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May 3, 2016

Referee Sato selected for Rio Games

Ryuji Sato has been named to referee games in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, world soccer governing body FIFA announced Monday. The 39-year-old Sato will be joined by assistant referees Toru Sagara, 39, and Hiroshi Yamauchi, 37, and women’s assistant referee Naomi Teshirogi, ...

Leicester City completes miracle season with title

May 3, 2016

Leicester City completes miracle season with title

Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 160 km away. And when the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, they raised their arms in triumph. One of the greatest sporting ...

May 3, 2016

Burnley promoted to Premier League

Burnley returned to the Premier League at the first attempt with a 1-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers guaranteeing promotion from the Championship on Monday. Brighton & Hove Albion’s earlier 1-1 draw with Derby County meant Burnley would go up with a game ...

Leicester's Vardy named Football Writers' Player of Year

May 2, 2016

Leicester's Vardy named Football Writers' Player of Year

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been voted Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) in the latest twist to his fairy-tale ride from minor-league journeyman to international striker. The 29-year-old, who built his career at clubs like Stocksbridge, Halifax Town and ...

Leicester two points away from title after draw

May 2, 2016

Leicester two points away from title after draw

Leicester missed its initial chance to clinch a first English league title. Over to you, Tottenham. Needing three points to pull off the ultimate underdog success story in sports, Leicester only managed to pick up one from a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Australia deepen soccer ties

Australia and Japan on Monday pledged closer ties between the A-League and the J. League, inking an agreement to share technical, marketing and administrative expertise. The deal paves the way for matches at elite youth level between Australian and Japanese clubs and encourages loan ...

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

May 1, 2016

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored for the second game in a row and created another for Adrian Ramos inside the first 10 minutes as Borussia Dortmund destroyed Wolfsburg 5-1 on Saturday to keep its slim Bundesliga title hopes alive. With two games left, Dortmund ...

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Apr 30, 2016

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Ex-Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has hailed Shinji Okazaki’s contribution to the Foxes as their Premier League season draws to a fairy-tale climax, and says he is not surprised that the Japan striker has become a hit at King Power Stadium. Leicester — 5,000-1 ...

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

Apr 29, 2016

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

The high-flying Urawa Reds maintained their grip on top spot in the J. League first division with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Nagoya’s Swedish striker Robin Simovic canceled out Yosuke Kashiwagi’s opener with a blistering effort shortly before ...