Hiroshi Ikezawa

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

Belarus prevails against Japan in Fed Cup showdown

Apr 19, 2015

Belarus prevails against Japan in Fed Cup showdown

Former world’s No. 1 Victoria Azarenka teamed up with Olga Govortsova to beat Japan’s pair of Ayumi Morita and Shuko Aoyama 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles match, giving Belarus a 3-2 triumph in the Fed Cup Group II playoffs on Sunday at Tokyo’s Ariake ...

High school student added to Japan's national volleyball team

Apr 15, 2015

High school student added to Japan's national volleyball team

A high school student was called up to Japan’s national volleyball team it was revealed on Wednesday, when the Japan Volleyball Association announced the 27-woman squad for its upcoming international competitions. Airi Miyabe, who helped Kinrankai High School in Osaka win the national high ...

Polamalu ends career at right time

| Apr 13, 2015

Polamalu ends career at right time

By announcing his retirement, former Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu made some right decisions. First of all, Polamalu made his decision to call it quits before suffering more damage to his health. Polamalu, who turns 34 later this month, has had a history ...

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 ...