'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

Sep 18, 2015

'Father of Japanese soccer' Cramer dies at 90

As the Japanese soccer world mourns the loss of Dettmar Cramer, dubbed “the father of Japanese soccer” for helping develop the game as a coach in the country in the 1960s, former players and officials offered their condolences on Friday. Cramer passed away on ...

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 ...

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 ...

China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Aug 6, 2015

China, Philippines vying to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

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Before the start of the three-day FIBA Central Board meeting on Friday, the Japan Basketball Association hosted a welcome party for the sport’s executives at a Tokyo hotel. The dignitaries included FIBA president Horacio Muratore and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann on Thursday night. ...

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

| Jul 4, 2015

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

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It’s no surprise that the Hiroshima Lightning have endured a soap opera-like saga before even playing their first bj-league game. In fact, it’s quite predictable. Leadership woes and institutional ineptitude have plagued Japan basketball for many decades, and a fundamental lack of understanding about ...