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TOKYO, April 15 (21:27) Kyodo

Judo: Sugimoto suffers upset at women's national championships

YOKOHAMA - Tournament favorite Mika Sugimoto was defeated on
points by upstart Kanae Yamabe in the final of the women's national
championship on Sunday, damaging her hopes of competing in the London
Olympics this summer.

Sugimoto, the world champion in the over 78-kilogram category
and the open weight class at the Tokyo meet in 2010, scored ippon
victories to breeze through her first three matches before she ran
into trouble in the semifinals against Mai Tateyama at Yokohama
Cultural Gymnasium.

Soccer: Sawa misses women's league opener as INAC thrash Speranza

KOBE - Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa, still
suffering from the effects of vertigo, missed INAC Kobe Leonessa's
opening Nadeshiko League match Sunday, but the reigning champions
still ran out 7-0 winners over promoted Speranza Osaka Takatsuki.

Sawa warmed up during the match but INAC coach Kei Hoshikawa
decided it was best to keep the 33-year-old star of Japan's 2011
World Cup win on the bench.

Athletics: Kenyans dominate at Nagano Marathon

NAGANO, Japan - Kenya's Francis Kibiwott took the men's race and
compatriot Pauline Wangui topped the women's field in the 14th
running of the Nagano Marathon on Sunday.

Kibiwott crossed the finish line at Minami Nagano Athletic Park
in a race record time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 5 seconds, five seconds
ahead of Silas Sang. Kenyans swept the men's podium, with Moses
Kangogo taking third in 2:10:53.

Soccer: Kagawa's Dortmund close in on title with derby win over

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany - Shinji Kagawa put in a full shift to
help move Borussia Dortmund within touching distance of a second
consecutive Bundesliga title with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over
bitter local rivals Schalke on Saturday.

Kagawa, substituted late in Wednesday's crucial 1-0 win over
Bayern Munich, lacked his usual sharpness, but was just pleased to
get the result.

Horse racing: Gold Ship strikes first jewel of Japanese Triple Crown

FUNABASHI, Japan - Gold Ship sailed to victory in the opening
race of the Japanese Triple Crown, the Kyodo News Cup winner roaring
back from last to first to capture the Satsuki-sho on Sunday.

The Hiroyuki Uchida-ridden fourth choice burst free from a pack
of 18 on the short straight at Nakayama Racecourse, crossing the line
ahead of second pick World Ace by more than two lengths in the
Japanese 2,000 Guineas.

Baseball: Dragons' Yamamoto becomes oldest starter ever to win in

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - Masahiro Yamamoto became the oldest starter
ever to win in Japanese baseball at 46 years, eight months and four
days after the Chunichi Dragons lefty threw eight shutout innings in
a 3-0 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Sunday.

Yamamoto threw 103 pitches at Koshien Stadium, allowing only two
hits and fanning six before handing the baton to closer Hitoki Iwase,
who collected his fifth save of the season.

Golf: Australia's Jones puts on birdie show to win Japan season opener

KUWANA, Japan - Australia's Brendan Jones made a stunning
final-round charge with a 9-under 62 to win the JGTO season-opening
Token Homemate Cup by two strokes on Sunday.

Jones reeled off nine birdies, including six on the back nine,
without a bogey for a 15-under 269 total and his 11th career victory
in Japan, worth 26 million yen.

Golf: Wakabayashi holds on to win Nishijin Ladies Classic

KIKUYO, Japan - Joint overnight leader Maiko Wakabayashi shot a
3-under-par 69 and held on to claim the second win of her career at
the Nishijin Ladies Classic on Sunday.

Teeing off tied with South Korea's Esther Lee, Wakabayashi holed
four birdies against a lone bogey at Kumamoto Airport Country Club to
close at 7-under 209, two strokes clear of Hiromi Mogi.

Baseball: Tateyama off DL, optioned to Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama
has been reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A
Round Rock, the Texas Rangers said Saturday.

Tateyama was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 4,
retroactive to March 30, with a low back muscle strain. He was sent
to Round Rock on rehab assignment Wednesday and retired all three
batters he faced with one strikeout in his only appearance Friday
against Iowa.

Baseball: Darvish gets out of trouble again as Texas win third

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - Yu Darvish needed some backup from the
bullpen in another unimpressive outing as the Texas Rangers won their
third straight game with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on

A Josh Hamilton homer in the third helped give Darvish a 2-1
lead, but the Twins tied the game when he surrendered a two-out,
run-scoring double to Denard Span in the bottom of the sixth. Darvish
then loaded the bases by hitting Jamey Carroll with a pitch and
walking Joe Mauer and that's when Rangers manager Ron Washington
pulled him.

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