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/ Jul 16, 2003

Matsui on a roll into All-Star game

TORONTO -- What a difference six weeks can make. On June 4, Hideki Matsui was scuffling along with a .250 batting average, a paltry three homers and 33 RBIs. Since that low point in the season, the New York Yankees rookie outfielder has hit ...

/ Apr 2, 2003

Godzilla a winner in big league debut

TORONTO -- Godzilla paid immediate dividends for the New York Yankees. In his much-anticipated major league debut Monday night, Hideki Matsui hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI single, sending New York on its way to an 8-4 victory over the Toronto ...

/ May 20, 2002

Hasegawa right at home in Mariners' bullpen

TORONTO -- Seven years after Hideo Nomo's debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, seeing a native of Japan play Major League Baseball is no longer a novelty. But one who speaks to the media in English? Now that's something different. Shigetoshi Hasegawa, the newest and least ...

/ May 15, 2001

Ichiro show rolls on in Canada

TORONTO -- The Ichiro Show has played to rave reviews in the U.S. for the first six weeks of the baseball season. This past weekend, it was a smash hit in its Canadian debut. During a three-game sweep over the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, ...

| Mar 29, 2001

The ABCs of Japanese sportsu

As I'll be heading back to Canada next month, this will be my last Sports Scope. I thought I'd write some sort of reflection on what covering sports in Japan has meant to me, but all I kept coming up with were buzzwords and ...

| Feb 15, 2001

Bedfellows making a quick buck

The Yankees are sleeping with the devil. The Red Devils, to be exact. The news last week that baseball's New York Yankees and soccer's Manchester United were forming a marketing alliance caused quite a stir. Within an hour of the announcement, United shares shot up ...

| Jan 18, 2001

Olympic hero Spitz still making waves at 50

LONDON -- Mark Spitz is widely regarded as the greatest Olympian of all time. The American swimmer captured seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games -- still the most ever by an athlete at one Olympics -- and broke world-record times in all ...

| Dec 14, 2000

Owners taking the hands-on approach

Watching Mario Lemieux as he made his rounds in Japan this past October, one could sense there was something very wrong with the picture. At various functions in Tokyo leading up to the National Hockey League opening games, here was this strapping 6-foot-5 man, ...

| Nov 23, 2000

Six reasons to give thanks

A great deal of space in columns like these -- and I'm one of the culprits -- is devoted to all that's wrong with the sports world and the people who make their livings in it. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., but I'll ...

/ Nov 4, 2000

MLBers draw first blood

Hisanori Takahashi found major league hitters tougher to get out than Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. The rookie Yomiuri southpaw, who threw a two-hitter for the eventual champion Giants in Game 5 of the recently concluded Japan Series, was roughed up for six runs in three innings ...