Conor McGregor involved in backstage melee before UFC 223

Conor McGregor was involved in a backstage melee after a news conference for UFC223, and video footage appears to show the promotion's biggest star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters , injuring at least one scheduled to compete Saturday. Video showed McGregor with a group of people ...

College sports reformers stay positive despite setbacks

Mar 12, 2018

College sports reformers stay positive despite setbacks

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Implementing change is often a painful procedure. That is apparently the case for the leaders working to revamp the landscape of college sports in Japan. It has been a couple of years since discussions aimed at forming a Japanese organization similar to the National Collegiate Athletic ...

Soccer team adds players, renews uniform sponsorship deal

Jan 24, 2018

Soccer team adds players, renews uniform sponsorship deal

The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS), which aims to foster charity and improve society through sports, has renewed a corporate partnership contract with Tokyo Verdy, a soccer club in the J2 League, continuing as a uniform sponsor for the second year. The ISPS, which is ...

The top sports stories of 2017

Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...

Retired athletes put future options in spotlight

Dec 13, 2017

Retired athletes put future options in spotlight

by Kaz Nagatsuka

When Eiji Shiraki retired as an American football player for the powerhouse Fujitsu Frontiers of the semi-pro X League three years ago, he was completely bewildered. Because without his helmet and pads, he felt he did not have any direction for his post-athletic career. "I started ...

Questions abound as MLB postseason starts

| Oct 3, 2017

Questions abound as MLB postseason starts

by Dave Wiggins

Some burning questions (and answers) entering the 2017 MLB postseason. Will Cleveland and Arizona, record-breaking streakers, be able to maintain their regular season momentum? The Indians went on an American League record 22-game win streak near the end of the regular season. (The MLB mark is the ...

Emmert offers insight on NCAA

Sep 2, 2017

Emmert offers insight on NCAA

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Mark Emmert, the National Collegiate Athletic Association president, supports Japan trying to establish its own college sports governing body. Emmert, who stopped here after visiting Taipei for the World University Games, was invited to meet a group of leaders that are studying the U.S. model ...