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TOKYO, Oct. 7 (22:56) Kyodo

Soccer: J-League explains new 2-stage format to union

TOKYO - The J-League explained the 2-stage format it will use
starting in 2015 to its players union on Monday.

League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi explained how the league arrived
at the details of the new format to a session of the league and the
union's labor-management council.

Baseball: NPB prepares response to MLB posting system suggestions

TOKYO - Executives from Nippon Professional Baseball's 12 teams
exchanged opinions on Monday regarding a revision of the posting
system that regulates the movement to the major leagues of players
ineligible for free agency.

NPB's executive committee discussed suggestions from Major
League Baseball and is looking to reach an agreement on revisions by
the end of October. No concrete details of MLB's suggestions were

Baseball: Buffaloes knock Marines into 3rd place

OSAKA - Orix lefty Yuji Maeda worked six innings and three
relievers completed a three-hit shutout as the Buffaloes defeated the
playoff-bound Lotte Marines 1-0 on Monday.

The loss knocked the Marines into third place just behind the
Seibu Lions. The two teams finish the regular season against each
other on Tuesday at Seibu Dome, with the right to host the first
stage of the Pacific League Climax Series at stake.

Baseball: Right-hander Padilla out at Softbank: source

FUKUOKA - Vicente Padilla, who has won 108 big league games,
will not receive a contract for 2014 from the Softbank Hawks, it was
learned from a source on Monday.

The 36-year-old Padilla, who signed on Feb. 12 after a tryout in
spring training, went 3-6 with a 3.84 in 16 games for the Pacific
League club.

Baseball: Tigers commit to manager Wada for 3rd year

OSAKA - Hanshin Tigers manager Yutaka Wada will remain in that
post for next season, regardless of the outcome of this year's
Central League playoffs, team owner Shinya Sakai said Monday.

Wada is in the second year of a three-year deal. The Tigers
finished fifth last season, but finished second this year to return
to the postseason.

Tennis: Doi, Nara advance to 2nd round of Japan Women's Open

OSAKA - Last year's semifinalist Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara
reached the second round of the Japan Women's Open on Monday.

Doi beat Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-2, while Nara
defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 at Utsubo Tennis Center.

Golf: Matsuyama outplayed by Mahan in Presidents Cup finale

DUBLIN, Ohio - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama faltered on Sunday,
losing two matches for the International team on the final day of the
Presidents Cup.

Matsuyama finished with one win, one half and three losses at
rain-soaked Muirfield Villiage Golf Club as the U.S. team won the
biennial competition 18-1/2 to 15-1/2.

Soccer: Havenaar scores ahead of Serbia, Belarus friendlies

ARNHEM, Netherlands - Japan international Mike Havenaar warmed
up for the international week by scoring his second goal of the
season in Vitesse Arnhem's 2-1 home defeat to Feyenoord on Sunday.

Havenaar played the entire match, scoring in the 83rd minute to
trim Feyenoord's lead with a header from a left-wing cross. It was
the forward's first goal in five games.

Soccer: Japan could be invited to Euro 2020: report

LONDON - Japan could receive an invitation to the 2020 European
Championship that will be held across the continent in 13 cities, The
Independent newspaper has reported.

Citing a source close to UEFA President Michel Platini, the
paper said Saturday the European governing body is looking to further
revamp the tournament, which will be expanded to 24 teams from 2016.

Figure skating: Hanyu wins Finlandia Trophy, Suzuki 2nd in women's

ESPOO, Finland - Yuzuru Hanyu won the Finlandia Trophy by a
landslide on Sunday in his first appearance of the season.

The 18-year-old Japanese star won the free program with 180.93
points for a two-day total of 265.59, an unofficial personal best.
Hanyu comfortably finished ahead of second-place Sergey Voronov, who
ended up with 241.37.

Gymnastics: Uchimura wins 2nd gold, Japan tops table at worlds

ANTWERP, Belgium - Kohei Uchimura wrapped up the world
championships with his second gold medal, helping Japan top the
medals table Sunday.

With a score of 15.666, Uchimura finished in a tie for first in
the men's parallel bars with China's Lin Chaopan, becoming the first
Japanese to win the event at the worlds in 32 years.

Horse racing: Arc runnerup Orfevre to retire after Arima Kinen

PARIS - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runnerup Orfevre will call it
a career after the season-ending Arima Kinen in December, trainer
Yasutoshi Ikee said on Sunday.

Ikee made the announcement after the 5-year-old Orfevre finished
second in the Arc for the second straight year, five lengths behind
3-year-old filly Treve.

Soccer: Neill standing by Australia coach Osieck en route to World Cup

TOKYO - Socceroos captain Lucas Neill is standing by his
embattled coach Holger Osieck, saying a managerial change would be
"unjust" as Australia build up for next summer's World Cup finals in

Osieck has come under fire from the Australian media and
supporters since his team were thrashed 6-0 by Brazil in Brasilia
last month, just three months after the German was hailed for leading
the Socceroos to World Cup qualification as group runners-up to Japan.

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