Loves Only You and Marche Lorraine become the first Japan-trained horses to win races at the prestigious global event, which has been held since 1984.
Under-fire manager Hajime Moriyasu’s squad secured a much-needed three points and ended the Socceroos’ world record 11-match victory streak in World Cup qualifying.
The presumptive American League MVP generated excitement throughout the season at the plate, on the basepaths and on the mound.
The Akatsuki Five earned their latest continental championship under new coach Toru Onzuka, completing the event with a determined effort against China in the final.
The 11-team circuit raises the bar for women’s soccer in Japan, marking the start of the professional era here.
The host nation finished one medal shy of its Paralympic record, which was established at the 2004 Athens Games.