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.

Beck, Oga looking to change women's basketball culture

Oct 18, 2015

Beck, Oga looking to change women's basketball culture

First in a two-part series New bench boss Don Beck has set a noble goal for his Toyota Antelopes team in the Women’s Japan Basketball League this season. That doesn’t refer to just a championship. Beck intends to bring a positive culture into the ...

Brave Blossoms determined to capitalize on rugby boom

Oct 14, 2015

Brave Blossoms determined to capitalize on rugby boom

Around 500 fans were waiting for the Brave Blossoms at Haneda airport on Tuesday, dousing them in a flood of camera flashlights. And then a couple of hours later, roughly 300 reporters and 30 television cameras gathered to report on the team and its ...

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

Oct 9, 2015

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

The Toshiba Brave Thunders survived a late surge by the Hitachi Sunrockers and capped a 70-69 win in their NBL season-opening game on Friday night at Ota City General Gymnasium. Nick Fazekas led Toshiba with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and newcomer Brian Butch ...

Kokubo revals Japan's 28-man squad for Premier 12 tournament

Oct 9, 2015

Kokubo revals Japan's 28-man squad for Premier 12 tournament

Samurai Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo announced his 28-man final squad for next month’s WSBC Premier 12 on Friday. As expected, Kokubo selected nationwide stars like Kenta Maeda, Shohei Otani, Sho Nakata, Tetsuto Yamada and Yuki Yanagita as his team’s core players. Kokubo also added ...

NBL teams determined to claim title in final season

Oct 7, 2015

NBL teams determined to claim title in final season

The NBL will begin its 2015-16 season this weekend with all 12 clubs looking to conclude the league’s final campaign on a high note before Japan’s new pro circuit, the B. League, tips off next fall. The 2015-16 season will presumably be more competitive ...

Biracial athletes making strides in changing Japanese society

Oct 4, 2015

Biracial athletes making strides in changing Japanese society

This summer, a pair of young biracial Japanese athletes drew widespread attention, an indication that the nation’s sports scene has entered a new era. Sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, a 16-year-old born to a Japanese mother and Ghanian father, triumphed in the 100 and ...

Eto, Kimura await world-title bouts in Sendai

Oct 1, 2015

Eto, Kimura await world-title bouts in Sendai

Boxers Koki Eto and Yu Kimura wil enter the ring in Sendai for world-title shots in late November, Teiken Promotions announced on Thursday. Eto will square off against WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico, while Kimura will challenge WBC light flyweight title ...

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Sep 29, 2015

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Star guard Yuki Togashi has signed with the Chiba Jets, the NBL Eastern Conference club announced on Monday. Togashi was released from Italian Serie A club Dinamo Sassari, with whom the 22-year-old had signed a preseason contract, last week. “I’m grateful to the Chiba ...