Horiguchi lands UFC flyweight title shot against Johnson

Feb 10, 2015

Horiguchi lands UFC flyweight title shot against Johnson

Several years ago, Kyoji Horiguchi went basically straight from high school to the gym, where he began training with the Krazy Bees MMA team, soon finding himself under the wing of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, one of Japan’s biggest MMA stars. In a few weeks’ ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Marlins glad to add Ichiro

Jan 29, 2015

Marlins glad to add Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki sipped green tea, elicited a few laughs and turned the tables on a media member with three questions of his own during his introductory news conference with the Miami Marlins. It was clear from the start that Ichiro can still own a ...

Japan to co-host Premier 12 baseball world tourney

Jan 19, 2015

Japan to co-host Premier 12 baseball world tourney

Japan was the first-ever champion of the World Baseball Classic, lifting the championship trophy on foreign soil in 2006. If Samurai Japan repeats the feat at the inaugural Premier 12, the Japanese will get to do all their celebrating at home. Japan has been ...

Fighters' Saito braces for vital year

| Jan 12, 2015

Fighters' Saito braces for vital year

Yuki Saito is hard at work in Chiba, at Kamagaya Stadium, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ ni-gun base, these days. He’s busy preparing for the upcoming season, which might turn out to be a pivotal one for the star pitcher. The 2015 campaign will ...

Toritani may have thrived in majors

| Jan 10, 2015

Toritani may have thrived in majors

Two seasons ago, when it was thought Takashi Toritani was considering a move to MLB, many of the Pacific Rim scouts coming in and out of Japan were mostly lukewarm about his MLB prospects. They may had been fooled into thinking he was on ...