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Honda captains Milan in final game

Keisuke Honda made his final appearance for AC Milan on Sunday, making only his second start of the Serie A season in a 2-1 defeat at Cagliari. Honda, who took to Twitter last week to announce his departure from the San Siro after 3½ years, was handed the captain’s armband ...

Omiya part ways with Shibuya, promote Ito

/ May 28, 2017

Omiya part ways with Shibuya, promote Ito

Last-place Omiya Ardija fired manager Hiroki Shibuya and promoted assistant Akira Ito in his place, the J. League first-division side announced on Sunday. Shibuya is the second coaching casualty in J1 this season. Albirex Niigata replaced Fumitake Miura with Wagner Lopes earlier this month. ...

Cup glory gives Wenger respite

May 28, 2017

Cup glory gives Wenger respite

Removing the record seventh F.A. Cup winner’s medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive. “For once I have kept my medal,” said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members. “So that means it’s a special night ...

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

May 28, 2017

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

Ritsu Doan’s brace erased a two-goal deficit as Japan reached the knockout phase of the Under-20 World Cup with a 2-2 Group D draw to Italy on Saturday. Italy went up by two after just seven minutes behind goals from Riccardo Orsolini and Giuseppe ...

Kashiwa moves atop J. League after seventh straight victory

/ May 27, 2017

Kashiwa moves atop J. League after seventh straight victory

Kashiwa Reysol stretched their winning streak to seven games Saturday, topping the J. League first division with a 4-2 defeat of last-place Omiya Ardija. Kosuke Taketomi’s second-half brace, sandwiched by goals from Junya Ito and Cristiano, moved Kashiwa to 27 points, two clear of ...

Journeyman midfielder Kato grateful for surprise call-up

May 26, 2017

Journeyman midfielder Kato grateful for surprise call-up

Kohei Kato vowed to show his worth to coach Vahid Halilhodzic after the Bulgarian-based midfielder received a surprise call-up to Japan’s 25-man squad ahead of a friendly against Syria and 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Iraq. “I’m genuinely happy (with the call-up) but ...

Nagasato finalizes deal with NSWL's Chicago Red Stars

May 25, 2017

Nagasato finalizes deal with NSWL's Chicago Red Stars

Midfielder Yuki Nagasato has signed with the Chicago Red Stars, the U.S. women’s pro league (NSWL) club said on Wednesday. Nagasato, who helped Japan win its first-ever Women’s World Cup title in Germany in 2011 and a silver medal at the London Olympics the ...