Grampus In Control

Grampus is J-League's LeaderThe J. League championship is led by Nagoya Grampus' , as Kashima Antlers were condemned to a 2-1 defeat by Albirex Niigata, a result that left Grampus 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Marcio Richardes' second-half strike put Niigata in front and although Kashima piled on the pressure after leveling through a sumptuous finish from Toru Araiba, and Isao Homma grabbed the winner in stoppage time.
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Dragons Dominate In Game 2

Japan DragonsThere will be no sweep in the 2010 Japan Series . The Chunichi Dragons made sure of that and then some.

The Dragons scored 10 runs over the first three innings, got a decent outing from starter Chen Wei-yin, and cruised to an easy 12-1 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines in Game 2 of the Japan Series on Sunday.

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Shimotori Norio

Shimotori NorioShimotori Norio (born March 18, 1978) is a sumo wrestler from Arai, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

A former amateur champion, he made his professional debut in 2000 and first reached the top division in 2002, although due to injuries he has had trouble maintaining his position. He has earned one special prize, for Fighting Spirit. His highest rank has been komusubi.

 
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Musashi (akio Mori)

Musashi and Peter AertsMusashi (born October 17, 1972) is a retired professional Japanese Heavyweight karateka and kickboxer.

He is 4 time K-1 Japan tournament champion, a former WAKO Heavyweight Muay Thai champion and two time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist. He announced his retirement and decided to end his 14-year professional career at the press conference in Tokyo on August 26, 2009.
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Kobayashi Masato

Kobayashi Masato K1 World Max ChampionKobayashi Masato  is a retired professional Japanese Welterweight kickboxer , born on 10 March 1979 (1979-03-10) (age 31) ,  in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

He was the world champion of ISKA at Welterweight under Oriental rules, and he is the winner of K-1 WORLD MAX World tournament in 2003 and 2008. In addition, he is also the runner-up of K-1 World MAX World tournament in 2004 and 2007
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Homasho Noriyuki

HomashoHomasho Noriyuki (born April 16, 1981 as Y?suke Yamamoto in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan), is a sumo wrestler.



He turned professional in March 2004 and reached the top makuuchi division in May 2006, without any losing scores on his record. The highest rank he has so far reached is maegashira 1. He has earned six special prizes in his top division career to date and been a runner-up in three tournaments. He is the first sekitori from Shikoroyama stable.
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Hokutoriki Hideki

HokutorikiHokutoriki Hideki (born October 31, 1977 as Hideki Kimura) is a sumo wrestler, from Tochigi, Japan.



He reached the top makuuchi division in 2002 and has been runner-up in three tournaments. He has won four special prizes in his career. The highest rank he has reached is sekiwake.
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Bushuyama Takashi

BushuyamaBushuyama Takashi (born May 21, 1976) is a Japanese sumo wrestler from Aomori, Aomori Prefecture.

He made his professional debut in January 1999. At the age of 32, he was promoted to the top makuuchi division in the November 2008 tournament. His highest rank has been maegashira 3.

 
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Asasekiryu Taro

AsasekiryuAsasekiryu Taro (born August 7, 1981 as Badarchiin Dashnyam, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia) is a sumo wrestler.

He made his debut in January 2000, reaching the top division in March 2003. He has won four special prizes, and has spent a total of five tournaments to date in the titled sanyaku ranks. The highest rank he has reached is sekiwake.

 
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Aminishiki Ryuji

AminishikiAminishiki Ryuji (born October 3, 1978 as Ry?ji Suginomori) is a Japanese sumo wrestler. He made his professional debut in 1997 and has been ranked in the top division since 2000.

He has earned ten special prizes and won seven gold stars for defeating yokozuna during his career. He has twice been runner-up in a tournament.
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Iwakiyama Quits After Spring Stroke

IwakiyamaFormer komusubi Iwakiyama, who suffered a minor stroke this spring, said Sunday he decided to call time on his career rather than risk a threat to his life.

Iwakiyama, who had fallen in the ranks to the second-tier juryo division, joined his stable-master Sakaigawa to announce his retirement on the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
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Chiyotaikai Formally Retires

ChiotaikaiFormer ozeki Chiyotaikai, who retired after the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in January, had his topknot removed in a ceremony at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Saturday, drawing the curtain on his illustrious but injury-plagued career.

Chiyotaikai, who has assumed the sumo elder's name Sanoyama, had about 360 well-wishers taking snips into his oicho (ginko-leaf topknot) before his stablemaster Kokonoe removed it.
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Asashoryu At Topknot Ceremony

AsashoryuFormer Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu, who retired in February after assaulting a man outside a Tokyo nightclub, had his topknot removed in a ceremony at Ryogoku Kokugikan.



Asashoryu, 30, performed his "unryu" style dohyo-iri ritual in the raised ring for the last time, flanked by Mongolian wrestlers Asasekiryu and ozeki Harumafuji, who served as the usher and sword-bearer, respectively.

 
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Japan Wins Against Argentina

Japan Argentina 1-0Japan upset a full-strength Argentina side 1-0 Friday in a historic friendly win that crowned the coaching debut of former AC Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni.

Shimizu S-Pulse striker Shinji Okazaki scored the winner in the 19th minute while the Blue Samurai stopped several scoring attempts by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
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