Dena Gets Npb Green Light To Buy Baystars

DeNA gets NPB green light to buy BayStarsNippon Professional Baseball representatives approved by a majority on Thursday the participation in Japanese baseball of DeNA Co., which has agreed to buy the Yokohama BayStars from Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc.

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Toyota Flies The Flag For Amateurism

Toyota flies the flag for amateurismAgainst a rising tide of professionalism in corporate sports, Toyota Motor Corp.'s rugby team, Toyota Verblitz, has tried to maintain the principle that its players are also members of its work force.

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Kisenosato Promoted To Ozeki

Kisenosato promoted to ozekiKisenosato was formally promoted Wednesday to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki after his elevation was finalized at a Japan Sumo Association executive board meeting.

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Abe Re - Signs, Accepts Unchanged Salary

Abe re-signs, accepts unchanged 400 mil.Y salaryYomiuri Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe re-signed Tuesday with the Central League club for an unchanged 400 million yen, team sources said.

''The biggest disappointment for me this year was losing in the Climax Series (to the Yakult Swallows). Next year, I want to focus on driving in runs,'' the 32-year-old Abe said.

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Hakuho Loses, Ending A Bad Year For Sumo

Hakuho loses, ending a bad year for sumoPerhaps befitting of the dismal year for the sumo world, the final bout of 2011 ended with a blemish on yokozuna Hakuho's record.

Estonian Baruto upset Hakuho on Nov. 27, giving the Mongolian a 14-1 record in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho has already clinched his 21st title on Day 13 of the basho, but was striving to mark his first 15-0 record in 2011.

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Nadeshiko Must Adapt To Win

Nadeshiko must adapt to winIt's been a very good year for Aya Miyama. The pint-sized midfielder was recently named the Asian Football Confederation Women's Player of the Year, capping off a year in which she also earned a Women's World Cup gold medal.

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Otsu Strikes Again As Japan Beat Syria

Otsu strikes again as Japan beat Syria Borussia Monchengladbach forward Yuki Otsu headed in a late winner as Japan took a significant step towards qualifying for next year's London Olympics with a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Syria on Sunday.

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Kisenosato To Be Promoted To Ozeki

Kisenosato to be promoted to ozekiThe Japan Sumo Association's umpire committee on Sunday voted unanimously in favor of promoting Kisenosato to the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki ahead of his bout against Kotoshokigu on the final day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Golf Young Japanese, S.koreans Fight

Golf Young Japanese, S.Koreans fightThe Japan Golf Tour is heading into the home stretch and the battle for the top moneymaker is heating up.

Bae Sang-moon, 25, who joined the Japanese tour full scale last season, is leading the race by a wide margin, raising the chances of a South Korean golfer becoming Japan's top prize money winner for the second straight year after last year's winner, Kim Kyung-tae, 25.

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Japan Basketball 1st Female Head Coach

Japan basketball 1st female head coachA Japanese American woman became the first female head coach in the history of Japan's professional men's basketball league on Thursday.
Natalie Nakase, who has experience as a head coach of a women's team in Germany, was hired by the Saitama Broncos.

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Relief Pitchers Center Stage In Japan Series

Relief pitchers on center stage in Japan SeriesThe 2011 Japan Series has turned out to be a battle of bullpens, and all about the performances of the two teams' premier relievers.

Unlike in the past, a relief pitcher could be named the series MVP this weekend as there has been no standout among position players and starting pitchers so far.

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Kisenosato Stays On Course Ozeki Promotion

Kisenosato stays on course for ozeki promotionOzeki debutant Kotoshogiku put Goeido on his backside to make it two wins out of two, while Kisenosato took another step toward ozeki promotion with a convincing win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

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