Posts Tagged East Asia

Ban to remain on IOC member visits to bid cities

In this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC leaders gather in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux this week to put the finishing touches on a package of reforms, including changes to the bidding process and sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

LONDON (AP) — The IOC pushed forward Thursday with plans to revamp the troubled Olympic bidding process by making it more of an “invitation” rather than an “application” — but upheld the ban on member visits to candidate cities.

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High-schooler Anraku 1st in Japan baseball draft

Japan's high school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku smiles next to a photo of his baseball team head coach Masanori Joko who died in September during a news conference at Saibi High School in Matsuyama, western Japan, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after he was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 mph (156 kph), with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year-old right-hander. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

TOKYO (AP) — High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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Jessica Korda leads Blue Bay LPGA

HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) — Jessica Korda birdied five of the first eight holes Thursday and finished with a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Blue Bay LPGA.

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Local Todd Sinnott has Asia-Pacific Amateur lead

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Local golfer Todd Sinnott shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Guan Tianlang of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne.

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China’s Yan Lianke receives Franz Kafka prize

PRAGUE (AP) — Yan Lianke, a Chinese author who has seen some of his novels banned in his homeland, has received the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic.

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