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TOKYO, Jan. 21 (00:16) Kyodo

Soccer: No deal between Lazio and Honda: Russian report

TOKYO - Contract talks between Italian Serie A club Lazio and
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda failed to reach agreement,
Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported Friday.

But Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport said the same day
Lazio executives traveled to Russia in an attempt to sign the Japan
international and negotiations have gone well.

Olympics: Support ratio for 2020 Games in Tokyo falls below target

TOKYO - The support ratio for Tokyo's bid to host the 2020
Summer Olympics turned out to be around 65 percent both within the
city and across the nation -- below a target of 70 percent, sources
familiar with the matter said Friday.

Asked to compare the latest survey results with 60 percent in
Tokyo and 62 percent in Japan reported for the failed 2016 bid, a
senior Tokyo official said, ''I think that's not bad at this point.''

Baseball: 'Lost Yankee' Igawa looking for new home in U.S.

HITACHINAKA, Japan - Japanese pitcher Kei Igawa wants to
continue his playing career in the United States, despite receiving
no offers after the end of a five-year contract with the New York

''I'm training to pitch in the U.S.,'' Igawa told reporters
Friday in his native Ibaraki Prefecture as he opened his workout to
the Japanese media.

Golf: Amateur sensation Matsuyama aims high for Masters

SENDAI - Asian amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama has set his
goal for his second Masters appearance in April -- to finish in the
top 16.

''I still have an image of how I should play each hole at
Augusta National,'' Matsuyama said Friday in Sendai. ''I'll try to
break into the top 16 this year so that I'll be able to earn
automatic qualification for the 2013 tournament.''

Baseball: Darvish to wear No. 11, meet press Friday

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers said Thursday they will
introduce Yu Darvish at a news conference at 7 p.m. local time
Friday, or 10 a.m. Saturday in Japan.

The Rangers also said the latest Japanese import will don No. 11
on his uniform, the same number he wore during his seven-year career
with the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Baseball: Brewers-bound Aoki aims to impress in rookie season

TOKYO - Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki hopes to jump-start
his major league career amid subdued expectations from the Milwaukee
Brewers, who see him as a backup plan for a potential 50-game
suspension for Ryan Braun.

''I've come to the starting line of my new career, and I just
give it all I've got,'' the three-time Central League batting
champion said at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.

Sumo: Baruto clinches first title at New Year sumo

TOKYO - Ozeki Baruto clinched his first career title Friday with
a victory over rival Kotoshogiku, achieving the feat with two days to
spare at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Baruto's 13th consecutive win coupled by a third loss by
deflated and vanquished yokozuna Hakuho, secured the title for the
Estonian goliath at a meet that had all but lost steam in the title
race a day earlier at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Ski jumping: Watase, Ito share Sapporo Olympic Memorial title

SAPPORO - Yuta Watase and Daiki Ito shared the Sapporo Olympic
Memorial ski jumping title on Friday after finishing with the same

Watase and Ito, who has earned three World Cup podium finishes
this winter, both had a total of 260.5 points.

Sumo: Makushita wrestler Sakumayama's record win streak ends

TOKYO - Makushita No. 15 wrestler Sakumayama had his record
winning streak halted at 27 matches on Friday.

The 23-year-old former college yokozuna was handed his first
loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in the third-tier
makushita division at the hands of Sensho.

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