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TOKYO, Dec. 17 (23:19) Kyodo

 
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Baseball: Ex-Lotte closer Kobayashi to find new home in majors next
month

CHIBA, Japan - Free agent pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi expects to
sign with a major league team by mid-January, the former Lotte Marine
said Friday.

Speaking at Chiba Marine Stadium where he was clearing out his
locker, the 32-year-old Kobayashi said he should know where he will
play next season shortly into the new year.

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Soccer: Yanagishita to manage Jubilo for another season

IWATA, Japan - Jubilo Iwata have extended manager Masaaki
Yanagishita's contract for the 2011 season, the J-League first
division club announced Friday.

The 50-year-old Yanagishita led Jubilo to the Nabisco Cup title
this year, their first trophy in seven years. Iwata finished 11th in
the league this season.

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Athletics: Tokyo Marathon to start preferred membership in 2012

TOKYO - The Tokyo Marathon will start giving preferred entry to
runners who pay a membership fee, organizers announced Friday.

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation said it will begin accepting
members from next February. Their preferred allocation will start
with the race in 2012, with the membership fee yet to be determined.

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Baseball: Fujikawa re-signs with Hanshin

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - Hanshin closer Kyuji Fujikawa put pen to
paper on another 400 million yen deal with the Tigers on Friday, but
admitted he would have to put up better numbers next year if he is to
achieve his dream of moving to the major leagues.

Fujikawa went 3-4 with 28 saves and a 2.01 ERA in 58 games in
2010, signing for the same figure for 2011.

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Baseball: Orix acquires Figaro, Hessman

OSAKA - The Orix Buffaloes said Friday they have acquired former
Detroit Tigers right-hander Alfredo Figaro and former New York Mets
third baseman Mike Hessman.

The 26-year-old Figaro owns a 2-4 career record in the major
leagues with a 6.54 ERA in 13 games, four of them starts, in 2009-10
with the Tigers.

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Boxing: Daiki Kameda to move up weight in 2011

TOKYO - WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda said on Friday that
he will move up weight classes next year after struggling to make
weight.

''This will be it for me at flyweight,'' Kameda said ahead of
his Dec. 26 fight against 13th-ranked Silvio Olteanu of Romania at
Saitama Super Arena, where he will try to defend the belt for a
second time.

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Baseball: Rakuten adds right-hander Jimenez

SENDAI - The Rakuten Eagles on Friday announced the acquisition
of former major league right-hander Kelvin Jimenez.

The 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic had a 14-5 record
with a 3.32 ERA in 27 games for the Doosan Bears in South Korea this
past season and has agreed to a one-year, 40 million yen contract
with Rakuten.

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Baseball: Nishioka agrees on 3-year deal with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - The Lotte Marines' All-Star shortstop
Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Minnesota Twins agreed on a three-year
contract reportedly worth $10 million, Kyodo News learned Thursday.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the
Twins will officially announce the deal on Friday after the
26-year-old Nishioka undergoes a physical.

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Baseball: Former A's, Giants pitcher Yabu returns to Hanshin

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - Former major leaguer Keiichi Yabu became
the pitching coach for the Hanshin Tigers' farmhand, the Central
League team announced Friday.

''I drew the line on my career and decided to sign,'' the
42-year-old Yabu said. ''It feels good to be back with the Tigers
after seven years.''

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Soccer: Sanfrecce keeper Shimoda hangs up gloves

HIROSHIMA - Long-serving Sanfrecce Hiroshima goalkeeper Takashi
Shimoda has decided to call time on his career, the J-League
first-division club said Friday.

The 35-year-old Shimoda made his debut for Hiroshima in 1995 and
went on to clock up 288 league appearances in the Japanese top flight.
 


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