Jun 23, 2014

Irie rediscovers mojo after difficult year in pool

After a year of adversity, Japan’s top backstroke swimmer Ryosuke Irie is back in the spotlight, trying to once again be one of the world’s best. After his 200-meter backstroke race at the Japan Open on Sunday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Pool, Irie, who ...

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Jun 14, 2014

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Japan women’s national team star Yuko Oga angrily pointed at a banner that hung on the wall at a practice gym while she had a conversation with reporters. The banner reads: “Go For Olympics.” That’s easier said than done. Oga thinks that the Japan ...

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

Jun 12, 2014

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

After an ultra-successful start in the National Basketball League, the cash-strapped Wakayama Trians are implementing big budget cuts for the upcoming season. Major changes within the organization, which is coming off a 41-13 regular season in which it won the NBL’s Western Conference crown ...

Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

May 27, 2014

Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

Antonio Lang has been dismissed as head coach of the the NBL’s Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, The Japan Times has learned. A source familiar with the situation said that the Nagoya-based team told the American coach that it would part ways with him after four ...

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

May 24, 2014

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

They had the best record during the regular season (46-8), produced the league’s best player, and swept through the conference finals. Now they’ve added one last dominating victory in the championship round. It’s just been that kind of a year for the Toshiba Brave ...