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Early criticism of Jill Ellis turns to awe as U.S. reaches World Cup final

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Two weeks ago, Jill Ellis was anything but a genius. As her U.S. team struggled through group play at the Women’s World Cup, the coach was being …


Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

EDMONTON, Alberta — Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, “We’re not the Netherlands,” in responding to question regarding how his team might defend against …


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2015, 10:01 p.m.

Will history repeat itself? The U.S. women hope not

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title …


World Cup: Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in semi

EDMONTON, Alberta – England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing. Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration …


US women react to facing Japan in final

Bring it on. That’s how the U.S. women’s soccer team reacted Wednesday night to learning that Japan would be the opponent in the World Cup final.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Japanese people in Spokane were boycotting the Chinese gambling houses because of the “strained diplomatic relations” between their home countries.


Former Zags Josh Heytvelt, Ira Brown reunite in Japan

Ira Brown has played basketball professionally in Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines and on the USA 3-on-3 team. Josh Heytvelt has had stints in Turkey sandwiched around stops in Italy and …


Gonzaga basketball team to play in Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa

Gonzaga will face Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic next November at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, The Spokesman-Review has learned. The game will likely be the …


Gonzaga basketball team to play in 2015 Armed Forces Classic in Okinawa

Gonzaga will face Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic next November at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, The Spokesman-Review has learned.


South Perry fair, parade Saturday

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is Saturday, but parade participants can get an early start at decorating their bikes today, at the South Perry Farmers Market in the …


Italy, Uruguay head Groups C and D battles today

Five teams are chasing two places in the knockout stage of the World Cup today. Here are the basic permutations:


World Cup roundup: Mario Balotelli goal gives Italy win over England

The heat and humidity of the jungle made its mark on the first World Cup match to be played in the Amazon rainforest, and so did Mario Balotelli. With players …


Didier Drogba inspires Ivory Coast to FIFA World Cup comeback win over Japan

Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.


Kennedy picked as envoy to Japan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he would nominate Caroline Kennedy, a close friend and key political ally, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. The daughter of …


Japan suspends wheat imports after GMO discovery

Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm. The Agriculture Department announced the discovery of the modified wheat on Wednesday. …


Japan’s whiskies follow Scottish roots

Much of the world, including the United States, spells whiskey with an “e.” The Scottish do not. On those salty, green cliffs, they drink whisky. The Japanese also drink whisky, …


Japan’s whiskies follow Scottish roots

Much of the world, including the United States, spells whiskey with an “e.” The Scottish do not. On those salty, green cliffs, they drink whisky. The Japanese also drink whisky, …


Japanese students sample America in Spokane Valley

Nao Kawae, 15, said he tried a Ding Dong during his first trip to America. “American snacks are too sweet for Japanese,” he said. “It’s very sweet.”


28 dead from ‘waterfall-like’ rain in Japan

TOKYO — Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home today, but the danger had not fully passed from record rains …


Brad Penny the latest big name to disappoint in Japan

TOKYO – American pitcher Brad Penny was released by the Softbank Hawks after appearing in just one game for the Pacific League team, becoming the latest in a long list …


Modern wonders meet ancient treasures in this Japanese city

KYOTO, Japan – Kyoto is a place that embodies everything I love about Japan: Serene ancient beauty mixed with already-tomorrow modernity. Many visitors arrive on the platypus-nosed Nozomi bullet train …


Japan’s tsunami topic of lecture at Whitworth

Physicist Rich Wolfson, a physics professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, will present the 2012 Science and Society Lecture, “Nuclear Energy: An Environmentalist’s Perspective,” on Monday in the Robinson Teaching …


Baseball waits as Mariners pay visit to devastated city

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of …


A reason to cheer

IZUNOKUNI, Japan – One year after their lives were torn apart by the devastating earthquake and tsunami, players from Ishinomaki Technical High School are ready to compete on one of …


Mayor visits first Sister City

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner last week rekindled the city’s relationship with its first sister city. This year officials from Nishinomiya, Japan, and Spokane celebrated the 50th anniversary of their sister …


Joy blossoms in Japan after World Cup win

A nation reeling from months of tragedy united in joyous celebration Monday after its women’s soccer team — nicknamed “Nadeshiko” for a pink mountain flower — won the World Cup …


Japan stuns U.S. in World Cup title game

FRANKFURT, Germany – It was the most gut-wrenching, most emotional and most dramatic final in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It produced the most surprising, most gloriously happy …


Japan, France advance to World Cup semifinals

Japan knocked two-time defending champion and host Germany out of the Women’s World Cup in Wolfsburg on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama …


Wash. timber exports thrive on construction boom in East Asia

OLYMPIA – Northwest forests are providing a boost to the building boom in China and will likely help with the rebuilding of post-tsunami Japan. The region’s loggers and longshoremen can …


Japan’s consul general praises Northwest for aid

Soon after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, the Seattle office of the consul general of Japan was overwhelmed with messages of condolences from Northwesterners. In the weeks …