Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

Dec 17, 2013

Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

Veteran long-distance runner Kayoko Fukushi received the athlete of the year trophy and high school sensation Yoshihide Kiryu also grabbed the spotlight with two accolades at the annual JAAF Athletic Awards on Tuesday. Fukushi, who nabbed the award for the first time, claimed a ...

Toshiba rolls to 13th straight victory

Dec 14, 2013

Toshiba rolls to 13th straight victory

Brave Thunders big man Nick Fazekas racked up 26 points and 16 rebounds to help Toshiba extend its winning streak to 13 with an 89-80 win over the Mitsubishi Electric Dolphins at Torodoki Arena on Saturday. Swingman Cedric Bozeman followed his compatriot with 18 ...

Kanamaru drills late 3-pointer to lead Aisin past Toyota

Dec 13, 2013

Kanamaru drills late 3-pointer to lead Aisin past Toyota

Aisin sharpshooter Kosuke Kanamaru hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in the final quarter to propel the SeaHorses to a 78-76 win over the Toyota Motors Alvark in NBL interconference action at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Friday night. Kanamaru, who ...

Koshien Bowl enjoys long, rich history

Dec 11, 2013

Koshien Bowl enjoys long, rich history

Located on the outskirts of Osaka with a unique ambience, Koshien Stadium is the symbolic sports icon in Japan. But it doesn’t represent just baseball. It has a significant meaning here for American football and is considered the mecca of the sport, just like ...

Murata learning lessons as pro

Dec 7, 2013

Murata learning lessons as pro

Ryota Murata learned many valuable lessons from the second professional fight of his career on Friday in Tokyo. The 27-year-old finished Dave Peterson, of the United States, with an eighth-round technical knockout to win in front of the large crowd that gathered at Ryogoku ...

Yaegashi, Murata post wins in boxing extravaganza

Dec 6, 2013

Yaegashi, Murata post wins in boxing extravaganza

It was a night that core Japanese boxing fans couldn’t take their eyes off the action for even a second. And they were fortunate that all the local stars left the ring as the winners. WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi retained his belt by ...

Kiryu reflects on special year

Dec 4, 2013

Kiryu reflects on special year

It feels like track phenom Yoshihide Kiryu has been in the spotlight longer than he has been. But his breakout year was 2013, which is, of course, this year. Yes, it was only seven months ago that many first heard this teenager’s name. Kiryu, ...

Japan relay squad striving for consistent success

Dec 2, 2013

Japan relay squad striving for consistent success

Competing as a team is something Japan is good at in sports. So why not do so in track and field? With the IAAF World Relays set to be inaugurated in Nassau, Bahamas, next May, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations has decided to ...