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A sports podcast from Japan. Hosted by Ed Odeven, Jack Gallagher and Galileo Ferrari.

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A sports podcast from Japan. Hosted by Ed Odeven, Jack Gallagher and Galileo Ferrari.

    #25 Sports Talk — Japan Series Review with Jim Armstrong

    #25 Sports Talk — Japan Series Review with Jim Armstrong

    Sports reporter Jim Armstrong returns to the podcast to review the Japan Series, which wrapped up on November 5 at Osaka's Kyocera Dome.In his chat with sports editor Ed Odeven, Armstrong highlights the drama of NPB's seven-game championship series between the Orix Buffaloes and the Hanshin Tigers. The conversation spells out why it was one of the most memorable Japan Series of the past few decades.Clutch hits, various miscues, dominating and disappointing pitching performances (for both teams), and managerial tactics by title-winning skipper Akinobu Okada of the Tigers and Satoshi Nakajima of the Buffaloes are also bandied about.There was no shortage of memorable action on the field, including Japan Series MVP Koji Chikamoto's overall performance, as the hosts point out.



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    * [ODDS and EVENS] 2023 Japan Series: A Compelling Mix of Highlights and Drama


    * Sheldon Neuse Leads Hanshin Tigers to First Japan Series Title in 38 Years





    Author: Ed Odeven

    • 23 min
    #24 Sports Talk — Breaking Down Naoya Inoue vs Stephen Fulton

    #24 Sports Talk — Breaking Down Naoya Inoue vs Stephen Fulton

    With surgical precision, Naoya Inoue outboxed Stephen Fulton in their super bantamweight title fight on Tuesday, July 25. Inoue's jab was a powerful catalyst for success from the get-go as he dictated the tempo of the fight, pummeling Fulton and capturing the Philadelphian's WBC and WBO title belts.In this podcast episode, sports reporter Colin Morrison and SportsLook editor Ed Odeven share their overall thoughts on both boxers' tactics throughout the match at Ariake Arena and analyze the key moments in the fight leading up to Inoue's eighth-round technical knockout of Fulton. 



    So what's next for Inoue (25-0, 22 knockouts)? 



    Listen in to learn more about Monster's likely next opponent in 2023: IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs), who attended Tuesday’s fight. And we look ahead to Inoue's future, possibly as early as 2024, as a featherweight.







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    RELATED:





    * [SOCIAL WIRE] Naoya Inoue Outclasses Stephen Fulton and the Boxing World Reacts


    * Naoya Inoue Dethrones Stephen Fulton to Become Super Bantamweight Champ


    * Naoya Inoue Out to Snatch Away Stephen Fulton's Super Bantamweight Crowns


    * Focus on Stephen Fulton Ahead of Monster Super Bantamweight Fight


    * [JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Naoya Inoue Faces a Stiff Challenge in Showdown with Stephen Fulton





    Author: Ed Odeven

    • 37 min
    #20 Sports Talk ― JapanBall's Shane Barclay Discusses Baseball Tours and Love of the Game

    #20 Sports Talk ― JapanBall's Shane Barclay Discusses Baseball Tours and Love of the Game

    Listen in as Shane Barclay, president and owner of JapanBall, discusses his passion for all things baseball, including his company's NPB tours in Japan and excursions to other countries. 



    Barclay shares insights on what he learned while working for MLB. In a wide-ranging conversation with sports editor Ed Odeven, he also highlights his excitement for the 2023 World Baseball Classic and the upcoming Japanese baseball season.



    "JapanBall is the leader in international baseball tourism," Barclay says on the podcast, "and I would say a leader in Japanese baseball news and information and content in the English language."Barclay, who talks about loving baseball since his youth, mentions that JapanBall is dedicated to customizing its baseball tours to give customers unique, enjoyable experiences. Looking ahead to February 2024, for example, JapanBall is adding an Okinawa spring training tour to its schedule, providing opportunities to enjoy the tropical environment while watching games and exploring the island, too.







    RELATED:



    * JapanBall’s Shane Barclay Spreads American Fans’ Love of Baseball Across Oceans* #14 Sports Talk ― Fred Claire Looks Back on MLB Trailblazer Hideo Nomo’s Profound Impact* #13 Sports Talk ― Jeff Fletcher Shares Insights About His New Book on Shohei Ohtani



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    Author: Ed Odeven



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    • 43 min
    #19 Sports Talk ― Lord K2 Discusses His Passion for Sumo and Photography

    #19 Sports Talk ― Lord K2 Discusses His Passion for Sumo and Photography

    Listen in as photographer Lord K2 (aka David Sharabani) joins sports editor Ed Odeven for a wide-ranging discussion about his new bilingual, coffee-table size photography book Sumo.Lord K2 shares memories of first discovering sumo on TV as a teenager while living in Britain and being mesmerized by the sport. He also highlights his overall approach to this project more than three decades later, as he sets out to document every aspect of the sport as a keen observer. 



    On the podcast, Lord K2 reflects on watching intense workouts at sumo stables and seeing wrestlers unwind after work. He points out that capturing the daily rhythm and traditional and contemporary elements of the sport's culture were key objectives in this detail-rich book.The project, photographed from 2015-2017, enables foreigners and Japanese the same opportunity to learn about the ancient sport.







    RELATED:



    * [ODDS and EVENS] Photographer Lord K2 Captures the Soul of Sumo in New Book* Takakeisho Beats Kotoshoho to Capture Third Emperor's Cup at New Year Basho



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    Author: Ed Odeven



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    • 43 min
    #18 Sports Talk ― Basketball Agent Debora Zoli Carves Out A Niche In A Crowded Landscape

    #18 Sports Talk ― Basketball Agent Debora Zoli Carves Out A Niche In A Crowded Landscape

    Listen in as Debora Zoli, a FIBA-certified agent since 2007, discusses her career journey in a conversation with sports editor Ed Odeven, including finding opportunities for her clients in the expansive global basketball landscape.



    The Italian-born Zoli shares insights about working with numerous teams in Japan's B.League and many other countries, while stressing the importance of maintaining contact with clients throughout the year. She also analyzes how the establishment of the B.League in 2016 solidified the overall structure of the sport in Japan.



    Zoli, who is based in Southern California, currently has more than 50 clients. She expresses pride in working with veteran Japan pro basketball star Michael Parker (Gunma Crane Thunders) and coach Don Beck (Kumamoto Volters), who has guided several teams in the Land of the Rising Suns, for many years. And Zoli notes that she's not trying to compete with monolithic sports agencies, but instead reveals that her agency, DG Sport, is focused on carving out its own niche.







    RELATED:



    * #11 Sports Talk ― Motofumi Iguchi Delivers Informed Analysis Of B.League* [JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Chiba Jets Adapting To New Coach John Patrick's Style Of Play* [ODDS And EVENS] Kevin Braswell Brings Wealth Of Basketball Experience To Akita Northern Happinets



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    Author: Ed Odeven



    Follow Ed on [Japan Sports Notebook] here on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] here during the week, Twitter @ed_odeven, and find him on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website, SportsLook.

    • 50 min
    #17 Sports Talk ― Christophe Lemaire Relishes The Competition Of Every Horse Race

    #17 Sports Talk ― Christophe Lemaire Relishes The Competition Of Every Horse Race

    Listen in as French jockey Christophe Lemaire speaks to sports editor Ed Odeven about his thrilling victory in the grade 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) aboard Equinox on October 30 at Tokyo Racecourse. 



    The Japan Racing Association's winningest jockey for five straight years (2017-21), reveals what was going through his mind as the race unfolded. He shares his thoughts on beating Panthalassa, who had built a 15-length lead in the prestigious event.



    Lemaire recalls with vivid details the excitement of competing in the Kentucky Derby for the first time in May, along with the atmosphere at Churchill Downs.He also talks about getting ready for the Japan Cup, which is set for November 27. And he gives his opinion on who are the top three Japanese jockeys under age 30.







    RELATED:



    * Equinox Zooms Past Panthalassa For Thrilling Win In 166th Tenno Sho* Christophe Lemaire Fulfills Dream Of Competing At Kentucky Derby* HORSE RACING | Almond Eye Rides Off Into Sunset as Legendary Champion



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    Author: Ed Odeven



    Follow Ed on [Japan Sports Notebook] here on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] here during the week, and Twitter @ed_odeven.

    • 43 min

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