Jun 23, 2014

Irie rediscovers mojo after difficult year in pool

After a year of adversity, Japan’s top backstroke swimmer Ryosuke Irie is back in the spotlight, trying to once again be one of the world’s best. After his 200-meter backstroke race at the Japan Open on Sunday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Pool, Irie, who ...

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Jun 14, 2014

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Japan women’s national team star Yuko Oga angrily pointed at a banner that hung on the wall at a practice gym while she had a conversation with reporters. The banner reads: “Go For Olympics.” That’s easier said than done. Oga thinks that the Japan ...

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 ...