,” Mori said. “We were not especially emotional for this game. We thank everyone who have supported the Kajima Deers.The Deers reached the Pearl Bowl after playoff victories over the IBM Big Blue (32-26) and the Nojima Sagamihara Rise (27-12).Fujitsu was playing for the title for the sixth time since 2003. The Frontiers edged Obic for the title in 2010, before the Seagulls returned the favor in 2011.The rivals met in the semifinals of the Pearl Bowl tournament this season, with the Frontiers snapping the Seagulls’ 37-game winning streak, a run of over three years, with a 31-13 victory.They looked primed to take home the title this season, grabbing an early 7-0 lead on running back Yusuke Shinji’s seven-yard scamper into the end zone in the first quarter. Fujitsu padded the lead with a 21-yard field goal at the 12:15 mark of the second quarter.Kajima came out firing in the second half, with Yamashiro and Iwai connecting on a 48-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. Yamashiro found receiver Naoki Maeda for a 29-yard touchdown pass on the Deers’ next play. Place kicker Daisuke Aoki converted the extra point to cut the Fujitsu lead to 10-7.Yamashiro was at it again during the Deers’ second possession of the half. Facing a 2nd-and-8 from the 50, he found Yasuhiro Miyamoto for a 45-yard gain to the Fujitsu 5-yardline. Yamashiro was sacked on the next play, but bounced back on second down to find Iwai for a five-yard touchdown pass that put Kajima ahead.“It wasn’t a designed play to be honest,” Iwai said. “It was a pass meant for (receiver Kento Suzuki), but the ball passed by him and I caught it. I knew I had caught, but I had to make sure I was in bounds.”The Frontiers tried to mount a comeback, but had a drive stall on the Kajima 29 late in the fourth quarter.The Deers took over and drove to the Frontiers’ 14, and Aoki added a field goal to make the score 17-10.Staff writers Hiroshi Ikezawa and Kaz Nagatsuka contributed to this report. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Kamikawa regains national judo title

first_img KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Back on top: Daiki Kamikawa (right) throws Ryu Shichinohe at the national invitational weight-class judo championships in Fukuoka on Saturday. | KYODO Daiki Kamikawa FUKUOKA – London Olympian Daiki Kamikawa won his second over-100-kg title on Saturday on the first day of the national invitational weight-class championships.Kamikawa produced a come-from-behind victory in the closing seconds of the final with a wazaari to defeat Ryu Shichinohe. It was Kamikawa’s first title in three years.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “Kamikawa’s mentality has changed, and the substance of his judo has changed along with it,” Japan men’s coach Kosei Inoue said.The event serves as a qualifier for Japan’s team to the world championships in August.In the women’s 48 kg, 18-year-old Ami Kondo defeated her corporate club teammate Emi Yamagishi.The women’s 57-kg division was thrown into disarray when London gold medalist Kaori Matsumoto lost in the first round as Nae Udaka claimed her third championship.Yuka Nishida defeated Misato Nakamura to win the 52-kg title, the third of her career and her first in five years. At 63 kg, Yuka Osumi won her first title.Yuya Yoshida and Yusuke Kumashiro won their first championship at the event in the men’s 90 kg and 100 kg, respectively. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Yamanaka to reportedly be reinstated as WBC bantamweight champ

first_img doping, WBC, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Luis Nery KEYWORDS NEW YORK – Shinsuke Yamanaka is expected to be reinstated as WBC bantamweight champion after his opponent in last month’s title fight, Luis Nery, tested positive for a banned substance in his “B” sample, RingTV.com reported Tuesday.Nery knocked out Yamanaka in the fourth round on Aug. 15, denying the southpaw a Japanese record-equaling 13th consecutive title defense. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Nery tested positive for the substance zilpaterol on Aug. 24, after which the Mexican requested to have his “B” sample tested. RingTV.com said that sample has also tested positive, and that WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman will officially rule on the case this week.The latest test result will reinstate Yamanaka as champion. The 34-year-old, however, has yet to decide on his future since losing the belt, with retirement a possibility. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 4/24-4/28

first_imgFriday 4/28 Monday 4/24Repairs To The Kenai River’s Southern Bank In Time For Sockeye Season, ACLU Of Alaska Files Suit To Stop Homer Recall Effort, Senate Resources Eliminates Oil & Gas Cash Credits Statewide, Supporters Of Valdez LNG Terminal Criticize Cook Inlet Hilcorp Leak, Senate, House Face Off Over Alaskan Income Tax Tuesday 4/25 Peninsula Crimes Stoppers Now Has An App For Anonymous Tips, Testify On Proposed Income Tax Today, AGDC Meeting In Nikiski Wednesday On LNG Project, Intermittent Outages On Kobuk Starting Today (Tuesday), Kenai Developing Dipnet Fishery AppWednesday 4/26 Trump To Sign Order Aimed At Expanding Offshore Drilling, Senate Asks Walker To Back Off On Nominee Demands, Zika Virus Confirmed In Alaskan Who Visited Central America, DOT Widening Sterling Highway Between Soldotna And Clam Gulch FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 4/27AGDC Community Meeting In Nikiski On LNG Project, Governor Walker Issues Statement On Joint Session For Confirmations, Two Suits Continue Against KPB Invocation Policy Rules, Aurora Gas Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Senate Committee Takes 4 1/2 Hours Public Testimony On Income Tax Bill, Faster Internet Speeds Coming To Cooper Landing, Seward, Moose Pass, Murkowski, Trump Develop Understanding Of Alaskan Issues, Finishing Touches For Freedom House, Open House Planned May 5-6last_img read more

Alternative Treatment Center Hosting Information Seminar On June 6th

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Bio Care and Medical Center specializes in treatment of a variety of degenerative diseases especially cancer, and specializes in alternative treatments. The seminar will take place at 6:30pm on June 6th at the Challenger Learning Center. The seminar is free to all attendees. Rick Abbott is a cancer survivor who received treatment with Bio Care… Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez, M.D. with the International Bio Care Hospital and Medical Center located in Mexico will be speaking at the Challenger Learning Center about the clinics 90 support personnel and programs.center_img The treatment program is founded on a broad basis of lifestyle changes, of which nutrition is among the most important. Therapies are very individualized and include things like: detoxification, specialized diets, hyperthermia, supplementation, live cell therapy, and more. Abbott: “That was five years ago I was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia and am now in total remission today.” last_img read more

HEA Continues Warning Of Fraudulent Caller Impersonating A Utility Representative

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Telephone scammers are being persistent! Homer Electric Association would like to remind you to be aware of suspicious phone calls impersonating a utility representative, and are still making their rounds in the community. Melissa Carlin, media contact for HEA….. If a suspicious phone call is received, end the phone call and contact Homer Electric for verification and to check the status of your account.center_img Carlin: “HEA has been getting reports from area businesses receiving phone calls, and the caller impersonates an HEA employee and threatens to disconnect power if you do not pay. What they are trying to get is your credit card number, so please be vigilant and don’t be fooled by this. This is not the first time this has hit our community, and we just want to give everyone the heads up. Don’t be fooled!”last_img read more

KPB Administration And Local City Government Talk Revenue Challenges

first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and his administration have been drafting up proposals in order to garner new revenue to balance the budget. The work session took place on Monday, May 7, in Soldotna, and gave city officials the opportunity to ask the KPB administration how the latest plans will impact the local municipalities. Assemblymember Kelly Cooper and Mayor Pierce have also both introduced versions of another plan to increase sales tax to a change in property tax. Cooper has proposed a half a percent raise in sales tax and puts in place a mill rate increase if that were to fail at the ballot. Mayor Pierce’s cuts the mill rate, but asks for a five percent sales tax. The ordinance to increase the sales tax by half a percent will have another public hearing at the borough assembly meeting on May 15. Some of those proposals include raising borough sales tax, establishing a borough bed tax or tourism tax. and repealing the seasonal sales tax exemption for non-prepared foods.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Administration held a work session in order to facilitate discussions with KPB Administration and local city government officials about revenue challenges. KPB Mayor Pierce: “My administration has been working very hard to put together a budget that we are getting ready to present to the assembly. You know, my position is that we are in a recession and until we see some revenue, I think we are going to continue to feel the effects of the recession.” All of these would impact the cities within the Borough. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “It’s not necessarily that we’re opposed to the borough considering a sales tax increase. It’s just the amount in one year, going from three to five is our biggest concern.”last_img read more

Borough Landfills Once A Week Closure Starts Next Month

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Sunday October 7, will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 7 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season. The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday.last_img read more