The Chicago native brought Utah State and Wake Forest to Japan for exhibition games before taking local coaches under his wing in the United States.
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Players contributed dunk videos from their team's practice facilities while a small team broadcast from Adastria Mito Arena, where the festivities had been scheduled to take place.
The Japan Rugby Football Union hopes a larger first division will result in higher-quality matches when the new league kicks off in January 2022.
Kawasaki booked a spot in the semifinals alongside the Alvark Tokyo, Utsunomiya Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa.
After doubling annual attendance between 2011 and 2019, Yokohama wants to become NPB's strongest club both on and off the diamond.
Some J. League teams are set to begin their training camps later this month while NPB camps are scheduled to start Feb. 1.
The weekend of basketball festivities scheduled for Jan. 15-16 was called off after Ibaraki Prefecture designated the city a COVID-19 hotspot.
Upcoming sumo and rugby events will allow spectators, while pro basketball's B. League has raised concerns over restrictions covering the sale of food and drinks.
The All Blacks star drew unprecedented media attention to his Wednesday unveiling ahead of the 2021 Top League season's Jan. 16 kickoff.
The former wheelchair basketball star who represented Japan is bringing his inspiring message to schools in hope of creating a more inclusive society.