Japan’s ancient sumo grapples with modern scandals

Japan’s ancient sumo grapples with modern scandals
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ancient sport of sumo faces an uncertain future as it grapples with a match-fixing scandal that some have called the “darkest chapter” in a 1,500-year history steeped in ritual and ceremony.

Six Nations: Yes, Ireland are vulnerable . . . but the players know that winning is everything
It may not have a direct bearing on today’s outcome in Rome, but yesterday’s IRFU announcement of a “player contract-signing hat-trick” is hugely significant as a springboard to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Related Stories Irish to launch their Grand Slam assault Chris Ashton gives England a flying start Ulster ace Craig Gilroy plays key role in Irish success Early blitz the way to take …

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie honours Seve Ballesteros at awards ceremony
Colin Montgomerie accepted the European Ryder Cup team’s first global accolade on behalf of Seve Ballesteros at the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards in Abu Dhabi last night.