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Mexican soccer star Pulido rescued after kidnapping

May 30, 2016

Mexican soccer star Pulido rescued after kidnapping

Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in ...

May 30, 2016

Honda skips training due to discomfort in left knee

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda was held out of Japan training on Monday for the Kirin Cup with discomfort in his left knee and is now day-to-day for the four-team tournament. The 25-man squad assembled in full for the first time on Monday for the ...

Spain beats Bosnia Euro warmup

May 30, 2016

Spain beats Bosnia Euro warmup

Forward Manuel “Nolito” Agudo scored two first-half goals to lead Spain to a 3-1 win over 10-man Bosnia in a warmup match for the European Championship on Sunday. The two-time defending champion prevailed despite playing with a depleted squad and with coach Vicente del ...

May 29, 2016

Hull City returns to Premier League

Hull City secured an immediate return to the English Premier League and a minimum $250 million cash bonanza by beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the League Championship playoff final on Saturday. Mohamed Diame’s goal was worthy of winning soccer’s richest single match, the Senegal ...

Real Madrid tops Atletico in Champions League final

May 29, 2016

Real Madrid tops Atletico in Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflict another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid. For the second time in three finals, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo ...

Japan's Olympic team falls against England

May 28, 2016

Japan's Olympic team falls against England

Japan’s already eliminated Under-23s finished the Toulon Tournament on a losing note Friday after going down 1-0 against England’s U-21s in their final Group B game. Chelsea’s Lewis Baker put England in front from the penalty spot on 15 minutes after Hiromu Mitsumaru brought ...

May 27, 2016

Longtime soccer coach Dumitru dies at 76

Ted Dumitru, the former South African national soccer team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday. He was 76. The death of the Romania-born Dumitru was announced by the South African ...

May 27, 2016

Vissel Kobe's Iwanami sidelined with knee injury

Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday. The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On ...

Mourinho returns to spotlight as Manchester United manager

May 27, 2016

Mourinho returns to spotlight as Manchester United manager

Manchester United on Friday anointed Jose Mourinho as its new manager to launch a third bid in less than three years to transform the Red Devils into a title-winning force again. After three days of talks, Mourinho agreed a three-year contract on a bumper ...

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

May 27, 2016

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai helped Olympique Lyonnais capture their third Champions League title on Thursday after she put in a player-of-the-match performance and converted the final spot kick to clinch a 4-3 shootout victory against Wolfsburg following a 1-1 draw. Kumagai, who scored ...

May 27, 2016

Manchester United stays mum on Mourinho

Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said Thursday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio ...

May 27, 2016

Kaka named to Brazil's Copa America squad

Brazil has called on Kaka as a late addition for next month’s Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday. The Orlando City midfielder will replace Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, who was cut from the squad because of ...