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Yankees, Japanese Americans square off against A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Coliseum always seems to buzz with extra energy when the New York Yankees come to town. Their visit to Oakland to play the Athletics for a four-game set in late August was no exception, as attendance during the series was more than double the Oakland Coliseum’s average attendance. New York […]

10-year-old Japanese golfer closing in on 12th sponsor

EL CAJON, Calif. — Miroku Suto of Japan looks like a professional golfer with logos of 11 sponsors splashed across her polo shirt, cap, bag and even her belt. Her parents say the deals are worth in the mid-six figures annually, with some contracts for 10 years. A 12th sponsorship is waiting when she returns […]

A home run: Japanese American baseball history

Don Wakamatsu recalled Seattle Mariners’ superstar Ichiro Suzuki returning from the World Baseball Classic in 2009 to the doctor telling him he had an ulcer. The then-Seattle Mariners manager told his star player how much he respected him for wanting to play through the injury, but he wouldn’t risk Ichiro’s death if his ulcer ruptured. […]

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter. The June 21 announcement comes […]

Rockets guard Jalen Green, highest-drafted Asian American in NBA, partners with new Asian league

BRISBANE, Australia — Before Jalen Green joined the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest-drafted Asian American player in the NBA, he’d already experienced close up how passionate the people of the Philippines were about the game he loved to play. It’s part of the reason he’s partnering with the new East Asia Super League as an […]

Ohtani powers Angels to victory on Nichi Bei Day

The Nichi Bei Foundation held its annual Nichi Bei Day with the Oakland A’s on May 15. The A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum, and the game featured the reigning American League MVP for the Angels, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani has marveled fans as a two-way star in the Major Leagues as […]

Unexpected hit, Guardians’ Kwan making name with start

CLEVELAND — The new name causing the biggest stir in Cleveland these days belongs to Steven Kwan, a 24-year-old with a keen eye and knack for swinging and not missing. He’s the surprise of the baseball season so far. An unexpected hit. “He’s been above average,” Guardians manager Terry Francona joked of Kwan. Few players […]

Dodgers manager Roberts gets 3-year extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dave Roberts figured his contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers would happen sooner or later. A few other things just got in the way. No matter. “What it means to put this uniform on every day, and really respecting the Dodger tradition and the people who came before me,” the manager […]

Judo instructor’s teaching takes her all over the globe

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from Nippon University of Physical Education in Tokyo, Kuniko Takeuchi began teaching judo and physical education in the early 1960s. Later, her career as a judo and P.E. instructor led her abroad, and eventually to the Okubo Judo Club in Sacramento, Calif., where she currently […]

For Asian American women, Olympics reveal a harsh duality

BEIJING (AP) — Across two pandemic Olympics set in Asian countries, Asian American women fronting the Games have encountered a whiplashing duality — prized on the global stage for their medal-winning talent, buffeted by the escalating crisis of racist abuse at home. The world’s most elite and international sporting event, which pits athletes and countries […]

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