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Struggling Leicester falls to Manchester United

Feb 6, 2017

Struggling Leicester falls to Manchester United

Relegation is looming as a genuine prospect for stuttering Premier League champion Leicester. It’s been 79 years since a defending champion was relegated from England’s top division — the last being Manchester City in 1938 — but Leicester is heading that way after a ...

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Feb 5, 2017

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Hiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J. League after a 4½-year absence. “I learned the mentality and attitude to fight,” Kiyotake said Sunday, a day ...

Hazard, Chelsea run circles around Arsenal

Feb 5, 2017

Hazard, Chelsea run circles around Arsenal

Fusing strength, aggression and pace, Eden Hazard received the ball inside Chelsea’s own half and just kept on running, fending off every frail barrier of Arsenal’s resistance. Laurent Koscielny was the first opponent brushed aside and Francis Coquelin was left spinning, trying forlornly to ...

Haraguchi scores first goal of season in Hertha win

Feb 5, 2017

Haraguchi scores first goal of season in Hertha win

Japan attacker Genki Haraguchi scored just a minute into the game to open his season’s account as Hertha Berlin edged past Ingolstadt 1-0 at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Haraguchi netted with his first touch as Salomon Kalou capitalized on a poor control ...

Feb 3, 2017

Baku, Madrid bid to host 2019 Champions League final

Baku and Madrid are bidding to host the 2019 Champions League final, UEFA said Friday. The Olympic Stadium in the Azerbaijani capital will be a 2020 European Championship venue, and Atletico Madrid’s new Metropolitano Stadium will open this year. Both have capacities of about ...

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Feb 3, 2017

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Shunichiro Okano, former president of the Japan Football Association and member of the International Olympic Committee, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the situation said Friday. He was 85. Okano, who won one cap during his playing days, ...

Ex-Chelsea star Lampard announces retirement

Feb 2, 2017

Ex-Chelsea star Lampard announces retirement

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday after spending last year with New York City FC in Major League Soccer. Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe’s finest ...

Feb 2, 2017

MLS extends time for Sacramento expansion bid

Major League Soccer will give rival groups in Sacramento, California, more time to come together in the city’s bid for an expansion team that would start play in 2020. A group that included San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, Sacramento Kings minority owner Kevin ...

Man City thrashes West Ham; Man United held

Feb 2, 2017

Man City thrashes West Ham; Man United held

Manchester City’s players looked like they could score at will in their latest big win over West Ham. Manchester United couldn’t even manage one goal against Hull. On an evening of contrasting fortunes in the Premier League for the Manchester giants’ expensive strike forces, ...

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Feb 1, 2017

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Sevilla midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has re-signed with former club Cerezo Osaka, an official of the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. Cerezo team director Kiyoshi Okuma said Kiyotake will return on a full transfer as the winter transfer market closed Tuesday. Cerezo have been ...

Chelsea comfortable after Liverpool draw

Feb 1, 2017

Chelsea comfortable after Liverpool draw

Diego Costa’s missed second-half penalty cost Premier League leader Chelsea a victory at Liverpool on Tuesday but a 1-1 draw did little damage to its title prospects as closest rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points. Spain striker Costa was denied by Liverpool keeper ...