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Reds trounce Ardija, increase lead atop J. League table

by Andrew Mckirdy

J. League front-runners Urawa Reds thrashed relegation-threatened local rivals Omiya Ardija 4-0 on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the table. Tsukasa Umesaki opened the scoring midway through the first half before Shinzo Koroki notched a second three minutes later, and Ryota Moriwaki and Tomoya Ugajin added ...

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Aug 30, 2014

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Arsenal’s trip to face Leicester City on Sunday will provide another test of Arsene Wenger’s belief that his squad is strong enough to cope without Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman suffered a broken leg in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Everton and is expected to ...

Aug 29, 2014

F. Marinos hit with ¥5 million fine

The J. League announced Friday it is fining first-division side Yokohama F. Marinos ¥5 million over an incident of racist behavior by one of the team’s supporters at a game on Aug. 23. The teenage fan, subsequently banned indefinitely by Marinos, was caught waving ...

Aug 28, 2014

Warnock named Crystal Palace boss

Neil Warnock was hired by Crystal Palace on Wednesday for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club. Palace has been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season. The 65-year-old Warnock, who ...

Aug 28, 2014

Alonso brings end to Spain career

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain’s dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, says he is retiring from international soccer. The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had ...

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Aug 27, 2014

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Captain Hisato Sato scored the lone goal in the first half as Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Mito Hollyhock 1-0 to reach the last 16 of the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday. The game at Edion Stadium was a makeup for the Aug. 20 tie that was ...

Kagawa concussed as MK Dons humiliate United

Aug 27, 2014

Kagawa concussed as MK Dons humiliate United

In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club’s illustrious history on Tuesday. The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in ...

Aug 27, 2014

Osako called up for friendlies

World Cup striker Yuya Osako has been called up for Japan’s upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela, his German first-division club Cologne said on its official web site on Tuesday. New Japan coach Javier Aguirre is to name his squad in Tokyo on Thursday ...

Aug 27, 2014

Donovan to play once more for U.S.

Landon Donovan says he will make his final appearance for the U.S. national team Oct. 10 in a friendly against Ecuador. Donovan announced the plan Tuesday. Donovan is the top scorer in U.S. history with 57 goals and 58 assists in 156 appearances, but ...

Aug 26, 2014

U.S. goalie Howard writes memoir

American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that “The Keeper” will be available in ...

Aug 26, 2014

Balotelli leaves Milan for Liverpool

Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for £16 million ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals. Nineteen months after ending a 2½-year spell with Manchester City to ...