Hiroshi Ikezawa

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

Princeton routs Kwansei Gakuin

Mar 21, 2015

Princeton routs Kwansei Gakuin

The level of play in Ivy League football is still a few steps ahead of the Japanese collegiate league, even for the four-time defending college champion Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters. The Princeton Tigers scored five touchdowns and a field goal in their first seven ...

Princeton, Kwansei Gakuin to battle in Legacy Bowl

Mar 19, 2015

Princeton, Kwansei Gakuin to battle in Legacy Bowl

One of the most successful college football clubs in Japan meets one of the oldest football programs in the sport’s mother country when Kwansei Gakuin University takes on Princeton University in the Legacy Bowl on Saturday. The exhibition game at Kincho Stadium in Osaka ...

NFL players gearing up for free agency

| Mar 9, 2015

NFL players gearing up for free agency

The free agency period in the NFL is set to open as the new league year starts on Tuesday. As usual, it presents teams with a dilemma of needs and money, where one’s loss is another’s gain. The Lions appear to be losing a ...

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

Mar 3, 2015

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, one of the Tohoku locales that was seriously damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami four years ago, is among the 12 cities that will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches. On Monday, the host cities were decided in the ...

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2015

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

One of the best moments during the Super Bowl week is simulating the biggest game of the year. How do the Seahawks match giant tight end Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots stop Marshawn Lynch when he is in the “Beast Mode?” And ultimately, who’s ...

Manning can thrive in Kubiak's system

| Jan 21, 2015

Manning can thrive in Kubiak's system

My first impression when I heard the news that the Denver Broncos had hired Gary Kubiak to replace John Fox as the 15th head coach in team history was that Peyton Manning is one step closer to retirement. Or at least the Broncos and ...

Fujitsu outplays Kwansei Gakuin, claims first Rice Bowl title

Jan 3, 2015

Fujitsu outplays Kwansei Gakuin, claims first Rice Bowl title

The dominance of the X League champion in the Rice Bowl extended for another year, as the Fujitsu Frontiers defeated the Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters 33-24 for the overall national championship on Saturday at Tokyo Dome. The Frontiers captured their first Rice Bowl title ...

Gordon leads Frontiers to victory in Japan X Bowl

Dec 16, 2014

Gordon leads Frontiers to victory in Japan X Bowl

Former Harvard running back Gino Gordon rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Fujitsu Frontiers to a 44-10 victory over the IBM BigBlue on Monday night at Tokyo Dome in the Japan X Bowl. The Frontiers clinched their first X League title ...

Kwansei Gakuin routs Nihon University to win college title

Dec 14, 2014

Kwansei Gakuin routs Nihon University to win college title

It’s been a while since western Japan was regarded as having better American football schools than eastern Japan. The Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters, based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Pref., proved that is now the case by clinching their fourth consecutive collegiate football championship by defeating ...

Ritsumeikan University trounces Hosei University in Tokyo Bowl

Dec 7, 2014

Ritsumeikan University trounces Hosei University in Tokyo Bowl

Senior quarterback Kanji Maeda completed 7 of 9 passes for 231 yards and a 66-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Yoshihito Omi, leading the Ritsumeikan University Panthers to a 41-7 rout of the Hosei University Tomahawks on Sunday at Amino Vital Field in ...