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Feb 27, 2017

Striker Utaka close to joining FC Tokyo: source

FC Tokyo is on the verge of signing former Nigeria international striker and last season’s J. League first-division joint-top scorer Peter Utaka, a source close to the move said Monday. The 33-year-old Utaka, who bagged 19 goals for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2016 to share ...

Late Ibrahimovic header gives United League Cup victory

Feb 27, 2017

Late Ibrahimovic header gives United League Cup victory

Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side. It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting ...

'King Kazu' plays on 50th birthday to update J. League record

Feb 26, 2017

'King Kazu' plays on 50th birthday to update J. League record

Evergreen former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura reached a new milestone on his 50th birthday on Sunday, rewriting his record as the oldest player to play in the J. League second division. Affectionately known as ‘King Kazu’ in Japan, Miura set the new mark after ...

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

Feb 26, 2017

Gamba salvage draw with Ventforet in season opener

Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno rescued a point for Gamba Osaka in their J. League season opener on Sunday, scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to modest Ventforet Kofu. Kofu took the lead on 55 minutes when Masaru Matsuhashi rifled ...

Chelsea goes 11 points clear at top of Premier League table

Feb 26, 2017

Chelsea goes 11 points clear at top of Premier League table

Chelsea surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Pedro inspired a 3-1 win over Swansea, while Leicester’s gloom deepened as the troubled champions plunged into the relegation zone on Saturday. Antonio Conte’s leaders won for the 17th time in ...

Feb 25, 2017

MLS club Seattle eyes Honda: report

Japan international Keisuke Honda is reportedly set for a move to Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, but Italian club AC Milan said Friday the 30-year-old attacker will be going nowhere until his contract expires in June. Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported ...

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Feb 25, 2017

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Yuto Misao scored a freak own goal to gift FC Tokyo a shock 1-0 win away against the defending champion Kashima Antlers on the opening day of the J. League season on Saturday. Misao, a preseason signing from Shonan Bellmare, bundled over the line ...

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

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The following is second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a ...

Leicester fires title-winning manager Ranieri

Feb 24, 2017

Leicester fires title-winning manager Ranieri

Masterminding one of the greatest upsets in sporting history wasn’t enough for Claudio Ranieri to keep his job at Leicester. Ranieri was fired by Leicester on Thursday, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...

Sevilla wins first leg; Vardy ends drought

Feb 23, 2017

Sevilla wins first leg; Vardy ends drought

Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal — his first of the year — to keep the English champions alive in the round of 16. ...