Kawasaki's Spangler adapting to B. League

Nov 1, 2016

Kawasaki's Spangler adapting to B. League

Until this past spring, forward Ryan Spangler played in a crimson-colored jersey for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Half a year later, he’s still wearing the same color jersey — but now he’s playing for the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in the B. League. Spangler ...

Fighters' Nakata thrives in role as cleanup hitter

Oct 27, 2016

Fighters' Nakata thrives in role as cleanup hitter

Since the Japan Series began last Saturday, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama has repeatedly indicated that he wouldn’t hesitate to change the batting order on his lineup card in order to give his team the best chance to win. And that’s what ...

Carp legend Kuroda takes potential curtain call in stride

Oct 26, 2016

Carp legend Kuroda takes potential curtain call in stride

Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda gave a phenomenal performance in what could be the final outing of his storied professional career in Tuesday’s Game 3 of the Japan Series against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome. The 41-year-old went 5⅔ innings, allowing ...

Former champ Uchiyama awaits return to ring on New Year's Eve

Oct 21, 2016

Former champ Uchiyama awaits return to ring on New Year's Eve

When he took a defeat against ferocious challenger Jezreel Corrales in April, Takashi Uchiyama lost multiple things at once, not just the WBA super featherweight belt. It marked the first “L” for Uchiyama in his professional career, and his consecutive world title defenses was ...

Rising star Nishioka stepping out of Nishikori's shadow

Oct 12, 2016

Rising star Nishioka stepping out of Nishikori's shadow

There’s absolutely no doubt that the current rise in popularity of Japanese tennis stemmed from Kei Nishikori, whose name is now synonymous with the sport in this country. Youngster Yoshihito Nishioka, Nishikori’s compatriot, fully agrees and is pleased that tennis is gaining attention in ...

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

Oct 12, 2016

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

As a two-time WJBL MVP and a Seattle Storm player, Ramu Tokashiki is undoubtedly the biggest star in Japanese women’s basketball right now. But even for a superwoman like her, it’s not easy to adjust while playing in two different leagues. After the Storm ...