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Taiwan match-fixing baseball players avoid jail

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TAIPEI - Several former Taiwanese professional baseball players convicted of match-fixing are expected to avoid prison terms by paying fines, after a controversial ruling on one of Taiwan's worst sport scandals. 

Former star pitcher Chang Chih-chia during a match in Japan on November 14, 2002

The high court said in a statement late Wednesday it had reduced the prison terms of six former players to up to three years in a final ruling. All except Tseng Han-chou -- who was convicted of extortion -- can pay fines in exchange for imprisonment.

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