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UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki, Yusei Kikuchi face massive media frenzy in first appearance of Mariners’ Japan trip

The two players and their manager walked through the underground tunnel that took them from the basement of the Tokyo Dome to the banquet room floor of the Tokyo Dome …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Mariners can’t wait to see reaction for Ichiro Suzuki in Japan

The Seattle Mariners are about to experience firsthand what Ichiro Suzuki means to his home country. Suzuki’s return to Japan is one of the big attractions as Seattle and Oakland …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019

Ira Brown, Rui Hachimura share Gonzaga, Japan connection

Back to when Ira Brown first started playing professional basketball in Japan in 2011. Back before Hachimura started playing basketball.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018

Who is Rui? How an uncatchable fastball turned Gonzaga’s Hachimura from baseball prodigy to potential NBA lottery pick

Looking back, Rui Hachimura is grateful he stayed at Gonzaga through a stressful first year in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scores 25 points in Japan’s World Cup victory

Rui Hachimura led the way Monday, scoring 25 points as Japan picked up another huge win, 75-60 over Iran, in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Hachimura, Gonzaga’s 6-foot-8 junior …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, former Zag Ira Brown spark Japan’s World Cup win

A couple of Gonzaga basketball players, current junior forward Rui Hachimura and former Zag wing Ira Brown, helped Japan cruise to victory Thursday in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.


Hisashi Iwakuma ends his tenure with the Mariners and his time in Major League Baseball

While his teammates – all of them likely unaware of his decision – conversed/yelled in the Mariners’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game at loud decibels to overcome the blaring music already …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura makes Blue Ribbon’s All-America team

Gonzaga junior forward Rui Hachimura has had a busy offseason and that figures to continue as publications and college basketball websites roll out their All-America teams for the upcoming season.


U.S. beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship

Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women’s world softball championship …


Seattle Mariners release left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda so he can play in Japan

Ariel Miranda is now the latest player to leave the Mariners’ organization to pursue a playing opportunity in Japan.


Belgium beats Japan 3-2 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Jan Vertonghen started Belgium’s comeback with a wild, looping header and Nacer Chaldi capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments. It added up to …


Rui Hachimura, Japan advance in World Cup qualifying

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scored 13 points for Japan, which crushed Chinese Taipei 108-68 Monday to advance to the next round of FIBA World Cup qualifying.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura helps Japan upset Australia

Gonzaga rising junior Rui Hachimura scored 24 points and seven rebounds as Japan stunned Australia 79-78 Friday night for a crucial FIBA World Cup qualifier victory.


Yellow cards against Japan and Senegal in the World Cup

All yellow cards assessed against Japan and Senegal in the group stage of the World Cup, with player, opponent, time, cause and referee.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker by receiving fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 in their final group …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018

Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup

Keisuke Honda sat on the bench for 72 minutes, knowing a goal would make him the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup by beating a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer. The 2-1 victory over …


In Japan, Ichiro’s move starts long ‘Sayonara’

Ichiro Suzuki has not officially retired from baseball. But his move to the front office of the Seattle Mariners is seen by many in Japan as the beginning of a …


Mariners, A’s to play next season’s MLB opener in Japan

The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20 and 21, the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018

Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie all in on returning to Gonzaga

Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie weren’t interested in declaring for the NBA Draft unless they were committed 100 percent.


UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018

Forward Rui Hachimura returning to Gonzaga for junior season

Rui Hachimura provided an answer to one of Gonzaga’s biggest offseason questions. The talented forward announced Sunday he will return for his junior season with the Zags.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura shows growth in his game

It was easy to be mesmerized by Rui Hachimura’s post-up buckets, one- or two-dribble moves and midrange jumpers against Saint Mary’s. But it was the other end of the floor …


Japanese short-track speedskater becomes first doping case of Pyeongchang Olympics

Kei Saito, a reserve on Japan’s short-track speedskating team, is the first athlete to test positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Gonzaga extends television signal to Japan as Rui Hachimura continues to play prominent role on team

Last Thursday’s Gonzaga-San Diego game was the first of four Zag contests to be televised on J Sports in Japan, via an agreement with Root Sports/KHQ through Metta Sport. The …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura at the center of Japanese media’s attention

Rui Hachimura’s locker sits in between and space was limited with the spillover from a dozen Japanese media interviewing the Zags’ sophomore forward. A year ago, two Japanese reporters chronicled …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre returning to Japanese pro team

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre is returning to Japan for a second season with the Hitachi Sunrockers.


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

GU’s Rui Hachimura scores 22 points but Japan falls to Italy at U19 World Cup

Gonzaga rising sophomore Rui Hachimura finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Japan lost to Italy 57-55 Wednesday in the Round of 16 at the …


Gonzaga’s Tillie, Hachimura take games to U19 World Cup

Gonzaga basketball recruiting spans the globe and that will be on display in Cairo, Egypt, from July 1-9.


Ex-Zag Robert Sacre continuing pro career in Japan

Robert Sacre heading to Japan to continue pro career


Coaches, players from Japanese football team visit to WSU to get insight from Leach and watch Cougars practice

While Pac-12 football teams compete every fall for West Coast supremacy, a proxy struggle plays out on the other side of the world.