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Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong squad that features AC Milan attacker ...

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Aug 25, 2016

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer’s global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June ...

Aug 25, 2016

U.S. goalkeeper Solo receives six-month suspension

U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans’ early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for focusing on defense rather than attacking the ...

Aug 25, 2016

Clarke to start new job as F.A. chairman

Greg Clarke has been confirmed as the new chairman of the English Football Association, the governing body said on Wednesday. Clarke takes over as the permanent successor to Greg Dyke after being approved by the F.A. Board on July 22. The 48-year-old’s appointment was ...

Aug 25, 2016

Robbie Keane to close out Ireland career against Oman

Robbie Keane will retire from international play for Ireland after a match with Oman next week in Dublin. The LA Galaxy captain made the announcement Wednesday through his MLS club. The 36-year-old Keane is Ireland’s longtime captain and career leader in goals (67) and ...

Man City cruises into Champions League in Hart's farewell

Aug 25, 2016

Man City cruises into Champions League in Hart's farewell

Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach built on commanding first-leg advantages to cruise through the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday, while Russian side Rostov thrashed Ajax 4-1 to reach the group stage for the first time. City will play a sixth straight season in Europe’s ...

Aug 24, 2016

Jubilo rallies past Avispa for first victory in second stage

Jubilo Iwata secured its first win in the second stage by coming from behind to beat J. League bottom side Avispa Fukuoka 3-2 away in Wednesday’s only fixture. Greek defender Avraam Papadopoulos provided the 69th-minute winner with a header for Jubilo, who went into ...

Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea advance in English League Cup

Aug 24, 2016

Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea advance in English League Cup

Watford and West Bromwich Albion were beaten by third-tier opposition in the English League Cup on Tuesday, while fellow Premier League sides Liverpool and Everton enjoyed big wins in the second round. Chelsea was pushed hard by third-tier Bristol Rovers before also advancing to ...

Aug 23, 2016

Kagawa sparks Dortmund romp in German Cup

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored twice as Borussia Dortmund eased into the second round of the German Cup with a 3-0 victory away to fourth-division Eintract Trier on Monday. Kagawa struck with just eight minutes gone before adding a second on the half hour, ...

West Ham victorious in Olympic venue debut

Aug 22, 2016

West Ham victorious in Olympic venue debut

The first Premier League game staged at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama Sunday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth. Track-and-field stars like Usain ...

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Aug 21, 2016

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Hiroshi Kiyotake set up a goal before opening his La Liga account as Sevilla overpowered Espanyol 6-4 in a frenetic season opener on Saturday. Kiyotake, starting on the right of a five-man midfield, delivered a corner from the left for Luciano Vietto in the ...