Sports

Brett Yamaguchi, the Golden State Warriors’ entertainment orchestrator

OAKLAND, Calif. — Few sports fans would refute that the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most entertaining teams in all of professional sports this season. From their furious pace and lightning quick ball movement to Stephen Curry draining shots from otherworldly distances, the entertainment value of Warriors games has been compared to […]

Despite Clarkson, turnovers lead to the Lakers’ downfall

OAKLAND, Calif. — On Jan. 14, Jordan Clarkson led the Los Angeles Lakers on their final visit to the Bay Area this season as they took on the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. Despite leading the Lakers with 22 points, the Lakers fell to the Warriors 116-98 at Oracle Arena. Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 […]

Weightlifting legend began Olympic journey as World War II inmate

TOKYO — While many Olympic athletes can trace their path back to high school gyms or local playgrounds, weightlifting legend Tommy Kono began his journey to the Games in a most unlikely setting — a World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans. A six-time world champion and the only lifter to set world records […]

Okinawa-born Dave Roberts introduced as first minority manager of L.A. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Well into a 35-minute press conference announcing his arrival as the 10th manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts was thrown a curveball. Flanked by the men who hired him  — Los Angeles General Manager Farhan Zaidi and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman  — Roberts, who was born in Okinawa […]

CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESTINY: Lodi JACL Templars overcome uncertainty with victory

LODI, Calif. — It’s usually pretty hot during the summer in Lodi, but the temperature was nothing compared to the hot streak the Lodi JACL Templars went on during the 63rd annual California State AA Nisei Baseball tournament held in Lodi over Labor Day weekend. Four teams from Southern California — The Gardena Rebels, the […]

Iwakuma throws no-hitter against Orioles

SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became the first Japanese pitcher since Hideo Nomo to throw a major league no-hitter on Aug. 12 when he held the Baltimore Orioles hitless in his team’s 3-0 win. The 34-year-old Iwakuma threw 116 pitches, striking out seven batters and walking three, in the fifth no-hitter in Mariners […]

Lin signs with Charlotte Hornets

Jeremy Lin, a 26-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. native who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Hornets on July 9. “We’re really excited to add Jeremy to our team,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho in a conference call with media after signing Lin, […]

New book on ‘Mashi’ Murakami, 1st Japanese major leaguer

NEW YORK — Nobody expected much from Masanori Murakami when the Nankai Hawks sent him and two other young pitchers to America to train with San Francisco Giants minor leaguers in the spring of 1964. But after five impressive months with single-A Fresno, the 20-year-old lefty got his chance in the majors as a September […]

Giants honor Japanese heritage as postseason hero Ishikawa in limbo

On May 19, hundreds of baseball fans arrived early to the San Francisco Giants game to enjoy Japanese Heritage Night at AT&T Park. The annual event was hosted by the Giants organization in partnership with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese American Citizens League, Nakayoshi Young Professionals and San Jose Japantown. […]

Community welcomes Nikkei Giants at S.F. Japantown reception

Two San Francisco Giants of Japanese descent, whose onfield heroics have energized the fan base to varied levels of frenzy, were welcomed to San Francisco’s Japantown May 7 in an invite-only reception of about 250 guests at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Flanked by Giants owners Larry Baer and Duane Kurisu […]

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