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West Ham victorious in Olympic venue debut

Aug 22, 2016

West Ham victorious in Olympic venue debut

The first Premier League game staged at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama Sunday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth. Track-and-field stars like Usain ...

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Aug 21, 2016

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Hiroshi Kiyotake set up a goal before opening his La Liga account as Sevilla overpowered Espanyol 6-4 in a frenetic season opener on Saturday. Kiyotake, starting on the right of a five-man midfield, delivered a corner from the left for Luciano Vietto in the ...

Former FIFA president Havelange dies at 100

Aug 17, 2016

Former FIFA president Havelange dies at 100

Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer’s governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100. Havelange, who was suffering from a respiratory infection, died early Tuesday ...

Chelsea's Costa notches 89th-minute goal to down West Ham

Aug 16, 2016

Chelsea's Costa notches 89th-minute goal to down West Ham

Striker Diego Costa struck in the 89th minute as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 Monday night in the English Premier League. “I’m delighted with the performance, I saw a lot of things that are ...

Ibrahimovic making immediate impact at United

Aug 15, 2016

Ibrahimovic making immediate impact at United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is garnering quite the fan club in the Manchester United canteen since his offseason move to Old Trafford. United’s youngsters — Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford among them — sit with the 34-year-old striker at meal times, looking to extract as much ...

Former Premier League player dies after being shot with Taser

Aug 15, 2016

Former Premier League player dies after being shot with Taser

A former Premier League soccer player has died, three of his former clubs said Monday, following reports he was shot with a Taser by police. Dalian Atkinson died around 90 minutes after a Taser was used on him by police officers, Britain’s Press Association ...

Aug 14, 2016

Antlers top Avispa to end three-game slide

J. League first-stage champion Kashima Antlers claimed a 2-1 win at struggling Avispa Fukuoka on Sunday, ending their three-game losing run in the second stage. Shuhei Akasaki chipped over goalkeeper Ryuichi Kamiyama for the opener in the 27th minute after being played through by ...

Hull City stuns Leicester City in Premier League opener

Aug 13, 2016

Hull City stuns Leicester City in Premier League opener

Leicester City opened its title defense with a shock 2-1 loss to newly promoted Hull City on the first day of the Premier League season on Saturday. Having sprung one of soccer’s biggest surprises by winning the league last season, Leicester was on the ...

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Aug 13, 2016

Reds heap more misery on Grampus

Urawa Reds downed relegation-threatened Nagoya Grampus 2-0 on Saturday in the J. League and moved top of the second-stage standings with their seventh win in eight games. Yuki Muto’s low effort opened the scoring a minute before intermission and Zlatan Ljubijankic added the second ...

Aug 13, 2016

Tottenham's Alli to wear first name on jersey

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will wear his first name on the back of his shirt this season, rather than his surname, his club announced on Saturday. “I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have ...

Aug 13, 2016

Messi won't quit national team

For the love of his country, Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina’s national team. Messi said Friday that he is returning despite “a lot of problems” involving the country’s federation, which is mired in ...