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Holm excited about return to Sendai

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Chris Holm, an integral part of the Sendai 89ers’ success during the final years of the Honoo Hamaguchi era, is returning to the Tohoku-based club. The veteran center finalized a deal with the 89ers for the 2015-16 season, the team recently announced. One of the premier rebounders in league history, ...

Aug 25, 2015

Kirilenko named new Russian Basketball Federation chief

Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko has been elected president of the troubled Russian Basketball Federation. The ex-Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets small forward, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA, was elected unopposed at a conference Tuesday in Moscow — hours after his only ...

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Aug 25, 2015

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

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Less than a week before the Japan women’s national team begins competing at the FIBA Asia Championship, Seattle Storm rookie Ramu Tokashiki returned home to join the squad. Her WNBA club, meanwhile, has seven games remaining this season. On the court one day after ...

Aug 21, 2015

Broncos signee Uhle, 22, dies in Atlanta

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A prospective Saitama Broncos player for the upcoming season has died before his professional career began. Center Chris Uhle, who attended NCAA Division II Rollins College, passed away at age 22 on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack, according to published reports in Florida. ...

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Aug 21, 2015

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

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Star players Ramu Tokashiki and Asami Yoshida are the headliners for Hayabusa Japan for the upcoming FIBA Asia Women’s Championship. The Japan Basketball Association announced the 12-woman roster on Friday, and Japan enters the tournament in Wuhan, China, as the reigning champion. Japan captured ...

Aug 20, 2015

Duncan receives Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

Tim Duncan has given up millions in salary to give the San Antonio Spurs the cap space needed to re-sign teammates and add players such as LaMarcus Aldridge. And Duncan has deferred offensively to teammates like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard despite averaging 19.5 ...

Aug 20, 2015

Sixers' Embiid to miss 2015-16 season

Joel Embiid will have to wait at least one more season to start his NBA career. Embiid, the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers center, is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. His recovery should take five to eight months, ...

Shaq insists a young MJ would beat LeBron one-on-one

Aug 18, 2015

Shaq insists a young MJ would beat LeBron one-on-one

Shaquille O’Neal weighed into basketball’s great debate on Tuesday when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one — but added that both were outshone by the legendary Dr. J. O’Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both ...

Aug 18, 2015

Kukoc back with Bulls as adviser

Toni Kukoc has been hired by the Chicago Bulls as a special adviser to the team president. Kukoc helped the Bulls win three championships. President Michael Reinsdorf says Kukoc’s duties will be “wide-ranging,” from relating to international players to talking to business partners and ...

Aug 18, 2015

Oden signs with Chinese team

Injury-plagued former No.1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will try to relaunch his career in China after signing for the Jiangsu Dragons, U.S. reports said Monday. Oden, snapped up by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 draft, has signed a one-year deal worth ...

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

Aug 15, 2015

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

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A stingy defensive effort by the Japan men’s basketball team paid off as the home team cruised past the Czech Republic 65-54 in the second game of their three-game exhibition series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Big man Joji Takeuchi led ...