•   
  •   
  •   

Sport Japan's Kaori Sakamoto wins NHK Trophy in near-perfect skate

12:40  28 november  2020
12:40  28 november  2020 Source:   ap.org

A 24-year-old American scored a frightening KO with an awesome power punch, then trash-talked over his opponent's body

  A 24-year-old American scored a frightening KO with an awesome power punch, then trash-talked over his opponent's body Watch Aaron Pico, considered one of the world's best MMA prospects, destroy his Bellator 252 opponent with a single blow.On Thursday, at the behind-closed-doors Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Pico dominated John de Jesus with a variety of blue-chip skills.

Japan ’ s Kaori Sakamoto performs her Short Program at 2020 NHK Trophy . Kaori Sakamoto leads the Ladies after the Short Program concluded at the 2020 NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan , on Friday. Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Japanese single men’s figure skater to win an Olympic gold medal at

Kaori Sakamoto dominated the women' s short program Friday at the NHK Trophy , the final event of a figure skating Grand Prix series that has been shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2018 Four Continents champion opened her routine with a double axel and added a triple lutz and a

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Kaori Sakamoto produced a near-flawless free skate on Saturday to win the women's NHK Trophy, the final event of the figure skating Grand Prix series.

Kaori Sakamoto of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) © Provided by Associated Press Kaori Sakamoto of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Skating to music from the movie “The Matrix,” Sakamoto, who was first after the short program, landed a double axel and followed with a triple flip, triple toe loop combination en route to a score of 153.91 for a total of 229.51.

Kaori Sakamoto of Japan reacts after she performed in a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) © Provided by Associated Press Kaori Sakamoto of Japan reacts after she performed in a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

“I was nervous but was able to execute the free skate as I did in practice,” Sakamoto said. “I hope this result will give me confidence for the Japan nationals.”

Japan and Australia agree to 'pivotal' military access pact in deal sure to ruffle China's feathers

  Japan and Australia agree to 'pivotal' military access pact in deal sure to ruffle China's feathers Japan and Australia have agreed to allow their respective militaries to have access to each others countries in a historic accord for two key American allies. “This is a significant evolution of this relationship,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while traveling in Tokyo. “We share a special Strategic Partnership and are deeply committed to working together in support of a free, open, inclusive and stable Indo-Pacific. Our partnership is built on shared values and interests, and enduring trust and respect.

Kaori Sakamoto (坂本花織, Sakamoto Kaori , born 9 April 2000) is a Japanese figure skater . She is the 2018 Four Continents champion, a two-time Skate America silver medalist (2017, 2018), the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki bronze medalist, the 2018 Japanese national champion

Kaori Sakamoto . Quite the same Wikipedia. Kaori Sakamoto . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sakamoto began learning to skate in 2004.[1] She won the gold medal at the 2012–13 Japan Novice Championships and placed 9th at the Japan Junior Championships that same year.

Sakamoto also landed a triple lutz, a triple salchow and a triple loop as well as two more combination jumps.

Wakaba Higuchi, the 2018 world silver medalist who was second after Friday’s short program, landed a triple axel at the start of her free skate and was second overall with 200.98 points despite finishing fourth in the free program. Rino Matsuike was third with 198.97 points.

Rino Matsuike of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma, near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) © Provided by Associated Press Rino Matsuike of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma, near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The NHK Trophy normally draws competitors from around the world but was limited to mostly Japanese skaters because of travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kubrat Pulev says Anthony Joshua lacks mental toughness and he'll expose him December 12

  Kubrat Pulev says Anthony Joshua lacks mental toughness and he'll expose him December 12 "Mental strength is something from within the blood of a man, and Anthony Joshua does not have it," heavyweight title challenger Kubrat Pulev said.The Bulgarian boxer challenges Joshua for the Briton's WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight championship belts at a behind-closed-doors show in London next month.

Kaori is obviously a favorite with the judges. Which in Japan means that you will get the same score you would internationally. She would have only a slight lead. In Nationals last year Sakamoto was a disaster and still got higher PCS than 2020 NHK Trophy : Senior GP Predictions Game Round 6.

Kaori Sakamoto (坂本花織) is a Ladies' figure skater who represents Japan . She was born on 9 April 2000 in Kobe, Japan . She is the 2018 Four Continents champion, a two-time Skate America silver medalist (2017, 2018), the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki bronze medalist

Kaori Sakamoto of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma, near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) © Provided by Associated Press Kaori Sakamoto of Japan performs during a free skating of an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in Kadoma, near Osaka, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Despite concerns about the coronavirus, there was a near-capacity crowd on hand for Saturday’s program. Japan has managed to keep the virus under control so far but is experiencing a recent surge in cases.

The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final that was to be held as an Olympic test event on Dec. 10-13 in Beijing has been postponed. The Grand Prix events in Canada and France were cancelled due to COVID-19.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Japan awaits capsule's return with asteroid soil samples .
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully released a small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet, the country's space agency said. The capsule successfully detached from 220,000 kilometers (136,700 miles) away in a challenging operation that required precision control, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), its members react at the command center in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, after JAXA officials confirmed the successful separation of a capsule from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

usr: 8
This is interesting!