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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2005

Isle file Japan defeats Hawai'i in football exhibition

Advertiser Staff


Yuichi Tomizawa threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Takao Mizuguchi with 1:32 to play, leading Team Japan to a 20-16 victory over Team USA Hawai'i yesterday in the Japan-USA Bowl exhibition game in Tokyo.

A crowd of 9,151 at the Tokyo Dome watched Mizuguchi, named the game's Most Valuable Player, take his team 90 yards in nine plays for the go-ahead touchdown. He completed 7 of 9 passes in the drive.

Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Team USA Hawai'i — composed of former college players — went ahead 16-10 with 4:11 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by ex-University of Hawai'i running back John West.

Tomizawa finished 22 for 37 for 254 yards and three touchdowns.

Team USA Hawai'i wide receiver Britton Komine, who caught seven passes for 80 yards, was voted the game's Most Inspirational award while teammate Chad Kapanui, who played quarterback and running back, earned the NFL Award.

Team USA Hawai'i will return to the Islands today on JAL Flight 076 at 8:40 a.m.



Six former NCAA basketball champions will join host Chaminade in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, Nov. 21 to 23 at the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center.

Last year's Final Four contender Michigan State, Elite Eight participant Arizona, former champions Maryland, Kansas, Arkansas and Connecticut will join defending West Coast Conference champ Gonzaga and Chaminade in the event's 22nd year.

All 12 games are to be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU for first time in tournament history.

Remaining school booster tickets will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. Hawai'i time via mauiinvita tional.com, and through O'ahu Travel, 826-3822. Kansas booster tickets are sold out.

Last year's Maui Invitational champion North Carolina went on to capture the NCAA title.



Odyssey moved into a tie with B'Quest-Challenged America, a team of disabled sailors, in the 43rd biennial Transpac yacht race yesterday.

Both yachts were 1,877 miles from the Diamond Head finish line at yesterday's roll call in the 2,258-mile race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The 58-foot Odyssey is 18 feet longer than B'Quest, but much heavier and 53 years older.

B'Quest has five sailors onboard, two leg amputees, one arm amputee, one blind and one able-bodied man as the captain.

This morning, the second group of 21 racing yachts will launch from the Los Angeles starting line. The final group, the largest and fastest, will depart California on Sunday.

The corrected time leaders:

Overall fleet: Illusion, Ralphie, Callisto. Division 5: Brown Sugar, B'Quest, Diablo. Aloha A: Odyssey, Plan B, Between The Sheets. Aloha B: So Far, Pipe Dream, Wind Dancer. Cal 40s: Illusion, Ralphie, Callisto.