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Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, ...

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

Jun 2, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

All eyes will be on new Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura and her newly assembled charges when Japan faces world champion United States on Thursday in the first game of a two-match friendly tour. The 48-year-old Takakura, who led Japan to titles at the ...

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Jun 2, 2016

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Insisting “everyone needs money,” Pele took a lingering look at a lifetime of medals, trinkets and memorabilia that auctioneers hope will generate around $7 million. Everything from a replica of the World Cup — a 1970 gift from FIFA after winning the soccer showpiece ...

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Jun 1, 2016

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Japan forward Keisuke Honda will miss Friday’s Kirin Cup game against Bulgaria with a left-knee injury and could also be out for the second match next week, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday. Halilhodzic made it clear he is not taking any risks with the ...

Teams call on young stars for Euro 2016

Jun 1, 2016

Teams call on young stars for Euro 2016

Lucas Vazquez has never played for Spain. Marcus Rashford is fresh from his England debut. Joshua Kimmich has only one Germany cap. They are all going to the European Championship next week. Tuesday was deadline day for the 23-man squads to be submitted to ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

May 31, 2016

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Barcelona’s five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros. Argentine-born striker Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, ...

Japan to face Brazil in Olympic warm-up

May 31, 2016

Japan to face Brazil in Olympic warm-up

Japan’s Under-23s will play Olympic host Brazil on July 30 in Goiania in their final warm-up for the Rio de Janeiro Games, the Japan Football Association announced on Tuesday. Japan kicks off its Olympic campaign against Nigeria on Aug. 4 in Group B in ...

Mexican soccer star Pulido rescued after kidnapping

May 30, 2016

Mexican soccer star Pulido rescued after kidnapping

Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in ...

May 30, 2016

Honda skips training due to discomfort in left knee

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda was held out of Japan training on Monday for the Kirin Cup with discomfort in his left knee and is now day-to-day for the four-team tournament. The 25-man squad assembled in full for the first time on Monday for the ...

Spain beats Bosnia Euro warmup

May 30, 2016

Spain beats Bosnia Euro warmup

Forward Manuel “Nolito” Agudo scored two first-half goals to lead Spain to a 3-1 win over 10-man Bosnia in a warmup match for the European Championship on Sunday. The two-time defending champion prevailed despite playing with a depleted squad and with coach Vicente del ...