Volleyball coach Sato speaks out after dismissal

Feb 7, 2014

Volleyball coach Sato speaks out after dismissal

You are given a big project and asked for a long-term commitment. And then you are ousted based on your short-term showing? It just doesn’t sound right. But that was apparently what happened between the Japan Volleyball Association and Gary Sato. Late last month, ...

Nanbu takes control of men's national volleyball team

Feb 6, 2014

Nanbu takes control of men's national volleyball team

A day after the stunning news of Gary Sato’s dismissal, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Thursday that Masashi Nanbu would replace the American as the men’s national team head coach. Nanbu, who currently serves as head coach of the Panasonic Panthers of the V ...

Watanabe opts to go to George Washington U.

Feb 5, 2014

Watanabe opts to go to George Washington U.

Japanese basketball phenom Yuta Watanabe will commit to George Washington University next season, he revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday. “I’ve decided to go to George Washington University,” Watanabe tweeted. “The school has a good basketball team, too. I’m sure I’ll have hard ...

X League's Deers begin new life as club team

Jan 31, 2014

X League's Deers begin new life as club team

In 2014, the Deers will play in new colors — orange and white. Formerly known as the Kajima Deers, the X League football club announced Thursday that it is to become the Lixil Deers. Earlier last year, the team was told by its parent ...

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Jan 20, 2014

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Putting his honorable nickname behind him, Kenichi Sako is beginning a new adventure, though it may not proceed as smoothly as it did when he was a player. Sako, who was known as “Mr. Basketball” during his glorious career as a player in Japan, ...

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 17, 2014

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

People don’t remember Hideo Nomo by his records. They remember him as a trailblazer. And that’s enough to get him into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. The former starting pitcher in both Japan and the major leagues was selected by the Players Selection ...

Toshiba edges Toyota Motors for Emperor's Cup title

Jan 13, 2014

Toshiba edges Toyota Motors for Emperor's Cup title

When a big title is on the line, a winner is often decided by how resilient it is. On Monday afternoon, both the Toshiba Brave Thunders and Toyota Motors Alvark exhibited this before a big crowd of over 7,500 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. But ...