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Defoe nets pair in draw

Jan 3, 2017

Defoe nets pair in draw

Jermain Defoe scored two penalties as lowly Sunderland prevented Liverpool from significantly trimming Chelsea’s lead at the Premier League summit in a 2-2 draw on Monday. Liverpool twice went ahead, through Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane, but Defoe’s two spot-kicks mean Chelsea will move ...

Giroud's work of art sparks Arsenal

Jan 2, 2017

Giroud's work of art sparks Arsenal

With Alexis Sanchez’s cross floating into the penalty area behind him, Olivier Giroud only had one choice: A back-heeled overhead flick. “I was a bit lucky but it was the only thing I could do,” Giroud said. “The ball was behind me and I ...

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Jan 1, 2017

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Brazilian substitute Fabricio struck an extra-time winner as J-League champions Kashima Antlers completed a league and cup double with a 2-1 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the Emperor’s Cup final on Sunday. Shuto Yamamoto headed Kashima into a 42nd-minute lead before Kawasaki hit back ...

Former Japan midfielder Ramos suffers stroke

Dec 31, 2016

Former Japan midfielder Ramos suffers stroke

Brazilian-born former Japan international midfielder Ruy Ramos revealed Friday that he has suffered a stroke. The 59-year-old said on his official website that he was diagnosed with a cerebral infarction after undergoing tests at a medical facility on Thursday. Ramos said in the post ...

Marinos' Nakamura in negotiations with Iwata

Dec 30, 2016

Marinos' Nakamura in negotiations with Iwata

Former Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura is eyeing a move from Yokohama F. Marinos to Jubilo Iwata and has entered negotiations with the Shizuoka club. Nakamura, 38, has been offered a contract extension by Marinos, but the former Celtic man holds a deep sense of ...

Dec 30, 2016

Agent: Ronaldo rejects move to China

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has turned down the chance to leave Real Madrid for an unnamed Chinese club for a transfer fee of €300 million ($315.24 million), his agent said on Thursday. Speaking to Sky Italia at the Globe Soccer Awards ...

Frontale, Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Dec 29, 2016

Frontale, Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Shogo Taniguchi grabbed the late winner as Kawasaki Frontale reached their first Emperor’s Cup final after a 1-0 win over Omiya Ardija on Thursday. Kawasaki will meet the Kashima Antlers in the final on New Year’s Day after the J. League champions beat Yokohama ...

Liverpool targets City after crushing Stoke

Dec 28, 2016

Liverpool targets City after crushing Stoke

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to pitting his wits against Pep Guardiola again after seeing the Reds fight back to beat Stoke City 4-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday. Liverpool moved back above Manchester City into second place in the table, ...