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Jan 20, 2017

Wenger makes case for European soccer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping the high quality of competition in Europe will keep players from leaving for the financial gain in China. Wenger is facing regular questions about the future of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the big money on ...

Liverpool advances in F.A. Cup

Jan 19, 2017

Liverpool advances in F.A. Cup

Liverpool managed to eliminate Plymouth on the second attempt in the F.A. Cup on Wednesday, edging past the fourth-tier club 1-0 to reach the fourth round. Liverpool’s Brazilian duo combined for the goal with Lucas heading in from Philippe Coutinho’s corner in the 18th ...

Jan 18, 2017

Defending champion Jeonbuk banned from 2017 Asian Champions League

Asian champion Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors has been banned from this year’s AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea’s K-League, Asia’s soccer governing body said Wednesday. “The Asian Football Confederation Independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is ineligible ...

Jan 18, 2017

Lincoln, Sutton spring F.A. Cup surprises

Minor league sides Lincoln City and Sutton United produced a welcome shot in the arm for F.A. Cup romantics with surprise wins over two former holders in third-round replays on Tuesday. Lincoln’s snug Sincil Bank stadium was heaving for the arrival of 1978 winner ...

Jan 17, 2017

Vissel want to acquire Podolski: report

J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe is trying to acquire former Germany striker Lukas Podolski, according to a report in Germany. Citing a club official, German newspaper Bild reported Monday that Vissel is in talks with the 31-year-old Podolski, who scored 48 times in ...

Former J. League director Kinomoto dies

Jan 17, 2017

Former J. League director Kinomoto dies

Kozo Kinomoto, an administrator who contributed to the development of Japanese pro soccer has died, the J. League announced Monday. He was 68. Kinomoto, who stopped playing at the age of 26 when he had a kidney removed, functioned as an administrator with the ...

Jan 16, 2017

Sevilla ends Madrid's winning run

Sevilla fans enjoyed the last laugh over Sergio Ramos. Sevilla twice scored late — including an 85th-minute own goal by Ramos — to end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of its rival atop the Spanish League with a 2-1 ...

City loses big; United earns draw

Jan 16, 2017

City loses big; United earns draw

Pep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City was thrashed 4-0 by Everton, while across town Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late equalizer gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas put ...

Chelsea shrugs off Costa's absence

Jan 15, 2017

Chelsea shrugs off Costa's absence

Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa’s absence to extend its lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points on Saturday with a 3-0 win at champion Leicester City. After a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham Hotspur and a ruthless Arsenal side kept ...

Jan 14, 2017

Antlers' Shibasaki linked with move to Las Palmas in Spain

Spanish first-division side Las Palmas is considering signing midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, the online edition of AS newspaper reported Friday. The 24-year-old, who last month grabbed worldwide attention with a brace against Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final, has not extended his contract ...

Jan 14, 2017

Chelsea to leave Costa off team

Diego Costa’s Chelsea career could be coming to a fiery abrupt end, a possible setback to the English Premier League leaders’ pursuit of the title. The league’s top scorer didn’t travel with the team to Leicester after a dispute with the coaching staff, and ...