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Relaxed Rooney no longer carrying burden for England

Jun 24, 2016

Relaxed Rooney no longer carrying burden for England

Wayne Rooney used to go to major tournaments feeling the weight of a nation on his shoulders. “I had to be the one to win us games, to win us tournaments,” the England captain said Thursday, opening up on his run of disappointing showings ...

Jun 23, 2016

Koroki to play for Japan in Rio as overage player

Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki will head to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the third and final overage player to be selected, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Koroki and Urawa have been in discussions with the JFA over the call-up, and the ...

Vardy reaches deal to remain at Leicester

Jun 23, 2016

Vardy reaches deal to remain at Leicester

Jamie Vardy agreed to stay with Leicester on Thursday, hoping to spearhead the Foxes’ English Premier League title defense and first Champions League campaign. The central England club announced its top scorer had agreed to extend his contract by four years, appearing to end ...

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Jun 23, 2016

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Cristiano Ronaldo came through. Twice. The Portugal winger erupted from his scoring slump on Wednesday, netting his first two goals at the European Championship and putting his team into the round of 16. Ronaldo’s strikes, the first with a spectacular back heel and the ...

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Jun 22, 2016

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Japan defender Tomoaki Makino scored twice as Urawa Reds stopped the rot by coming from two goals down to beat FC Tokyo 3-2 at home in a rescheduled J. League first-division game on Wednesday night. Reds saw their fading first-stage title hopes end with ...

Jun 22, 2016

Urawa hands bans to unruly fans

Urawa Reds said Wednesday they have handed down home-game bans to two supporters for unruly behavior after the team’s 4-2 loss away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. One supporter was banned for four games for throwing water at Reds players after the match, while ...

Jun 22, 2016

Kofu striker Cristiano rejoining Reysol

J. League first-division club Kashiwa Reysol will re-sign Brazilian striker Cristiano on a permanent basis from Ventforet Kofu, Reysol said on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Cristiano, who spent last season on loan at Kashiwa and scored 14 goals in 34 league outings, has scored seven ...

Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Jun 22, 2016

Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Spain’s long unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia rallied for a stunning 2-1 win on Tuesday, sending the two-time champions into an intense, high-profile knockout match against Italy in the round of 16. Ivan Perisic’s 87th-minute winner for Croatia not only ...

Jun 21, 2016

J. League set to sign lucrative broadcast deal

The J. League is set to sign a major broadcasting rights deal worth an annual total of ¥1.1 billion ($10.5 million) with various domestic and overseas firms from next season, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. The deal, with companies including British sports ...

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Jun 21, 2016

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Gamba Osaka forward Takashi Usami said Tuesday he is returning to the Bundesliga this summer with an agenda. The 24-year-old spent two seasons, from the age of 19, in Germany but returned to Japan in 2013 with precious little to show for his efforts. ...

Wales blasts Russia to win group as Bale scores again

Jun 21, 2016

Wales blasts Russia to win group as Bale scores again

Gareth Bale made it three goals in three games as Wales overwhelmed Russia 3-0 on Monday to reach the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time. Playing in its first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Wales defied expectations to ...

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Jun 20, 2016

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Japan forward Takashi Usami will join Augsburg on a four-year deal from Gamba Osaka subject to a medical later this month, the German side announced Monday. Usami, set to hold a press conference on Tuesday, has scored five goals in 16 league games this ...