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Sumo legend Akebono in the middle of his biggest battle yet

Twenty five years ago, amid falling snowflakes and a crowd gathered to watch the ritual ceremonies at the Meiji Shrine, Chad Rowan strode powerfully into sumo history as the sport’s first foreign-born grand champion. Read More

Hawaii coach Rolovich won’t be Mr. Nice Guy in Oregon State fiasco

Back in quarterback Nick Rolovich’s playing days, a group of rowdy fans at Tulsa were giving some folks on the University of Hawaii sideline a particularly hard time. Read More

Legislature allowing Aloha Stadium to rust away

Three years ago, a consultant hired by the state said it would take at least $200 million in health and safety repairs just to keep aging Aloha Stadium functional for another 20 years. Read More

Byrd brings potential as a playmaker for Hawaii

Halfway through Saturday night’s final University of Hawaii scrimmage of the spring, safety Kalen Hicks laid a resounding hit on slotback Cedric Byrd, drawing oohs and aahs from the Ching Athletic Complex gathering of maybe 1,000. Read More

Volleyball snub needed loud political outcry

When an NCAA selection committee bypassed the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team in spite of a 28-4 record in 1993, then-Gov. John Waihee wrote a letter of protest. Read More

Brooke Henderson’s hockey mentality shaped her golf game

There are days when Brooke Henderson acknowledges almost wistfully that she “kind of misses” her former sports love, hockey, “a little bit.” Read More

China’s Feng inspiring a nation that barely understands golf

On her 17th hole of the day, where China’s Shanshan Feng cemented her first-round lead in the Lotte Championship on Wednesday with a birdie, that was pretty much all there were … birds. Read More

Basketball schedule adds to UH’s money woes

An airball at the box office for University of Hawaii men’s basketball this season has prompted pledges of a much-needed upgrade in scheduling and marketing going forward. Read More

Oh, I see, the UFC’s $6M demand to come to Hawaii included a circus

Maybe Dana White should have told the Hawaii Tourism Authority that the $6 million he was demanding to stage UFC 227 in Hawaii this summer was to have included a circus. Read More

Dana White’s attempted shakedown didn’t work against HTA

UFC president Dana White, a one-time South Boston bar bouncer and businessman, likes to tell the story of an alleged shakedown attempt by associates of the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and how he said he refused. Read More

SandBows not afraid to talk about challenging for NCAA title

It is going on 31 years since the University of Hawaii last won an NCAA team championship in anything. Read More

Holloway taking huge risk fighting on short notice

Just when you thought there wasn’t much Max Holloway could do to surprise you, here comes a hay-maker nobody saw coming. Read More

UH men’s basketball job unique in Division I

In a roundabout way this week, Eran Ganot reminded us of a reason that the University of Hawaii men’s basketball coaching job he holds is fairly remarkable, if not unique at the Division I level. Read More

Kealakehe’s Wooching made the right decision picking rugby over NFL

This time last year Psalm Wooching was adamantly insisting to disbelieving NFL teams that, yes, he really was serious about forgoing the draft to take a shot at a future in rugby. Read More

Tsutsui aims to revive sports vision for Hawaii

Shan Tsutsui is a couple months removed from being Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, but it seems he might be carrying some of the unfinished business from that job with him. Read More

John John Florence after trophy that has eluded him

The brass-bell-topped Rip Curl Bells Beach trophy is said to weigh more than 60 pounds, but ringing it while hoisting the iconic piece of surfing hardware is still less arduous than winning it. Read More

Money year for Mariota

In NFL contract terms, this sets up as Marcus Mariota’s “payoff year,” as he can’t help but be reminded when checking the headlines these days. Read More

Ta‘amu’s loyalty rewarded by Ole Miss

Making a name for himself in college football did not come easy for quarterback Jordan Ta‘amu. Read More

Holly hits the books before he hits the hole

It is a leaner, stronger and quicker Freddie Holly III on the practice field for the University of Hawaii football team this spring, but the biggest difference, his coaches will tell you, isn’t measured solely in the running back’s 40-yard dash time. Read More

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