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TOKYO, Jan. 26 (22:53) Kyodo

Soccer: Ogasawara, Motoyama on trial with Earthquakes

TOKYO - Kashima Antlers midfielders Mitsuo Ogasawara and Masashi
Motoyama have both been training with the San Jose Earthquakes and
will be on trial through the end of the week, the Major League Soccer
club said on its official website Wednesday.

The former Japan internationals have been at the Earthquakes'
training facility since Monday, competing in short-field drills on
their first day of training and a full session on Tuesday.

Athletics: Gebrselassie named to field for Tokyo Marathon

TOKYO - Former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of
Ethiopia is among the foreign invitees for the Tokyo Marathon next
month, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said Friday.

The 38-year-old Gebrselassie, who had his world record broken by
Kenya's Patrick Makau at the Berlin Marathon last September, was
scheduled to run in last year's Tokyo race but pulled out after
bruising both knees after a fall in pre-race training in Ethiopia.

Soccer: Draw for final round of Asian q'fiers for World Cup set for
March 9

TOKYO - The draw for the final round of Asian qualifiers for the
2014 World Cup in Brazil will be held on March 9 at a
yet-to-confirmed venue, the Asian Football Confederation said

Reigning Asian champions Japan have already secured their spot
in the final round from Group C along with Uzbekistan, who they face
in their last third-round game in Toyota on Feb. 29.

Baseball: Tanaka, Saito named to Japan roster for charity game vs

TOKYO - The Rakuten Eagles' Masahiro Tanaka and the Nippon Ham
Fighters' Yuki Saito were named to the 24-man Japan roster on
Thursday for a charity game against Taiwan at Tokyo Dome on March 10.

The game will be held the day before the first anniversary of
the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan, and Taiwan has
been chosen as Japan's opponent because of its devoted fund-raising

Soccer: Vietnam to host Asian qualifying playoffs for London Olympics

TOKYO - The Asian Football Confederation on Thursday confirmed
Vietnam as the neutral venue for the playoff round of Asian
qualifiers for this summer's London Olympics.

Malaysia had originally been chosen but renovations to the
proposed stadium as well as the unavailability of other venues due to
the scheduling of domestic fixtures meant that a new venue for the
three-team playoffs was required, the AFC said on its Website.

Baseball: Nippon Ham gets $51.7 million Darvish posting fee from Texas

SAPPORO - The Nippon Ham Fighters have received a posting fee of
about $51.7 million from the Texas Rangers for the right to negotiate
with Yu Darvish, team representative Toshimasa Shimada said Thursday.

The Rangers signed the pitching sensation to a six-year deal
worth a reported $60 million last week after submitting the highest
bid through the posting system a month earlier.

Baseball: Iguchi re-signs with Lotte for unchanged salary

TOKYO - Lotte Marines second baseman Tadahito Iguchi re-signed
with the club on Thursday for 180 million yen, unchanged from 2011,
plus performance bonuses.

Iguchi batted .265 with nine home runs and 73 RBIs in 140 games
in 2011, the final season of his three-year contract, as Lotte
finished last in the Pacific League a year after winning the Japan

Soccer: Lee finalizes move to Southampton

LONDON - Japan striker Tadanari Lee has signed a
two-and-a-half-year deal with Southampton with the option of a
further year, the second-tier English Championship club said

''The 26-year-old put pen to paper after rejecting several
advances from top flight European sides, and will be immediately
available for selection,'' Southampton said.

Soccer: CSKA Moscow in talks with Lazio only on Honda transfer

MOSCOW - CSKA Moscow are in talks with Italian side Lazio on a
possible transfer of Keisuke Honda, with the Japan midfielder stating
that the Rome-based club is his next destination if he moves this
winter, a CSKA Moscow public relations officer said Wednesday.

''Honda isn't looking to sign with a team other than Lazio,''
the officer said, while admitting there is still a wide gap between
the Russian Premier League and Serie A clubs regarding financial

Baseball: Rangers' Uehara rejects trade to Blue Jays: report

NEW YORK - Japanese right-handed reliever Koji Uehara has
refused a potential trade from the Texas Rangers to the Toronto Blue
Jays, ESPN Dallas reported Tuesday night.

According to the report, Uehara's contract includes a limited
no-trade clause allowing him to reject trades to six teams, one of
which is Toronto.

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