Secrets of Shohei Ohtani's Best 'Sweeper' Analyzed by Supercomputer Fugaku
Some of Shohei Ohtani's pitches are famously difficult to hit, but his sweeper is truly unique. Researchers used the Fugaku supercomputer to...
[ICE TIME] Kaori Sakamoto Reveals Thoughts on Approach to Skating and Training
"I truly feel that what I have done in practice always translates into the competition," Kaori Sakamoto said, describing her dedication to...
Kiribayama Earns Promotion to Second-Highest Rank of Ozeki After Impressive Results
Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Kiribayama, who won the Emperor's Cup at the Spring Basho in March, has changed his ring name to Kirishima.
Horse Racing/ 5 months ago
Oju Chosan Awaits Final Run: How a Problem Colt Who Hated Practice Became an Absolute Champion
For years, Oju Chosan has been the top horse in Japanese steeplechase racing. Now, at age 11, he is set to...
Sports Talk/ 5 months ago
#18 Sports Talk ― Basketball Agent Debora Zoli Carves Out a Niche in a Crowded Landscape
For more than a decade, Debora Zoli has worked with players, coaches and pro teams around the world. Japan is her...
Features/ 5 months ago
[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Judo Great Shohei Ono Appears Ready to Begin Next Chapter of Career
Mostly inactive since the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021, Shohei Ono is reportedly on the verge of beginning preparations next year...
Features/ 6 months ago
[NOTES on a SCORECARD] For A Realistic Chance in FIFA World Cup, Japan Needs More Goal Scorers
In four games at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the Samurai Blue could manage just five goals. That is generally...
Winter Sports/ 6 months ago
First-Year Coach Jeff Flanagan Tasked with Getting the Yokohama Grits to be Grittier
The veteran coach can call on a wealth of experience behind the bench to get more out of his young players...
Baseball/ 6 months ago
[ODDS and EVENS] Kodai Senga Joins NY Mets, Raising Expectations for Team in 2023
After making his NPB debut in 2012 with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Kodai Senga became one of Japan's best starting pitchers....
Boxing/ 6 months ago
Naoya Inoue Becomes the Undisputed Bantamweight World Champion
Unbeaten Naoya Inoue overpowers Paul Butler with a flurry of punches in the 11th round, earning his 21st knockout victory and...
Features/ 6 months ago
[ICE TIME] Sota Yamamoto's Renaissance Highlights A Great Grand Prix Final for Japan
Yamamoto's promising career was hampered by ankle injuries. Now, "I'm really happy to have the feeling that I'm finally back," he...
Horse Racing/ 6 months ago
Win Marilyn Outclasses Field to Win the Hong Kong Vase
With Damian Lane controlling the reins, Win Marilyn becomes the first mare to win the prestigious race at Sha Tin Racecourse...
Figure Skating/ 6 months ago
Mai Mihara Victorious in Grand Prix Final as Kaori Sakamoto Staggers to Fifth-Place Finish
The triumph caps an amazing comeback for Mai Mihara, a graduate student at Kobe's Konan University, who missed the entire 2019-20...