Baseball: Higashihama Returns To Start Game 1 Against Eagles

Baseball: Higashihama returns to start Game 1 against Eagles

SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nao Higashihama will return to active duty on Wednesday after three weeks on the sidelines to start Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series.

Higashihama tied for the Pacific League lead with 16 wins, but hasn't pitched on the first team since Sept. 23 due to lower back stiffness. In the meantime, however, he has been tuning up in instructional league games.

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Baseball: Baystars Blast Past Tigers Into Playoffs Final Stage

Baseball: BayStars blast past Tigers into playoffs final stage

Joe Wieland allowed a run in seven innings to earn the win as the DeNA BayStars beat the Hanshin Tigers 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the final stage of the Central League Climax Series.

Wieland, who was pitching his third game this year at the Tigers' ballpark, historic Koshien Stadium, was 2-0 here during the season. He went to the mound in the bottom of the first with a 3-0 lead. The right-hander gave up seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.

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Figure Skating: Tanaka Injures Pelvic Muscle, To Miss Rostelecom Cup

Figure skating: Tanaka injures pelvic muscle, to miss Rostelecom Cup

Japanese figure skater Keiji Tanaka injured a muscle in his right hip-pelvic area and will withdraw from the upcoming Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday.

Tanaka was told by doctors he would need three weeks to recover, and his absence leaves Yuzuru Hanyu as the only Japanese competing in men's singles at the Grand Prix series opener scheduled on Friday and Saturday.

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Baseball: Kishi, Eagles Stop Lions Force Game 3

Baseball: Kishi, Eagles stop Lions force Game 3

Takayuki Kishi returned to MetLife Dome with a vengeance on Sunday, holding his old team scoreless into the seventh inning as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions 4-1 to even their playoff series 1-1.

Having left the Lions as a free agent over the winter to sign with his hometown team, Kishi knew first-hand how hard it would be to shut down Nippon Professional Baseball's most potent offense. Needing a win in the best-of-three Climax Series first stage after suffering a 10-0 beating on Saturday, Kishi was determined to throw strikes and challenge hitters.

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Rugby: Defending Champs Suntory Steal Victory From Jaws Of Defeat

Rugby: Defending champs Suntory steal victory from jaws of defeat

Suntory Sungoliath showed why they are defending Japan Rugby Top League champions Sunday as they fought back to beat Toyota Verblitz 32-31 at Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium.

Trailing 31-13 with 20 minutes to go, Keisuke Sawaki's side drew on all their experience, and tries from Daishi Murata, Yutaka Nagare and Koji Iino gave them a one-point advantage with five minutes to play.

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Horse Racing: Deirdre Wins Last Filly's Triple Crown Race In Shuka - Sho

Horse racing: Deirdre wins last filly's triple crown race in Shuka-sho

Third choice Deirdre stormed to victory in the Shuka-sho on Sunday, capturing the final jewel in the filly's triple crown under yielding conditions at Kyoto Racecourse.

Jockey Christophe Lemaire, who rode to his fourth Grade One victory of the season, was singing in the rain after steering Deirdre to her maiden G1 title in their first partnership.

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Baseball: Otani Should Be Ready To Play In 3 Months Following Surgery

Baseball: Otani should be ready to play in 3 months following surgery

Slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani should be fit to pitch and hit without any restrictions in about three months, the Nippon Ham Fighters said Wednesday.

Otani is expected to move to the majors via the posting system following the end of Nippon Professional Baseball's season. The PL's MVP in 2016, when he was voted the circuit's top pitcher and its top designated hitter, Otani appeared in just 65 games this past season.

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Olympic Stadium Worker's Suicide Caused By Mental Illness Due To Excessive Overtime

Olympic stadium worker's suicide caused by mental illness due to excessive overtime

The suicide of a 23-year-old man who was overseeing construction at the new National Stadium in Tokyo has officially been recognized as a work-related incident, which resulted from mental illness brought on by excessive overtime, it was learned on Oct. 10.

The decision, which was finalized by Tokyo's Shinjuku Labor Standards Inspection Office on Oct. 6, was made public by the bereaved family's lawyer, Hiroshi Kawahito.

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Otani Mum On Future After Expected Final Game In Japan

Otani mum on future after expected final game in Japan

Shohei Otani was quiet on and off the field in what was expected to be his last game in Japan on Monday before being posted to the major leagues this winter.

Otani and the Nippon Ham Fighters, who beat the Rakuten Eagles 3-1 for their fourth straight win, drew the curtain on a miserable season for last year's Japan Series champions that will see them finish fifth in the Pacific League.

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Tanaka Earns 1st Playoff Win In Majors To Keep Yankees Alive

Tanaka earns 1st playoff win in majors to keep Yankees alive

The New York Yankees lived to see another day thanks to Masahiro Tanaka, who won his first playoff game in the majors with seven stellar innings in a 1-0 win against the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday.

Down 2-0 in the series and with the Yankees' season on the line, Tanaka (1-0) allowed just three hits and a walk, striking out seven against the team with the best record in the AL this year.

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Murakami, Shirai Shine Gold In Floor, Vault At Worlds

Murakami, Shirai shine gold in floor, vault at worlds

Mai Murakami became the first Japanese woman to win the floor at the artistic gymnastics world championships on Sunday, while compatriot Kenzo Shirai captured his second title of the meet in the men's vault.

Murakami became Japan's first female world champion in 63 years after winning the floor with 14.233 points. American Jade Carey took silver with 14.200, Briton Claudia Fragapane (13.933) bronze.

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