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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:

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Oct 18, 2014

Hamamatsu uses free throws, rebounding edge to trounce Takamatsu

Sometimes basic fundamentals prove to be the most crucial ingredients to a victory in pro sports. Exhibit A: Saturday’s Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix-Takamatsu Five Arrows game. The score was tied 39-39 at halftime, and only one player, Takamatsu’s B.J. Puckett reached 20 points (exactly) for ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

Mavericks sign Togashi to contract; D-League assignment expected

Oct 16, 2014

Mavericks sign Togashi to contract; D-League assignment expected

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Yuki Togashi to a contact, the NBA team announced on Wednesday. After Togashi showcased his offensive skills in four games during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League in July, including 12 points in 11 minutes against ...

Okada making impact for unbeaten Shiga

| Oct 16, 2014

Okada making impact for unbeaten Shiga

Yu Okada has spent nearly a decade now knocking down jump shots for a paycheck. He was an integral part of the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ remarkable run to a championship runnerup finish as a first-year franchise in the 2006-07 season, a recognizable fixture in ...

Oct 14, 2014

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep. The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points ...

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

Oct 12, 2014

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

No basketball coach wants to watch his team yield 100-plus points and lose at the same time. But that’s what Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Michael Katsuhisa experienced on Saturday. One of the best things about sports, of course, is often a rematch — and a ...

Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

| Oct 9, 2014

Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

Fukushima Firebonds management achieved its first victory by establishing a pro basketball team for the residents of the Tohoku prefecture. Victory No. 2, more symbolic in the annals of sports, came on Sunday in the team’s second regular-season game. The result? The first-year franchise ...