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Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported on a wide range of sports 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 appeared in Venezuela Online News, The Gleaner (Jamaica), the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times, Swimming World Magazine and numerous other publications.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Brave Thunders thrash B-Corsairs

/ Apr 28, 2017

Brave Thunders thrash B-Corsairs

For one quarter, the Yokohama B-Corsairs were in striking distance of the Kawasaki Brave Thunders. That changed quickly. The title-chasing Brave Thunders more than doubled their lead in the second quarter en route to a 92-63 series-opening victory at Todoroki Arena in Kawasaki on ...

Sunrockers rebound in style to sink listless Brave Thunders

/ Apr 23, 2017

Sunrockers rebound in style to sink listless Brave Thunders

After a lousy first quarter against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders on Saturday, Sunrockers Shibuya coach BT Toews challenged his players to elevate their game in the series finale. Veteran forward Kenta Hirose revealed later that Toews’ message focused on one thing: “intensity.” That intensity ...

Golden Kings make quick work of Evessa

/ Apr 22, 2017

Golden Kings make quick work of Evessa

Two teams entered Saturday’s contest with the same target: improving their chances of making the playoffs. The Ryukyu Golden Kings did just that, winning 84-69 over the host Osaka Evessa. The longtime bj-league rivals who captured seven of the league’s 11 titles, now competing ...

Jets hold nerve to edge Alvark

/ Apr 16, 2017

Jets hold nerve to edge Alvark

In a heated contest that featured the intensity of a playoff clash, the Chiba Jets held on for an 84-78 victory over the Alvark Tokyo on Sunday afternoon. The Alvark never led in the series finale, a day after dropping an overtime contest against ...

Focused Brex move closer to locking up East title

/ Apr 15, 2017

Focused Brex move closer to locking up East title

The chase is ongoing for the East Division regular-season title. With a 78-68 victory over the visiting Levanga Hokkaido on Saturday, the East-leading Tochigi Brex moved a step closer to winning the division. All-Star forward Ryan Rossiter scored 26 points and pulled down 24 ...

Levanga earn narrow win over Akita

/ Apr 11, 2017

Levanga earn narrow win over Akita

Potent 3-point shooting carried the Levanga Hokkaido past the Akita Northern Happinets on Tuesday night in Sapporo. The hosts sank 10 of 20 3s in a 66-65 victory, completing a two-game series sweep. The hosts needed the long-range scoring — every 3-point basket in ...