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Nov 11, 2016

Grampus clean house after drop

Relegated Nagoya Grampus released nine players, including long-serving No. 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa and Michihiro Yasuda, on Thursday, while tentatively appointing vice chairman Shinichi Sasaki as the new president. Nagoya, which a week ago dropped to the second tier for the first time on goal ...

Nov 11, 2016

Rangers part ways with Barton

Joey Barton’s tumultuous spell at Rangers was ended on Thursday as the club announced it had terminated the midfielder’s contract with immediate effect. The 34-year-old Englishman, who joined Rangers on a two-year contract in May, returned to the Scottish Premiership club last week after ...

Brazil shuts out listless Argentina

Nov 11, 2016

Brazil shuts out listless Argentina

Memories of the biggest humiliation in Brazilian soccer and the return of Lionel Messi to Argentina were not enough to stop the five-time World Cup champions from beating their archrivals Thursday in South American qualifying for the World Cup. The Brazilians won at Mineirao ...

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Nov 10, 2016

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is an injury doubt for Japan’s World Cup qualifying warm-up against Oman in Kashima on Friday. Kagawa trained separately from the main group after arriving back in Japan and skipped Wednesday’s session because of a sore right ankle, although ...

Nakajima powers FC Tokyo into Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

Nov 9, 2016

Nakajima powers FC Tokyo into Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

Shoya Nakajima netted the tying goal before setting up the winner as FC Tokyo shrugged off fourth-tier Honda FC 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Emperor’s Cup. Junya Kuno handed fluid Honda the first-half lead, but Nakajima, who netted for Japan ...

Nov 9, 2016

J. League season to open Feb. 25

The J. League executive committee on Tuesday decided to open the 2017 J1 season Feb. 25 and end it Dec. 2. The J. League first division is going back to a single stage next year, abandoning the hugely unpopular two-stage system after just two ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi’s return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, ...

Nov 7, 2016

Oniki to take over as Frontale manager

Kawasaki Frontale announced on Monday they have promoted Toru Oniki to manage the team next season. The move was waiting to be rubber-stamped after Frontale said last week that Oniki, 42, would inherit the club from Yahiro Kazama, who will step down at season’s ...