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Japan women hold off Taiwan, book spot in FIBA Asia final

The Japan women’s national basketball team dominated key stretches of the first and fourth quarters en route to a 65-58 triumph over Taiwan in the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship semifinals on Friday in Wuhan, China. Ramu Tokashiki and Sanae Motokawa each had 15 points to lead Japan, which took a ...

Aug 31, 2015

Japan women beat India by 100 points

The Japan national team overwhelmed India at the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship on Sunday in Wuhan, China, winning 131-31 in a Group A game. Six players scored in double figures for Japan, including Mio Shinozaki, who had 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and Mika ...

Aug 29, 2015

Japan women prevail against South Korea in FIBA Asia opener

The Japan women’s national team began defense of its FIBA Asia Women’s Championship title from 2013 with a 59-53 Group A victory over South Korea on Saturday in Wuhan, China. Ramu Tokashiki and Sanae Motokawa had 12 points apiece for Japan, which led 31-30 ...

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

Aug 29, 2015

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

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The Japan Professional Basketball League revealed which divisions the remaining 25 clubs have been allocated to for the new men’s professional circuit, which tips off in 2016, at a Tokyo news conference on Saturday. Assignments for 20 clubs had already been announced in late ...

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

Aug 28, 2015

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

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An unexpected hero in June’s NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala made his first visit to Japan with both the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and his Finals MVP Trophy in tow on the NBA Clutch Time Trophy Tour earlier this week. “It’s ...

Former NBA star 'Chocolate Thunder' Dawkins dies

Aug 28, 2015

Former NBA star 'Chocolate Thunder' Dawkins dies

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could ...

Aug 27, 2015

Former Kentucky hoop standout Tsioropoulos dies at 84

Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky’s 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten ’53-’54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84. Tsioropoulos’ nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died ...

Aug 26, 2015

NBA fines Clippers for Jordan pitch

The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month. The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a ...

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 ...