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Spurs thrash Stoke to narrow gap on Leicester

Apr 19, 2016

Spurs thrash Stoke to narrow gap on Leicester

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice Monday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leader Leicester to five points. Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s ...

Apr 18, 2016

Mainz striker Muto to forego surgery

Japan striker Yoshinori Muto will not have surgery to repair a right-knee ligament but will be out indefinitely, a source at his club Mainz said Sunday. In his first European season, Muto had made an immediate impact with Mainz, winning a place on the ...

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Apr 18, 2016

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Premier League-leading Leicester City saw its five-match winning streak halted on Sunday, but Japan striker Shinji Okazaki hailed his team’s battling 2-2 draw with West Ham United in a game that was riddled with controversial refereeing decisions. “I think that point was huge for ...

Southampton defender Yoshida offers to help quake victims

Apr 17, 2016

Southampton defender Yoshida offers to help quake victims

Southampton’s Japan international defender Maya Yoshida on Saturday offered his support to the victims of the series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked his native Kyushu over the past few days. Speaking after Southampton’s 1-1 draw away to Everton in the Premier League, Yoshida, ...

Villa relegated after 28 years in top flight

Apr 17, 2016

Villa relegated after 28 years in top flight

Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0. The threat of relegation ended some time ...

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Apr 16, 2016

Frontale's Okubo notches brace in victory over FC Tokyo

Yoshito Okubo issued Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic a fresh reminder of his goalscoring prowess with a brace on Saturday, his J1 record-extending 160th and 161st career goals helping league-leading Kawasaki Frontale come from behind to win 4-2 at FC Tokyo. Australian striker Nathan Burns ...

Apr 16, 2016

Kiyotake, Sakai play part in Hannover triumph

Hiroshi Kiyotake and Hiroki Sakai helped bottom-side Hannover secure their first three points in seven games in the Bundesliga on Friday in their 2-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach, avoiding relegation in this round of fixtures. Hannover went ahead in the 49th minute when ...

Liverpool stages rally to reach Europa League semifinals

Apr 15, 2016

Liverpool stages rally to reach Europa League semifinals

What the Europa League lacks in glamor it more than made up for in late drama on Thursday. Liverpool reached the semifinals through a stoppage-time winner and Sevilla’s pursuit of a hat trick of titles was kept alive with a shootout success. Shakhtar Donetsk ...

Apr 15, 2016

Japan handed tough Olympic assignment

Japan was drawn with Sweden, Nigeria and Colombia in Group B for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament on Thursday. Japan’s first game will be against Nigeria on Aug. 4, in Manaus, where the team will also play Colombia three days later. Makoto Teguramori’s side ...