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Sep 13, 2016

Furukawa lifts Japan past Iraq with late jumper

A clutch Takatoshi Furukawa corner jumper with just four seconds remaining capped off a big comeback and lifted Japan to a 67-65 win over Iraq in their second-round opener at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Monday. Furukawa’s game winner, which was assisted ...

Shaq, Iverson headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

Sep 10, 2016

Shaq, Iverson headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

When Shaquille O’Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction. Friday night when his son became a Hall of Famer, it was realized. Shaq and Allen Iverson headlined the 10-member Class of 2016 enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. ...

Sep 9, 2016

South Korea tops Japan in FIBA Asia Challenge opener

Despite getting a 29-point performance from Makoto Hiejima, Japan was unable to beat South Korea in its FIBA Asia Challenge tournament Group D opener, losing 80-73 in Tehran on Friday. With a number of new faces wearing the Japanese colors in the 12-team tournament, ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

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The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...

Japanese men search for ways to improve

Sep 5, 2016

Japanese men search for ways to improve

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Even when you possess elite skills, physicality and elaborate Xs and Os, if you don’t have a burning desire to win, you’ll just waste those gifts. That’s one of the concerns of Japan men’s national basketball team head coach Kenji Hasegawa. “Physicality, height, the ...

Sep 3, 2016

NBA vet Barron signs with Toyama

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The Toyama Grouses on Saturday announced the signing of veteran NBA center Earl Barron to a contract for the 2016-17 season. The 211-cm Barron has played for seven NBA teams (Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State ...

Wade wants tougher gun laws after cousin's murder

Sep 3, 2016

Wade wants tougher gun laws after cousin's murder

Dwyane Wade has lashed out against Chicago’s gun laws, calling them weak and saying he’s urged officials in his hometown to enact changes to make the city safer. The Chicago Bulls star, whose cousin was shot to death last week, also said his children ...

Sep 2, 2016

Heat's Bosh releases videos of workouts

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh sought to give public proof of his fitness on Thursday, sharing videos of on-court workouts online as he targets the new season. The 11-time All-Star finished the last two seasons sidelined after undergoing treatment for blood clots. Bosh was ...

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

| Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

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A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn’t seen each ...

Aug 27, 2016

Wade's cousin fatally shot: pastor

A family spokesman said a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade has been fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on the city’s South Side. Pastor Edward Jones said 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge was walking to register her children for school Friday ...