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Golfer Ryo Ishikawa woke up and heard about the destruction. He managed to keep his focus and shot a 7-under 65 at the first round of the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla.

“I was able to communicate with my family,” Ishikawa said. “If not for that, it would have been extremely difficult.”

At the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Kimiko Date-Krumm worried about loved ones back in Tokyo.

“I tried to call my mother and she was OK. And this morning my family sent me an e-mail and said everyone was fine,” she said. “But I saw the news and it is very horrible.”

“I’m still in shock. I hope there isn’t anything else coming,” she said.

Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula One world champion, said he was relieved after reaching his girlfriend by Twitter. The driver said Japanese model Jessica Michibata had been in an underground photo shoot in Tokyo when tremors began to rock the building.

“She’s fine, very shaken,” Button said in Spain. “Right now, my thoughts go out to everybody in Japan, particularly in the worst-affected area of Sendai. My heart is with them.”

The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer will donate $1 for every fan who attends their home opener Saturday to victims in Japan.

At the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, Fla., minor league pitcher Kei Igawa was excused from workouts to return to his apartment and attempt to reach his family.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team had given Igawa permission to return home if he wants. Cashman lived in Japan as part of an exchange program and went there several years ago when the Yankees opened the regular season in Tokyo.

“It’s difficult to watch,” Cashman said. “I think the entire world has Japan in their hearts and minds. We have a lot of friends, relationships there.”

Baltimore pitcher Koji Uehara said his family was safe, but hadn’t been able to contact some friends.

“At this moment, I don’t really know all the details yet, but I am guessing that the damage will be huge, so I am worried,” he said through a translator.

Former St. Louis outfielder So Taguchi sent an e-mail from Japan to an American friend.

“We are all safe but some of our friends are having hard time. We have been sticking to TV since it happened,” he said. “Would you say hi to the Cardinals for us?”

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