Karlsruhe lose Kennedy to Japan

TOKYO - Towering Australia striker Josh Kennedy has signed for Japan's Nagoya Grampus, the J-League club said on Sunday. Kennedy, who helped the Socceroos qualify for next year's World Cup, joins Nagoya from Germany's Karlsruhe following their relegation from the Bundesliga. The 26-year-old had demanded a move from Karlsruhe in order to get more first-team opportunities before the World Cup finals in South Africa. Kennedy is well known in Japan where media devote column inches and air time to the 1.94 metre forward in the build-up to international games against Australia. Japan qualified for the 2010 World Cup after finishing runners-up behind Australia in Group One of the final round of Asian qualifiers.