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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:

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

May 23, 2015

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

The Akita Northern Happinets dominated the second half against the Iwate Big Bulls, turning a tie game into a convincing victory. First-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa guided the Northern Happinets to an 84-68 Eastern Conference final victory over the Big Bulls at Ariake Colosseum ...

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

| May 16, 2015

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

Years before Julius Erving became the iconic Dr. J and one of basketball’s all-time legends, he established a friendship with Bob Nash that has lasted for decades. Before Erving began his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts, and before Nash attended San Jacinto ...

May 14, 2015

Shimoji won't return to coach Saitama for 2015-16 season

As expected, the Saitama Broncos are making a coaching change after another atrocious season. Head coach Kazuaki Shimoji won’t be back on the sideline for the 2015-16 campaign, the Broncos announced on Thursday afternoon. Saitama posted a 6-46 record in Shimoji’s lone season at ...

May 13, 2015

Niigata parts ways with Hiraoka

The Niigata Albirex BB reached the playoffs in each of Fujitaka Hiraoka’s two seasons as head coach. But they failed to advance to the Final Four, which they did in May 2013 under Hiraoka’s predecessor, Matt Garrison. On Wednesday, the Albirex announced that Hiraoka, ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

May 9, 2015

Murry sinks shot at buzzer to lift Phoenix

Nile Murry provided the heroics in crunch time. The veteran guard nailed a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to shatter a late tie, and the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings 71-69 in overtime in Game 1 ...

Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

| May 9, 2015

Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

Two weeks after his shocking speech in Sochi, Marius Vizer gave a passionate, yet defiant defense of his fiery rhetoric, which drew the scorn of the IOC and other global sports governing bodies. The SportAccord chief, who also heads the International Judo Federation, insists ...