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Ronaldo powers Real Madrid with hat trick in rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 to emphatically end its two-game losing skid in the Spanish League on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 2-2 draw with Celta ...

Nadeshiko Japan trounces Jordan

| Sep 18, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan trounces Jordan

Hat tricks by Yuika Sugasawa and Mizuho Sakaguchi fueled defending champion Japan to a 12-0 victory over Jordan in women’s soccer competition at the Asian Games on Thursday. Nahomi Kawasumi and Chinatsu Kira each bagged a brace for Norio Sasaki’s world and Asian champions, ...

Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games

| Sep 18, 2014

Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games

Japan was schooled 3-1 by Iraq as the defending Asian Games champion missed out on booking a spot in the knockout phase on Wednesday. Two second-half goals by Ali Al Tameemi added to Humam Faraj’s opener and gave Iraq its second victory in as ...

Ronaldo, Madrid begin Champions League in style

Sep 17, 2014

Ronaldo, Madrid begin Champions League in style

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale took center stage as Real Madrid opened the defense of its Champions League title with a swaggering 5-1 rout of Basel in Group B on Tuesday. Having ended its 12-year wait for a 10th European Cup last season, Madrid ...

Sep 17, 2014

Nelsinho to leave Reysol after season

Kashiwa Reysol’s Brazilian manager Nelsinho will step down at the end of this season, the J. League first-division club said Wednesday. The 64-year-old former Verdy Kawasaki and Nagoya Grampus boss took over at Reysol in July 2009 and revived the club’s fortunes after it ...

Honda scores for Milan in victory over Parma

Sep 15, 2014

Honda scores for Milan in victory over Parma

Keisuke Honda was on target for the second game in a row on Sunday as AC Milan edged Parma 5-4 away in an extraordinary Serie match that saw both sides end the game with 10 men as Daniele Bonera and Felipe were both dismissed. ...

Japan routs Kuwait in Asian Games opener

| Sep 14, 2014

Japan routs Kuwait in Asian Games opener

Japan launched its Asian Games campaign with victory on Sunday, the defending champion defeating Kuwait 4-1 in the men’s soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, Albirex Niigata forward Musashi Suzuki struck on either side of halftime for ...

Kagawa enjoys happy return

Sep 14, 2014

Kagawa enjoys happy return

Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday. The 25-year-old Kagawa, who spent two seasons at Manchester United after winning ...

Reds thrash S-Pulse to strengthen lead atop table

Sep 13, 2014

Reds thrash S-Pulse to strengthen lead atop table

Urawa Reds cruised to a 4-1 win at Shimizu S-Pulse to tighten their grip on top spot on Saturday as first-division action in the J. League resumed after a two-week international break. Ryota Moriwaki scored in his second straight game to set Reds on ...

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

| Sep 13, 2014

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four ...