Trailblazer Norika Konno ready to turn heads in U.S.

Basketball Dec 26, 2018

Trailblazer Norika Konno ready to turn heads in U.S.

With about 2 minutes and 25 seconds left in the game, Norika Konno scored off a Eurostep, one of her signature moves, for a layup. By that time, however, the game was virtually over. Konno's Seiwa Gakuen fell 87-69 to Gifu Girls on Tuesday in ...

FIBA task force positive on Tokyo 2020 berth for Japan

Basketball Dec 16, 2018

FIBA task force positive on Tokyo 2020 berth for Japan

Japan's men's basketball team is on the right track to earn a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, FIBA task force co-chairman Ingo Weiss told a news conference on Sunday. Weiss stressed that the Japan Basketball Association has fully lived up to the expectations of ...

Media-savvy One Championship attracting fighters

More Sports Dec 12, 2018

Media-savvy One Championship attracting fighters

Martial arts promotion One Championship is perhaps one of the most rapidly-growing sports properties in the world and hopes one day to become the biggest sports property on the planet past the NFL. In order to achieve the lofty goal, the Singapore-based promotion has its ...

Akatsuki Five ready for key battle against Kazakhstan

Basketball Dec 2, 2018

Akatsuki Five ready for key battle against Kazakhstan

The Akatsuki Five were once in a miserable situation, with their chances of earning a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics seemingly fading away. Nine months later, Japan's men's team has put itself in a position to legitimately reach the FIBA World Cup finals, making ...

Yudai Baba aims for greatness under father's watch

Basketball Dec 2, 2018

Yudai Baba aims for greatness under father's watch

Toyama City Gymnasium belonged to local star Yudai Baba on Friday night. But there was no bragging from either himself or his father, Toshiharu. Baba was one of the difference-makers on the floor in a jubilant 85-47 victory for Japan against Qatar in FIBA World Cup ...