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TOKYO, June 16 (23:09) Kyodo

 
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Sumo: Sumo elders among those who gambled on baseball

TOKYO - Several sumo elders are among those who admitted to
gambling on baseball games in a recent survey conducted by the Japan
Sumo Association, a JSA source revealed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an article in weekly magazine Shukan Shincho that
goes on sale Thursday, names stablemaster Otake (former sekiwake
Takatoriki) as among those who were involved in gambling on baseball.
Former sekiwake Toyonoshima, who is currently in the elite makuuchi
division, is also mentioned in the article.

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Soccer: Chile too hot for Honduras in Group H opener

NELSPRUIT, South Africa - A fortuitous first-half goal by Jean
Beausejour gave Chile a slender 1-0 victory over battling Honduras as
Group H action got under way Wednesday at Mbombela Stadium, but the
South Americans will be left wondering how they didn't score a bagful.

A lively start saw Matias Fernandez drive a 25 meter free kick
inches over in just the 2nd minute, as Honduras struggled to cope
with early Chilean pressure. It was not until the 17th minute that
they had a first sniff of goal, but veteran striker Carlos Pavon
hurried his shot from 20 meters and it drifted wide.

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Baseball: Iwase reaches 250th saves milestone

NAGOYA - Hitoki Iwase picked up his 250th career save as the
Chunichi Dragons rallied past the Nippon Ham Fighters 5-3 in
interleague play on Wednesday.

The left-hander threw a scoreless ninth inning at Nagoya Dome,
making him the third pitcher in Japanese baseball history to reach
the plateau in his 658th game.

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Soccer: Okada prepared to sacrifice style for substance

GEORGE, South Africa - Japan boss Takeshi Okada is prepared to
sacrifice style for substance again when the Blue Samurai meet Group
E favorites the Netherlands in a crunch meeting in Durban on Saturday.

Okada silenced his critics on Monday as Japan dug in deep to
claim three points in a shock opening 1-0 victory over Cameroon, a
contest widely regarded as one of the ugliest matches so far at the
showpiece tournament in South Africa.

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Baseball: Nakamura to go under knife to repair elbow

TOKYO - The Seibu Lions said on Wednesday that third baseman
Takeya Nakamura will undergo surgery on his right elbow as early as
next week.

Nakamura, who was diagnosed with bone chips in his elbow at a
Yokohama hospital, will aim to make a comeback this season.

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Soccer: Denmark will give Japan toughest test, says Inamoto

GEORGE, South Africa - The Netherlands may be favorites to top
Group E but Japan midfielder Junichi Inamoto reckons the Blue
Samurai's toughest test will come in their final first-round game
against Denmark.

''I think that the Denmark game will be our hardest match,''
Inamoto told Kyodo News. ''They have got a lot of players who are
very gifted physically.''

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Baseball: Kuroda earns 6th win in Dodgers' romp of Reds

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Hiroki
Kuroda picked up his sixth win of the season with five shutout
innings in a 12-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Kuroda (6-4) struck out eight and allowed three hits, all
singles, and walked two at Great American Ball Park in a game
interrupted by rain for 2 hours, 24 minutes.

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Tennis: Nadal to headline at Japan Open

TOKYO - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will feature in the Japan Open
in October, the Japan Tennis Association said Wednesday.

French Open champion Nadal will play in Japan for the first time
at the Oct. 4-10 ATP event at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.

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Rights of pro baseball players' portraits belong to clubs: top court

TOKYO - The Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that
acknowledge that professional baseball clubs own the rights to
license the names and portraits of their players to be used in game
software and baseball cards.

In a decision dated Tuesday, the court's Third Petty Bench
rejected an appeal filed by a group of 29 people, including players
who argued that they have not accorded such rights to the clubs for
commercial products, separate from advertisements that players
typically allow under contract.

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Soccer: Brazil top Group G, Kiwis snatch last-gasp draw

RUSTENBURG, South Africa - New Zealand's last-ditch equalizer
against Slovakia ensured a four-way tie in Group F after one round,
while Brazil moved to the top of Group G after opening their account
against a determined North Korea with a wonder strike by Maicon.

In the first match in Group G, the so-called Group of Death, the
Ivory Coast and Portugal played out a physical encounter that ended
scoreless, despite the abundance of attacking talent in each squad.

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Soccer: Maicon wonder goal helps Brazil to 2-1 win over N. Korea

JOHANNESBURG - A goal of the highest quality from Maicon helped
Brazil to a 2-1 victory over a plucky North Korea on Tuesday in the
second game of Group G at Ellis Park Stadium.

Maicon put the South Americans ahead on 55 minutes with a shot
from what seemed an almost impossible angle from the byline while
Elano sealed the win on 72 minutes.

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Soccer: Ivory Coast and Portugal slug their way to 0-0 stalemate

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - Portugal and the Ivory Coast
hammered each other into a 0-0 deadlock Tuesday in the first Group G
match of the World Cup at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

In yet another first-ever meeting between national teams, the
fancied Portuguese were the first to threaten when Didier Zokora
fouled Christian Ronaldo 30 meters out in the 7th minute. Ronaldo did
his trademark legs-apart, deep-breath routine before driving what
proved to be a harmless shot into the African wall.
 


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