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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:

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 Sajjad ...

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, those ...

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) from ...

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 Sunday, ...

Barnett recalls legends Russell, Wilt, Barry

/ | Feb 4, 2017

Barnett recalls legends Russell, Wilt, Barry

Second in a two-part seriesWatching the sustained excellence of the Golden State Warriors in his job as the team’s longtime TV analyst, Jim Barnett exudes passion when describing the brilliance of the team’s style of play. Fueled by the “Splash Brothers,” stars Stephen Curry ...

Brex edge Sunrockers in double-overtime thriller

/ Jan 29, 2017

Brex edge Sunrockers in double-overtime thriller

There was no comfort zone for either team at Aoyama Gakuin University Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon.No lead was safe. Baskets were hard to come by.It was a scrappy defensive battle that tested the will and the skill of the Sunrockers Shibuya and Tochigi ...