Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

Nov 19, 2014

Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

Shohei Otani exhibited some of the immaturity of a 20-year-old pitcher but also some of the potential that could eventually see him playing on American soil. Looking on the bright side, Otani, who started for Samurai Japan in its 3-1 defeat in Game 5 ...

Murata determined to tame 'Beast' Nicklow

Nov 11, 2014

Murata determined to tame 'Beast' Nicklow

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will be in the ring for his sixth professional fight, against the United States’ Jessie Nicklow, while former double weight-class champion Jorge Linares will take on Javier Prieto for the WBC lightweight title at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Dec. 30, ...

NBL executive Yamaya steps down; president Maruo plans to quit

Oct 29, 2014

NBL executive Yamaya steps down; president Maruo plans to quit

NBL executive Takashi Yamaya stepped down as chief operating officer, while league president Mitsuru Maruo also expressed his intention of resigning, the league announced on Wednesday. The league issued a statement that the two made the decision to take responsibility for the the managerial ...

JBA head Fukatsu to resign

Oct 23, 2014

JBA head Fukatsu to resign

Japan Basketball Association president Yasuhiko Fukatsu announced his resignation from the helm during a Tokyo news conference on Thursday with the sport’s national governing body likely to face a ban from FIBA. Fukatsu said that during a JBA board meeting on the same day ...

Yamanaka defends belt against gritty Suriyan

Oct 23, 2014

Yamanaka defends belt against gritty Suriyan

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka fell short of posting another KO win in a world title bout, but managed to retain his belt for the seventh consecutive time by defeating Thailand’s Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in an unanimous decision (114-110, 116-108, 115-109) at Yoyogi National ...