SPORTS BY THE BAY: A semi-preview of the 2011 Giants season

So the offseason is over, spring training is done, and the baseball season has finally begun. What better way for the Giants to start off the season than with a good old shellacking of the Dodgers, right? Well, the Giants ended up losing three out of four against the rivals from down south, but fans […]

STRONG, GENTLE AND BEAUTIFUL: Judo master Keiko Fukuda’s legacy

2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Co-Grand Marshal Keiko Fukuda photo courtesy of Yuriko Gamo Romer   Despite being the highest ranking female judo master in the world, Keiko Fukuda is relentlessly modest. This year, at age 98, she was honored at the National Japanese American Historical Society awards dinner, and has been selected as […]

Northern California Nisei Athletic Union: San Mateo Ryusei unstoppable at 7-0

  Week 8 – March 5-6 Aye Plus 1 2 F Setai-Cossa 33 47 80 SF Drakes 39 44 83 HIGH SCORERS Setai-Cossa: Chi – 26 Drakes: Sugawara – 26 1 2 F Sac Samurai 43 45 88 Gametime 46 33 79 HIGH SCORERS Samurai: Kwong – 35 Gametime: Blightman – 29 Aye Major 1 […]

EBYAL 2010-11 Shaughnessy Tournament Results

EBYAL 2010-11 Shaughnessy Tournament Results as of: 3/6/11 Division GAME Date Week HOME Team Name HOME Team Score Visiting Team Name Visiting Team Score B 03/05/11 Round 1 Ohtani B2 (Miller) 55 BCOYC B1 (Kim) 41 EBFM B1 (Katz) 66 Ohtani B1 (Le) 44 03/06/11 Consolation BCOYC B1 (Kim) 56 Ohtani B1 (Le) 52 Championship […]

Cancellation of Spring meet leaves wrestlers at loose end

TOKYO — As the crisis-torn Japan Sumo Association grapples with the sport’s biggest and most damaging scandal, wrestlers are at a loose end following the cancellation of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. In what JSA Chairman Hanaregoma described as the “darkest chapter” in sumo’s centuries-old history, the sport’s governing body confirmed Feb. 6 that the […]

Nishioka vows to repay Minnesota with results

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Kyodo) — Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Dec. 18 vowed to put up numbers to repay Minnesota after signing with the Twins on a $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. “The process of developing as a player at a team that can be in title contention is a big plus […]

Matsui signs 1-year deal with Oakland A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Dec. 14. The Athletics introduced Matsui at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum during a press conference attended by a swarm of U.S. and mostly Japanese media. “I’m very happy to join a team that […]

Lotte wins Game 7 to take Japan Series title

NAGOYA — Yoshifumi Okada hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the 12th inning as the persistent Lotte Marines prevailed to beat the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 in Game 7 to clinch their first Japan Series title in five years on Nov. 7. The Marines, who won the series four games to two with one tie, became […]

Lin makes pro debut on Asian Heritage Night

OAKLAND — Rarely in the NBA do the final minutes of an early season blowout feel so consequential, but judging from the roar of the crowd in Oracle Arena Oct. 29, the Warriors could have been down to the wire in a playoff game. Why were Golden State fans unleashing pandemonium when their team held […]

Florin and Sacramento JACL denounce swastika on Sacramento Kings mural

SACRAMENTO — A hateful Nazi swastika twice defaced NBA player Omri Casspi’s picture on a downtown Sacramento Kings mural on Sept. 8 and 16 and twice met with widespread local condemnation, including from the local Sacramento and Florin Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) chapters. Casspi, who hails from Israel, debuted with the Kings in 2009 […]

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