Talk about the Pacific Rim Bowl on Friday

Two members of a Japanese all-star football team visiting Jackson County will be the guests Friday when the Mail Tribune's live, unscripted and interactive sports chat returns for a 61st week.

The players, whose names will be announced in Friday's Mail Tribune, will talk about Friday's Pacific Rim Bowl XII, which is a football contest between the Ashland High football team and the Japanese all-star squad.

They will speak with Mail Tribune sports reporter Dan Jones at noon on Facebook. Log on to the show to watch and participate. Jones and the all-stars will take questions and comments live. You can also call in during the show at 541-776-4499.

Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Walter A. Phillips Field in Ashland.

In 2009, Japan beat Ashland 20-0 in PRB XI in Osaka. The Japanese all-stars have won the last five games in the series that dates back to 1988. Ashland last won in 1999.

— Staff reports

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