Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

May 2, 2016

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

Judo had always been a reliable provider of Olympic medals for Japan since the sport was first officially included in the 1964 Tokyo Games. But that stability wavered four years ago at the London Olympics. For the first time ever, Japan’s men failed to ...

Corrales stuns reigning champion Uchiyama in second round

Apr 27, 2016

Corrales stuns reigning champion Uchiyama in second round

WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of Panama’s Jezreel Corrales on Wednesday, ending his more than six-year reign atop the division. Corrales, the interim champion, knocked Uchiyama down three times in Round 2 and referee Robert Hoyle, ...

Uchiyama unfazed ahead of 12th straight title defense

Apr 26, 2016

Uchiyama unfazed ahead of 12th straight title defense

Takashi Uchiyama, Japan’s “KO Dynamite,” looked relaxed as usual on Tuesday, even with his 12th consecutive WBA super featherweight title defense at stake the next day. Uchiyama (24-0-1) will take on Panama’s Jezreel Corrales (19-1) on Wednesday night at Ota City General Gymnasium, while ...

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

Apr 26, 2016

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

Japan’s Olympic-bound women’s national basketball team has entered its second training camp in Tokyo, with Phoenix Suns assistant Corey Gaines as a guest coach. Gaines, a former guard for four NBA teams as well as the now-defunct Japan Energy Griffins, is expected to teach ...

Trail-blazer Shojima looking to make history with UCLA

Apr 17, 2016

Trail-blazer Shojima looking to make history with UCLA

Tatsuaki Shojima is another polite, mild-mannered young man, just like many other Japanese guys. But there’s one thing that sets him apart from the rest of his countrymen: Shojima is going to play football for the UCLA Bruins. The 22-year-old offensive lineman enrolled at ...

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

Apr 13, 2016

Suns assistant Gaines to guest-coach Japan

Corey Gaines, a Phoenix Suns assistant who formerly played in Japan, will be invited to coach the Japanese women’s national team, team assistant Tom Hovasse revealed on Tuesday. Gaines will join the women’s team, which has already secured a spot at this summer’s Rio ...

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

Apr 11, 2016

Japan confirms swimming team for Rio Olympics

The Japan Swimming Federation officially announced its national team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday. Medal hopefuls such as Kosuke Hagino, Ryosuke Irie, Kanako Watanabe and Rie Kaneto will lead the 34 representatives — the second-biggest team in Japan’s Olympic history. ...