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Padilla Signes With The Softbank Hawks

Free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla has signed with The Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. The 35-year-old right-hander, 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the Boston Red Sox last season, agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract with the Hawks, Kyodo news agency reported Thursday.


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Jose Lopez Is Headed To Japan

Jose Lopez has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League, the country’s most popular team and winner of the 2012 Japan Series. The former All-Star infielder agreed to a one-year deal worth $911,000.


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Andruw Jones Is Headed To Japan

The five-time All-Star outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.


Igarashi Defeats Narvaes

Japan’s Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-1-1, 10 KOs) held on to his WBC flyweight title with a narrow victory over Argentina’s Nestor Narvaes (19-1-2) on Saturday.


September 19, 1986 – Ken Gushi is one of Japan’s top competitors in the sport of drifting. Born in Okinawa, Japan, but raised in Los Angeles, he was taught by his father Tsukasa Gushi at the age of 13 with a Toyota AE86. Ken has become the youngest competitor in both the D1 Grand Prix of Japan and the Formula Drift Championships of the U.S. when he was 16, despite not passing his driving test at the time.

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September 4,1985 – Igor Paklin of the USSR set a new high jump world record of 7 feet, 10 and 3/4 inches at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan.

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September 1,1973 – George Foreman knocked out Jose Roman in the first round of their fight in Tokyo, Japan to retain the heavyweight boxing title. It was the first heavyweight title match held in Japan.


August 31, 1968 – Hideo Nomo is a former right-handed pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball from Japan. An All-Star pitcher with two career no-hitters, Hideo Nomo was a successful hurler in both the Japanese leagues and the major leagues. Known for his exaggerated wind-up and delivery, Nomo pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Kansas City Royals from 1995 to 2008. While winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1995 with the Dodgers, Nomo led the NL in strikeouts, a feat he duplicated in the American League with the Red Sox in 2001.


August 27,1975 – Jonathan William Moseley, better known as Jonny Moseley, is the first Puerto Rican to become a member of the U.S. Ski Team. American Jonny Moseley won the gold medal in the moguls skiing event at the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan. Later that year, Moseley secured the 1998 World Cup mogul title. He has since competed and won at the X-Games.