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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:

Brex shut down Alvark in fourth quarter

/ Mar 5, 2017

Brex shut down Alvark in fourth quarter

Sunday night’s marquee matchup between the Alvark Tokyo and Tochigi Brex provided a glimpse of what to expect during the playoffs to close out the B. League’s inaugural season. A dogfight — intense competition from start to finish. This time, though, the Brex seized ...

Kagoshima team in cash crisis

/ Mar 4, 2017

Kagoshima team in cash crisis

The Kagoshima Rebnise have been behind schedule on salary payments to players and team staff for the entire season, The Japan Times has learned. Interviews with former Rebnise players paint a broad picture of the team’s financial crisis. Last week, American forward Cyrus Tate, ...

Kyoto's Kotzur deft with both hands

/ | Mar 2, 2017

Kyoto's Kotzur deft with both hands

There’s no rule, written or spoken, that requires basketball players to have the ability to shoot with both hands. It doesn’t hurt, though. In fact, the ability to put points on the board with both paws only complicates matters for individual defenders and opponents. ...

Hannaryz rebound to beat Sunrockers

/ Feb 26, 2017

Hannaryz rebound to beat Sunrockers

Desire fueled the Kyoto Hannaryz’s bounce-back win over the Sunrockers Shibuya on Sunday. For Kyoto, this fierce determination produced more points, more rebounds and more big plays at both ends of the court in the Hannaryz’s feisty 79-75 decision over the Sunrockers at Aoyama ...

Hill has high hopes for Yao in new role as CBA president

/ Feb 24, 2017

Hill has high hopes for Yao in new role as CBA president

Longtime NBA coach Bob Hill welcomed Yao Ming’s unanimous appointment this week as the Chinese Basketball Association’s new president. In fact, Hill, who has worked as a technical consultant for the Taiwan men’s national team in recent years, hailed the move. “Yao is an ...

Brex use late rally to beat Alvark

/ Feb 22, 2017

Brex use late rally to beat Alvark

In a display of poise and focus, the Tochigi Brex rallied past the Alvark Tokyo on Wednesday night in the B. League. In the final 24 seconds, Takatoshi Furukawa and Ryan Rossiter made clutch shots to lead the Brex to a dramatic 77-76 win ...