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TOKYO, July 22 (23:29) Kyodo

Sumo: Foreign wrestlers to outnumber Japanese for 1st time

NAGOYA - Second-ranked maegashira Aminishiki is set to miss the
rest of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament after injuring his right
knee in Thursday's win over Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin.

The former sekiwake's withdrawal will leave more foreign
wrestlers in the elite makuuchi division than Japanese for the first
time in the history of the ancient sport, according to the Japan Sumo

Sumo: Sokokurai to be 1st top-division wrestler from China

NAGOYA - Sokokurai is now likely to become the first Chinese in
sumo history to join the elite makuuchi division when he fights at
the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September.

The 26-year-old from China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a
third-ranked maegashira, secured a majority of wins at 8-4 on
Thursday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Baseball: Lotte adds RHP Penn, gives Yabu chance

CHIBA, Japan - The Lotte Marines said Thursday they have
acquired right-handed pitcher Hayden Penn and will hold a tryout with
former Hanshin Tigers ace Keiichi Yabu on Monday.

The 25-year-old Penn has a 4-6 career record with a 9.51 ERA in
33 appearances, 15 of them starts, in four major league seasons
between 2005 and 2010.

Golf: Fog suspends play at Sega Sammy Cup

CHITOSE, Japan - A total of 72 players were unable to complete
the first round as play was suspended due to heavy fog at the Sega
Sammy Cup on Thursday.

Sharing the clubhouse lead at 2-under 70 were Shingo Katayama,
Australian Paul Sheehan, South Korean Cho Min Gyu, Yoshikazu Haku and
Taigen Tsumagari at The North Country Golf Club in Hokkaido.

Soccer: S. Korea defender Lee to join Qatari club from Kashima

TOKYO - South Korea defender Lee Jung Soo is set to move to
Qatar's Al Sadd from Kashima Antlers, the J-League club said Thursday.

The 30-year-old Lee helped South Korea reach the second round of
the World Cup in South Africa, scoring two goals in group play.

Sumo: Hakuho closes in on Taiho's 45 win streak, Nagoya title

NAGOYA - Mongolian grand champion Hakuho moved within one win of
matching former yokozuna great Taiho's 45-bout winning streak on
Thursday, overpowering rank-and-filer Kitataiki on the 12th day of
the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The lone yokozuna, who is the only undefeated wrestler at 12-0,
will face his biggest test over the final three days of the 15-day
meet, starting with Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu on Friday, as he aims to
become the first wrestler since the incorporation of the six-tourney
system in 1958 to win three consecutive meets without a defeat.

Soccer: Japan's 2022 World Cup bid 'balanced product': FIFA delegation

TOKYO - A FIFA inspection team wrapped up its four-day visit to
Japan on Thursday by giving high marks to the country's bid to host
the 2022 World Cup.

''We must say that it is a very balanced product,'' Harold
Mayne-Nicholls of Chile, head of the team, said at a press conference
in Tokyo. ''The way the bidding committee treated us shows us the
professionalism of Japan and Japanese soccer.''

Baseball: Matsui goes deep again as Angels lose

NEW YORK - Hideki Matsui homered for the second consecutive game
but the Los Angeles Angels lost to the New York Yankees 10-6 on

Matsui hit his 12th home run of the season, off Javier Vazquez,
with a runner on second and one out in the sixth inning at Yankee

Japanese judo gold medalists teach Israeli, Palestinian children

JERUSALEM - Japanese men's judo Olympic gold medalists Yasuhiro
Yamashita and Kosei Inoue taught the martial art to some 50 children
from Israel and Palestine at a ''dojo'' training hall in Jerusalem.

Speaking in front of about 30 Israeli and 20 Palestinian
children, Yamashita, a gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles
Olympics, said, ''I think it is meaningful that Israeli and
Palestinian children are grappling together to do judo.''

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