Ahn takes career wins into double figures at Nitori Ladies

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Morita had five back-nine birdies en route to a 65.“I was pleased to score 63 yesterday and 68 today, but to win on this difficult course makes me really happy,” said Ahn, who led the Japan tour in earnings from 2010 to 2011. “I was determined not to cry, but that’s what happened.”Lala Anai, who started the day two strokes back of Ahn in second, carded a 72 that left her six back alone in fifth place. TOMAKOMAI, HOKKAIDO – South Korea’s Ahn Sun Ju shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory at the Nitori Ladies, claiming her second title of the season and the 10th of her career.Ahn finished at 14-under 202, two shots ahead of compatriot and tour earnings leader Jeon Mi Jeong, who was alone in second while Rikako Morita was another three back along with South Korea’s Kang Soo Yun at 9 under.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Kameda patriarch may work fight

first_imgThe father of bantamweight Tomoki Kameda will be in his son’s corner at an Aug. 1 WBO title fight in the Philippines, Kameda’s gym announced Saturday.Shiro Kameda, the father of three professional boxers of whom Tomoki is the youngest, was banned for life by the Japan Boxing Commission over a 2007 fight in which his second son, Daiki, repeatedly fouled his opponent. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img The elder Kameda’s license was revoked in 2010 after he verbally abused officials after his oldest son, Koki, lost a title fight.Although Shiro Kameda is forbidden from setting foot in arenas under JBC jurisdiction, the Kameda gym said the ban is irrelevant when it comes to fights overseas.According to a JBC source, should Shiro Kameda be employed to assist in an overseas bout a JBC qualification review board will be convened to discuss the possibility of perhaps applying the current ban to overseas fights. last_img read more

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Miura successfully defends WBC title

first_imgCANCUN, MEXICO – Boxer Takashi Miura made a successful first defense of his WBC super featherweight title with a win by unanimous decision over top-ranked Mexican Sergio Thompson on Saturday.Miura twice knocked down Thompson in 12 rounds winning 113-112, 114-110 and 114-111 in Cancun, Mexico. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Miura improved his record to 26 wins (19 knockouts) against two losses and two draws. last_img

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Lee beats Higa in Hokkaido playoff

first_imgENIWA, HOKKAIDO – South Korea’s Lee Bo-mee defeated Mamiko Higa in a playoff to win her first title of the season at the rain-shortened Japan LPGA Championship on Sunday.Lee and Higa shared the overnight lead at 11-under 205 and were forced into a playoff to determine the winner after the final round of the four-day major at Eniwa Country Club was canceled due to inclement weather. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Lee sealed victory on the sixth playoff hole, wrecking the 19-year-old Higa’s bid to become the youngest winner of a major tournament on the JLPGA tour in the process.“I was so nervous,” said Lee. “I was just thinking I have to be focused on each and every shot. It’s been a while since I won and I am so happy. There are more big tournaments coming up and I want to aim for the money title.”It was Lee’s fourth win in Japan and second at a major after the 25-year-old won the season-ending JLPGA Tour Championship last year.Her other JLPGA victories came at the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup and the Itoen Ladies also in 2012, when she finished second on the money list behind compatriot Jeon Mi-jeong. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Takanashi soars to victory in first summer competition

first_img RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS SHIBETSU, HOKKAIDO – Sara Takanashi won her first ski jump event of the summer season on Saturday.Takanashi, who claimed the overall ski jumping World Cup title last season, had two 61.0-meter jumps for a winning total of 232.8 points at the All-Japan Junior Ladies Summer Jump. Sara Takanashi, All-Japan Junior Ladies Summer Jump IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Sara Takanashi competes in the All-Japan Junior Ladies Summer Jump meet on Saturday in Shibetsu, Hokkaido. Takanashi finished in first place. | KYODO Yuki Ito (227.0) finished second with two jumps of 60.0 meters. Yuka Seto was third with 202.8.“I will give my jumps a passing score. There are still things I have to improve,” said Takanashi, who is a medal hopeful for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.Takanashi finished fourth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and hasn’t won a title at the world championships, but has dominated on the World Cup circuit.“I will make the most of every single day, and take what I’ve learned and use that experience to enhance my jumps,” Takanashi said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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14-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest national table tennis singles champion

first_imgFourteen-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto became Japan’s youngest national table tennis singles champion on Sunday, beating Rio de Janeiro bronze medalist Jun Mizutani 4-2 in the men’s final.Harimoto fought aggressively throughout his 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-5 victory and snapped Mizutani’s hopes of winning his 10th national title at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS table tennis, Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, Jun Mizutani, Tomokazu Harimoto Mima Ito plays a shot during her victory over Miu Hirano in the women’s singles final on Sunday. | KYODO KEYWORDS Tomokazu Harimoto celebrates after beating Jun Mizutani in the men’s singles final at the national table tennis championships on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. | KYODO “My opponent had more experience, so I tried to fight aggressively,” Harimoto said. “I figured I had nothing to lose.”Harimoto, who also defeated Mizutani at last year’s world championships, said he hopes to boost his momentum and top the podium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“I want to work hard and defeat good foreign players too, and win gold in Tokyo,” he said.Mizutani had been the youngest men’s champ, winning his first national title at the age of 17, while Miu Hirano won a women’s crown when she was 16.In women’s singles, Mima Ito defeated Hirano 4-1 in the final en route to her third championship at the seven-day meet following titles in mixed doubles and women’s doubles. Ito is the fourth triple winner and, at 17, the youngest.Ito took the initiative throughout in her 11-7, 11-9, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6 victory over Hirano, a bronze medalist at last year’s world championships. The victory provided some long-awaited revenge against Hirano.“I played with all of the strength I have and that worked out,” Ito said. “I lost 4-0 in the final two years ago, and I knew that I could only get my payback here.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Daiya Seto, Caeleb Dressel set world records in final meet of International Swimming League season

first_img RELATED PHOTOS LAS VEGAS – Daiya Seto and Caeleb Dressel clocked short-course world records Friday as the International Swimming League brought its high-octane brand to Las Vegas for the season one series finale.Seto, who figures to be a star of the Tokyo Olympics next year, made a splashy ISL debut, clocking 3 minutes, 54.81 seconds to win the 400-meter individual medley. He broke the previous record of 3:55.50 set by American Ryan Lochte at the short course world championships in Dubai in 2010. KEYWORDS “I was going for it,” said Seto, who said the time confirmed his preparations for Tokyo are right on track.Dressel, whose eight medals at last July’s long course world championships included six golds, clocked 20.24 seconds in the 50 free to break the previous record of 20.26 set by France’s Florent Manaudou at the 2014 short course worlds in Doha.Manaudou, who returned from retirement this year in a comeback aimed at the Tokyo Games, settled for second on Friday in 20.69.Seto, swimming for the Energy Standard team, was making his first appearance in the series, which was launched this year with eight teams swimming in six meets — the top four teams advancing to the final.Las Vegas, the U.S. gambling haven known for glitz and risk-taking, was hailed as the perfect venue for a league aiming to shake up the sport, stepping out from under the umbrella of FINA, the sport’s global governing body, and offering significant prize money in a quick-paced format aimed at exciting swimmers and fans alike.“I think what is noticeable about this league is how much chatter it’s creating. It’s a disruptive force,” said London Roar’s Cate Campbell of Australia. “I have had people who don’t follow swimming come up and talk to me.“And I think that really is the first step, getting the name out there and spreading the word and telling people it’s swimming reinvented, it’s a different way of looking at swimming. It’s bringing swimming into the 21st century.”The finals are unfolding steps from the Mandalay Bay Casino, in a high-tech temporary pool erected for the occasion.“I remember going to basketball games as a kid and I’d be like ‘Man, why can’t we have the jumbotron? Why can’t we have the lasers and the light show going on?’ ” said U.S. Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, calling the addition of such elements “awesome.”With a $100,000 prize to be shared by the team that tops the final points standings — and double points on offer on the final weekend — Dressel’s Cali Condors roared off the blocks, winning the first five events before Seto’s dominant victory.“We knew we were coming in hot,” said Cali’s Nic Fink, who beat world champion Adam Peaty of London Roar in the 50 breaststroke.Dressel opened his day with a victory in the 100 butterfly, with Cali teammate Kelsi Dahlia upsetting Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom in the women’s 100 fly.Cali’s Lily King maintained her perfect record in ISL, winning the 50 and 200 breaststrokes to improve to 11-0 in the series.Dressel added add a runner-up finish in the 4×100 free relay to lead the meet MVP standings heading into the final day on 52 points ahead of Cali teammate Fink, who also won the 200m breaststroke and headed into Saturday with 41 points.Sjostrom was in third on 37, but she still led the season MVP race — which carries a prize of $50,000 — with 188.5 points. Dressel was second on 171. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Daiya Seto celebrates after breaking the world record in the men’s 400-meter individual medley on Friday in Las Vegas. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Daiya Seto, Tokyo Olympics, Caeleb Dressel, International Swimming League last_img read more

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Planning And Zoning Commission Work Session On Landscaping

first_imgAll meetings are open to the public. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will be hosting a work session presented by the Planning and Zoning Commision on landscaping in Kenai. The meeting will take place tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 29th) at 6:00pm at the City Council chambers. Kelley: “The Planning and Zoning Commision is going to be reviewing and discussing a draft ordinance to discuss amending Kenai municipal code chapter 14.25 which is landscaping and site plan regulations.” center_img Matt Kelley the Kenai City Planner…. Kelley: “We are going to be looking at when landscaping is required and then also updating when development is required.” last_img read more

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Repairs To The Kenai River’s Southern Bank In Time For Sockeye Season

first_imgAt the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on April 18th, they accepted a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai River’s Southern bank will be getting repairs in time for the sockeye salmon season. The restoration project was funded by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant and a matching contribution from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for a combined total of $75,000. The riverbank behind the Donald E. Gilman River Center in Soldotna has been depositing silt into the water which is potentially harmful to the fish.center_img The borough hopes to finish the work by June 30, before the sockeye salmon run in July.last_img read more

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White Mountains 100 Features Human-Powered Endurance Race

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 9th annual White Mountains 100-mile ultra race opened competition on Sunday morning and crowned a champion early Sunday evening; although racers will continue to battle the 100-mile course on bike, foot or ski through the 40-hour time deadline set for competing the event. Seventy-eight competitors began the White Mountain 100 with 58% competing on bikes, 27% on foot and 17% on skis. Race results and race information available: Click here! Photo courtesy of White Mountain 100 facebook pagecenter_img Tyson Flaharty of Fairbanks, racing on a fat tire trail bike, crossed the finish line at 6:44.56 Sunday evening to claim first place in the 2018 White Mountains 100 with an average moving time of 9.1 mph.Soldotna’s Adam Riemer finished second, also on a trail bike, crossing the finish at 7:15.51 Sunday.  Reimer averaged 8.6 m.p.h. over the 95.3 mile course.  Amber Bethe was the first female cycle finisher in seventh overall. The White Mountain 100 course cuts through the heart of the jagged limestone peaks of the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks, with racers beginning at the Wickersham Dome Trailhead near Mile 28 of the Elliott Highway.  The rugged wilderness course challenges racers with a variety of terrain and trail conditions; all part of the White Mountains trail network.last_img read more

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