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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:

Fukushima earns playoff berth as first-year franchise

Apr 25, 2015

Fukushima earns playoff berth as first-year franchise

In the penultimate game of their inaugural season, the Fukushima Firebonds clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. The Firebonds accomplished the feat by beating the slumping Shinshu Brave Warriors 89-77 in Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture. As the East’s seventh-place squad, Fukushima (20-31) can finish no ...

Apr 24, 2015

Takamatsu torches Fukuoka in series opener

The Takamatsu Five Arrows shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from 3-point range and Dexter Lyons flirted with a triple-double in a 102-86 victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Justin Watts paced the Five Arrows (17-34) with 23 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond ...

GW's Watanabe to visit White House, meet Prime Minister Abe

Apr 24, 2015

GW's Watanabe to visit White House, meet Prime Minister Abe

George Washington University basketball player Yuta Watanabe will visit the White House on Tuesday, and the Kagawa Prefecture native will greet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there, according to a news release issued this week by the university’s athletic department. The White House Office of ...

Race for playoffs going down to wire

| Apr 23, 2015

Race for playoffs going down to wire

If the past 10 games are a key measuring stick for playoff-bound teams’ chances in the postseason — and those still in the hunt to secure the East’s seventh and eighth spots (Shinshu and Fukushima are both 19-31 and Gunma is 18-32 entering the ...

Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan’s men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ...

Ryukyu cruises past Nara

Apr 19, 2015

Ryukyu cruises past Nara

For the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 40-win seasons are expected — championships, too. The reigning bj-league champion, who captured three titles during their first seven seasons, have surprised nobody with their excellence again in this campaign. The Golden Kings completed a series sweep by routing ...

Apr 18, 2015

Akita beats Iwate, ties rival for top record in East

In a clash of Eastern Conference heavyweights, the Akita Northern Happinets delivered a stellar effort in the opening quarter and maintained their poise throughout the game in a 67-58 win over the visiting Iwate Big Bulls. Shigehiro Taguchi drained four 3-pointers and led the ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

| Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn’t ...

Apr 17, 2015

Hannaryz run away from Cinq Reves

The Kyoto Hannaryz turned a close game into a rout in the second quarter. They outscored the Tokyo Cinq Reves 35-9 in the period en route to a 98-60 victory on Friday in the bj-league series opener. Tokyo (5-44) suffered its 15th straight loss. ...

Balance, team defense are powering Niigata

| Apr 16, 2015

Balance, team defense are powering Niigata

The Niigata Albirex BB don’t have a player in the league’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals or blocks. But the Albirex, one of the league’s two flagship franchises along with the perennial struggling Saitama Broncos, have quality roster depth and a high ...