Hosei scored six touchdowns while surviving a late scare on its way to winning a fifth Koshien Bowl title overall and a place in the Rice Bowl national championship on Jan. 3. Maruta was named the Most Valuable Player of Sunday’s game between the collegiate champions in the Kanto and Kansai leagues. NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. – Hosei University held off a fourth-quarter Kwansei Gakuin University rally Sunday to win the Koshien Bowl national collegiate American football championship for the second straight year.Running back Yasuhiro Maruta had an 80-yard touchdown run just 26 seconds into the game and sprinted into the end zone again with a kickoff return 12 minutes later as Hosei raced to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and held on for a 45-43 win at Koshien Stadium. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
RUGBY LEAGUE The Brisbane Broncos are set for a backline reshuffle against the North Queensland Cowboys with 19-year-old centre Gehamat Shibasaki in line to make his NRL debut. Shibasaki, of Torres Strait Islander and Japanese heritage, has been playing with the Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup and has represented both Queensland Residents and Queensland under 20s this year. He trained at left centre for Brisbane on Monday with captain Darius Boyd reverting to fullback and Jamayne Isaako to the right wing. Kiwi international Jordan Kahu appears set to be dropped. The Broncos will be without representative lock Josh McGuire on Thursday night. McGuire has taken an early guilty plea to a contrary conduct charge for pulling the hair of Adam Elliott in the 36-22 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Star forward Tevita Pangai jnr is also in doubt after leaving the field against the Bulldogs with an ongoing hamstring complaint. While the team is yet to be finalised, Isaako said Shibasaki had earned his call-up and that he was happy to go back to the wing after “a couple of key positional changes this week” ahead of the Cowboys clash. “Some hard decisions have been made for Shibasaki to make his debut and it will be good for him to debut back home in Townsville where he is from,” Isaako said. “I played 20s with him and he is strong and athletic. He will bring a lot of energy if he was to make his debut this week. “This is obviously a game we want to win and obviously with Darbs (Boyd) having more experience [Wayne Bennett] could be chucking him back at fullback. “It was good to get back there and get a feel for playing fullback at the top level. [Boyd] going back gives me an opportunity to go back to the wing and watch him do his thing in big games like this.”
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea’s miserable run continued as the holders were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties. Here’s how we rated the players in the fourth-round tie at Stoke. Asmir Begovic: 7Didn’t always look convincing against his former club but produced a fine save to deny Jonathan Walters when called into action late in the first half.AdChoices广告Kurt Zouma: 6Not comfortable at right-back but did a decent enough job, keeping Marko Arnautović fairly quiet. He got forward when possible too and almost scored with a shot that hit the post.Gary Cahill: 6A mixed performance. Put himself in harm’s way to make a number of blocks but gave Walters too much room in the build-up to Stoke’s goal.John Terry: 7Could also have done better for that goal, but overall the captain had a good game and his presence has improved Chelsea’s defending in recent matches. At the other end, he found the net with a clever back-heel from Willian’s cross but was denied by an offside flag.Baba Rahman: 6Caught out a few times but was mostly solid and has plenty of ability going forward.John Mikel Obi: 6Not at his best, but not at his worst. Mikel did a reasonable defensive job in front of the back four despite the odd mistake.Ramires: 6Also performed an important role in midfield. Hardworking, as always, but missed a good chance to score.Willian: 8A terrific display from the Brazilian, who ran himself into the ground and was creative too. Always a threat for the Blues and his set-piece delivery was an asset.Oscar: 7Always lively and would have scored but for a fine save from Jack Butland. Another who worked hard off the ball.Eden Hazard: 8His penalty miss was decisive, but his performance during the game was very good. Below par for much of this season, this was more like Hazard at his best; skilful, incisive and difficult to stop.Diego Costa: 6Hobbled off just after the half-hour mark having been involved in a physical battle with a Stoke defence that wasn’t giving him any change.Loic Remy: 7Did well after coming on, scoring a stoppage-time equaliser and causing Stoke problems with his pace and movement.Kenedy: 7Also looked a threat after being brought on and clearly has lots of potential.Bertrand Traore: 6Came on as a substitute in the 80th minute and provided some additional energy during extra time. See also:Chelsea out after Stoke win on penaltiesCosta taken to hospital after Chelsea’s cup exitChelsea answered ‘stupid’ critics, says MourinhoChelsea fans on Twitter impressed by Kenedy and TraoreCosta and Pedro face fitness tests
Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (lower leg) won’t practice this week Andrew Luck announces his retirement from the @NFL. https://t.co/PK9ADYBuOX— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 25, 2019Luck, according to a report from ESPN, is “mentally worn down” and is “now checking out.”Andrew Luck has 171 passing TD in 6 seasons played, the 2nd most in NFL history over a player’s first 6 seasons behind Dan Marino (196).Luck had 39 TD passes last year; no player in NFL history has had more than 27 in his final season in the league (Roger Staubach, 1979). https://t.co/Fee2xqL3uD— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 25, 2019The 29-year-old quarterback was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft out of Stanford. He has made four Pro Bowls and was named the Pro Football Writers Association’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2018 after throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. That came one year after he was out for the season with a shoulder injury.Luck was dealing with a lower leg/ankle/bone injury in his ankle throughout the offseason and has practiced just three times in the lead up to the year.The Colts were hoping he would be back for the third preseason game so they could name him the starter, but they were ready to go with backup Jacoby Brissett who the team acquired in 2017 from the Patriots to play in Luck’s absence. Chalk this one up to a report we didn’t see coming.Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has retired from the NFL. The Colts announced he was making the decision Saturday.You can watch the press conference below. Related News Luck threw for 23,671 yards with 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions in his career. He made the playoffs four times with his longest run going to the AFC Championship game in 2014.He was described by several as the best quarterback prospect since John Elway in the 1983 draft and his maturity along with arm strength and athleticism gave the NFL a very unique player who truly was one of the best in his time.He never won a Super Bowl but he truly was a remarkable player.