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Antlers claim first-stage title

Seven-time champion Kashima Antlers overpowered bottom club Avispa Fukuoka 2-0 to clinch the J. League first-stage title in the final round of matches on Saturday. Shuto Yamamoto’s 27th-minute header got the party started at Kashima Stadium before Shoma Doi scored for the second game in a row to seal victory ...

Euro 2016 players react to Brexit

Jun 25, 2016

Euro 2016 players react to Brexit

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Britain’s momentous decision to leave the European Union was the talk of soccer’s European Championship on Friday, with one leading Italian player even warning about an undermining “domino effect” across Europe. Wales coach Chris Coleman spoke of the virtues of free movement of workers ...

Jun 24, 2016

Kiyotake finalizes move to Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has completed his move to Spanish League club Sevilla, signing a four-year deal, the Europa League champion announced on its website on Friday. The 26-year-old Kiyotake, who has twice broken metatarsal bones in his right foot over the past 12 ...

Jun 24, 2016

Japan defender Sakai to join Marseille

Japan defender Hiroki Sakai will join French Ligue 1 outfit Marseille after his contract expired with Bundesliga club Hannover, the French side announced Thursday. The 26-year-old played for Hannover, which will be relegated to the German league’s second division, since transferring from the J. ...

Relaxed Rooney no longer carrying burden for England

Jun 24, 2016

Relaxed Rooney no longer carrying burden for England

Wayne Rooney used to go to major tournaments feeling the weight of a nation on his shoulders. “I had to be the one to win us games, to win us tournaments,” the England captain said Thursday, opening up on his run of disappointing showings ...

Jun 23, 2016

Koroki to play for Japan in Rio as overage player

Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki will head to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the third and final overage player to be selected, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Koroki and Urawa have been in discussions with the JFA over the call-up, and the ...

Vardy reaches deal to remain at Leicester

Jun 23, 2016

Vardy reaches deal to remain at Leicester

Jamie Vardy agreed to stay with Leicester on Thursday, hoping to spearhead the Foxes’ English Premier League title defense and first Champions League campaign. The central England club announced its top scorer had agreed to extend his contract by four years, appearing to end ...

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Jun 23, 2016

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Cristiano Ronaldo came through. Twice. The Portugal winger erupted from his scoring slump on Wednesday, netting his first two goals at the European Championship and putting his team into the round of 16. Ronaldo’s strikes, the first with a spectacular back heel and the ...

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Jun 22, 2016

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Japan defender Tomoaki Makino scored twice as Urawa Reds stopped the rot by coming from two goals down to beat FC Tokyo 3-2 at home in a rescheduled J. League first-division game on Wednesday night. Reds saw their fading first-stage title hopes end with ...

Jun 22, 2016

Urawa hands bans to unruly fans

Urawa Reds said Wednesday they have handed down home-game bans to two supporters for unruly behavior after the team’s 4-2 loss away to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. One supporter was banned for four games for throwing water at Reds players after the match, while ...

Jun 22, 2016

Kofu striker Cristiano rejoining Reysol

J. League first-division club Kashiwa Reysol will re-sign Brazilian striker Cristiano on a permanent basis from Ventforet Kofu, Reysol said on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Cristiano, who spent last season on loan at Kashiwa and scored 14 goals in 34 league outings, has scored seven ...

Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Jun 22, 2016

Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Spain’s long unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia rallied for a stunning 2-1 win on Tuesday, sending the two-time champions into an intense, high-profile knockout match against Italy in the round of 16. Ivan Perisic’s 87th-minute winner for Croatia not only ...