New Japan PM Suga 'determined' to host Tokyo Olympics in 2021 

Japan's newly elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that he's determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 as "proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.'&#...

Jesus out and Cunha in for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers

SAO PAULO (AP) — Injured Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Hertha Berlin's Matheus Cunha in Brazil's squad on Friday for the two opening rounds of South American World Cup qualifie...

Tokyo Olympics and IOC find mostly minor areas to 'simplify'

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers announced several “simplification” changes Friday for next year’s postponed games, though with few large-scale cost savings. Simplifying the Tok...

Bach offers pep session for Tokyo Games and talks up vaccine

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials and local organizers on Thursday that included suggestions that “hundreds of millions” of doses COVID-19 va...

Tokyo Olympics CEO suggests relaxed entry rules for athletes

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year's postponed games and train during a 14-da...

The Latest: Judo federation cancels event in Japan

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The International Judo Federation has canceled an event in Japan because of th...

Norwegian athlete wearing famous Taiwanese hat wins triathlon in Germany

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Norwegian athlete Gustav Iden, whose image went viral last year after he won a French triathlon event while donning a hat with the name of a Taiwanese temple, won again wi...

Silver to CNN: A later NBA season may disrupt Olympic plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, plus acknowledged that the later-than-usual sch...

Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen

TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbul...

Olympic bid scandal linked to former IOC member's son

TOKYO (AP) — A consulting company working for the Tokyo Olympic bid committee paid about $370,000 to the son of then-influential IOC member Lamine Diack before — and after — the Japanese capital was p...

New Japan PM signals intention to phone Taiwan president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wants a phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), according to former Japanese leader Yoshiro Mori. Dur...

New Japanese PM gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games. Yoshiro Mor...

Maryland businesswoman leading launch of Japanese league

The woman leading Japan's ambitious effort to launch a professional women's soccer league lives some 6,700 miles away from where the players will ultimately take the field. Kikuko O...

Taiwan president congratulates Yoshihide Suga on becoming Japan's new prime minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While offering her congratulations to Yoshihide Suga on becoming Japan’s new prime minister, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she looks forward to deepening Taiwan&...

Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga had been chosen as leader of the...