Hiroshi Ikezawa

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

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 ...

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 ...