SeaHorses edge Alvark in overtime to reach All-Japan final

Jan 9, 2016

SeaHorses edge Alvark in overtime to reach All-Japan final

The Aisin SeaHorses lost their lead in the final minute of regulation, but came through in overtime as they defeated the Toyota Alvark 94-87 in the semifinals of the All-Japan Basketball Championship at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Saturday. Shooting machine Kosuke Kanamaru hit ...

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

Jan 8, 2016

Happinets stars lead bj-league All-Star voting

A pair of Akita Northern Happinets players received the most fan votes as the players and coaches were announced for the Jan. 24 bj-league All-Star Game on Friday. Shooter Shigehiro Taguchi led the ballot with 35,226 votes to earn his fourth consecutive all-star appearance. ...

Panasonic prevails in thriller to capture Rice Bowl crown

Jan 3, 2016

Panasonic prevails in thriller to capture Rice Bowl crown

The Panasonic Impulse came out on top at the end of a thrilling contest to win the Rice Bowl national championship game for the first time in eight years with a 22-19 victory over collegiate champion Ritsumeikan University at Tokyo Dome on Sunday. Panasonic, ...

Super featherweight champion Uchiyama defends title for 11th time

Dec 31, 2015

Super featherweight champion Uchiyama defends title for 11th time

Hard hitter Takashi Uchiyama posted a third-round technical knockout victory over Oliver Flores on Thursday night, defending his WBA super featherweight title for the 11th time at Ota City General Gymnasium. It was another no-sweat performance for Uchiyama, who won his previous bout in ...

Kawabuchi using strength to spark basketball revival

Dec 31, 2015

Kawabuchi using strength to spark basketball revival

Japanese basketball marked an unprecedented dark year in 2015 as its national governing body was suspended by FIBA. It was a tough penalty handed down in November 2014. But now its leaders are attempting to take advantage of the chance to develop the sport ...

Uchiyama in prime condition ahead of title defense

Dec 30, 2015

Uchiyama in prime condition ahead of title defense

Japanese boxing great Takashi Uchiyama looked motivated on Wednesday as he made his final preparations to defend his WBA super featherweight belt for the 11th time against Nicaragua’s Oliver Flores at Ota General City Gymnasium on Thursday. One of the major reasons for this ...

Hachimura lifts Meisei High to Winter Cup three-peat

Dec 29, 2015

Hachimura lifts Meisei High to Winter Cup three-peat

High school phenom Rui Hachimura racked up 34 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks to lead Meisei High School to its third consecutive championship in the All-Japan High School Tournament with a 78-73 win over Tsuchiura Nihon University High School in the boys’ final ...

Gifu Girls dethrone Oka Gakuen

Dec 28, 2015

Gifu Girls dethrone Oka Gakuen

Gifu Girls High School exhibited produced impressive second-half comeback to end Oka Gakuen High School’s dominance with a 54-49 win in the girl’s championship game at the All-Japan High School Basketball Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday. Gifu Girls, which had two runnerup ...

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

Dec 27, 2015

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

Homare Sawa has always been regarded as a winner throughout her long career. And she was still thought of in that way when she left the pitch for the final time. Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, scored the game-winning ...