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TOKYO, Nov. 19 (22:51) Kyodo

Soccer: Miyaichi happy to return to the fold

LONDON - Japan midfielder Ryo Miyaichi said he was happy to
return to action in an interview posted Sunday on Wigan Athletic's

The 19-year-old winger had missed the last five games with a
groin strain. Miyaichi came on as a second-half substitute for
striker Franco di Santo in a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on

Swimming: Japan to host 2016 Asian swimming c'ships

TOKYO - Japan will host the 2016 Asian swimming championships,
the Japan Swimming Federation announced Monday.

The decision was made by the general assembly of the Asian
Swimming Federation in Dubai the same day. The competition will be
staged in November 2016.

Baseball: Buffaloes to cut ties with lefty MacLane

KOBE - The Orix Buffaloes will not re-sign left-hander Evan
MacLane for next season, Kyodo News learned Monday.

In his second season in Japan, the 30-year-old MacLane went 5-4
with a 3.91 ERA in 69 innings for the last-place Buffaloes but did
not make a single appearance after September.

Baseball: Ichiro, Kuroda won't play in World Baseball Classic

TOKYO - Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda confirmed Monday what
had already been brewing in the rumor mill: they will not play for
two-time defending champion Japan in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Outfielder Suzuki and right-hander Kuroda are both free agents
from the New York Yankees, and have yet to sign with anyone for next
season. The two relayed their decision to pull out of the March 2-19
event to Nippon Professional Baseball, which made the announcement

Baseball: Carp near 2-year extension for right-hander Bullington

HIROSHIMA - The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement on a
two-year contract extension with right-hander Bryan Bullington, a
team official said Monday.

The 32-year-old Bullington went 7-14 with a 3.23 ERA in 29
starts in his second year with Hiroshima this season.

Baseball: Former major leaguer Nishioka joins Hanshin

NISHINOMIYA, Japan - The Hanshin Tigers announced Monday the
signing of switch-hitting infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was
released from the Minnesota Twins at the end of this season.

Nishioka, 28, who walked away from the third and final year of
his contract with the Twins after spending two disappointing seasons
in the majors, will hold a press conference on Tuesday.

Sumo: Harumafuji dumps Goeido, Hakuho in sole lead

FUKUOKA - Yokozuna debutant Harumafuji got what proved to be a
big break from an errant judge's call, sending sekiwake Goeido to his
first defeat as Hakuho took sole possession of the lead at the Kyushu
Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Grand champion Hakuho improved his unbeaten slate to 9-0 with a
blitzkrieg of Myogiryu (2-7), but it was Harumafuji whose bout turned
controversial when Minezaki, one of the ringside judges, raised his
hand to stop the first altercation after he thought the yokozuna's
foot had breached the barrier.

Baseball: Abe among 5 Giants in CL Best Nine

TOKYO - Catcher Shinnosuke Abe was among five Yomiuri Giants
players named to the Central League's Best Nine on Monday.

Abe, who led the CL in batting average (.340) and RBIs (104) and
captained the Giants to the Japan Series title, had the most votes in
either league with 250, winning the honor for the sixth straight year
as he also challenged for the triple crown.

Soccer: Reds to part ways with fan favorite, ex-Japan striker Tanaka

SAITAMA, Japan - The Urawa Reds announced on Monday that they
will not re-sign former Japan forward Tatsuya Tanaka, a loyal 12-year
servant of the J-League's best supported club.

The 29-year-old Tanaka, one of the most popular players of all
time for the Saitama giants, has been limited to just six appearances
without a goal this season for the third-place Reds.

Soccer: Hasebe opens season account as Wolfsburg continue rise

SINSHEIM, Germany - Japan captain Makoto Hasebe continued to
turn around his season as the Wolfsburg midfielder opened his
2012-2013 account in a 3-1 away win over Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Hasebe's international teammate at Hoffenheim, Takashi Usami,
did not make the bench.

Sumo: Baruto to drop to sumo's 3rd rank of sekiwake

FUKUOKA - Injury-hit ozeki Baruto will be demoted to sumo's
third-highest rank of sekiwake for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament
in January.

The Estonian behemoth, who has injured his left thigh, has been
condemned to his second consecutive losing record since he will not
return to the ongoing Kyushu meet on the ninth day of competition.

Golf: Ai Miyazato falters, finishes 5th at season-ending Titleholders

NAPLES, Florida - Ai Miyazato stumbled with a final-round
2-over-par 74 Sunday at the Titleholders to finish in fifth place,
five shots behind South Korean winner Choi Na Yeon.

Miyazato, who started the day just one shot behind Choi in
second, failed to get her putts to roll in as she wrapped up the
final round of the U.S. LPGA season with a 9-under 279 total.

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