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A big year still a blur for U.S. Women’s Open champ Yuka Saso

Yuka Saso finally had time to reflect on her breakthrough year, and it still felt like a blur. Winning the U.S. Women’s Open with a birdie on the third playoff hole at Olympic Club was a life-changer. Meeting her golf idol, Rory McIlroy, the following week during the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines might have […]

Ohtani wins AP Male Athlete of Year award

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Most of the time in professional sports, it’s easy to think it’s all been done before. With so many finetuned athletes constantly pushing each other to the peak of human potential, we can experience unprecedented demonstrations of sporting brilliance every week of our lives. But it’s truly rare to witness anything that […]

Satoshi ‘Fibber’ Hirayama (1930-2021)

At 5’3” and weighing 140 pounds, Satoshi “Fibber” Hirayama is considered the greatest pound-for-pound athlete in Fresno State history. Hirayama grew up in Exeter and was a two-sport star for the Monarchs: football and baseball. He would also play both of those sports at Fresno State, lettering in football from 1949-1951 and in baseball from […]

Man charged in anti-Asian rant against Olympic athlete

ORANGE, Calif. — Prosecutors filed a hate crime charge against a 26-year-old man Sept. 24 in connection with an anti-Asian rant targeted at a Japanese American Olympic athlete in Southern California earlier this year. The defendant, Michael Orlando Vivona, was previously charged with attacking an elderly Asian couple while they took a walk in the […]

ASIAN TEEN DREAM: Raducanu, 18, Fernandez, 19, meet in U.S. Open final

NEW YORK — Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez are so similar in so many ways: They possess enviable quickness and anticipation. They take balls low to the ground and redirect them with ease. They don’t care how much better-known or more successful opponents are. They love the big moment. There’s more. They’re both teenagers. They […]

Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for Ohtani remarks

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during the Aug. 17 game. When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying […]

Osaka pledges support for Haiti earthquake relief

NEW YORK — Tennis star Naomi Osaka pledged her support for relief efforts in Haiti on Aug. 14 following a deadly earthquake in the Caribbean country. Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said she would donate her prize money from the upcoming Western & Southern Open to help people affected by the […]

‘Happy tears’: Lee’s gold sparks joy at home in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — There were cheers and screams and “happy tears” for one of their own, and unending delight for what many saw as an “Only in America” story. Sunisa Lee captured the women’s all-around gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 29, a triumph that wowed all of Minnesota but carried special resonance in […]

Japanese Americans win multiple silver medals at Tokyo games

Nyjah Huston finished in seventh place for the U.S. men’s skateboarding team July 25 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This was the first time the men’s street skateboarding event was offered at the Olympics. Jay Litherland of Team United States won the silver medal in the men’s 400-meter individual medley, with a time of 4:10.28, […]

Japanese American Olympic athletes

Collin Morikawa Sport: Golf Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs DOB: 2/6/1997 Birthplace: Los Angeles Hometown: La Canada, Calif. College: University of Calif., Berkeley Fun Facts: He received a business administration degree from Cal. Sakura Kokumai Sport: Karate DOB: 10/2/1992 Birthplace: Honolulu Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, Calif. College: Waseda University (masters degree) Coach: Nghia Pham Fun Facts: […]

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