Anai Wins Rio De Janeiro Title

Anai wins Rio de Janeiro titleWorld champion Takamasa Anai defeated Russia's Sergey Samoylovich in the men's 100-kilogram final Sunday at the Grand Slam meet in Rio de Janeiro.
 
But Athens Olympic men's over-100 kg gold medalist Keiji Suzuki, currently ranked sixth in the world, suffered a first-round loss to 101st-ranked Joao Gabriel Schlittler.

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Nakamura Sidelined 3 Weeks

Shunsuke Nakamura Former Japanese World Cup midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will be out for three weeks with a left thigh injury, Yokohama F Marinos announced Monday.
Captain Nakamura was hurt in Marinos' 1-0 away win over Cerezo Osaka last Wednesday. He was on the bench in a 2-1 defeat to Gamba in Osaka at the weekend.

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Kashiwa Beats Fukuoka 2 - 0

Kashiwa ReysolGoals from Junya Tanaka and Akihiro Hyodo earned J-League leader Kashiwa Reysol a 2-0 victory over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday.
  
Tanaka opened the scoring in the 39th minute with his fifth goal of the season and Hyodo sealed the win with a shot from close range just before the end.

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Japan Thank World At Soccer Tour.

Japan thank world at soccer tourMore than three months after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan's northeastern coastline and triggered a nuclear crisis, the Japan Football Association (JFA) wants to express its gratitude to the world during the upcoming global tournaments in which it will be taking part.

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Ichiro Extends Multi - Hit Streak

Ichiro SuzukiResurgent Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 to extend his multi-hit streak to six games as the Seattle Mariners beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Friday night.
Suzuki, who has been in sizzling form after sitting out a June 10 win over Detroit, had an infield single in the third, opened the fifth with a single and added a one-out double down the left-field line in the seventh to raise his batting average from .252 to .275.

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50 - Man Squad For World Cup

Takashi Kikutani The Japan Rugby Football Union on Friday named flanker Takashi Kikutani and veteran winger Hirotoki Onozawa to a preliminary 50-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this September.
Coach John Kirwan will submit a final 30-man squad to the International Rugby Board by the Aug. 22 deadline to play in the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 tournament.

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Matsui Homers In Athletic Win

Hideki MatsuiJemile Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered to lead Oakland past Kansas City in the American League on Thursday.
 
Matsui’s solo shot gives him a combined 499 homers in Japan and the U.S. and helped Oakland win a second straight game for the first time since a four-game streak May 26-29.

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Fifa Donates $6 Mil Quake Aid

Junji Ogura Soccer's world governing body FIFA has decided to donate about $6 million in aid to clubs and areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura said Thursday.

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Baystars Players Visit Sendai

Yokohama BayStars The perennial cellar-dwelling Yokohama BayStars might not be making headlines for their stellar performance, but several of the club’s players were in the news Tuesday for an entirely different reason—their relief efforts to help out victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Japan, Czech Finish 0 - 0

Japan Czech finish 0-0

Goalkeeper Petr Cech made several key saves for the Czech Republic to play out a goalless draw with Japan in the final game of the Kirin Cup.

Japan had the better of the chances at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday but Cech held the hosts off the scoresheet for his second shutout of the tournament. Peru and the Czechs also finished goalless on Saturday.

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Hatakeyama Homers Twice

Kazuhiro HatakeyamaKazuhiro Hatakeyama homered twice, Shohei Tateyama pitched one-run ball over eight innings and the Yakult Swallows defeated the Rakuten Eagles 5-4 to win their third in a row on Monday night. Hatakeyama belted an opposite field two-run shot over the right-center wall after Josh Whitesell was issued a walk with two outs in the first inning at Jingu Stadium.

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Utsumi Win Mvp Honors

Tetsuya Utsumi Yomiuri Giants left-hander Tetsuya Utsumi and hot-hitting Yakult Swallows outfielder Wladimir Balentien received the CL MVP honors for the month of May on Monday.
Both leagues made the announcement with the PL MVP honors going to Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Yu Darvish and Lotte Marines second baseman Tadahito Iguchi for position players.

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Ichiro Gets First Hits In 4 Games

Ichiro gets first hits in 4 gamesSeattle outfielder Ichiro stroked a two-run triple in a 2-for-5 outing Sunday for his first hits in four games as the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6. Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Ichiro hit a line drive off Wade Davis to right-center to drive home runners from first and second and plated a run from third on Brendan Ryan’s suicide squeeze to tie the ballgame.

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Takeda Handcuffs Giants

Masaru TakedaMasaru Takeda stymied batters over six shutout innings, Sho Nakata went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the cleanup spot and the Nippon Ham Fighters blanked the Yomiuri Giants 5-0 on Sunday afternoon.

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