Sports Agency chief Suzuki getting to grips with task

May 18, 2016

Sports Agency chief Suzuki getting to grips with task

With this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics just around the corner, sports are currently very much in the spotlight. Having been involved in sports for decades, both as an Olympic swimmer and administrator, 2016 is a key year for Daichi Suzuki, the inaugural commissioner ...

Former UCLA quarterback Neuheisel embracing Japanese challenge

May 17, 2016

Former UCLA quarterback Neuheisel embracing Japanese challenge

American quarterback Jerry Neuheisel made his debut with the Obic Seagulls, a powerhouse Japanese football squad, on Saturday in a Pearl Bowl spring tournament game against the All-Mitsubishi Lions. Neuheisel, a former UCLA Bruin, threw a 67-yard touchdown pass on his very first play, ...

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

May 12, 2016

Alvark, Brex enter NBL playoffs as top teams

Before the B. League, a brand-new men’s top hoop circuit in Japan, tips off next season, the NBL launches its playoffs this weekend. The Toyota Alvark and Link Tochigi Brex, who battled for the top spot in the standings throughout the regular season, are ...

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

May 11, 2016

Hachimura cleared to enroll at Gonzaga

Japanese basketball standout Rui Hachimura announced on Wednesday that he has met the academic requirements to enroll at Gonzaga University and could begin playing for the school’s basketball team as early as this fall. Hachimura, who committed to the Bulldogs last year, said that ...

Australia crushes Japan in exhibition

May 9, 2016

Australia crushes Japan in exhibition

Big center Elizabeth Cambage racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Australian women’s national team cruised past Japan 81-55 in the second game of their three-game exhibition series at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Monday night. Shooting guard Katie Rae ...

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, ...