Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

Apr 25, 2014

Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

The Toyota Motors Alvark have clearly been the biggest story during the second half of the NBL’s 2013-14 season. This, of course, included Toyota’s impressive 28-game winning streak. On Friday night, the Toshiba Brave Thunders grabbed the spotlight from their Eastern Conference rivals and ...

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

Apr 14, 2014

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

While some veterans have shown signs of decline, several young Japanese swimmers have shown they have the potential to raise their level higher. Multi-event swimmer Kosuke Hagino is inarguably one of the youngsters who will lead the nation’s sport for years to come. At ...

Murata to face Nerio in fourth pro fight

Apr 14, 2014

Murata to face Nerio in fourth pro fight

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will take on Mexico’s Jesus Angel Nerio on May 22 in his fourth professional bout, his promotional team announced Monday. It will be a special event for Murata, who has gone 3-0 since turning pro last summer, because he returns ...

Irie captures eighth straight 200-meter backstroke title at nationals

Apr 13, 2014

Irie captures eighth straight 200-meter backstroke title at nationals

London Olympic silver medalist Ryosuke Irie kept his king status by out-performing rising star Kosuke Hagino in the men’s 200-meter backstroke final to highlight the last day of the 90th national swimming championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Sunday. Irie took the ...

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Apr 12, 2014

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Japan’s latest rising swim star Kosuke Hagino dominated the pool as he set a pair of national records in the third day of the 90th national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Saturday. The 19-year-old Toyo University student, who registered in six ...

Hagino wins showdown with Seto, takes 400 IM title at nationals

Apr 10, 2014

Hagino wins showdown with Seto, takes 400 IM title at nationals

Kosuke Hagino outraced defending world champion Daiya Seto in the men’s 400-meter individual medley final on the first day of the 90th Japan national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Thursday. Seto, who won the gold medal in the event at last ...

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 7, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...