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Baseball: Japan league hit by second bouncy ball blunder

Japan's professional baseball league was facing another bouncy ball scandal Tuesday as sports equipment giant Mizuno apologised for a defect that turned the nation's top sport into a slugfest. The firm blamed a manufacturing defect, after league officials said they detected a problem with game balls following the season opener last month. "This happened because of Mizuno's failure to control our operations," company president Akito Mizuno told a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Football: Former NFL player heads China youth sport initiative

Jack Brewer, a former NFL player, will lead a delegation to Beijing this week aimed at bringing footballs to disadvantaged Chinese youth as part of the One World Futbol Project. Brewer, a 34-year-old Texan who spent five seasons as an NFL defensive back, hopes to introduce health and wellness products in China and seeks to use sport to promote social development as well as global cultural exchanges.

World Cup soccer dribbler killed in US accident

Supporters of an American who hoped to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup are mourning his death in a road accident in Oregon just days after he began his odyssey. Richard Swanson, 42, set off from Seattle, Washington on May 1 with little more than a backpack and a blue ball from the One World Futbol Project, a charity that donates non-destructible footballs to young people worldwide.

Eva Longoria to attend Red Ribbon concert on eve of Life Ball

Vienna, Apr 9 (EFE).- U.S. actress Eva Longoria will attend the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert being held here on the eve of the Life Ball, organizers of the events said Tuesday. According to a statement released by the event organizers, Longoria will give a brief talk between some of the musical acts programmed for the May 24 event. The well-known actress attended the Life Ball gala benefit in 2009 as a representative of the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Vienna set to party like it's 1899

By Michael Shields VIENNA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Attending this year's Vienna Opera Ball will be a dream come true for Oscar-winning U.S. actress Mira Sorvino, she said on Wednesday as the Austrian capital put the finishing touches on it most glittering social event. "I feel like I'm going to be in a fairy tale ball, like Cinderella walking into the ball," she told reporters. "I just hope I am able to do the waltz correctly."
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