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Nov 12, 2014

Evans trains despite rape conviction

A former Premier League player who was convicted of rape was told Tuesday he can resume training with third-tier club Sheffield United. Wales international Ched Evans was released from jail last month after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman ...

Okubo to stay with Frontale

Nov 11, 2014

Okubo to stay with Frontale

Japan’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo said on Tuesday he will turn down offers from other J. League teams and stay with Kawasaki Frontale. “I got my career back on track here, and I’ve only been here two years,” Okubo said after training. ...

Nov 11, 2014

Sociedad hires United flop Moyes

Spanish club Real Sociedad hired former Manchester United manager David Moyes on Monday, giving the Scotsman a chance to revive his career after his failed stint at Old Trafford. Sociedad posted a statement on its website saying it had “reached a deal with manager ...

Phoenix tops Golden State

Nov 10, 2014

Phoenix tops Golden State

The Phoenix Suns didn’t do much different to defend the high-flying Golden State Warriors in the second half Sunday night. They just stuck with their effective bench play and let the Klay Thompson-less Warriors get tired and make mistakes in a fourth quarter that ...

Nov 10, 2014

Swansea rallies late to beat Arsenal

Swansea scored twice in less than three minutes to rally to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, with substitute Bafetimbi Gomis grabbing the winner barely 90 seconds after coming on. A listless game played in driving rain in south ...

Gamba win Nabisco Cup

Nov 8, 2014

Gamba win Nabisco Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka lifted the Nabisco Cup after coming from two goals down to beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-2 on Saturday, stoking hopes of a trophy treble. Gamba, last season’s second-division champions, found themselves swimming against the tide when a double from Hisato Sato gave reigning ...

Nov 6, 2014

Frontale's Nakamura sidelined with ankle sprain

Kawasaki Frontale captain Kengo Nakamura is expected to miss three weeks due to a right ankle sprain, the J. League first-division club said Thursday. Nakamura was stretchered off the field after taking a hit in the second half of a 3-2 home loss to ...

Nov 6, 2014

Grampus striker Kennedy leaving team after season

J. League first-division side Nagoya Grampus announced Thursday that Australia striker Josh Kennedy will leave the club at the end of the season for a move back to Australia. The 32-year-old Kennedy, who arrived midway through the 2009 season, was the J. League’s top ...

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Nov 6, 2014

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Lionel Messi’s brace gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory Wednesday over 10-man Ajax and moved him level with Raul Gonzalez’s all-time Champions League scoring record of 71 goals. Messi scored his 70th Champions League goal in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax ...

Aguirre recalls veterans for Honduras, Australia friendlies

Nov 5, 2014

Aguirre recalls veterans for Honduras, Australia friendlies

Japan manager Javier Aguirre turned to the tried and trusted for upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Australia, recalling several veterans on Wednesday for the last warm-ups ahead of the Asian Cup. Aguirre recalled two-time World Cup captain Makoto Hasebe, Gamba Osaka midfielders Yasuhito Endo ...

Benzema lifts Real Madrid

Nov 5, 2014

Benzema lifts Real Madrid

A goal by Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win against an under-strength Liverpool side in the Champions League on Tuesday as Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the first time in 13 games. Madrid piled the pressure on from the start and ...