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Gamba striker Usami hopes to play for Japan in Rio

Jan 27, 2016

Gamba striker Usami hopes to play for Japan in Rio

Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami said he is eager to go to the Summer Games again, making his pitch to play for Japan at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as one of three overage players each team will be allowed. “If I’m needed, I’m ...

Liverpool reaches League Cup final

Jan 27, 2016

Liverpool reaches League Cup final

Juergen Klopp sat behind a wall of Liverpool players and coaching staff, using the reaction of fans to gauge the ebb and flow of the penalty shootout. In the end, the eruption inside Anfield told him everything he needed to know: Liverpool was heading ...

Japan qualifies for Rio Games with dramatic win over Iraq

Jan 27, 2016

Japan qualifies for Rio Games with dramatic win over Iraq

Japan qualified for its sixth successive Olympics in men’s soccer in dramatic fashion as Riki Harakawa struck a stoppage-time winner for a 2-1 victory over Iraq in an Asian Under-23 Championship semifinal on Tuesday. Yuya Kubo opened the scoring midway through the first half ...

Jan 25, 2016

Japan to face Denmark, Bosnia, Bulgaria in Kirin Cup

Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria will travel to Japan in June to take part in the Kirin Cup, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The four-way tournament, which includes host Japan, is being held for the first time in five years. The games ...

Uchida's return still up in the air

Jan 25, 2016

Uchida's return still up in the air

Japan’s World Cup defender Atsuto Uchida said on Sunday that his return date from a right-knee injury remains uncertain. The Schalke 04 right-back has not played since March. He had surgery in June to repair the patellar tendon in the knee, but said there ...

Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

Jan 25, 2016

Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

The fitness of Japan captain Wataru Endo, Yuta Toyokawa and Masashi Kamekawa will be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s Asian Under-23 Championship semifinal against Iraq, according to the Japan Football Association. The trio trained apart from the team on Sunday. Endo complained of discomfort ...

Leicester keeps rolling; United falls

Jan 24, 2016

Leicester keeps rolling; United falls

The expectation is the rails will come off Leicester’s title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. But Manchester United’s problems with scoring at home won’t go away, with boos again ringing out at Old Trafford on Saturday after the hosts were ...

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Jan 23, 2016

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Shoya Nakajima scored twice in extra time to keep Japan on course for a place at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a 3-0 win over Iran in the quarterfinals of the Asian Under-23 Championship on Friday. On as a late replacement for ...

Jan 22, 2016

FIFA seeks doping ban for Kang

FIFA has asked sport’s highest court to impose a two-year ban on a South Korean player who blamed his positive test for a steroid on a mustache-growing cream. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says FIFA’s appeal against the Korea Football Association and Kang ...

Jan 22, 2016

Dolgopolov gets 10-year jail term

A former Zenit St. Petersburg player has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of beating his wife to death. The federal investigative committee says Vladimir Dolgopolov was found guilty of “intentionally causing severe damage to health, leading to the ...

Jan 22, 2016

Uchida returns to training after seven-month layoff: report

Japan defender Atsuto Uchida has joined team training at his club Schalke for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery in June, the online edition of Kicker reported Thursday. The 27-year-old right-back had an operation on his patellar tendon, the magazine said at ...