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TOKYO, Oct. 23 (23:05) Kyodo

Baseball: Nakamura to have surgery for ACL injury in left knee

TOKYO - Seibu's Takeya Nakamura, who won the Pacific League home
run crown for the second consecutive year, will undergo surgery on
his injured left knee to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and a
damaged meniscus, the Lions said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Nakamura, who spent the majority of the second
half of the season in the designated hitter's spot after suffering
the injury in June, hit 27 homers this season, a significant drop
from the 48 he blasted in 2011.

Baseball: Carp manager Nomura to return in 2013 for 4th season

HIROSHIMA - Kenjiro Nomura on Tuesday signed a one-year, 70
million yen extension to manage the Hiroshima Carp for what will be
his fourth season.

The Carp finished fourth in the Central League this year with a
61-71 record, 26.5 games out of first place. They have never played
in the Climax Series.

Baseball: Toritani mulls major decision after Tigers' plea to stay

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - All-Star shortstop Takashi Toritani didn't
have an answer after the Hanshin Tigers pleaded for him to pass up
free agency and remain with the Central League team on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Toritani qualified for overseas free agency this
season as Hanshin finished fifth, missing the playoffs for the second
straight year. A career .282 hitter, he has played every regular
season game for the Tigers since 2005.

Soccer: Gamba lose joint top scorer Sato for season

OSAKA - Relegation-threatened Gamba Osaka suffered a huge blow
in their fight to stay up in the J-League first division on Tuesday,
losing their joint top scorer Akihiro Sato for the rest of the season
with a knee ligament injury.

Sato, who leads the former Asian champions with 11 goals in 26
appearances alongside Leandro, damaged the anterior cruciate ligament
in his right knee and will be sidelined for eight months, Gamba said.

Soccer: Sir Alex says Kagawa will play in Champions League vs Braga

MANCHESTER, England - A recuperated Shinji Kagawa will play in
Manchester United's Champions League tie at home to Portugal's Braga
after sitting out the weekend, manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.

Ferguson left Kagawa in the stands for the first time for
United's 4-2 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford, but the Scot
maintained it was simply to rest the Japanese international, who
played the 90 minutes in the Asian champions' two friendlies against
France and Brazil last week.

3-time Olympic champ Yoshida to receive People's Honor Award

TOKYO - The government decided Tuesday to bestow the People's
Honor Award on three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida.

Yoshida, 30, has won a total of 13 Olympic and world titles, one
more than Russian legend Alexander Karelin, who earned three Olympic
gold medals and nine world championships in the men's 130-kg class
between 1988 and 1999.

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