Sports

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 […]

Dave Yanai wins John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award

LOS ANGELES  — Dave Yanai, retired coach of Cal State Dominguez Hills, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award in 2021. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify the late UCLA coach’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.  Yanai will receive the award on April 9 in Los Angeles. Yanai was […]

Film shines spotlight on ‘Japan’s Field of Dreams’

At first glance, “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” is a documentary film about Japan’s wildly popular high school baseball tournament that has captivated the nation every summer for more than 100 years.  But beyond the balls and strikes and bases on balls, this 94-minute 2019 film now playing in virtual cinemas in San Francisco and […]

Kim Ng joins Miami Marlins as MLB’s first woman general manager

She is also the second person of Asian descent to lead a Major League team MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have pledged to build as diverse an organization as possible. On Nov. 13, they made history by announcing Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng is the first woman to become an MLB general […]

In third trip, Roberts leads Dodgers to first World Series title in 32 years

The third time’s a charm for Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts, who led the Dodgers to their first World Series championship since 1988 Oct. 29, defeating American League champs the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in the six-game series. The victory came in Roberts’ third trip to the World Series in four years at the helm […]

Osaka gives voice to victims of racial injustice at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Over two weeks, Naomi Osaka used her platform as a world-famous athlete to draw attention to the racial injustice and systematic police brutality that has resulted in a wave of protests in the United States. The spotlight she cast on the Black Lives Matter movement would not have been as bright as […]

JCYC to hold a virtual run/walk for Black lives

Last year the Japanese Community Youth Council began thinking about how to use their annual SF Aloha Run “not to just raise funds, but to amplify issues that were affecting children of youth in this country,” Jon Osaki, the executive director of the organization, told the Nichi Bei Weekly by phone. JCYC donated part of […]

Ohtani falters in return to the mound

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the return of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made his much-anticipated return to the mound July 26 in Oakland. Ohtani, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, made his 2020 pitching debut against the Athletics but failed to get out of the first inning and ultimately lost […]

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