Tigers' Fujinami may be ready to roar

| Mar 7, 2015

Tigers' Fujinami may be ready to roar

Shintaro Fujinami was included on Samurai Japan’s roster for next week’s games against Europe probably because the Hanshin Tigers can give the ball to Randy Messenger, coming off an excellent 2014, or stalwart Atsushi Nomi on opening day. Fujinami is probably the biggest name ...

Mar 2, 2015

Yamamoto bout ends in no contest

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto is still looking for his first victory in UFC. The mixed martial arts great had hoped to finally taste victory in his fourth attempt in the UFC Octagon on Saturday at UFC 184, but instead saw his bout against Roman Salazar ...

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

Feb 28, 2015

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto still gets asked about the time he knocked out an opponent in four seconds with a flying knee to the head. He managed that feat shortly after the opening bell for his fight against Kazuyuki Miyata, a former Olympic wrestler who ...

Iwase, Dragons may be in tough spot

| Feb 21, 2015

Iwase, Dragons may be in tough spot

Every athlete in every sport eventually declines with age. It’s just more noticeable in the greats. For the stars who have reached amazing heights, the fall from grace can be long and painful to watch — or as in the case of slugger Michihiro ...

Eagles need young duo to soar in '15

| Feb 14, 2015

Eagles need young duo to soar in '15

Earlier this year, 24-year-old Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Wataru Karashima said he’d retire if he failed to reach 10 wins this season. Karashima has pitched in NPB for five seasons, and was used out of the bullpen over the first two, making 14 ...