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 ...

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 6, 2014

Light flyweight 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 ...

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

Apr 4, 2014

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

While the National Basketball League of Japan is essentially the rebranded Japan Basketball League, there’s one distinguishing aspect that is different from before — it’s a foreign coach-filled league. Currently, nine of the 12 teams have foreign bench bosses in the NBL, which began ...

Football camp chief thinks outside box

Mar 22, 2014

Football camp chief thinks outside box

As a player, Tomotsuna Inoue wasn’t able to fulfill his wish to reach the NFL. But his dream continues, now as someone who presents a chance for Japanese youngsters to achieve that big goal. Inoue has organized Tomotsuna Academy Football Camp as its director ...