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TOKYO, Jan. 17 (21:44) Kyodo

Judo: Anai, Ono triumph at Masters

TOKYO - Takamasa Anai won the men's 100-kilogram title as
Japanese judoka collected two more gold medals on the final day of
the Masters in South Korea on Sunday.

National champion Anai beat South Korea's Hwang Hee Tae in the
final while Takashi Ono was a winner in the 90-kg final against
Russian Kirill Denisov. Keiji Suzuki finished runner-up to Frenchman
Teddy Riner in the over 100-kg division.

Former Yomiuri, Hanshin pitcher Kobayashi dies at 57

TOKYO - Nippon Ham Fighters pitching coach Shigeru Kobayashi
died of heart failure at a hospital in Fukui on Sunday, the club
said. He was 57.

Kobayashi won 18 games in 1976 and again in 1977 to help the
Yomiuri Giants win the Central League title both seasons before being
dealt to the Hanshin Tigers during the 1978 offseason in a
controversial trade that saw top amateur pitcher Suguru Egawa join

Speed skating: Nagashima 3rd overall at world sprint c'ships

OBIHIRO, Japan - Japanese Olympic medal hope Keiichiro Nagashima
finished third in the overall standings at the world sprint speed
skating championships Sunday.

Nagashima placed third in the 500 meters with a time of 35.19
seconds and eighth in the 1,000 in 1:10.73 at the Meiji
Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval.

Sumo: Hakuho bounces back, 5 tied for lead at New Year basho

TOKYO - Hakuho bounced back with a vengeance and forced
Kisenosato into the splits to get his campaign for a 13th Emperor's
Cup back up and running at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on

Chief rival Asashoryu, meanwhile, scored an imperious win over
Kakizoe and preserved his share of the lead alongside Hakuho and
three other wrestlers at 7-1 at the 15-day Tokyo meet.

Table tennis: Mizutani cruises to 4th straight national title

TOKYO - Jun Mizutani defeated Kaii Yoshida in four games in the
final to capture his fourth straight singles title at the national
championships Sunday.

Mizutani downed Yoshida 11-4, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 a day after
capturing his fourth consecutive doubles title with partner Seiya
Kishikawa at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Skiing: Uemura fails to make final at World Cup meet

DEER VALLEY, Utah - Japanese world champion Aiko Uemura failed
to advance to the women's moguls final after an error-strewn
performance at a World Cup event on Saturday.

Uemura, fifth here on Thursday, faltered in landing her first
air and came to a halt halfway through the race before eventually
finishing in 24th place.

Ski jumping: Kasai 2nd at World Cup meet in Sapporo

SAPPORO - Veteran ski jumper Noriaki Kasai finished second at a
World Cup meet in Sapporo on Sunday, the 37-year-old's first podium
finish in nearly a year providing a timely boost ahead of the
upcoming Vancouver Games.

Kasai nailed jumps of 131 and 123 meters on the K-120 Okurayama
Hill for a total of 255.7 points. He finished third on points but
moved up to second place after Austrian Thomas Morgenstern, winner
here on Saturday, was disqualified.

Soccer: Venlo's Yoshida sidelined for 6 weeks with broken foot

AMSTERDAM - VVV Venlo's latest Japanese import Maya Yoshida will
be sidelined for around six weeks after suffering a broken metatarsal
in his left foot, soccer sources said Saturday.

The 21-year-old defender has yet to put pen to paper after
agreeing to join the Dutch first-division club on a
three-and-a-half-year deal from Nagoya Grampus, but the injury is
unlikely to affect the move, according to the sources.

Figure skating: Inoue-Baldwin pair announces retirement

SPOKANE, Washington - Rena Inoue and John Baldwin announced
their retirement Saturday after missing out on a Vancouver Olympic
spot with a third-place finish in the U.S. Figure Skating

Seeking for one of the two Olympic berths up for grabs,
Japanese-born Inoue and Baldwin earned 115.41 points in the free
skate to take second but finished third with a total of 173.18
points, just 0.60 point behind Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig.

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