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MIAMI | When some of the world’s top tennis players formed a soccer team for a charity game, they had trouble divvying up duties.

“We gathered around 10 or 15 players, and every single one of them wanted to be on attack,” event organizer Novak Djokovic said. “So that was a big issue before the match.”

Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis scored goals, but the tennis players lost to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers professional team Wednesday night.

Proceeds from the game and a dinner raised $100,000 for the American Red Cross Japan disaster relief effort, organizers said.

The tennis stars are in South Florida to compete in the Sony Ericsson Open. More charity games are planned in the coming months, Djokovic said Thursday.


Japanese major leagues move opening day back

TOKYO | Japan’s Central League has agreed to push its opening day back to April 12, matching the starting date of the Pacific League as professional baseball adapts to the effects of this month’s earthquake and tsunami.

The Central League announced earlier this week that its initial March 25 start date would be moved to March 29, but after an emergency meeting Thursday it said the season would start even later.

The leagues had also agreed not to play night games in April, as there is a shortage of electricity following the March 11 disaster.