Past Olympians offer hoop advice

Feb 15, 2016

Past Olympians offer hoop advice

Former Olympians and administrators of Japanese basketball who are anxious about the future of the game in the country have come together to form the Japan Basketball Improvement Conference (JBIC), it was announced Monday. The JBIC was initially an informal gathering of former players ...

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki’s return to the team shows that she’s an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Feb 5, 2016

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Though he received widespread media exposure following his success at last fall’s Rugby World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru is a man of few words, at least publicly. He’s not reluctant to make media appearances. He’ll do it to promote the sport. But he just doesn’t ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

Jan 29, 2016

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

In Japanese basketball, teams usually ask import players to provide size and scoring ability. But what Tommy Brenton supplies is much more than that. Brenton is averaging just 8.7 points per game this season, but he has still found his comfort zone in his ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby’s banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba ...

Coaches recall trail-blazing '71 Utah State visit

Jan 20, 2016

Coaches recall trail-blazing '71 Utah State visit

Many people enjoy the convenience of today’s digital era, where they rely heavily on things like email, Facebook and Line to send messages. But before that, writing letters was a major method of connecting people. Mailing a letter in an envelope or a card ...

Gardner leads West past East in NBL All-Star Game

Jan 17, 2016

Gardner leads West past East in NBL All-Star Game

Let’s be honest — the game was dull for much of the time as the players abandoned defense and just tried to shoot 3-pointers or dunk the ball. But in the end they found their competitive spirit, and gave the audience some extra time ...