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May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...

Man United fires van Gaal, expected to appoint Mourinho

May 24, 2016

Man United fires van Gaal, expected to appoint Mourinho

Replacing Alex Ferguson is proving harder than Manchester United could ever have imagined. United is looking for its third manager since Ferguson’s trophy-laden 26-year dynasty ended in 2013 after firing Louis van Gaal on Monday following months of uncertainty around his position. Jose Mourinho ...

Barcelona claims domestic double

May 23, 2016

Barcelona claims domestic double

Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish League trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a ...

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

May 22, 2016

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

Japan’s Rio Olympic-bound Under-23s got off to a losing start at the Toulon International Tournament on Saturday, Makoto Teguramori’s men going down 2-1 to Paraguay in Group B. Paraguay, which has brought its Under-21 squad to Toulon and has not qualified for Rio, capitalized ...

Van Gaal exit rumors overshadow United's F.A. Cup victory

May 22, 2016

Van Gaal exit rumors overshadow United's F.A. Cup victory

Louis van Gaal had little time to savor delivering Manchester United’s first trophy since the Alex Ferguson dynasty ended three years ago. Within an hour of collecting the F.A. Cup after Saturday’s victory over Crystal Palace, Van Gaal left his jubilant players to be ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

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Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

May 21, 2016

UEFA charges Liverpool, Sevilla

UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Liverpool and Sevilla after fans fought in a poorly segregated section of the stadium before the Europa League final on Wednesday. Rival fans in neighboring blocks of seats clashed behind one goal 30 minutes before kickoff. Only then ...

May 20, 2016

Beckham backs Real manager Zidane, calls for patience at club

David Beckham believes Real Madrid should give his former teammate at the club, Zinedine Zidane, time to succeed even if the French great fails to inspire it to victory in the Champions League final later this month. Zidane fell just short of steering the ...

May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

May 19, 2016

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo said he was pleased to have proved a point in winning a new three-year contract with the Serie A powerhouse as he arrived back in Japan on Thursday. Nagatomo found it tough breaking into Roberto Mancini’s plans early in ...