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TOKYO, July 23 (23:29) Kyodo

Baseball: Abe gets 2 RBIs as CL beats PL in Game 1

FUKUOKA - Shinnosuke Abe drove in two runs and Masahiko Morino
went 4-for-5 with an RBI as the Central League beat the Pacific
League 4-1 in Game 1 of the two-game All-Star series Friday.

Abe opened the scoring with an RBI single to center in the
second inning and added a run-scoring double down the right-field
line in the fourth at Yahoo Dome.

Sumo: Dewanoumi to fill in as acting JSA chief

NAGOYA - Acting Japan Sumo Association chief Hiroyoshi Murayama
said Friday he will leave the governing body as scheduled on Sunday
and stablemaster Dewanoumi will be in charge from Monday until
Musashigawa recovers from poor health.

Musashigawa was suspended for the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo
Tournament after Miyabiyama, one of his proteges, was found to have
gambled on baseball, allegedly a source of income for gangsters.

Sumo: Takanohana has no ties with gangsters: JSA panel

TOKYO - The Japan Sumo Association's special investigative panel
concluded Friday that Takanohana, one of the biggest stars in sumo
history, did not contact any gangsters.

The panel was investigating recent media reports that the
37-year-old stablemaster and former grand champion contacted a member
of an organized crime group in Ehime Prefecture this past June and
that he was with a different gang member in Kobe two years ago.

Baseball: Hiroshima adds reliever Chulk

HIROSHIMA - The Hiroshima Carp said Friday they have acquired
right-handed reliever Vinnie Chulk with the hope that he will help a
weakened bullpen.

The 31-year-old, who was with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A
affiliate this year, has agreed to a one-year deal worth 22.5 million
yen plus performance bonuses.

Sumo: Hakuho's party put on ice, but ties Taiho's 45th winning run

NAGOYA - Mongolian grand champion Hakuho had to hold off his
title celebrations at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday,
despite handily beating Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu to match the
third-longest winning streak in sumo history.

Hakuho, who is the only undefeated wrestler at 13-0, can claim
his 15th career title outright with a win over countryman Harumafuji
on Saturday, regardless of the result of Japanese-born challenger
Homasho, who defeated sekiwake Kisenosato to keep his slim title
hopes alive with an 11th win.

Golf: Hiratsuka takes clubhouse lead at Sega Sammy Cup

CHITOSE, Japan - Tetsuji Hiratsuka followed his opening 4-under
68 with a 66 to take the clubhouse lead as the second round was
suspended due to darkness at the Sega Sammy Cup on Friday.

Hiratsuka reeled off seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch around
the turn on his way to a 10-under 134 total at The North Country Golf
Club in Hokkaido.

Baseball: Kuroda outduels Takahashi in Dodgers' win over Mets

LOS ANGELES - Hiroki Kuroda won a pitching duel against
countryman Hisanori Takahashi with eight shutout innings as the Los
Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 2-0 on Thursday.

Kuroda (8-8) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one
at Dodger Stadium, while rookie left-hander Takahashi (7-5) gave up
two runs on three hits over seven innings.

Soccer: Former Japan striker Takahara to join S. Korea's Suwon

SAITAMA, Japan - Urawa Reds said Friday former Japan striker
Naohiro Takahara will join South Korea's Suwon Bluewings on a full

The 31-year-old has been limited to four appearances in the
J-League this season.

Stablemaster bought land from firm linked to gang

NAGOYA - Sumo stablemaster Sakaigawa purchased land in Aichi
Prefecture in 2008 from a construction company whose board director
had connections with gangsters in the past, sources close to the
matter said Friday.

While the director, a relative of the company's president, is
not a member of a gang, police have confirmed that he was once
associated with them, investigative sources with Aichi prefectural
police said.

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