Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

May 2, 2015

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

Aggressive. Alert. Attentive. Those were the defining traits that shined through for the Iwate Big Bulls in their playoff opener. In a teacher’s grade book, the second-seeded Big Bulls would’ve received satisfactory scores — straight As — for their overall effort and execution. It ...

Vizer's attack may be costly

| May 2, 2015

Vizer's attack may be costly

Playing political hardball with the IOC is not a winning proposition. SportAccord president Marius Vizer delivered a blistering critique of the IOC, its Agenda 2020 reforms, and its president, Thomas Bach, on April 20 at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia . It was ...

Apr 28, 2015

Ex-Apache assistant Hill wins title

In a season of great achievement for the Golden State Warriors organization, add this one to the list: Former Tokyo Apache assistant coach Casey Hill guided the Santa Cruz Warriors to the team’s first-ever NBA Development League championship on Sunday. The Warriors prevailed 109-96 ...

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 ...