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Ed Odeven

Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported 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 also appeared in Venezuela Online News, the Jamaica Gleaner, the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times and Swimming World Magazine.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 25, 2015

Wat's head into All-Star break with win over B-Corsairs

Aomori Wat’s frontcourt standouts Gyno Pomare and Paul Williams made their presence felt against the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday in the teams’ final game before the bj-league’s 2015-16 All-Star Game, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Pomare converted 10 ...

Jan 24, 2015

Takamatsu snaps 14-game losing streak

The Takamatsu Five Arrows collected their first victory since Nov. 16 on Saturday, topping the visiting Rizing Fukuoka 88-86. Takamatsu (8-21) ended a 14-game slide in the bj-league. The Five Arrows had the game’s highest scoring quarter by either team in the final stanza ...

Jan 18, 2015

Lakestars halt Phoenix's win streak at 15

All streaks eventually come to an end. For the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, that reality came true on Sunday in an 89-84 home loss to the Shiga Lakestars. The Lakestars had 33 fourth-quarter points and held the Phoenix to 23 to secure a victory in ...

Fukuoka triumphs in first game under new coach Joe Bryant

Jan 18, 2015

Fukuoka triumphs in first game under new coach Joe Bryant

In a game that went down to the wire, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, the Rizing Fukuoka’s new head coach, was able to instill confidence in his players on Saturday night. He kept his message simple and direct. “If you can believe, you can achieve,” Bryant ...

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

Jan 16, 2015

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

Set aside an eight-game losing streak in the fall, and the expansion Fukushima Firebonds have played nearly .500 ball so far in their inaugural bj-league season. In addition, the Firebonds collected a hard-earned 79-74 home victory over the Eastern Conference heavyweight Iwate Big Bulls ...

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

Jan 11, 2015

Akita dominates second half, rolls to 12th straight win

The Akita Northern Happinets erupted for 62 second-half points against the Saitama Broncos on Sunday. They turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an afterthought, clobbering the Broncos 102-87 for their 12th straight victory. Eastern Conference-leading Akita (24-4 overall, 15-1 on the road) dropped two ...

Jan 10, 2015

Lakestars triumph over Bambitious

The Shiga Lakestars clicked on offense in their series opener against the Bambitious Nara on Saturday night. Jeff Parmer and Ryota Kobayashi both doled out six assists and four Lakestars scored in double figures in an 85-73 triumph over Nara in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. ...

Kenyan greats call for law to punish dopers

| Jan 10, 2015

Kenyan greats call for law to punish dopers

Is it time to make doping in athletics a criminal offense? Kip Keino, one of the greatest living legends of track and field, believes so. And he’s not the only one. London Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya supports this bold initiative in ...