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TOKYO, Nov. 12 (22:54) Kyodo

Boxing: Yamaguchi defends her WBA superfly belt

TOKYO - Japan's Naoko Yamaguchi won the first defense of her WBA
superflyweight belt Monday in a unanimous 10-round decision against
ninth-ranked Judith Rodriguez of Mexico.

The 34-year-old Yamaguchi weathered an early flurry of left and
right hooks but stayed strong until the end and delivered precise
telling blows that made the difference.

Sumo: Injury may force ozeki Baruto to rest

FUKUOKA - Ozeki Baruto may be forced to skip his bout on Tuesday
against sekiwake Goeido after suffering a muscle strain on the inside
of his left thigh on Monday at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Should Baruto (1-1) be unable to win eight matches, he will be
demoted and fight his next tournament as a sekiwake for the first
time since being promoted to ozeki in May 2010. Baruto injured the
big toe on his right foot in September and his withdrawal cost him a
chance to earn a majority record.

Baseball: Carp bolster bullpen with right-hander Socolovich

HIROSHIMA - The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement in
principle over contract terms with right-handed reliever Miguel
Socolovich, an executive of the Central League club said Monday.

The 26-year-old has pitched in 12 major league games, all this
past season with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. In three
seasons at the Triple-A level, the Venezuelan had a 2.99 ERA with 150
strikeouts in 129-1/3 innings.

Soccer: J-League admits JFL champion V-Varen Nagasaki

ISAHAYA, Japan - The J-League has admitted Japan Football League
champion V-Varen Nagasaki to its second division, the team's
president said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference, V-Varen president Tomoyuki
Miyata was filled with emotion as he related a telephone call he
received from J-League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi. The club had faced a
league inspection to determine whether it would qualify for

Baseball: Kaneko has surgery on left knee

SAPPORO - Nippon Ham said Monday that Fighters shortstop Makoto
Kaneko has undergone surgery on his left knee at a Sapporo hospital.

Kaneko, 37, will be hospitalized for the coming days and begin a
rehab assignment as soon as he is well enough.

Baseball: Giants send lefty Kaneto to Eagles in 4-player deal

TOKYO - The Giants and Eagles have agreed on a four-player deal
that will send 28-year-old southpaw Norihito Kaneto to Rakuten, a
source said Monday.

The teams are expected to announce the trade in the coming days.

Sumo: Harumafuji loses on 2nd day, Hakuho 2-0

FUKUOKA - Newly promoted yokozuna Harumafuji got a painful dose
of reality Monday, when he was sent crashing to his first loss at the
hands of local boy Okinoumi on just the second day of the Kyushu
Grand Sumo Tournament.

Grand champion Hakuho, meanwhile, made quick work of Tochiozan
to move to 2-0, getting revenge after his defeat to the top-ranked
maegashira at the autumn meet in September as the yokozuna stayed on
track for a resurgence after a three-tournament title drought.

Soccer: Komano doubtful for World Cup qualifier vs Oman

DOHA - Japan are sweating on the fitness of Yuichi Komano ahead
of their World Cup qualifier away to Oman, after the versatile Jubilo
Iwata defender skipped the Asian champions final training session in
Doha on Monday with a sore back.

Komano hurt his lower back during training on Sunday, causing
another potential headache for coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who is
already missing Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida (thigh) and Manchester
United midfielder Shinji Kagawa (knee) through injury.

Baseball: Tigers captain Toritani staying with Hanshin

KOBE - Hanshin Tigers shortstop Takashi Toritani has declined to
file for free agency, a team official said Monday, the last day for
players to file.

The Tigers' 31-year-old captain played in all 144 of Hanshin's
games this season. Toritani led both leagues with 94 walks and led
the Tigers in runs, hits, triples, and RBIs. This season he became
eligible to be an unrestricted free agent.

Judo: Sugimoto looking to bow out of international competition

TOKYO - London Olympic silver medalist Mika Sugimoto will soon
retire from international judo competition, a source familiar with
the situation told Kyodo News on Monday.

The 28-year-old Sugimoto, who was runner-up in the women's over
78 kilograms in London this past summer, will relinquish her status
as a certified athlete of the All Japan Judo Federation, the source

Golf: Ishikawa secures 2013 PGA Tour card

NEW YORK - Japan's Ryo Ishikawa secured his 2013 PGA Tour card
exemption Sunday with earnings this season of about $870,000 that
placed him at 108th within the Top 125 rankings.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy topped the PGA earnings with $8.04
million, and also was the European money list winner. Tiger Woods,
the world No. 2, finished with $6.13 million.

Soccer: Usami out to prove point to Zac ahead of Oman clash

DOHA - Hoffenheim striker Takashi Usami arrived in Doha on
Sunday night determined to force his way into Japan coach Alberto
Zaccheroni's plans ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier away to

Zaccheroni handed Usami his first call-up in over a year for the
Group B meeting in Muscat, despite admitting at the squad
announcement earlier this week in Tokyo that he did not think the
uncapped 20-year-old had blossomed since catching his eye two years

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