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Chelsea reveling in early success

Dec 25, 2016

Chelsea reveling in early success

Antonio Conte’s first few months as Chelsea manager could hardly have gone any better as his side heads into the holiday period six points clear atop the Premier League standings. The west London club faces Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Monday and will be ...

Dec 25, 2016

Nakayama set to play on at 50

Former Japan striker Masashi Nakayama is set to re-sign with Azul Claro Numazu in J. League’s third division next year when he will turn 50 years old come September, a soccer source said Saturday. Nakayama, who joined Numazu in September last year following a ...

Nagatomo, actress Taira confirm wedding plans

Dec 24, 2016

Nagatomo, actress Taira confirm wedding plans

Inter Milan and Japan national soccer team member Yuto Nagatomo and his girlfriend, actress Airi Taira, held a news conference Saturday to confirm rumors they will marry in January. In June, Nagatomo told media that Taira is “my amore” (my lover) after their relationship ...

Dec 24, 2016

F.A. alleges Barton made 1,260 bets

The controversial soccer player Joey Barton is alleged to have placed over 1,000 football bets over a 10-year period and has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association. The 34-year-old Barton, who is due to rejoin Burnley after his departure from the Glasgow ...

Palace brings in Allardyce

Dec 24, 2016

Palace brings in Allardyce

Three months after losing his dream job as England manager, Sam Allardyce was back in soccer on Friday and facing a familiar task: Keeping a struggling team in the Premier League. Allardyce was hired as the manager of London team Crystal Palace, which fired ...

Dec 23, 2016

South Africa coach Mashaba fired

The coach of South Africa’s national team was fired on Thursday following a disciplinary hearing into his public outburst after a World Cup qualifier last month. Shakes Mashaba was suspended after a television camera caught him ranting at his critics, while reports claimed he ...

Solo talks about future, fights for equal pay

Dec 23, 2016

Solo talks about future, fights for equal pay

Hope Solo says she hopes that someday she can return to the U.S. women’s national team, but in the meantime she vows to keep fighting for equal pay for the players. Solo was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was ...

Crystal Palace fires manager Pardew as struggles continue

Dec 23, 2016

Crystal Palace fires manager Pardew as struggles continue

In charge of English soccer’s worst-performing team of 2016, Alan Pardew was already under heavy scrutiny at Premier League struggler Crystal Palace. Some unwise comments about the club’s American owners might just have made his position untenable. Pardew was fired as Palace’s manager on ...

Dec 22, 2016

Argentina finishes year atop FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi’s beaten Copa America finalist Argentina ends the year at the top of FIFA’s world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, was named “mover of the year.” Argentina finishes 2016 out in front of archrival Brazil to inherit the “team ...