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Ryu Hyun-jin stymies San Francisco, improves to 3-1

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up his third win of the young Major League Baseball (MLB) season on Thursday after tossing seven shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants in his club's 2-1 victory on the road. The South Korean left-hander held the National League West division rivals to four singles and one walk over seven frames while striking out three. He is now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 28 innings.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign

TORONTO - Toronto’s controversial Mayor Rob Ford threw a large party _ complete with recorded music and a live band _ for the official launch of his re-election campaign.< Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, held the event at the Toronto Congress Centre in the west-end Etobicoke area he previously represented as a city councillor. The mayor made his way through the crowd along a red carpet to the stage, led by bag-pipers and volunteers carrying campaign signs as people snapped pictures with cellphones.

Football: Brazil set Chinese date with Argentina

Brazil and Argentina will hold a South American "Superclassico" gala match on October 11 at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, the countries' respective federations and South American confederation Conmebol said Thursday. Brazil won the last two editions of the occasional friendly series in 2011 and 2012. However, there was no game last year with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari keen to give his players a free week in an already crammed schedule. ybl/cw/dj

Kansas City Royals - PlayerWatch

3B Danny Valencia produced his first home run of the season when he golfed a one-out solo shot to left field off Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the second inning. Valencia earned the start due to his career success against southpaws and after finishing 2-for-3 against Keuchel, he improved his numbers to .329 (133-for-404) with 13 homers against left-handed pitching.

Football: World Cup briefs

World Cup briefs on Thursday: Brazuca ball means goals - Colombia keeper Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina says he believes the Brazuca ball to be used at the World Cup gives the advantage to strikers because goalkeepers will not be able to judge its flight. The ball is "made for goals -- they are making them with that in mind," indicated the shot-stopper with French side Nice. "This one floats a lot and the fans will like it. But keepers will have to work hard and adapt to it," he forecast after trying the ball out in training.

Nadal beats Seppi in Monte Carlo for 300th career win on clay

International Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday at the Monte Carlo Masters, adding career win No. 300 on clay to his record book. Nadal needed one hour and 13 minutes to beat Seppi at the Monte Carlo Country Club, where he has won 50 matches over his career and is seeking his ninth title. The Spanish world No. 1's next opponent will be countryman David Ferrer, the 2011 finalist in Monte Carlo and a 6-4, 6-2 winner on Thursday over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Football: Spain hails Bale's 'Bolt' goal

Spain on Thursday hailed Gareth Bale's wonder goal that downed arch rivals Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey final. Spanish newspapers paid homage to Bale's strength and power while the Welsh winger himself declared that winning the cup was "a dream come true". Madrid daily Marca recreated his 58 metre run at an average speed of 27 kilometres an hour on its front page. Inside he was christened "Gareth Bolt" thanks to a burst of pace reminiscent of Jamaica's six-time Olympic sprint gold medallist Usain Bolt.

Football: Bale delivers his magical moment for Madrid

It took the best part of eight months and 84 minutes, but on Wednesday night Gareth Bale began to repay the reported world record fee Real Madrid paid to bring him from Tottenham Hotspur last September. With the clock running down and Madrid tied at 1-1 with eternal rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, Bale set off on a stunning individual run and finish to hand Madrid the trophy for the 19th time.

New York Yankees - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- About two months ago, general manager Brian Cashman tried to downplay Masahiro Tanaka. He went on radio shows saying Tanaka was a No. 3 starter and then reiterated that at Tanaka's introductory press conference.

Cleveland Indians - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH DETROIT -- Manager Terry Francona doesn't want Carlos Santana to waver on his commitment to switching positions this season. Santana agreed to play third base this season so Yan Gomes could become the regular catcher. Prior to Wednesday's game at Detroit, Santana told the media that switching positions has affected his hitting. Santana is hitting .170 with one RBI after his 0-for-4 outing in the opener of the two-game series.
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