Gonzalez knocks out Yaegashi in ninth round for WBC flyweight title

Sep 6, 2014

Gonzalez knocks out Yaegashi in ninth round for WBC flyweight title

It was what some boxing fanatics would call a “barnburner.” Nicaragua’s undefeated fighter Roman Gonzalez earned a third world title belt with a ninth-round victory over WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Friday night. Gonzalez, a former champion ...

Seward out to have big impact in Japan

Sep 1, 2014

Seward out to have big impact in Japan

Kyoto University’s football team recently revealed that it had acquired Adam Seward, a former NFL player, as its new linebackers coach — perhaps the biggest news before the Kansai collegiate season kicked off this past weekend. And as much as the Gangsters — and ...

Oga recognizes value of physical play

Aug 30, 2014

Oga recognizes value of physical play

Star guard Yuko Oga insists the Japan’s women’s national team will show off a new style in Turkey at the FIBA World Championship for Women, which tips off late next month. How, physically speaking, is that possible? It may sound positive to hear something ...

MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

Aug 20, 2014

MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

As the Nichibei Yakyu extravaganza returns for the first time in eight years, Major League Baseball looks set to bring a serious squad to Japan come November. Three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols, currently of the Los Angeles Angels, and six-time All-Star Robinson Cano ...

Togashi shining for Japan after Summer League success

Aug 12, 2014

Togashi shining for Japan after Summer League success

Asked if he’s gotten noticed by ordinary people on the street more often than before, point guard Yuki Togashi replied with a mild smile, saying, “Not so much.” Well, it’s kind of understandable. Standing only 167 cm, Togashi doesn’t have an imposing physique that ...

New challenges for Takeuchi, Okada

| Jul 31, 2014

New challenges for Takeuchi, Okada

Because of the disparity in the talent pool, the National Basketball League ended up with enormous gaps between the elite teams and weaker teams during its inaugural 2013-14 season. But Year Two may be a little different. Since the offseason officially began at the ...

Murata scheduled to fight Mexican Luna on Sept. 5

Jul 24, 2014

Murata scheduled to fight Mexican Luna on Sept. 5

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will square off against Mexico’s Adrian Luna on Sept. 5 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in his fifth professional fight, his management team, Teiken Promotions, announced on Thursday. Japanese world champions Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue were previously scheduled ...

Murata determined to make major impact

Jul 21, 2014

Murata determined to make major impact

For Ryota Murata, the middleweight gold medal he earned in London wields power. Now a professional boxer, Murata has quickly transformed himself into a national icon in his Olympic-crazed homeland. His public presence isn’t just limited to the boxing ring. Murata has also become ...

Merger talks going slowly

Jul 17, 2014

Merger talks going slowly

Japan Basketball Association officials said that they would actively keep discussing how to overcome the differences between the nation’s top two leagues in order to establish a new professional hoops circuit in two years. Hopefully they will really be able to unite the two ...