Ogasawara Sidelined, Injured Wrist

Michihiro OgasawaraYomiuri Giants first baseman Michihiro Ogasawara was removed from the active roster Thursday after injuring his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch in a game against the Hanshin Tigers.

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Panasonic Help Univ Solar Car Race

Panasonic help univ solar car racePanasonic Corp. said Wednesday it will provide its solar cells and lithium-ion batteries to a solar-powered car developed by a Tokai University team which will compete in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia, one of the largest solar-powered car races in the world.

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Reds Embarrassed By Kofu

Naoki YamadaUrawa Reds' Japan midfielder Naoki Yamada failed to impress Olympic team coach Takashi Sekizuka as the former Asian champions went down 3-2 at the hands of Ventforet Kofu on Saturday.

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Johjima Undergoes Surgery

Kenji JohjimaHanshin Tigers catcher Kenji Johjima, who has been sidelined with left knee and right elbow injuries, has undergone surgery as part of his rehabilitation, the Central League club said on Tuesday.

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6 - Yr Term Eyed Ex - Sumo Wrestler

Mitsutomo FuruichiPublic prosecutors demanded on Monday a prison term of six years for a former sumo wrestler charged with extorting 3.5 million yen in hush money from former ozeki Kotomitsuki in connection with illegal gambling on professional baseball games.

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Yamada Stars As Japan Beat Egypt

Naoki YamadaNaoki Yamada marked his first start for Japan's Under-22s in style on Wednesday, scoring one goal and creating the other as Takashi Sekizuka's side beat Egypt's U-22s 2-1 in a warm-up for the final round of qualifiers for next year's London Olympics.

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Hopes Arsenal To Release Miyaichi

Ryo MiyaichiJapan Under-22 coach Takashi Sekizuka is hoping Premier League giants Arsenal soften their stance and make teenage striker Ryo Miyaichi available for the final round of qualifiers for next year's London Olympics.

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Kagawa Wants Winning Comeback

Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa returned to Japan on Sunday determined to make a winning comeback to the national team in Wednesday's World Cup qualifying warm-up against archrivals South Korea in Sapporo.

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Nadeshiko League Attend. On Rise

Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan StadiumSaturday's Nadeshiko League game between Albirex Niigata Ladies and INAC Kobe Leonessa featured another record-setting crowd of 24,546 at Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium in Niigata.

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Ogasawara, Tono Work Magic

Michihiro OgasawaraMichihiro Ogasawara went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Shun Tono held  the damage to two runs in eight innings and the Yomiuri Giants continued their hot streak with a 5-2 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday.

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Kashiwa Reysol Reclaims Top Spot

Kashiwa Reysol reclaims top spotLeandro Domingues and Jorge Wagner both scored on Saturday as Kashiwa Reysol reclaimed top position in the J-League with a 2-0 win over Yokohama F Marinos.

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Strict Prevention Measures Eyed

Kozo TashimaJapan Football League general secretary Keizo Kato said Thursday he will remind JFL clubs to implement stricter measures in order to avoid a reoccurrence of the untimely and tragic death at 34 of former Japan defender Naoki Matsuda following a heart attack.

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Japan Mourns Matsuda Tragedy

Naoki MatsudaThe Japanese soccer world was in mourning Thursday after former national team defender Naoki Matsuda lost his fight for life two days after he collapsed during training.

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