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Sep 30, 2016

Ex-Nadeshiko striker Maruyama to retire

Former Japan women’s striker Karina Maruyama will retire at the end of the current season, her team Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki announced Friday. Maruyama, 33, scored the extra-time winner against host Germany in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals before Nadeshiko Japan went on to ...

Sep 30, 2016

Schalke's Uchida awaits knee examination

Injury-plagued Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida said Thursday he will have another checkup on his right knee. The 28-year-old said he will have an MRI examination on Tuesday. A knee injury has ruled him out of action since March 2015. Uchida’s patellar tendon was surgically ...

Sep 30, 2016

Mainz's Muto bags first Europa League goal in win over Gabala

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored his first Europa League goal, helping Mainz beat Azerbaijan side Gabala in a 3-2, Group C thriller on Thursday. In Baku, Muto put Mainz in the lead in the 41st minute with a left-footed shot into the bottom corner ...

Sep 30, 2016

Barnsley coach Wright loses job after newspaper sting

A British newspaper investigation led to a second soccer coach getting fired in England on Thursday. Two days after Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager following an undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph, second-tier club Barnsley fired assistant coach Tommy Wright. Wright ...

Rooney back in action in Man United victory

Sep 30, 2016

Rooney back in action in Man United victory

Wayne Rooney finally made a difference for Manchester United this season, setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal two minutes after coming off the bench to beat Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday. Inter Milan fell 3-1 at Sparta Prague to lose ...

Halilhodzic brushes aside criticism, names 26-man squad

Sep 29, 2016

Halilhodzic brushes aside criticism, names 26-man squad

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday shot back at critics who accuse him of making excuses for his team’s poor start to its World Cup final qualifying campaign as he named a 26-strong squad for next month’s games against Iraq and Australia. Japan lost ...

Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

Sep 29, 2016

Beckham provides support to quake-hit Kumamoto U-16 players

David Beckham handed out signed soccer balls Thursday to the players of an under-16 select team from Kumamoto Prefecture, which was hit by two huge earthquakes in April that took the lives of 50 people. Beckham, who captained England during the 2002 World Cup ...

Allardyce admits to 'judgment' error in England farce

Sep 29, 2016

Allardyce admits to 'judgment' error in England farce

Sam Allardyce admitted an “error of judgment” on Wednesday after his one-game career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters. “Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that,” Allardyce told reporters outside ...

Regretful Allardyce says entrapment led to England exit

Sep 28, 2016

Regretful Allardyce says entrapment led to England exit

Sam Allardyce flew out of England on Wednesday after expressing regret over “silly” unguarded comments to undercover journalists that cost him the England manager’s job. While apologizing for his indiscretions, Allardyce complained about “entrapment” by the Daily Telegraph that made his England job untenable ...

Leicester beats Porto for second win

Sep 28, 2016

Leicester beats Porto for second win

Leicester City’s players upturned the established order in England last season. Now, they’re doing the same in Europe. The fairy tale goes on for the once-unheralded central English club after beating double European champion Porto 1-0 on Tuesday for a second straight win in ...

England manager Allardyce forced out after one game

Sep 28, 2016

England manager Allardyce forced out after one game

Even by English soccer’s standards, the latest embarrassment is a new low. Sam Allardyce was forced out in disgrace after one game in charge of the national team. Having taken 25 years to reach the pinnacle of English soccer management, Allardyce was toppled after ...