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TOKYO, Feb. 14 (22:58) Kyodo

Soccer: Injured Schalke defender Uchida returns to Japan

TOKYO - Schalke's Japan international defender Atsuto Uchida
returned to Japan on Friday to undergo tests on a thigh injury
sustained last in last weekend's 2-0 Bundesliga win at home to
Hannover 96.

Schalke said Monday that Uchida had torn a muscle in his right
thigh and may have also suffered tendon damage. He faces the prospect
of surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines, depending on the
results of the tests.

Rugby: Top League relegation playoff hit by weather

TOKYO - The Top League relegation/promotion game between NTT
Communications Shining Arcs and Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars has been
postponed until Feb. 22 due to heavy snowfall in the Kanto area, the
Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday.

The game, originally scheduled for Saturday at Kumagaya Rugby
Ground, was postponed out of concerns for the safety of the fans and
players as well as the conditions at the stadium.

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