Otani lives up to top billing in Premier 12 opener

Nov 9, 2015

Otani lives up to top billing in Premier 12 opener

That’s what you call dominance. Shohei Otani, the baby-faced assassin of the Japan national team, was the king of the mound against South Korea in Sunday’s tournament opener at the inaugural Premier 12 at Sapporo Dome. The 21-year-old right-hander blanked the Koreans, fanning 10 ...

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

Nov 7, 2015

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

One day before the inaugural Premier 12 debuts, Japan national baseball team manager Hiroki Kokubo and South Korea skipper Kim In-sik addressed the media at a Sapporo hotel on Saturday evening. “As it’s finally beginning, we’re thrilled,” Kokubo said. “It’s the first tournament, but ...

Foreign quarterbacks raising standards in X League

Nov 2, 2015

Foreign quarterbacks raising standards in X League

In Japanese football’s eight decades of history, the last few years have clearly been an epoch-making period because of one trend: an influx of American quarterbacks. Since the IBM BigBlue became the first team to have an American — Kevin Craft — at the ...

Top League looking to capitalize on Rugby World Cup fever

Nov 2, 2015

Top League looking to capitalize on Rugby World Cup fever

Top League stars, including some of Japan’s Rugby World Cup heroes, assembled for a news conference in Tokyo on Monday as the 2015-16 season prepares to kick off around the nation on Nov. 13. After the Japan national team’s historic success at the World ...

Anderson having instant impact for Rise in X League

Oct 21, 2015

Anderson having instant impact for Rise in X League

Young quarterback Benjamin Anderson tried to make it to the NFL as a free agent this past spring, but it just didn’t work out. A few months later, he is under center taking snaps in the cozy city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. Anderson, a ...

Antelopes' new approach revolutionizing women's hoops

Oct 19, 2015

Antelopes' new approach revolutionizing women's hoops

Veteran bench boss Don Beck intends to play a transition game around solid defense for the Toyota Antelopes of the Women's Japan Basketball League in his first season in charge, like he did while coaching the Toyota Alvark men's team from 2010-15.