Levanga coach Perez airs NBL frustrations

Apr 28, 2014

Levanga coach Perez airs NBL frustrations

As their season came to an end having missed a playoff berth on Sunday, Levanga Hokkaido’s Spanish bench boss Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez poured out his thoughts in an almost furious fashion. Although Perez did not necessarily identify it as something that cost the ...

Levanga miss playoff place despite dramatic victory

Apr 27, 2014

Levanga miss playoff place despite dramatic victory

As the final buzzer rang, the Levanga players on the bench ran up to the players on the floor to celebrate their dramatic 63-62 victory over the Hitachi Sunrockers on the final day of the National Basketball League regular season. But the sad reality ...

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

Apr 26, 2014

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

The Levanga Hokkaido are still alive in the postseason hunt. Hokkaido cruised past the Hitachi Sunrockers 69-50 at Ota City General Gymnasium on Saturday to tie the Link Tochigi Brex. The Brex lost 93-88 to the Chiba Jets, in the Eastern Conference standings, and ...

Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

Apr 25, 2014

Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

The Toyota Motors Alvark have clearly been the biggest story during the second half of the NBL’s 2013-14 season. This, of course, included Toyota’s impressive 28-game winning streak. On Friday night, the Toshiba Brave Thunders grabbed the spotlight from their Eastern Conference rivals and ...

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

Apr 15, 2014

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

Rizing Fukuoka president Go Takenaka was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee on suspicion of embezzling ¥380 million. The alleged illegal activities took place in July and ...

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

Apr 14, 2014

Hagino's grand ambition on display during nationals

While some veterans have shown signs of decline, several young Japanese swimmers have shown they have the potential to raise their level higher. Multi-event swimmer Kosuke Hagino is inarguably one of the youngsters who will lead the nation’s sport for years to come. At ...

Murata to face Nerio in fourth pro fight

Apr 14, 2014

Murata to face Nerio in fourth pro fight

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will take on Mexico’s Jesus Angel Nerio on May 22 in his fourth professional bout, his promotional team announced Monday. It will be a special event for Murata, who has gone 3-0 since turning pro last summer, because he returns ...

Irie captures eighth straight 200-meter backstroke title at nationals

Apr 13, 2014

Irie captures eighth straight 200-meter backstroke title at nationals

London Olympic silver medalist Ryosuke Irie kept his king status by out-performing rising star Kosuke Hagino in the men’s 200-meter backstroke final to highlight the last day of the 90th national swimming championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Sunday. Irie took the ...