WBC bantamweight champ Yamanaka to make ninth title defense on Sept. 22

Jul 10, 2015

WBC bantamweight champ Yamanaka to make ninth title defense on Sept. 22

WBC bantamweight world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will face former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium on Sept. 22, Teiken Promotions announced on Friday. Yamanaka (23-0-2) will make his ninth title defense, and Moreno, a Panamanian, will arguably be his ...

V-League stars hit beach for special exhibition

Jul 6, 2015

V-League stars hit beach for special exhibition

The V-League players got out of the gym and hit the sand this past weekend. The Japan Volleyball Association and Japan Volleyball League Organization hosted a four-on-four men’s beach volleyball event called the V-League Summer Festival featuring players from Japan’s top circuit in Tokyo ...

Japan hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

Jul 2, 2015

Japan hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

Former New York Knicks assistant coach Jerry Dunn says that the team’s star forward, Carmelo Anthony, is “very misunderstood” by the public. Currently in Tokyo as a special adviser during the Japan women’s national team’s ongoing training camp, Dunn insisted that Anthony, one of ...

Terao invited to train with Islanders again

Jun 26, 2015

Terao invited to train with Islanders again

Nikko Ice Bucks youngster Yuri Terao has been invited to the New York Islanders rookie minicamp next month, the club announced last week. It will be the second consecutive year Terao will join the rookie camp for the NHL’s Eastern Conference team, which formed ...

Future looking bright for Japanese men's basketball

Jun 22, 2015

Future looking bright for Japanese men's basketball

It may not happen right away, but Japan’s men’s basketball looks set to go nowhere but up. And at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could field a “Japanese dream team” with exceptional talents, such as Yuta Watanabe, Yuki Togashi and Rui Hachimura. ...

Kurihara aims high for national team, NFL aspirations

Jun 16, 2015

Kurihara aims high for national team, NFL aspirations

Reaching the NFL is every football player’s dream. And that’s no exception for Takashi Kurihara. He wants to be the first Japanese player to make it there. But that doesn’t mean he will take the IFAF World Championship lightly. After all, Kurihara will don ...

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

Jun 14, 2015

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

The NBL’s Chiba Jets have hired former Japan men’s national team head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic as their new bench boss, the Eastern Conference club announced on Sunday. The 64-year-old Croatian established his name during a long coaching career in Europe. His successes include a ...