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 ...

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

May 4, 2014

Brex beat Alvark to tie semifinal series

The Brex players gave it their all for the entire game, and sent their loyal fans nuts with an emotional victory. Guard Hironori Watanabe had a team-high 23 points, going 3-for-6 from outside the 3-point arc, and veteran big man Daiji Yamada gave the ...

Alvark clobber Brex in teams' playoff opener

May 3, 2014

Alvark clobber Brex in teams' playoff opener

Though they dealt with some threatening moments, the Toyota Motors Alvark buckled down when it mattered most and came out on top in the end. American Jeff Gibbs had a double-double performance with 22 points and 15 rebounds, followed by compatriot Philip Ricci, who ...

Fazekas named NBL MVP

May 1, 2014

Fazekas named NBL MVP

Toshiba Brave Thunders center Nick Fazekas was voted the NBL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 regular season, the league announced on Thursday. The 210-cm Fazekas led the 12-team league with 26.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for the Brave Thunders, who had ...

Levanga coach Perez airs NBL frustrations

Apr 28, 2014

Levanga coach Perez airs NBL frustrations

As their season came to an end having missed a playoff berth on Sunday, Levanga Hokkaido’s Spanish bench boss Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez poured out his thoughts in an almost furious fashion. Although Perez did not necessarily identify it as something that cost the ...

Levanga miss playoff place despite dramatic victory

Apr 27, 2014

Levanga miss playoff place despite dramatic victory

As the final buzzer rang, the Levanga players on the bench ran up to the players on the floor to celebrate their dramatic 63-62 victory over the Hitachi Sunrockers on the final day of the National Basketball League regular season. But the sad reality ...

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

Apr 26, 2014

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

The Levanga Hokkaido are still alive in the postseason hunt. Hokkaido cruised past the Hitachi Sunrockers 69-50 at Ota City General Gymnasium on Saturday to tie the Link Tochigi Brex. The Brex lost 93-88 to the Chiba Jets, in the Eastern Conference standings, and ...