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Ed Odeven




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In an action-packed sports month, here are some recent highlights:

The Gunma Crane Thunders complete their storybook basketball season in the B. League, capturing the second-division title.

Ozeki Terunofuji wins the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Jamaican-born soccer player Musashi Suzuki speaks candidly about dealing with racism here and here.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe speaks about his confidence in holding the Tokyo Olympics safely during the pandemic.

In an exclusive interview, Washington Wizards radio play-by-play man Dave Johnson reflects on Rui Hachimura’s growth as an NBA player.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani continues to generate excitement as a two-way star.

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.