Sprinter Yamagata aims for success at Rio Games

Jun 30, 2016

Sprinter Yamagata aims for success at Rio Games

Despite coming up short in the national championships, Olympic-bound sprinter Ryota Yamagata has high expectations for himself at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games. The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up to Aska Cambridge by 0.01 seconds for a 10.17 mark in the men’s 100-meter final ...

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

Jun 29, 2016

Matsui happy to be Japan's sixth man

Keijuro Matsui isn’t quite like the rest of the 12 players on the Japan men’s national team for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. While his teammates are starters for their respective clubs, that is not the case for Matsui. The 30-year-old shooting ...

Team trainer Nakayama revels in Cavaliers' long-awaited championship

Jun 25, 2016

Team trainer Nakayama revels in Cavaliers' long-awaited championship

As players get bigger, stronger and faster, it’s inevitable the world’s top athletes will need support from athletic trainers, strength coaches and therapists as they try to accomplish great feats. Yusuke Nakayama is one the people the Cleveland Cavaliers’ players have turned to the ...

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

Jun 23, 2016

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

George Washington standout Yuta Watanabe, veteran star guard Yuta Tabuse and the Takeuchi twins (Joji and Kosuke) will lead the “Akatsuki Five” as Japan men’s national team head coach Kenji Hasegawa on Thursday revealed his final roster for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes ...

Lost Kawasaki circuit paved way for Japanese auto racing

Jun 22, 2016

Lost Kawasaki circuit paved way for Japanese auto racing

On a mildly humid, but pleasant, sunny June Saturday, many people flocked to the large area near the Maruko bridge, which crosses the Tama River in Shin Maruko, in Kawasaki’s Nakahara Ward, to enjoy an early-summer weekend. There were little boys playing baseball on ...

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Japan’s track and field icon is back. Koji Murofushi, a two-time Olympic medalist in the men’s hammer throw, has been more of a scholar and sports administrator in the last couple of years. But now the time has come to take off his suit, ...

B. League teams to play 60 games in first season

Jun 10, 2016

B. League teams to play 60 games in first season

The B. League unveiled its inaugural regular-season schedule, which begins this fall, on Friday. The 2016-17 season will start in late September and end in early May. Each team in the first (B1) and second divisions (B2) will play 60 games during the regular ...