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Sumo: JSA to hold extraordinary board meeting Wed.

TOKYO - The Japan Sumo Association said Monday it will hold an extraordinary board meeting Wednesday to discuss the framework proposed last weekend by an independent panel for sumo to sever ties with the criminal underworld.

The panel will finalize reform proposals at its Aug. 12 meeting after examining the outcome of the board meeting.

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Baseball: CL, PL to open 2011 seasons on March 25

TOKYO - Both the Central and Pacific Leagues are scheduled to begin their 2011 seasons on March 25, according to the Nippon Professional Baseball executive committee.

Each team will play 144 games, including 24 interleague ones.

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Soccer: Candidates for Japan coach narrowed down to 3

TOKYO - Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura said Monday the country has narrowed to three its choices for national team coach Takeshi Okada's successor but declined to give their names.

All of the three non-Japanese candidates are interested in coaching the three-time Asian champions, and Ogura said, ''One candidate has been approached by many countries while I didn't know about one of them myself.''

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Sumo: JSA chief Musashigawa out of hospital

TOKYO - Japan Sumo Association Chairman Musashigawa has left a Tokyo hospital and is expected to return to duty around Aug. 10, sumo sources said Monday.

Musashigawa was hospitalized for about two weeks with stress and high blood pressure while being on probation after Miyabiyama, a wrestler of his stable, was found to have gambled on baseball.

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Golf: Miyazato, Ueda finish tied for 9th at Women's British Open

SOUTHPORT, England - Japan's Ai Miyazato and Momoko Ueda finished in a five-way tie for ninth and Yani Tseng of Taiwan won her third major title at the Women's British Open on Sunday.

Miyazato shot a 5-under 67, the second-lowest round of the day, and Ueda eagled the 18th hole for a 74, leaving them at 2-under 286 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

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Police raid Osaka, Fukuoka gang offices over sumo gambling scandal

TOKYO - Tokyo police raided Monday the offices of gang groups in Osaka and Fukuoka, both affiliated with Japan's largest crime syndicate the Yamaguchi-gumi, and related locations in connection with the illegal gambling scandal rocking the traditional sport of sumo.

The actions on the Kokusei-kai and the Izu-gumi came after three gangsters were arrested Sunday on suspicion of extorting 6 million yen from a former sumo wrestler who allegedly brokered the gambling on professional baseball games involving a number of wrestlers and their elders.

 

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