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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:

Veteran Parker leads Jets past Diamond Dolphins

/ Feb 19, 2017

Veteran Parker leads Jets past Diamond Dolphins

For more than a decade in Japan, versatile forward Michael Parker has played an exciting, high-energy brand of all-around basketball. His arrival a few weeks into the 2007-08 season gave the Rizing Fukuoka a big spark at both ends of the floor, helping lead ...

Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga

| Feb 18, 2017

Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team is having a remarkable season — one of the best seasons in U.S. college basketball history. And freshman reserve forward Rui Hachimura has been along for the magical ride. It’s a taste of the big time early in ...

Kanamaru sparks SeaHorses in rout of Levanga

/ Feb 17, 2017

Kanamaru sparks SeaHorses in rout of Levanga

The SeaHorses Mikawa delivered an impressive all-around performance, hammering the visiting Levanga Hokkaido 89-72 on Friday night. The title-chasing SeaHorses (27-8) shot 50.7 percent from the field. Sharpshooter Kosuke Kanamaru led the hosts’ high-performance offensive output, putting 33 points on the board. Kanamaru made ...

Iran national team prevails in exhibition rematch with Japan

Feb 11, 2017

Iran national team prevails in exhibition rematch with Japan

The Iran men’s national team bounced back from an 11-point loss in the opener of a two-game exhibition series with Japan, winning 73-68 on Saturday in Sapporo. Small forward Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi paced Iran with 26 points, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Teammates ...

Kohama's legacy certain to live on

| Feb 11, 2017

Kohama's legacy certain to live on

Mototaka Kohama leaves behind a trail of memories with those who knew him well or casually crossed paths with him during his decades-long involvement in basketball. After the Godfather of Japanese basketball’s death on Jan. 12 at age 84 after a battle with cancer, ...

Japan storms past Iran in exhibition series opener

Feb 10, 2017

Japan storms past Iran in exhibition series opener

The Japan men’s national team knocked down 12 3-pointers and forced 19 turnovers en route to an 85-74 victory over Iran in the opener of a two-game exhibition series on Friday night in Sapporo. Interim head coach Luka Pavicevic’s team shot 52.2 percent (12-for-23) ...

Diamond Dolphins overcome Burrell's absence to beat Alvark

/ Feb 5, 2017

Diamond Dolphins overcome Burrell's absence to beat Alvark

Without injured All-Star forward Justin Burrell’s commanding presence on the court, the determined Nagoya Diamond Dolphins stayed aggressive and relied on all-around hustle over the weekend against the Alvark Tokyo. Nagoya rebounded from a four-point Saturday loss by outlasting the hosts in overtime on ...