Sports

Japan heartened by Matsuyama’s historic Masters win

TOKYO — People living in the hometown of Hideki Matsuyama and his university town in Japan on April 12 congratulated the golfer, who became the first player from the country to claim a men’s major golf championship this past weekend. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called Matsuyama’s Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club […]

Ohtani homers, pitches into 5th

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani both hit the hardest homer and threw the hardest pitch by a starter in the majors this season in an extraordinary two-way performance for the Los Angeles Angels on April 4. Ohtani pitched and hit in the same game for the first time since moving to the majors, and the […]

UCLA’s Juzang could be first Asian American NBA lottery pick

INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny Juzang’s impact at UCLA has been immediate since he transferred from Kentucky, giving the Bruins the scorer and dynamic player they had been missing in recent years. The junior guard was playing his best at just the right time, leading the Bruins into the Final Four for the first time since 2008. […]

Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. — The plan was for PGA champion Collin Morikawa to wear a red shirt with his black pants Feb. 28 to show support for Tiger Woods as he recovers from career-threatening leg injuries from a car crash. The clothes shipped to him never arrived, so Morikawa did the next best thing at the […]

Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

MELBOURNE, Australia — As Naomi Osaka strode through the Champion’s Walk leading to the court for the Australian Open final — headphones on her ears, racket bag strapped to her back — she reached out her left hand to tap a panel marked with her name and the year of her previous title there. Not […]

Jeremy Lin experienced racism on court

Warriors G League guard Jeremy Lin shared on social media that he experienced an act of racism on the court. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he will support Lin and denounced any discriminatory act that caused Lin to speak out about racism targeting Asian Americans. In a heartfelt social media post, Lin didn’t go […]

Adapting with an Olympian’s mindset

Having made the decision to retire after the 2010 Winter Olympics at 28 years old, Apolo Anton Ohno did not know what he was going to do next. More than a decade later, the entrepreneur and motivational speaker continues to adapt and pivot, skills he honed on the ice, which led the short-track speed skater […]

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka is AP Female Athlete of Year

With tennis, like so much of the world, shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Naomi Osaka found herself with time to read and think. And while she won the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, she also stood out for speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality. As noteworthy in 2020 […]

Little Tokyo celebrates completion of community recreation center

LOS ANGELES — A community’s 26-year dream to build a much-needed community gym in the heart of Little Tokyo and downtown Los Angeles has become a reality, as Little Tokyo Service Center completed construction of the Terasaki Budokan. Terasaki Budokan is a two-story, 39,000 square-foot facility located at 249 S. Los Angeles St., between Second […]

‘I am who I am’: Collin Morikawa embraces his role as an Asian American athlete

For a second, Collin Morikawa didn’t even smile. Leaning over to pick up his ball after a short putt on the final hole at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, it looked like the conclusion of any other round of golf. Then, he broke into a huge smile. “I’m on cloud nine, I don’t know […]

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