A fine tribute – remembering legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour

Stan Fischler, a keen observer about all things hockey for decades, crafted this memorable, rich-in-anecdotes-and-spot-on-opinion column for The Hockey News about Al Arbour, the longtime New York Islanders coach who passed away on Friday.



Naoko “Q-chan” Takahashi’s great disappointment (circa 2008)

Here’s the recap of the 2008 Nagoya International Women’s Marathon as it appeared in The Japan Times.


A conversation with Kip Keino

This feature on Kenyan track legend Kip Keino appeared in The Japan Times in September 2007, just as the IAAF World Athletics Championships wrapped up.


Usain Bolt’s gold-medal dash in the 200 at the 2008 Beijing Games

Usain Bolt cemented his status as a track star by winning the 200 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the BIrd’s Nest.

I filed the report below after his pulse-rising victory.


Bernard Lagat’s 5,000-meter title at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships

This article on Bernard Lagat’s riveting triumph in the men’s 5,000 meters at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka appeared in The Japan Times on Sept. 3, 2007.


Column flashback: Michael Phelps’ amazing exploits in the pool

Here’s a column I filed after Michael Phelps shattered fellow swimmer Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics. Phelps accomplished the feat in the summer of 2008; Spitz made his mark in Munch in 1972.

From Beijing: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2008/08/18/olympics/phelps-achievement-leaves-nothing-to-the-imagination/

A basketball player’s death at age 22

Chris Uhle, who had planned to begin his pro career with the Saitama Broncos this season, died on Wednesday at age 22.

The cause: an apparent heart attack in Atlanta.

Report: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/08/21/basketball/bj-league/broncos-signee-uhle-22-dies-in-atlanta/