Hiroshi Ikezawa

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

Japan, U.S. to battle for football supremacy

Jul 18, 2015

Japan, U.S. to battle for football supremacy

Once again Japan and the United States will fight each other for the world championship of American football. World No. 3 Japan (2-1) defeated fourth-ranked Mexico (1-2) 35-7 on Wednesday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, in International Federation of ...

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

Jun 19, 2015

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

Four years before Japan midfielder Homare Sawa became the first player in soccer to appear in six consecutive World Cups, Yasuo Wakisaka was the only player to participate in all four world championships of another version of football, American football that is. Now the ...

Silver Star join trend by welcoming in foreign players

May 22, 2015

Silver Star join trend by welcoming in foreign players

Reaping the benefits of having a former NCAA quarterback is becoming a trend in the X League. Last season, the Fujitsu Frontiers clinched their first national championship with Colby Cameron, an ex-Louisiana Tech Bulldog, at quarterback, while Inoke Funaki, a University of Hawaii alumnus, ...

Skating icon Mao intends to make comeback

May 18, 2015

Skating icon Mao intends to make comeback

In the end, Mao Asada could not give up competitive figure skating. Three-time world champion Mao announced on Monday that she has already started practicing under her coach’s guidance in hopes of returning to competition after a year’s break. “Since I took a break ...

Brady may be suspended in ball scandal

| May 9, 2015

Brady may be suspended in ball scandal

“Deflategate” has become the biggest NFL scandal since the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal in 2012. Or it could be even bigger because one of the most popular and respected quarterbacks in NFL history seems to be involved. The Ted Wells Report released on ...

Apr 27, 2015

Tokyo 2020 organizers lay down extra event stipulations

Events to be added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be chosen from sports whose international federations (IFs) are recognized by the IOC and are currently not included in the Summer Games, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced on Monday. There are about 30 ...

Ski jump legend Kasai eyes 2026 Games

Apr 26, 2015

Ski jump legend Kasai eyes 2026 Games

Noriaki Kasai, the silver medalist on the men’s large hill at the Sochi Olympics a year ago, is aiming to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and even beyond, the ski jump legend told reporters after the Ski Association of ...

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 ...