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Cardinals sign Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh to bolster ‘pen

Cardinals sign Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh to bolster ‘pen

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seung Hwan Oh has been such a dominant pitcher in Japan that he has two nicknames: “Final Boss” and “Stone Buddha.”

The St. Louis Cardinals project the Korean with 357 career saves as a reliever who’ll get the ball to their own record-setting closer, Trevor Rosenthal.

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Posted in Sports, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

The Layup Drill — Departures, resurgences, and beginnings

The Layup Drill — Departures, resurgences, and beginnings

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill. In the year-ending column, we say goodbye to ’Kuma, hello to Nori, MMA news, and Doug Baldwin is on fire! ’Kuma out, Nori in for Mariners The Seattle Mariners have undergone a huge amount of changes with a new manager and […]

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Posted in Sports, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

A winning run! — Despite injury, Sophia Liu goes back-to-back for Seattle Marathon win

A winning run! — Despite injury, Sophia Liu goes back-to-back for Seattle Marathon win

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Despite an injury, it could not stop Seattle’s Sophia Liu from winning her second straight Seattle Marathon women’s title.  She earned the win with a time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 39 seconds. Liu’s time is one minute slower than last year’s win.  Of course, she had to […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 50, Sports, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Zero tolerance? — Star soccer player’s racist slurs prompt fine, training

Zero tolerance? — Star soccer player’s racist slurs prompt fine, training

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly These were the words of Jamie Vardy, an English Premier League soccer player, to an Asian man at a casino in England: “Yo. Jap. Walk on.” Vardy, a player for the Thai-owned Leicester City of the Premiership, was not severely punished for this racist tirade despite a decree of […]

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Posted in Features 50, Sports, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Squash, the sport, on the rise — World Championships held in Bellevue

Squash, the sport, on the rise — World Championships held in Bellevue

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly An overlooked sport that is seeking to gain more popularity held the biggest event of its sports year in Bellevue last week. The men’s squash World Championships came to the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash., from Nov. 11-22. The world championships brought the best in men’s professional squash to […]

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Posted in Features 49, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/40 Comments

The Layup Drill — New haircut, new experiences, and a last fight

The Layup Drill — New haircut, new experiences, and a last fight

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill.  In this month’s edition, learn about the Huskies heading to China, the rebirth of Jeremy Lin in Charlotte, Ichiro returning for at least one more season, and Manny Pacquiao’s last fight. New team, new ’do for Lin Since it is November, […]

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Posted in Sports, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Huskies receive warm welcome in Hangzhou… — …from no other than Jack Ma

Huskies receive warm welcome in Hangzhou… — …from no other than Jack Ma

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma met the team members from the University of Washington Huskies on Nov. 11. The Huskies will be playing against the University of Texas on Nov. 14 in China. Ma escorted the team on a brief tour. The team brought him a souvenir from Seattle, where one of Alibaba’s offices […]

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Posted in Business, Community News, Features, Features 47, Profiles, Sports, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Ko wins LPGA Taiwan to regain No. 1 spot

Ko wins LPGA Taiwan to regain No. 1 spot

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lydia Ko ran away with the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday to regain the No. 1 spot in the world ranking. The 18-year-old New Zealander holed a 30-yard pitch for eagle on the par-5 12th and finished with a 7-under 65 in sunny, breezy conditions at Miramar for a nine-stroke victory. […]

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Posted in Sports, Vol 34 No 45 | 10/31-11/60 Comments

Huskies and Horns in Shanghai — UW basketball vs. Texas in China

Huskies and Horns in Shanghai — UW basketball vs. Texas in China

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Imagine a Husky basketball player shooting three points in a Shanghai arena, Yao Ming of legendary basketball fame and Jack Ma of Alibaba opening their mouths in disbelief, and a sea of Chinese fans leaping out of their seats going wild. This could be a reality on Nov. 14 […]

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Posted in Community News, Features, Features 45, Profiles, Sports, Vol 34 No 45 | 10/31-11/60 Comments

Recluse golfer Anthony Kim, resurfaces

Recluse golfer Anthony Kim, resurfaces

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Anthony Kim gave a rare media interview in which the former PGA Tour player spoke about when, or if he will return to the tour.  Kim, who is battling numerous injuries, went off the radar after leaving the tour in 2012.  He was only 26 years old. Last September, […]

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Posted in Features 42, Sports, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

The Layup Drill — Pan wins tourney, an upset in rugby, and more as we head into fall

The Layup Drill — Pan wins tourney, an upset in rugby, and more as we head into fall

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill.  In this month’s edition, we check on CT Pan, Jordan Clarkson, a couple huge wins for Japan, and a new venture for Alibaba. Pan wins 2nd pro tournament Former UW Husky men’s golf standout C.T. Pan won his second professional tournament […]

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Posted in Sports, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

Alibaba creates sports group

Alibaba creates sports group

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba announced in early September that it is opening a sports division. Alibaba seeks to reshape China’s sports industry through the Internet. Company founder, Jack Ma, stated that it has set up Alibaba Sports Group together with Sina, a China Internet news site, and Yunfeng Capital, […]

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Posted in Features 41, Sports, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

Storm front — Japanese rookie adapts to WNBA, Seattle

Storm front — Japanese rookie adapts to WNBA, Seattle

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly As the Seattle Storm finish out their season next month, they will do it with just the third Japanese player in WNBA history. Ramu Tokashiki has been a welcome addition to a young, rebuilding team. Tokashiki was signed by the WNBA’s Seattle Storm this spring. She was one of […]

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Posted in Features 36, Sports, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

From data-crunching to Sounders — Ramineni scores the dream job

By Taylor Soper Geekwire.com Having worked at Microsoft for seven years on projects like Bing and fraud management, Ravi Ramineni understands how to extract relevant information from massive datasets. He also happens to be a huge soccer fan and spent much of his down time away from Redmond analyzing soccer-related data and analytics on his blog AnalyseFootball. So it makes sense […]

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Posted in Sports, Technology, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

The Layup Drill — Kuma’s no-hitter, Linsanity hits Seattle and Filipino b-ball to play at UCLA

The Layup Drill — Kuma’s no-hitter, Linsanity hits Seattle and Filipino b-ball to play at UCLA

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Kuma Os O’s Mariner’s pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first career no-hitter when he blanked the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field last Wednesday, Aug. 5th. Iwakuma became just the second Japanese major league baseball player to throw a no-hitter. The no-hitter also was the very first complete game of […]

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Posted in Sports, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

Jason’s day — Day wins first major championship

Jason’s day — Day wins first major championship

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Australian-born golfer Jason Day led from start to finish to win his first PGA Championship of his career this past Sunday at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  The 27-year old Day, who is part Filipino, was the first player to finish 20 under par in a major event. Notably, […]

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Posted in Features 35, Sports, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/280 Comments

The Layup Drill — Asian Americans tower in basketball this summer — Satnam Singh,  Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar, Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., and more Jeremy Lin

The Layup Drill — Asian Americans tower in basketball this summer — Satnam Singh, Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar, Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., and more Jeremy Lin

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill.  Even though it’s the summer, we have a lot of hoops news. Your new favorite team for Asian Americans and Indian Americans?  The Dallas Mavericks. The Mark Cuban-owned franchise drafted 7-foot-2  Satnam Singh as the 52nd player chosen overall during June’s […]

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Posted in Sports, The Layup Drill, Vol 34 No 30 |7/18-7/240 Comments

Japan emotional after World Cup loss

Japan emotional after World Cup loss

By Anne M. Peterson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Japan clearly was not ready for Carli Lloyd. Lloyd scored a hat trick in the opening 16 minutes on Sunday to help give the United States a 5-2 victory over Japan for its record third Women’s World Cup title. The game Sunday night […]

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Posted in Features 29, Sports, Vol 34 No 29 | 7/11-7/170 Comments

First Indian-born player in the NBA draft

First Indian-born player in the NBA draft

Satnam Singh is the first player born in India to be selected in the NBA draft. He’s headed to Texas after the Dallas Mavericks took him with the 52nd pick.The 7-foot-2 Singh, who wears a size-22 basketball sneaker, has spent the last five seasons playing at IMG Academy in Florida. He came to the U.S. […]

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Posted in Sports, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Despite criticism, US Open at Chambers delivers — Matsuyama, Pan Impress while Tiger does not

Despite criticism, US Open at Chambers delivers — Matsuyama, Pan Impress while Tiger does not

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly It went down to the final hole at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as Jordan Spieth won his first U.S. Open title after Dustin Johnson was not able to sink his last putt to force a Monday playoff.  It was a memorable time for many at the University […]

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Posted in Features 27, Sports, Vol 34 No 27 | 6/27-7/30 Comments

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