Events canceled after earthquakes

Apr 16, 2016

Events canceled after earthquakes

Sporting events scheduled for Saturday in southwestern Japan and elsewhere were called off due to a series of massive earthquakes that first shook the island of Kyushu Thursday evening. Soccer and baseball games that were to be played in or near the quake-hit areas ...

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

Mar 4, 2016

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

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The Chiba Jets have parted ways with head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, the NBL club announced on Friday. Former Jets guard Hiroki Sato was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Pavlicevic, a well-traveled head coach in the former Yugoslavia, Europe ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

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Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

Oct 9, 2015

Toshiba edges Hitachi in NBL opener

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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 ...

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

Sep 29, 2015

Star guard Togashi joins Jets

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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 ...

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

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A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men’s basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the “B. League.” The league’s logo was also revealed. The ...