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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.

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Feb 13, 2016

Johnson sparks Kyoto in rout of Fukuoka

Tyren Johnson, who made his debut with the Kyoto Hannaryz a few days before Christmas, delivered an all-around performance that helped carry the Western Conference leaders to a 71-58 road victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday. Johnson, a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star ...

Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep

The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the ...

Aoki looking to set B-Corsairs on even keel

| Feb 11, 2016

Aoki looking to set B-Corsairs on even keel

As the season marches closer to the finish line, the Yokohama B-Corsairs are striving to develop consistency and climb in the Eastern Conference standings. Since the start of December, first-year bench boss Taketo Aoki’s club has had the following results: win, loss, loss, win, ...

Brave Warriors down B-Corsairs to keep playoff hopes alive

Feb 7, 2016

Brave Warriors down B-Corsairs to keep playoff hopes alive

The Shinshu Brave Warriors are currently playing their best basketball of the season in an attempt to make a push for a playoff berth. Coach Koju Munakata’s team won for the fourth time in four games on Sunday, 75-64, defeating the Yokohama B-Corsairs for ...

Feb 6, 2016

Ryukyu's Kishimoto shines in triumph over Kyoto

Ryuichi Kishimoto ignited the Ryukyu Golden Kings on offense on Saturday. The perimeter marksman sank 4 of 9 3s and shot 4-for-4 from inside the arc and 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in a 25-point effort in Ryukyu’s 84-78 triumph over the host Kyoto ...

Feb 1, 2016

Family ties lead Toyama past Gunma

Bob and Bobby Nash, a father-son coaching tandem, have kept the Toyama Grouses in the hunt for the Eastern Conference title in the bj-league’s final season. The Grouses recorded their eighth straight victory on Sunday, posting a 93-62 home triumph over the Gunma Crane ...

Jan 30, 2016

Akita's Taguchi, Otsuka dominate in rout of Tokyo

Shigehiro Taguchi and Yuto Otsuka carried the Akita Northern Happinets to a lopsided win over the lowly Tokyo Cinq Reves on Saturday night. Taguchi buried 5 of 7 3-pointers in a 28-point effort and Otsuka sank 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and ...

Kawai faces tall task in new job with HeatDevils

| Jan 28, 2016

Kawai faces tall task in new job with HeatDevils

Will Ryuji Kawai resurrect the Oita Ehime HeatDevils’ season? Will the former Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shinshu Brave Warriors bench boss find a way to lead the HeatDevils to their second straight playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history? Entering the season’s ...

Nash guides East to victory in final bj-league All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2016

Nash guides East to victory in final bj-league All-Star Game

Le’Bryan Nash wanted the ball and craved the opportunity to showcase his impressive talents on a big stage. The Fukushima Firebonds rookie forward admitted he wanted a shiny trophy, too. Mission accomplished. Nash helped lead the East to a 115-108 victory over the West ...