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For Jim Litke's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Born into hoops, this Schmidt has sand in his soul

Aug 17, 2016

Born into hoops, this Schmidt has sand in his soul

Like some ghost from the past, the memory of a stinging loss in the Olympic gold-medal volleyball game more than three decades ago returned just in time to save Brazil’s night. Without it, chances are good that both Alison Cerruti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt ...

'Mr. Hockey' made his mark with toughness, offensive prowess

Jun 11, 2016

'Mr. Hockey' made his mark with toughness, offensive prowess

Gordie Howe was equal parts sharpshooter and street fighter, and remarkably durable to boot. But nobody dominates a rough-and-tumble game for parts of five decades without knowing when to pick his spots. For all that, even “Mr. Hockey” had no say in the timing ...

Feb 1, 2011

Expect unexpected prior to Super Bowl

A report that club owners in Dallas have put out an urgent call for an additional 10,000 strippers struck a familiar chord with those who remember when players’ antics the week leading up to the Super Bowl made for bigger headlines than the game ...

Trash talk serves its purpose for Ryan

Jan 24, 2011

Trash talk serves its purpose for Ryan

NEW YORK — Rex Ryan is a better talker than any of his peers — glib, self-assured and sly as a fox — and that’s just his R-rated material. If games were decided in the interview room instead of on a field, you could ...

Dec 31, 2007

Brady, Moss make TD plays look easy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Stripped to the essentials, it’s just a throw and a catch. But toss in a handful of large, angry pass-rushing Giants planning to hold a reunion on Tom Brady’s chest, then sprinkle in a dose of defensive backs and the ...

Nov 27, 2007

New England likely motivated by close call against Eagles

The Eagles seemed content with a moral victory and anybody brave enough beforehand to take Philly and the spread — 22 points, one of the largest lines in NFL history — had to be downright ecstatic. But all that happy talk late Sunday about ...

Aug 21, 2007

Troubled Vick should seek mercy of the court - and Goodell

Michael Vick has more to worry about at the moment than just what Roger Goodell thinks. Or so it would seem. Michael Vick, shown throwing a pass during the Atlanta Falcons’ practice at Tokyo Dome on Aug. 4, 2005, two days before the team’s ...

Jun 30, 2007

WWE hysteria all McMahon's doing

NEW YORK — Hucksters make their living ahead of the curve, or at the very least, by selling that illusion. So there was something satisfying about watching pro wrestling czar Vince McMahon being forced to come clean, if only this once. “Steroids may or ...

Jun 16, 2007

Little Parker emerges as big-time star

CLEVELAND — The shortest guy on the court grabbed the rebound under his own basket, scanned the floor once, and took off. By the time all but one of the Cavaliers figured out Tony Parker had absolutely no intention of slowing down, only LeBron ...