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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

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Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

Jun 13, 2016

Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

Devin Setoguchi resurrected his professional hockey career this past season in, of all places, Switzerland. The tranquility of his surroundings helped him focus solely on hockey after a life-transforming decision in April 2015: to enter rehab and quit drinking. In a recent interview with ...

'Helicopter' Humphrey joins new ABA squad RDC Vulcans as head coach

Jun 10, 2016

'Helicopter' Humphrey joins new ABA squad RDC Vulcans as head coach

John “Helicopter” Humphrey, one of the now-dissolved bj-league’s original stars, has been hired to coach the American Basketball Association’s RDC Vulcans, an expansion squad. The Vulcans made the announcement on Thursday. According to published reports, two other expansion teams are also set to join ...

Fukushima brings in Moriyama as new coach

| Jun 9, 2016

Fukushima brings in Moriyama as new coach

It didn’t take long for the Fukushima Firebonds to fill their coaching vacancy. Less than a week after original bench boss Hiroki Fujita’s departure was made public on May 27, the Firebonds named his replacement. Tomohiro Moriyama was hired to guide the team for ...

Jun 3, 2016

Niigata selects Shoji to be next head coach

Kazuhiro Shoji, a former Niigata Albirex BB player at the start of the 21st century, takes over as the team’s new head coach as the franchise prepares for the inaugural B. League season. The Albirex made the announcement on Thursday. Shoji, 42, returns to ...

Coaching moves already underway

| Jun 2, 2016

Coaching moves already underway

The annual coaching carousel changes the landscape of who’s in charge. With the conclusion of the bj-league’s 11th and final season on May 15, when the Ryukyu Golden Kings captured their record fourth title, a number of teams have switched — or plan to ...

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

| May 28, 2016

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

Whether or not the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allows professional boxers to compete at the Olympics for the first time at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games, the idea has sparked widespread criticism. The sport’s world governing body reportedly plans to finalize its decision ...

McHenry revels in Golden Kings' legacy

| May 19, 2016

McHenry revels in Golden Kings' legacy

Winning a title to close out the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable stretch of sustained excellence in the bj-league put a huge smile on Golden Kings legend Anthony McHenry’s face. Like the rest of his teammates, McHenry’s post-game mood was euphoric on Sunday, when the ...