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University of Utah honors Wat Misaka with jersey ceremony

The University of Utah recognized their late alum, Wataru “Wat” Misaka, in an honored jersey ceremony Jan. 22. Misaka helped Utah bring a National Collegiate Athletic Association championship to Salt Lake City in 1944, and in 1947, he helped Utah capture the National Invitation Tournament championship. Later in 1947, he was drafted by the New […]

Asian American Olympic athletes

Kai Owens Sport: Skiing Hometown: Vail, Colo. DOB: 8/16/2004 Team: U.S. Moguls Team Quick Facts: She earned Rookie of the Year in 2021 and her favorite part about her sport is jumping. Chloe Kim Sport: Snowboarding Hometown: Torrance, Calif. DOB: 4/23/2000 Team: 2022 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team; Snowboard Pro Halfpipe Quick Facts: She is a […]

Olympians on leading ‘with a champion mind’

While training in Colorado Springs, Colo. as kids, Maia Shibutani and her brother, Alex, received eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno’s autograph on a McDonald’s bag. The two-time Olympic bronze medalists, affectionately known as the “Shib Sibs” off the ice rink, said it was an “honor” to share the same panel as moderator Ohno and Olympic […]

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 […]

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