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  1. Japan's Trailblazer serves up breakfast to remember

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Murray Bell Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden might be favourite to gain 'gallop of the week' honours, but Japan's Cathay Pacific Hong Vase contender, Trailblazer, would surely ... gallop wide out on the main turf track. Trailblazer, a son of Japan's best middle-distance horse of 2004, Zenno Rob Roy, moved off smartly down the back straight at a strong working gallop ...

  2. Tang on fire as HK stun Japan to book semis spot

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong boosted their hopes of winning another medal as the men's table tennis team upset third seed Japan to reach the semi-finals. Yesterday's narrow 3-2 victory put Hong ... tough hurdle to overcome,' said coach Chan Kong-wah. 'We were the underdogs against Japan as we haven't beaten them since the 2008 Olympic Games, but today our excellent fighting ...

  3. Armour out for Top Five finale after Japan citing

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... the fullback received a two-match ban as a result of a citing against Japan. Armour was cited for going in with his knees and hitting a Japanese try-scorer after he had touched down in Tokyo at the weekend. He was immediately apologetic and the referee didn't take any more action other than awarding Japan a penalty from the halfway mark when play restarted after the conversion. 'It ...

  4. 11-try rout of HK sees Japan seal Asia title

    Posted May 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Japan's heady blend of power, pace and precision was too much for Hong Kong to handle as they slumped to an emphatic 67-0 loss at the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition in Tokyo. The victory confirmed Japan as Asia's No1 for the fifth consecutive year of this tournament. In this time, they have played 20 matches, won 20- ...

  5. Yang sees Japan as China's biggest Olympic challenge

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com Triple Olympic gold medallist Yang Wei said defending champions China expected stiff challenges from Japan in the men's team all-around event at the London Games this summer. Yang was a member of Team China when they won their only two team all-around gold medals at the Olympic Games, in Sydney in 2000 and at home in Beijing four years ago. ...

  6. HK call up seasoned pair for Japan 7s

    Posted Mar 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Staff Reporter Hong Kong have called up seasoned internationals Fan Shun-kei and Tsang Hing-hung for this weekend's daunting trip to the Japan Sevens. Fresh from their heroic effort ... position and for his ability to provide specialist cover for Keith Robertson on day one.' Key playmaker Robertson was banned for three matches for a spear tackle against Japan last weekend, ...

  7. Japan know that it's now or never

    Posted Mar 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Asian champions Japan will bring out their heavy-hitters, including two players who figured in last year's World Cup, in their bid to join the world ... on the development of Japan Sevens. This year we will be taking part in five legs of the series. 'If we fail to make it into the new 15-core team system, it will probably mean we will only be able ...

  8. Evergrande focus on CSL after stalemate in Japan

    Posted Apr 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Church Halfway through the group stages of the AFC Champions League, Lee Jang-soo knows his Guangzhou Evergrande team still have work to do if they want to reach the knockout phase in their debut season in the continental championship. But, after a 0-0 draw with J.League champions Kashiwa Reysol at Hitachi Stadium in Kashiwa, Japan, last night, the club's South Korean coach ...

  9. Cautious Rees eyes Japan upset in A5N

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Top Five crown from perennial champions Japan this year. But Rees said that would largely depend on how new Japan coach Eddie Jones approached his first season in charge of the Brave Blossoms- ... of upsetting the Asian champions. 'We know Japan is the strongest team in Asia with a new coaching team and possibly structure. We will watch the first few weeks to see if they invest, ...

  10. Yip comeback fails to prevent rout by Japan

    Posted Feb 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong from a beating by Japan in Macau yesterday. However, by finishing second in group Z after losing 4-1 to Japan, Hong Kong qualify for the knockout stage and will take on group ... Taiwan 5-0 in group A. They meet Thailand in the last eight, while Taiwan will take on Japan, who top group C after winning their three matches. Yip, Hong Kong's leading player, lost ...




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