Akiyama Refuses Clarify Plans Closer Mahara

Akiyama refuses clarify plans for closer MaharaSoftbank Hawks manager Koji Akiyama declined Monday to discuss his plans for struggling closer Takahiro Mahara for the rest of the Japan Series.

Asked when and how he will use Mahara next time, Akiyama only said, ''We'll see.''

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Koike Homers In 10th To Lift Dragons

Koike homers in 10th to lift Dragons Masaaki Koike hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Chunichi Dragons held on to beat the Softbank Hawks 2-1 in Game 1 of the Japan Series on Saturday afternoon.

In the first Japan Series in two years between the Central League and Pacific League champions, it was outgoing manager Hiromitsu Ochiai's team that took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Sumo Nishiiwa To Take Over Naruto Stable

Sumo elder Nishiiwa to take over Naruto stableThe Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday that sumo elder Nishiiwa will succeed Naruto, who died a day earlier of respiratory failure, as coach of the scandal-hit stable.
 
The JSA held an emergency board meeting to discuss the future of the Naruto stable following the sudden death of the 59-year-old Naruto, who had been under investigation by the association over a magazine report that said he had abused his apprentices.

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Sumo Elder Naruto Dies At 59

Sumo elder Naruto dies at 59Sumo elder Naruto, the former yokozuna Takanosato, died of respiratory failure at a hospital in the city of Fukuoka on Monday morning, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 59.
 
He was admitted to the hospital Sunday night after complaining of ill health and was treated for asthma, according to the hospital.

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Ramirez Aiming To Play For Another Club

Ramirez aiming to play for another clubAlex Ramirez, whose time with the Yomiuri Giants is all but over as he aims to part ways with the Central League club, said Monday he is hoping to continue his baseball career in Japan.

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Seibu Has Nothing To Lose In Postseason

Seibu has nothing to lose in postseasonThe Seibu Lions were more than 20 games out from the Softbank Hawks, but they will attempt to repeat what the Lotte Marines did last year -- bounce back from a third-place finish in the regular season to win the Japan Series.

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Gamba To Build New Stadium By 2014

Gamba to build new stadium by 2014Former Asian champion Gamba Osaka will move into a new soccer-only stadium with a capacity of at least 32,000 in time for the 2014 season.

Team president Kikuo Kanamori relayed the plan in person to Tetsuya Inoue, mayor of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday.

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Manager Obana To Take Vacation

Manager Obana to take vacationThe Yokohama BayStars, whose parent company Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. has reached a broad agreement with mobile-phone gaming company DeNA Co. to sell its majority stake in the team, will force manager Takao Obana to take an involuntary ''vacation'' this fall.

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Pl Teams Against Dena Purchasing Baystars

PL teams against DeNA purchasing YokohamaA number of teams in Japanese baseball's Pacific League have voiced concern over mobile-phone gaming company DeNA Co. buying the Central League's Yokohama BayStars from Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. (TBSHD), a senior baseball official said Thursday.

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Tanaka's Clutch Hit Helps Yakult

Tanaka's clutch hit helps Yakult Hiroyasu Tanaka hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning as the Yakult Swallows beat the Yokohama BayStars 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Japan Holds 'positive' With Wbc Organizers

Japan holds 'positive' with WBC organizersRakuten Eagles owner Toru Shimada said Friday that talks with organizers of the 2013 World Baseball Classic had gone well but that Japan's participation at the tournament was not touched upon during the meeting.

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Carp's Kurihara Monthly Mvp Again

Carp's Kurihara monthly MVP againKenta Kurihara became the first position player from the Hiroshima Carp to win back-to-back monthly MVP awards when the Central League on Thursday announced the MVPs for September.

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Tbs In Neg To Sell Yokohama Baystars

TBS in negotiations to sell Yokohama BayStarsTokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. (TBSHD) is in negotiations to sell its majority stake in the Yokohama BayStars professional baseball team, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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