Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Veteran guard Akitomo Takeno, a perimeter marksman with an explosive first step, has left the Rizing Fukuoka and OK’d a contractual agreement to play for the Akita Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season. The Happinets, last season’s championship runnerup team, announced the deal on ...

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

Jul 2, 2014

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to participate in a three-day tryout camp starting on Monday. Noriaki Oshitari, who represents Togashi for Cloud9 Co., Ltd., confirmed the details in an email to The Japan Times on Wednesday evening. In short, the ...

IOC visit puts spotlight on 2020 venues, budget

| Jun 28, 2014

IOC visit puts spotlight on 2020 venues, budget

It’s no shocking revelation that the IOC’s planning revolves around lots of meetings. Case in point: preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This week marked the first of 10 scheduled IOC Coordination Commission visits to Tokyo before the 2020 Summer Games. Former Prime Minister ...

Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league’s 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, ...

Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season

| Jun 26, 2014

Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season

As expected, the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings have decided to renew coach Tsutomu Isa’s contract for the 2014-15 season. The Okinawan native has been with the franchise since its inception in 2007, working as an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted ...

Jun 22, 2014

Kawachi appointed to JBA board

Toshimitsu Kawachi, the commissioner of the bj-league since its establishment in 2004, on Saturday was appointed to the Japan Basketball Association board, which has been tasked with forming the new, tentatively named P League for the 2016-17 season. To take a step forward, the ...

Jun 20, 2014

Shiga promotes female manager Morita to assistant coach

Asami Morita has earned a promotion with the Shiga Lakestars. And her new position is unique for a woman in a men’s professional sports league. The 29-year-old Nara Prefecture native will work as an assistant coach and team interpreter under new bench boss Koto ...

Aomori acquires big man Williams from Takamatsu

| Jun 19, 2014

Aomori acquires big man Williams from Takamatsu

After 50 defeats in 52 games during the 2011-12 season, the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ rebuilding project included a newcomer in the middle, Paul Williams. Without much fanfare in the mainstream media, the veteran big man played an integral role in the team’s improved performance ...

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

| Jun 14, 2014

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

Larry Probst, the United States Olympic Committee chairman, won’t win a popularity contest within the IOC anytime soon. Not after speaking his mind about the voting process to award Olympic cities. In an exclusive interview with Sports Business Journal late last month, Probst revealed ...