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Rooney fit to play in derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England striker Rooney was suffering from a ...

Oct 31, 2014

Match OK'd for Meyiwa hometown

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said the country has been allowed to move its next African Cup of Nations qualifier to the hometown of slain national team captain Senzo Meyiwa as a tribute. Jordaan said SAFA was given special permission by the ...

Oct 29, 2014

Nadeshiko beats Canada in friendly

Aya Sameshima struck in the 93rd minute of the team’s final game of the year Tuesday as Nadeshiko Japan defeated Canada 3-2 in a friendly. Sameshima robbed defender Emily Zurrer in the final minute of injury time before holding her nerve to beat goalkeeper ...

Oct 29, 2014

Kagawa scores in Dortmund victory

Shinji Kagawa scored his second goal since returning to Borussia Dortmund in a 3-0 second-round win over St. Pauli in the German Cup on Tuesday. Kagawa set up Ciro Immobile’s opener in the 33rd minute and after Marco Reus doubled the lead in the ...

Oct 28, 2014

Hamm nominated to Roma board

Retired women’s soccer star Mia Hamm and Boston Bruins president Cam Neely were nominated to Italian club Roma’s board of directors Monday. Roma is traded on the Milan stock exchange and the nominations were made at a club shareholder meeting. The 42-year-old Hamm helped ...

Oct 28, 2014

Judge bans Zidane from coaching

A Spanish judge has banned Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane from coaching at the club for three months after ruling that he does not have the required qualifications. Judge Francisco Rubio on Monday also ruled that Zidane’s fellow Madrid reserve team coach Santiago Sanchez ...

Oct 27, 2014

Reds' Koroki breaks fibula

Urawa Reds’ run at their second J. League championship took a hit as their top scorer Shinzo Koroki was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, the J1 leaders said Monday. Koroki suffered the injury when he was kicked by Kashima Antlers’ Daigo Nishi in Sunday’s ...

Oct 27, 2014

South Africa goalkeeper shot dead

The captain of South Africa’s national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8 p.m. Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg ...

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Oct 27, 2014

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Louis van Gaal labeled compatriot Robin van Persie “stupid” after his celebrations in scoring a dramatic late equalizer for Manchester United in its 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leader Chelsea saw the experienced Dutch striker booked. Van Gaal looked on course to ...

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

Oct 26, 2014

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

by Andrew Mckirdy

Cerezo Osaka failed to seize the initiative in their fight against relegation after being held to a 0-0 draw by Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday. Cerezo, who began the season widely touted as title favorites after signing star Uruguyan striker Diego Forlan over the ...

Oct 26, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan outplays Canada

Defending World Cup champion Nadeshiko Japan defeated Canada 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday behind goals from Yuki Ogimi, Yuri Kawamura and Nahomi Kawasumi. Ogimi put Japan in front in the ninth minute at Commonwealth Stadium after getting a pass from Shinobu Ono. Kawamura ...

Oct 25, 2014

Kawasumi stunned by nomination

Nadeshiko Japan striker Nahomi Kawasumi was shocked by her nomination for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award on Friday. Japan captain Aya Miyama was also in the shortlist of 10, with Norio Sasaki being nominated for the World Coach of the Year ...