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Jul 13, 2014

JEF United Chiba reach Emperor's Cup third round

Forward Takayuki Morimoto scored a brace as JEF United Chiba downed AC Nagano Parceiro 3-2 in newly appointed J. League second-division club manager Takashi Sekizuka’s first match in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup on Sunday. J1 clubs Sagan Tosu and Albirex Niigata ...

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

Jul 13, 2014

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after ...

Jul 12, 2014

Tanaka vows to make quick return

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as “a challenge” and vows to return soon to help the team win. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. ...

Barcelona signs bad boy Suarez

Jul 12, 2014

Barcelona signs bad boy Suarez

Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a ...

Argentina, Germany set for final

Jul 12, 2014

Argentina, Germany set for final

2014 World Cup final The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet’s best player against the tournament’s best team. Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a ...

Suarez welcomes fresh start with Barcelona

Jul 11, 2014

Suarez welcomes fresh start with Barcelona

Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a ...

Jul 11, 2014

Manhunt begins in Rio ticket probe

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, authorities said. Police launched a manhunt for Raymond Whelan, a British director of ...

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Jul 11, 2014

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Brazil soccer legend Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance. “We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people ...

Jul 10, 2014

South Korea coach Hong resigns

South Korea soccer coach Hong Myung-bo is resigning to take responsibility for his team’s disappointing performance at the World Cup in Brazil. Hong has faced mounting criticism after South Korea was eliminated from the World Cup by finishing last in the four-team Group H. ...

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Jul 10, 2014

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Argentina’s Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans’ first World Cup final appearance in 24 years. After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in ...

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Jul 10, 2014

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to ...

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

Jul 9, 2014

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

The tears started flowing before halftime, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of ...