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Argentina routs Paraguay to reach Copa America final

Jul 1, 2015

Argentina routs Paraguay to reach Copa America final

Lionel Messi helped set up five goals as Argentina trounced Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa America semifinals on Tuesday, setting up a final against host Chile. Messi assisted in first-half goals by Marcos Rojo and Javier Pastore and one of Angel Di Maria’s second-half ...

Okazaki's Leicester sacks manager Pearson

Jul 1, 2015

Okazaki's Leicester sacks manager Pearson

English Premier League club Leicester City on Tuesday announced the dismissal of manager Nigel Pearson just days after signing Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki from Mainz. “The board of directors recognizes the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City. However, it has ...

Sakai to join Hamburg from Stuttgart: report

Jul 1, 2015

Sakai to join Hamburg from Stuttgart: report

Japan defender Gotoku Sakai will join SV Hamburg from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart on a three-year deal worth €700,000 ($780,000), according to a report Wednesday in German daily Bild. The 24-year-old Sakai will either move this weekend to Hamburg or join up with the team ...

Jun 30, 2015

Dutch soccer coach Hiddink fired

The Dutch soccer federation terminated the contract of national team coach Guus Hiddink on Monday, ending his second stint in charge after just one disappointing season. The KNVB said that Hiddink’s contract will now end on Wednesday. It had been set to last through ...

Jun 30, 2015

Chile reaches Copa America final

Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host’s hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time. Vargas scored the winner with ...

Jun 30, 2015

Veteran goalkeeper Cech moves to Arsenal

Goalkeeper Petr Cech ended his trophy-filled, 11-year stay at Chelsea by signing with Premier League rival Arsenal on Monday after losing his starting place with the English champion. Arsenal said the 33-year-old Cech has signed a “long-term contract for an undisclosed fee,” with British ...

Czech soccer legend Masopust dies at 84

Jun 29, 2015

Czech soccer legend Masopust dies at 84

Josef Masopust, who led Czechoslovakia into the 1962 World Cup final and was considered the country’s greatest ever player, died on Monday after a long illness, his former club Dukla Prague announced. He was 84. In perhaps the highlight of his career, Masopust put ...

Okazaki confident of success with Leicester

Jun 29, 2015

Okazaki confident of success with Leicester

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki is convinced he can succeed in the Premier League because the sky is the limit for his game. “I don’t see a limit to what I can do yet,” the new Leicester City signing said on Monday, upon his return ...

Brazil in turmoil after Copa debacle

Jun 29, 2015

Brazil in turmoil after Copa debacle

It just keeps getting worse for Brazil’s national team. In its first chance to get over the humiliating World Cup elimination, Brazil disappointed again — dropping out of the Copa America without any signs of improvement from a year ago. Brazil’s struggles in the ...