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Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo Cinq Reves in a series that ...

Oct 19, 2014

NBL takes over running of Robots

The National Basketball League has taken control over managing the Tsukuba Robots, it was announced on Saturday. In a news release issued by the NBL, the second-year league that’s the successor to the JBL, “deterioration of business conditions” for Ibaraki Sports Academy, which ran ...

Oct 18, 2014

Mavericks roll past LeBron, Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt figured the best way to handle his first loss was with a joke. “Well,” he said. “I guess we’re not going 90-0 this year.” No, the Cavs are far from perfect — and far from a finished product. Chandler ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...

Oct 17, 2014

Durant undergoes foot surgery

The Oklahoma City Thunder say star forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery Thursday to address a bone fracture in his right foot and will be out at least six weeks. General manager Sam Presti said the procedure was performed at a clinic in Charlotte, ...

Oct 16, 2014

Nash hurts back carrying bags

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has missed his third straight practice after injuring his back while carrying bags. Coach Byron Scott said Nash had “a little bit of a setback” earlier Wednesday while carrying bags. Scott said Nash “heard a twinge” in his ...

Oct 15, 2014

NBA to experiment with game time

The NBA is going to evaluate if a shorter game could be a better one. The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as the league tests a format that features fewer minutes and fewer mandatory timeouts. The ...

Oct 14, 2014

Toyama earns road sweep against Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

Led by newcomer Keyon Carter’s 20-point performance and Masashi Joho’s 15 points, the visiting Toyama Grouses defeated the Tokyo Cinq Reves 77-71 on Monday to complete a series sweep. The Grouses, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season bj-league champion, held Tokyo to nine fourth-quarter points ...

MVP Durant fractures foot

Oct 13, 2014

MVP Durant fractures foot

Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his ...

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

Oct 12, 2014

B-Corsairs take revenge on Brave Warriors

by Ed Odeven

No basketball coach wants to watch his team yield 100-plus points and lose at the same time. But that’s what Yokohama B-Corsairs coach Michael Katsuhisa experienced on Saturday. One of the best things about sports, of course, is often a rematch — and a ...