Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Jan 4, 2015

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Rui “Louis” Hachimura is the next big thing coming out of Japan, and many are already paying attention to the 16-year-old basketball player’s post-high school career. In fact, Hachimura, who was born to a Japanese mother and a father from Benin, has publicly stated ...

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Dec 31, 2014

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Takashi Uchiyama had his first bout of 2014 on the very final day of the year. In fact, it was his first fight in exactly a year, since last New Year’s Eve. That long layoff didn’t bother the 35-year-old champion, however. Uchiyama defended his ...

Hachimura delivers as Meisei claims high school title

Dec 29, 2014

Hachimura delivers as Meisei claims high school title

Louis Hachimura and Meisei High School came through at the right time — when the championship banner was on the line. With less than a minute left in the game, big man Hachimura blocked a dunk and then moments later made the game-winning basket ...

Oka Gakuen beats Showa Gakuin for Winter Cup girls title

Dec 28, 2014

Oka Gakuen beats Showa Gakuin for Winter Cup girls title

After the game, Shinichi Inoue, longtime head coach for the Oka Gakuen High School girls basketball team, said that his team was “still weak.” The team may not have received enough compliments from its boss. But it will bring another championship banner back to ...

Gordon stars on big stage

Dec 17, 2014

Gordon stars on big stage

In a marquee matchup of American quarterbacks, which likely led fans to expect an aerial game, running back Gino Gordon stole the show with his stellar performance on the ground. Gordon rushed for 112 yards and scored four touchdowns to guide the Fujitsu Frontiers ...

Former NFL player, coach Kaumeyer helps boost Fujitsu's defense

Dec 13, 2014

Former NFL player, coach Kaumeyer helps boost Fujitsu's defense

The Fujitsu Frontiers have found some missing pieces to the puzzle and are a completely different —and better — team this year. And those pieces aren’t just newly acquired American players in quarterback Colby Cameron and defensive end Austin Flynn, both of whom participated ...

Ice Bucks strive to build brand, promote league

Dec 12, 2014

Ice Bucks strive to build brand, promote league

“Hard work, every day.” Huge orange banners bearing this phrase hang majestically on the walls and from the ceiling of the Nikko Kirifuri Ice Arena, the home of the Nikko Ice Bucks hockey club. The motto may sound like a cliche for a sports ...

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

Dec 6, 2014

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” was playing in the arena. The Tsukuba Robots intentionally did so and that was their message: they have made a fresh start. The Ibaraki Prefecture-based team played its first game under new management on Saturday, two days after it ...