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TOKYO, Sept. 19 (00:26) Kyodo

 
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Baseball: Okada not to be offered contract for next season

KOBE - The Orix Buffaloes have not made an offer to bring
manager Akinobu Okada back for next season after the team's
lackluster performance this year, club sources said Tuesday.

The 54-year-old Okada, who is in the final year of a three-year
contract, said the same day that he was already prepared to take
responsibility for the last-place Buffaloes and had left the decision
up to the team sometime ago.

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Baseball: Yoshimi has broken elbow, out for Climax Series

NAGOYA - Chunichi Dragons starter Kazuki Yoshimi was diagnosed
with a broken bone in his right elbow after undergoing an MRI on
Tuesday, meaning he is expected to miss the upcoming Climax Series
playoffs.

Yoshimi complained of discomfort in the elbow during a start
against the Yomiuri Giants on Monday and left the game after just
3-2/3 innings at Nagoya Dome. He is expected to be sidelined for at
least four weeks.

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Baseball: Brazell not returning to Tigers

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - Hanshin Tigers outfielder Craig Brazell
will not return to the Central League club after the end of the 2012
season, team sources revealed Tuesday.

Outfielder Matt Murton and right-handers Randy Messenger and
Jason Standridge, meanwhile, are part of the struggling Tigers plans
for next season and will likely remain with the team.

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Baseball: Active manager preferred for WBC: NPB commissioner

TOKYO - Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner Ryozo Kato
hinted Tuesday that he would prefer to select a skipper for next
year's World Baseball Classic among active managers in Japanese
baseball.

"The importance of a person who is active is one aspect that we
recognize," said Kato without clearly stating who is being considered
to guide Japan in its bid for a third consecutive title in 2013.

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Baseball: Iwasaki delivers in relief, Hawks down Lions

FUKUOKA - Reliever Sho Iwasaki pitched three scoreless innings,
the Softbank took advantage of shaky lefty starter Yusei Kikuchi, and
Wily Mo Pena drove in two runs as the Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 5-1
to win their third in a row on Tuesday night.

In other games, it was: Nippon Ham Fighters 6, Softbank Hawks 2;
Rakuten Eagles 11, Lotte Marines 6; Yomiuri Giants 9, Chunichi
Dragons 5; Yakult Swallows 2, Hiroshima Carp 1.

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Triathlon: Japanese athletes not to be sent to China due to protests

TOKYO - The Japan Triathlon Union said Tuesday it has decided
not to send a contingent of nine players and coaches to participate
in the long distance Asian championships starting this Sunday in
Weihai, Shandong Province, amid anti-Japan demonstrations in China.

"Some of our athletes have had water thrown on them over the
meet this month in China. We cannot ensure their safety," said JTU
senior director Shinichiro Otsuka.

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Boxing: WBA champion Yamaguchi to meet Rodriguez in November

TOKYO - WBA women's super flyweight champion Naoko Yamaguchi
said Tuesday she will face Mexican challenger Judith Rodriguez in her
first title defense at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall on Nov. 12.

The 34-year-old Yamaguchi, who beat compatriot Tsunami Tenkai by
unanimous decision to capture the crown in July, is 12-2, including
11 knockouts.

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Soccer: Vissel fined 10 mil. yen for fielding under-strength team

TOKYO - Vissel Kobe were fined 10 million yen on Tuesday by the
J-League for putting out a team that did not meet the criteria of the
controversial full-strength rule.

Unheard of in many of the top leagues around the world, the
J-League clearly defines what full-strength is for all 40 of its
member clubs.

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Tennis: Date-Krumm falls at 1st hurdle of Korea Open

SEOUL - Kimiko Date-Krumm lost in straight sets to Magdalena
Rybarikova in the first round of the Korea Open on Tuesday.

Date-Krumm, who turns 42 on Sept. 28 during the Pan Pacific Open
in Tokyo, fell 6-4, 6-3 to her Slovakian opponent. Date-Krumm has not
made it past the second round of any WTA event this season.

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Sumo: Harumafuji grabs sole lead, Hakuho falls on 10th day

TOKYO - Ozeki Harumafuji knocked the daylights out of Takayasu
to remained undefeated Tuesday, but yokozuna Hakuho took a spill for
his first loss at the hands of Tochiozan on the 10th day of the
Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Harumafuji, who is making his third bid at promotion to sumo's
highest rank of yokozuna after a 15-0 tour de force at the Nagoya
meet in July, improved to 10-0 with five days remaining at Ryogoku
Kokugikan.

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Baseball: Tigers' All-Star closer Fujikawa out with adductor injury

OSAKA - Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa was deactivated
with a sore right adductor Tuesday.

Fujikawa, who leads fifth-place Hanshin with 24 saves, had
complained of discomfort before Monday's game and did not pitch that
day. The Tigers did not say how long Fujikawa would be out for.

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Tennis: Nishikori eyes taking game to new heights at Japan Open

TOKYO - Kei Nishikori declared himself ready to take his game to
the next level for the final month-and-a-half of the season ahead of
the upcoming Japan Open on Tuesday.

The world No. 17 has had a solid year, reaching the Australian
Open quarterfinals and the third round of Wimbledon but does not have
a title in 2012.

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Sumo: Kotoshogiku needs extra 3 weeks to recover from knee injury

TOKYO - Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who withdrew from the ongoing Autumn
Grand Sumo Tournament on the fourth day with ligament damage in his
left knee, will require another three weeks to recuperate, the
Sadogatake wrestler said in a medical certificate submitted to the
Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Kotoshogiku, who injured the knee in a bout
against Homasho on the third day, was initially diagnosed as needing
just one week of recovery.

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Badminton: China pulls out of Yonex Open amid Senkaku tension with
Japan

TOKYO - China has pulled its badminton players from the Yonex
Open that started on Tuesday in response to Japan's nationalization
of the Senkaku Islands last week.

A Nippon Badminton Association source told Kyodo News that the
withdrawal came at the urging of the Chinese government, which has
vehemently opposed Japan's decision to nationalize the islands to
which Beijing lays claim.

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Baseball: Marines' Imaoka to retire at season's end

CHIBA, Japan - The Lotte Marines' Makoto Imaoka, who helped the
Hanshin Tigers to two Central League pennants at the height of his
career, said Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Imaoka had added hitting and defensive coaching
duties to his job as an infielder this year, but has not played a
single game for the fourth-place Marines. He will hold a press
conference after Lotte's farmhand finishes its season at the end of
the month.
 


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