Sports World: Shogi prodigy leaves Japan enthralled

Shogi prodigy leaves Japan enthralled

TOKYO • Japan was yesterday transfixed by a 14-year-old prodigy who smashed the record for consecutive wins in Shogi, a chess-like board game.

Junior high school student Sota Fujii recorded his 29th straight win late on Monday, earning him rock-star coverage.

Japanese media described the 11-hour match as "historic" while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also celebrated his win.

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VAR has to be more free-flowing: Fifa

ST PETERSBURG • Fifa's referees chief said on Monday he wants fewer delays caused by the video assistant referee (VAR) and fewer disruptions ahead of next year's World Cup.

The Confederations Cup is being used to test VAR, the first time it has been utilised at a major international tournament.

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Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch

BRISBANE • A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be on the cards if the Filipino boxing superstar wins his bout against Australian challenger Jeff Horn on Sunday, his trainer Freddie Roach said yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe