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Lakers acquire Rui Hachimura from Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired former lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Jan. 23 in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and a package of second-round draft picks. Hachimura and the Wizards did not agree on a rookie extension before the season started, which prompted speculation that the Japanese power forward wouldn’t be in […]

Kwan proudly represents his Japanese heritage … just not in the World Baseball Classic

Steven Kwan exploded onto the Major League Baseball landscape last April, sparking national headlines in his dazzling debut with the Cleveland Guardians. In a feat accomplished by no other player since 1901, he reached base 15 times in his first four games, good for a scorching .692 batting average. Striding toward pitchers from the lefty […]

Shintaro Fujinami ready to get started in majors with A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — In beautifully spoken English, Shintaro Fujinami formally introduced himself then asked that everyone simply call him “Fuji.” “Like Mt. Fuji,” he explained. And, nope, he’s never been. In Japan, he is more formal, going by Shintaro, but he figures this will make it easy on everybody as he embarks on his U.S. […]

Naomi Osaka says she’s pregnant, plans tennis return in 2024

Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Jan. 11. The former world No. 1 posted what she called “a little life update for 2023” on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. The 25-year-old Osaka has been dating Cordae, a rapper, for years. “I know […]

The year of the Nikkei baseball player

When you think of players of Japanese descent in the major leagues, many iconic names come to mind: Nomo, Ichiro, Matsui, Ohtani. Before them Masanori Murakami, a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, who only played two seasons in the majors. Murakami, or “Mashi,” as he was called, broke the majors’ trans-Pacific barrier in 1964, […]

Margueritte Aozasa makes history in UCLA Women’s soccer’s championship victory

For Margueritte Aozasa, the victory was “quite a comeback story.” On Dec. 5, Aozasa made history, becoming the first rookie head coach in NCAA women’s soccer history and the second Asian American head coach to win the national championship, according to an article from the UCLA Athletics department, as her University of California, Los Angeles […]

U.S. Soccer’s Acosta and his Japanese heritage

In Kellyn Acosta’s World Cup debut Nov. 21 against Wales, the midfielder fouled Wales player, Gareth Bale, to prevent him from scoring a winning goal and helped the United States Men’s National Team draw 1-1, Yahoo! reported. The U.S. Men’s National Team eventually got eliminated in the World Cup by the Netherlands Dec. 3. Acosta, […]

China fines former NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

BEIJING — Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for criticizing quarantine facilities, China’s professional league and a news report said Dec. 2, as the government tries to stop protests against anti-virus controls that are among the world’s most stringent. Also Dec. 2, more cities eased […]

Hockey’s history shows handful of non-white pioneers

Taffy Abel carried the American flag at the 1924 Olympics, where his team won silver in hockey. Henry Elmer “Buddy” Maracle played 11 games in the early-1930s NHL. Paul Jacobs may have played in the league’s second season in 1918-19. But in the commonly known history of hockey, a predominantly white sport in North America […]

Santa Clara University point guard Ashley Hiraki, a hometown hoops hero

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ashley Hiraki began playing in the Japanese American basketball leagues in the first grade for the San Jose Community Youth Service, and later, in the fifth grade, for the San Jose Ninjas. Now, the Santa Clara Broncos junior guard said her JA basketball experiences have helped her become a more well-rounded […]

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