Reigning Olympic and world champion Saori Yoshida won her fourth consecutive title while Kyoko Hamaguchi stretched her title streak to 10 at the national wrestling championships Friday.Yoshida scored a comfortable 2-0 win on points over Chikako Matsukawa in the woman’s 55-kilogram final at Yoyogi national gymnasium annex, extending her four-year unbeaten run that began after the 2001 national championships. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES According to the Japan Wrestling Federation, Yoshida’s winning streak increased to 86 matches with the three wins she posted Friday on her way to winning her latest championship.It is believed the 23-year-old’s streak is the longest on record in women’s martial arts in Japan, surpassing the mark of 84 matches set by two-time Olympic gold medalist judoka Ryoko Tani in the 1990s.In the women’s 72 kg, Athens Olympic bronze medalist Hamaguchi steadily racked up points en route to a 2-0 win over Ayako Murashima in the final for her 10th straight national title.Hamaguchi was named the most valuable player of the championships and awarded the Emperor’s Cup for her accomplishment.In other action, Olympic and world champion Kaori Icho coasted to her fourth title in as many years at the women’s 63 kg.In men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, Shingo Matsumoto claimed his seventh crown in a row with an 84-kg victory while Makoto Sasamoto won his six straight title at 60 kg.
Mississippi State wide receiver Gabe Myles (35) catches a touchdown pass as Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews (28) looks on during the NCAA football game between Auburn and Mississippi State on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Albert Cesare / AdvertiserAUBURN — National championship aspirations? Gone with the wind.SEC championship dreams? Over.Bowl game? To be determined.Next win? Uncertain.Auburn’s disappointing football season took another turn for the worse Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and this time there was little in the way of sugar-coating it even though coach Gus Malzahn tried in his postgame comments.But the bottom line was that Mississippi State, a team picked in the preseason to finish last in the SEC West, came to Auburn and beat Malzahn’s Tigers 17-9 in a game that never felt that close after Will Redmond stopped the first drive with an interception.In what was essentially an elimination game in the West Division with each team coming in with a loss to LSU, it was Mississippi State that kept destiny in its own hands.Auburn, well, the Tigers will try to pick up the pieces yet again and maybe find a way to spoil somebody else’s championship aspirations down the road.Auburn has not yet come close to putting together a complete game, and against Mississippi State there were the usual assortment of problems. A week ago LSU put up 24 points in the first half on the way to an easy 45-21 win. The Bulldogs didn’t get 24 points in the first half, just 14 points in the first 22 minutes. And that was more than enough against an Auburn offense that no longer can match teams touchdown for touchdown.Only a quarter of the way through the season and Auburn is already playing to salvage it pride and reputation, looking to build for the future. The question Malzahn must answer is why the Tigers have hit a downward spiral so quickly? After all, they are 0-6 in their last six SEC games.Malzahn said he saw positives, and there were. Auburn finished with 201 rushing yards and at times were able to play with the tempo he prefers.“We are a play-action, run team and we got back to running the football,” he said. “Sean White did a solid job for his first collegiate experience. He competed. There are a lot of things we can build upon.”White showed he is capable of running the offense and running with the ball. He showed a strong arm on the few occasions he threw down field. His final passing numbers were 20 of 28 for 188 yards with a one interception.He earned the right to get at least one more start, if not more.Defensively, the Tigers adjusted to Mississippi State’s offense and held it to three points in the second half. But, Mississippi State is not an elite offensive team despite Dak Prescott’s presence. He carved the Tigers up for 270 yards on 29 of 41 passing and very seldom was harassed by a pass rush. That’s one of the problems Will Muschamp has got to solve.With so many goals out of reach, Malzahn remained upbeat, at least publicly.“I promise you we are going to get better,” he said.A lot of people want to know when that will be. read more
KRISTIAN Jeffrey will enter the Radical Caribbean Cup with a ‘fresh coat of paint’ from Torginol after the company branded his SR3 yesterday.At a brief ceremony, Mohamed S. Ally, company secretary of the paint brand, contended that the partnership represented a pair of aces.“Kristian is an ace driver in this country and Torginol is top notch when it comes to paint, so ace with ace is a winning team,” Ally added.Ally did not rule out the idea of a deal extending beyond the race meet, saying that, “There is a distinct possibility that this may be so, but I don’t commit 100% to that right now. This is our first getting-together with Kristian and let us hope that it grows from strength to strength.”He continued, “Kristian is a winner and Torginol paint is a winner and we will paint the entire racetrack W.I.N.” Jeffrey believes that with the new-look on his Radical, he is definitely better equipped to take on the competition.“Torginol came on board and as Mr Ally said, ‘it’s the best paint in Guyana’, so hopefully, I can help to market the product better.”“Definitely with this help, it puts us in a better position. We’ve acquired some more tyres to do some additional testing, and we should be up there to win,” Jeffrey added. Jeffrey, along with fellow Guyanese Mark Vieira and Calvin Ming, will represent team Guyana in the cup.Barbados has the Maloney brothers in point leader Stuart, third placed Mark and Sean Maloney.Second placed Isa Deen, out of Trinidad, will be joined by countrymen, Luke Bhola and Kristian Boodoosingh, to confirm the nine car line up.The first of the three twenty-lap races will take place on Saturday, with the remaining two set for Sunday. read more