Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

May 27, 2014

Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

Antonio Lang has been dismissed as head coach of the the NBL’s Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, The Japan Times has learned. A source familiar with the situation said that the Nagoya-based team told the American coach that it would part ways with him after four ...

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

May 24, 2014

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

They had the best record during the regular season (46-8), produced the league’s best player, and swept through the conference finals. Now they’ve added one last dominating victory in the championship round. It’s just been that kind of a year for the Toshiba Brave ...

Brave Thunders beat Trians in Game 1 of NBL Finals

May 21, 2014

Brave Thunders beat Trians in Game 1 of NBL Finals

Wakayama had the momentum in the opening half, but Toshiba prevailed in the latter as the Brave Thunders defeated the Trians 69-61 in Game 1 of the NBL Finals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Wednesday night. Youngster Naoto Tsuji led the game ...

'Unfinished business' fires up MVP Fazekas, Toshiba

May 20, 2014

'Unfinished business' fires up MVP Fazekas, Toshiba

Having wrapped up team practice, center Nick Fazekas took off his 38-cm (15-inch) shoes and sat on the bench in a relaxed manner. This laid-back American is the undisputed king of the Toshiba Brave Thunders, who seek to capture the league championship in the ...

May 16, 2014

FIBA threatens JBA with suspension for inaction over merger

It appears to be an ultimatum for the Japan Basketball Association. Yasuhiko Fukatsu, the acting president of the sport’s governing body in Japan, revealed to the media on Wednesday that it was told by FIBA that it could face a suspension, which would ban ...

Triumphant Gatlin grabs spotlight in 100-meter race

May 11, 2014

Triumphant Gatlin grabs spotlight in 100-meter race

Former Olympic champion Justin Gatlin cruised to the finish line with a winning time of 10.02 seconds, while Japanese teenage phenom Yoshihide Kiryu sank to fifth place in the men’s 100-meter dash race in the Golden Grand Prix Tokyo meet at National Stadium on ...

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

May 10, 2014

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin has told Japanese sprinters that posting a sub-10-second mark is a feat, but ultimately not difficult to achieve. If you have the right mind-set, he believes, it will come. Speaking at a Saturday news conference for Sunday’s Golden Grand ...

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

May 5, 2014

Alvark storm past Brex in decisive Game 3

Once again, the Toyota Alvark encountered a fearless challenge from the Link Tochigi Brex. But the Alvark displayed better composure and the knack for winning a big game. The Alvark defense prevailed in the second half, holding the Brex to just 20 points as ...