The 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup featured 12 national teams from the five continental confederations playing in Nagano, Fukuoka and Hiroshima from October 1 to 15. The competition began in Fukuoka and Nagano before teams moved to Hiroshima for the last six match days. Brazil claimed gold, Poland silver and USA bronze.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup: Standings, schedule and results. All times local. (GMT+9)

Matches on Tuesday, October 1 in Nagano and Fukuoka
Australia v Egypt 1-3 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 18-25)
USA v Argentina 2-3 (21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 12-15)
Russia v Iran 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22)
Poland v Tunisia 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-12)
Brazil v Canada 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-14)
Japan v Italy 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-21)

Matches on Wednesday, October 2 in Nagano and Fukuoka
Egypt v Iran 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 26-24)
Tunisia v Argentina 1-3 (19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 14-25)
Canada v Russia 2-3 (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 23-25, 10-15)
Italy v USA 1-3 (25-19, 19-25, 14-25, 19-25)
Australia v Brazil 0-3 (15-25, 20-25, 17-25)
Poland v Japan 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 25-17)

Matches on Friday, October 4 in Nagano and Fukuoka

Iran v Canada 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Argentina v Italy 2-3 (28-26, 25-17, 12-25, 18-25, 10-15)
Russia v Australia 2-3 (16-25, 25-22, 28-26, 21-25, 12-15)
USA v Poland 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 27-25)
Brazil v Egypt 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22)
Japan v Tunisia 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-11)

Matches on Saturday, October 5 in Nagano and Fukuoka
Egypt v Canada 2-3 (25-27, 25-27, 25-16, 25-22, 9-15)
Poland v Argentina 3-1 (27-29, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24)
Brazil v Russia 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22)
Tunisia v Italy 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 18-25)
Australia v Iran 1-3 (22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-27)
Japan v USA 0-3 (19-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Matches on Sunday, October 6 in Nagano and Fukuoka

Russia v Egypt 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21)
Italy v Poland 0-3 (18-25, 18-25, 22-25)
Iran v Brazil 1-3 (27-25, 21-25, 25-27, 22-25)
USA v Tunisia 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-17)
Canada v Australia 3-1 (18-25, 28-26, 25-20, 25-22)
Argentina v Japan 1-3 (19-25, 20-25, 28-26, 22-25)

Matches on Wednesday, October 9 in Hiroshima
Tunisia v Canada 2-3 (20-25, 25-20, 27-29, 25-20, 12-15)
Italy v Egypt 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22)
Argentina v Brazil 0-3 (19-25, 19-25, 24-26)
Poland v Russia 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22)
USA v Iran 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-12)
Japan v Australia 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22)

Matches on Thursday, October 10 in Hiroshima
Argentina v Canada 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-20)
Poland v Egypt 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16)
Tunisia v Iran 0-3 (24-26, 17-25, 22-25)
Italy v Australia 3-0 (30-28, 25-13, 25-22)
USA v Brazil 0-3 (23-25, 22-25, 17-25)
Japan v Russia 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16)

Matches on Friday, October 11 in Hiroshima

Argentina v Iran 2-3 (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 10-15)
Poland v Australia 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-9)
Tunisia v Brazil 0-3 (17-25, 14-25, 13-25)
Italy v Russia 1-3 (25-13, 25-27, 26-28, 12-25)
USA v Canada 3-2 (21-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13)
Japan v Egypt 3-2 (25-14, 18-25, 25-23, 28-30, 15-13)

Matches on Sunday, October 13 in Hiroshima
Argentina v Russia 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16)
Italy v Canada 2-3 (25-19, 17-25, 25-15, 23-25, 16-18)
USA v Australia 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-16)
Poland v Brazil 2-3 (25-19, 23-25, 19-25, 25-16, 11-15)
Tunisia v Egypt 3-1 (25-23, 14-25, 25-17, 25-18)
Japan v Iran 3-1 (25-16, 26-28, 25-13, 25-21)

Matches on Monday, October 14 in Hiroshima
USA v Russia 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-16)
Poland v Canada 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-20)
Argentina v Egypt 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17)
Italy v Iran 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13)
Tunisia v Australia 0-3 (21-25, 17-25, 21-25)
Japan v Brazil 1-3 (17-25, 26-24, 14-25, 25-27)

Matches on Tueday, October 15 in Hiroshima
USA v Egypt 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13)
Poland v Iran 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16)
Tunisia v Russia 0-3 (16-25, 16-25, 15-25)
Italy v Brazil 0-3 (20-25,22-25, 15-25)
Argentina v Australia 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 26-24)
Japan v Canada 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9)

The men's competition at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup follows the women's tournament, which was played across five cities in Japan from September 14 to 29. Click here for more information.
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Cuba sends condolences to Japan in aftermath of Saturday’s typhoon

Cuba has sent heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Japan for the loss of human lives and damages caused by typhoon Hagibis.

“Our deepest sympathies and solidarity to relatives and persons close to the victims,” wrote on Twitter Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Rescuers in Japan are working through waist high flood waters, searching for those who remain missing after Saturday’s typhoon.

At least 36 people are confirmed dead, with another 16 missing. Tens of thousands of searchers from police and firefighters to soldiers and coastguard personnel have been deployed.

Thousands of homes on Japan’s main island are flooded, damaged or without power.

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Japan Typhoon – 26 dead and 175 injured as 140mph Hagibis batters Japan sparking floods and landslides

AT least 26 people have been killed and more than 175 have been left injured after Typhoon Hagibis battered Japan with the heaviest rain and winds in over 60 years.

More than seven million people were forced to evacuate and 18 people are still missing after the 140mph storm made landfall yesterday - sparking landslides and floods.

Public broadcaster NHK reports the death toll is rising today, as Japan reels in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

More than 376,0000 homes lost power and 14,000 have no running water, as thousands are stranded among floodwater and debris.

Landslides near Tokyo's suburbs destroyed houses, with flooding crippling the country - 800 flights were cancelled and bullet train services heavily hit.

Some 27,000 members of Japan's self-defence forces as well as firefighters, police and coastguard members have been deployed in the recovery efforts following one of the worst typhoons in recent years.

A family who sheltered in their home before it collapsed told Sky News: "I heard a loud bang. And I thought, the house is probably collapsing.

"We were buried under all the things. My husband and my mum got out by themselves. And I was helped by my husband. And the other four of us were helped by firefighters."

Military helicopters airlifted stranded people from homes near the river, some cradling their children, after they were trapped by water reaching the roofs of their houses.


In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The plant was crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tepco spokeswoman Emi Iwasa said the typhoon triggered 11 leak alerts at the plant.

Of those, eight were confirmed as being triggered by rainwater and the rest were still being investigated.

Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday evening and headed out to sea early on Sunday - leaving behind cloudless skies and high temperatures across the country.

NHK showed fields and vast residential areas in parts of central and eastern Japan covered in brown water, with some of the worst damage caused by Chikuma river in Nagano prefecture.

In Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, rescuers took residents from a flooded aged care facility by inflatable boats and carried them on their backs to safety.

They also searched for survivors in homes destroyed in landslides near Tokyo's suburbs and in Fukushima prefecture, NHK showed.

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Cuban Moinello continues shining as setupper in the Japanese Professional Baseball

Cuban pitcher Livan Moinelo had a perfect performance for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and became the fourth Latin reliever with 60 appearances in the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB) regular season.

The lefty reliever pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts, in the 1-5 loss of his side to the Buffaloes Orix in the final match of the regular season.

Moinelo closed his performance in the preliminary stage with terrific ERA of 1.52, and finished third among the best setuppers of the Pacific League with balance of 3 wins, 1 loss and 4 saves; while his compatriots and teammates DH Alfredo Despaigne and LF Yurisbel Gracial did not batted hits, thus decreasing their batting averages to .259 and .319, respectively.

The Hawks, current NPB champions, finished second in the Pacific League (PL), two games behind the Saitama Seibu Lions and 5 matches ahead of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Central League (CL) was topped by the Yomiuri Giants, followed by the Yokohama DeNA BayStars and the Hanshin Tigers, in that order.

The 2019 NPB postseason will begin on October 5 on both circuits, with the matches Hawks vs. Eagles (PL) and BayStars vs. Tigers (CL) in the first stage of the Climax Series.

The winner of each confrontation, to the best-of-three, will then face (October 9-14) each league leader, teams that will begin the decisive second phase with a win ahead according to the NPB regulations.

The Japan Series (October 19-27), between the champions of each league, will start on Pacific soil, as the current NPB king (Hawks) plays in this circuit.

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Cuban Despaigne sets a personal best in homers in NPB

Cuban Alfredo Depaigne hit a solo homer but couldn't prevent the 2-4 loss of his team, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Pacific League (PL) in the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB).

It was Despaigne's 36th homer of the season, a career high over six seasons in Japan, topping the 35 he hit in 2017 when he led the league in home runs.

The Cuban slugger batted 1 for 3, with a walk, and raised his batting average (BA) to .258 while amounting 88 RBIs.
The two other Cubans in the Hawks´ roster, outfielder Yurisbel Gracial and lefty reliever Livan Moinello, also had good performances in the match.

LF Gracial hit 1 for 3, thus increasing his BA to .320, while setupper Moinello didn´t allow earned runs in 1.2 innings and struck out 4 batters to low his ERA to 1.55.

After this result, the Hawks finished second in the NPB Pacific League, behind the Saitama Seibu Lions, who earned their second PL straight pennant after beating 12-4 the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Despite losing, the Hawks, current NPB champions, advanced to the Climax Series, to start next October 9th, where they will face the Eagles in a best-of-three first stage of this series.

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Cuban Yurisbel Gracial hit his 27th homer of the season in the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB).

The Caribbean outfielder batted 1 for 2, including a 2-run homer and a walk, in the 6-5 win of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks over the Orix Buffaloes in the NPB Pacific League and thus raised his batting average (BA) to .318 and also amounts 67 RBIs in 99 games.

The two other Cubans of the Hawks didn´t have a good day as DH Alfredo Despaigne hit 0 for 4, with 3 strikeouts and a walk, and his BA dropped to .255; while lefty setupper Livan Moinello allowed one run and two hits, with two walks and one strikeout, in 0.2 innings and his ERA rose to 1.60.

After this outcome, the Hawks, current NPB champions, remain second in the Pacific League with balance of 75 wins, 60 losses and 4 draws, one game behind the Saitama Seibu Lions and 6.5 ahead of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

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Japanese, South Korean FMs to Discuss Trade Dispute

Foreign Ministers of South Korea and Japan will meet this Thursday in Bangkok to negotiate a solution to the trade confrontation between the two countries.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono are in Bangkok to participate in the Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The diplomats will take advantage of the meeting to hold the first meeting between the two since the Japanese government banned the export to South Korea of materials for high-tech equipment.

The bilateral talks will be held one day before the Japanese government approves a law amendment to remove Seoul from the so-called white list of trusted trading partners.

At the bilateral meeting, Kang will urge Kono to withdraw what the South Korean Executive has described as unfair and unilateral measures, as well as the cancellation of South Korea's exclusion from the group of countries with minimal restrictions.

Tokyo and Seoul are in the midst of an unprecedented lawsuit due to the Japanese ban on selling to South Koreans raw materials for the production of high-tech equipment on the pretext that they are sent to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to manufacture weapons.

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Korea wins thriller against Venezuela in Day 4 of the U-12 Baseball World Cup

Day 4 of the U-12 Baseball World Cup made it clear that Japan and Chinese Taipei in group A and Korea in group B will play the super round.

Korea defeated Venezuela, 6-5, in what has been by far the most exciting game of the tournament so far. Venezuela tied it on a home run by Johan Fernandez and Korea walked it off on a solo shot by Park Yechan.

In the other two games of Day 4 in group B Mexico and the USA warmed up for the key matchup scheduled on Tuesday, 30 July.

Mexico used 26 hits to outscore Australia, 21-2

The USA scored 11 in the first and combined 28 hits to beat Italy, 28-1.

There were no surprises in group B.

The hosts Chinese Taipei needed five innings and two home runs to beat the Czech Republic, 16-0.

Cuba also played five innings and used the long ball, three home runs, to overcome South Africa, 13-0.

Cuba and the Czech Republic are now tied in third place and will face an elimination game on Tuesday, 30 July.

Japan overwhelmed Fiji 30-0. The young Samurai got 23 hits, including three home runs.

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