Hiroshi Ikezawa

For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Impulse down Frontiers to win Japan X Bowl

Dec 14, 2015

Impulse down Frontiers to win Japan X Bowl

The X League championship is heading to western Japan for the first time since 2008. So is the overall national championship. Tetsuo Takata threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Taiji Koyama with 1:11 remaining as the Panasonic Impulse defeated the defending national champion Fujitsu ...

Frontiers, Impulse in X Bowl showdown

Dec 10, 2015

Frontiers, Impulse in X Bowl showdown

The X League’s No. 1 passer faces its stingiest defense when two undefeated teams fight for the X League championship in the Japan X Bowl on Monday at Tokyo Dome. The defending champion Fujitsu Frontiers quarterback Colby Cameron set the league’s single-season records for ...

Nihon University, Kwansei Gakuin settle for tie in Tokyo Bowl

Dec 6, 2015

Nihon University, Kwansei Gakuin settle for tie in Tokyo Bowl

Nihon University quarterback Ryosuke Nishizawa hit Hiroaki Yoshino with an 11-yard scoring strike and a successful two-point conversion tied the Tokyo Bowl at 17-17 with 1:16 remaining on Sunday. The score didn’t change as the Phoenix and their archrival Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters shared ...

Cameron leads Frontiers to win over Deers

Nov 15, 2015

Cameron leads Frontiers to win over Deers

Colby Cameron completed 35 of 48 passes for 304 yards and two TD passes to Takeshi Akiyama and scored another on an 8-yard run, leading the defending national champion Fujitsu Frontiers to a 34-24 victory over the Lixil Deers on Sunday at Yokohama Stadium. ...

Obic outplays IBM in second-stage opener

Oct 31, 2015

Obic outplays IBM in second-stage opener

Shun Sugawara, making his first start since Sept. 13, completed 19 of 30 passes for 226 yard and a score and Asaki Mochizuki had two rushing touchdowns as the Obic Seagulls beat the IBM BigBlue 34-26 on Saturday at Yokohama Stadium in the second-stage ...

Cameron, Fujitsu trounce Obic

Oct 17, 2015

Cameron, Fujitsu trounce Obic

Colby Cameron threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the defending national champion Fujitsu Frontiers to a 41-7 rout of the Obic Seagulls on Saturday at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki. With the victory, the Frontiers (5-0) finished the season’s first stage in ...

Wawrinka claims Japan Open title after clinical win over Paire

Oct 11, 2015

Wawrinka claims Japan Open title after clinical win over Paire

Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland won his fourth ATP Tour title of the season on Sunday, defeating France’s Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Japan Open. It was the first championship win in Japan for Wawrinka, the reigning French Open champion, ...

Wawrinka puts away Stepanek in opener

Oct 6, 2015

Wawrinka puts away Stepanek in opener

At age 30, Stan Wawrinka feels he is still improving. And Tuesday’s first-round victory turned out to be more proof of that. The top-seeded Swiss got off to a good start in his fourth Japan Open appearance by scoring a 7-5, 6-3 win over ...

Nishikori regains composure to beat Coric at Japan Open

Oct 5, 2015

Nishikori regains composure to beat Coric at Japan Open

It was not the perfect first-round victory that Japanese fans expected from their hero, Kei Nishikori. But the world No. 6 managed to take the first step toward defending his Japan Open title by picking up a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 comeback win over Borna ...

Japan prevails over Dominican Republic in five-set battle

Aug 27, 2015

Japan prevails over Dominican Republic in five-set battle

Japan was forced to play another full-set match, but this time the host country emerged as the winner. Miyu Nagaoka scored 15 points and Sarina Koga added 12 on spikes, leading Japan to a 25-18, 20-25, 30-32, 25-15, 15-13 comeback win over the Dominican ...