Boxing: Tada Matches Record With 8th Title Defense

Boxing: Tada matches record with 8th title defenseWBA minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada successfully defended her eighth title Sunday with a unanimous decision victory over Naoko Shibata, matching the record by a Japanese female boxer for the most world title wins.

Baseball: Seibu Power, Defense Repels Marines

Baseball: Seibu power, defense repels MarinesThe Seibu Lions retained their grip on first place in the Pacific League with a combination of power and superb defense in a 3-2 victory over the Lotte Marines on Friday.

Morimoto Becomes Japan's 1st Nonparliamentarian Defense Chief

Morimoto becomes Japan's 1st nonparliamentarian defense chiefSatoshi Morimoto, who has become Japan's first nonparliamentarian defense chief since World War II, is a well-known TV commentator on security and foreign policy issues.

Morimoto, 71-year-old professor at Takushoku University's graduate school, succeeded Naoki Tanaka who, since assuming office in January, has been criticized for his lack of expertise in defense-related issues.

Boxing: Koki Kameda To Face No. 12 Indonesian In 4th Title Defense

Boxing: Koki Kameda to face No. 12 Indonesian in 4th title defenseWBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda will attempt his fourth title defense against 12th-ranked Nouldy Manakane on April 4 at Yokohama Arena, the Kameda Gym announced Wednesday.   Tomonobu Shimizu, meanwhile, who is the WBA super flyweight champion in recess after having to take an extended break due to a serious eye injury, could possibly make a comeback in a unification title bout against WBA champion Tepparith Kokietgym in a doubleheader with Kameda.