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Jul 19, 2016

Ex-Nadeshiko star Sawa pregnant

Former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa said Tuesday she is expecting her first child in January. “I’ve been blessed with a new life,” Sawa, 37, said through a statement released by her management firm. “It’s been the heartfelt desire of ...

Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist

Jul 18, 2016

Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the 10-player shortlist to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for last season. Fan favorite Will Grigg missed out but got as many points as Paul Pogba. Ronaldo is joined by Pepe, his teammate on European ...

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Jul 18, 2016

Omiya draws with Urawa in Saitama derby

Omiya Ardija won their first point in the Saitama derby in more than three years in a sweltering 2-2 draw at Urawa Reds in the J. League on Sunday. Before a bumper crowd of 53,951 at Saitama Stadium, Brazilian Mateus’ equalizer midway through the ...

Jul 18, 2016

Sagan's Kusukami transfers to Western Sydney

Sagan Tosu announced on Monday that midfielder Jumpei Kusukami has signed a full transfer deal with former Asian champion Western Sydney Wanderers. Kusukami has not been the preferred choice of manager Massimo Ficcadenti since joining Tosu this season from Cerezo Osaka, appearing in just ...

Jul 15, 2016

Kluivert named PSG football director

Dutch soccer great Patrick Kluivert on Thursday joined Paris Saint-Germain as football director to “overview” the French champions’ new coach Unai Emery. Kluivert, 40, had been national coach for Curacao and for Ajax Amsterdam’s youth team. “I am extremely honored to join such a ...

Jul 15, 2016

Maradona to be profiled on new TV show

Diego Maradona’s larger-than-life exploits are coming to the small screen, producers said Thursday, announcing the Argentine soccer legend will be the subject of a new TV series targeting international audiences. “Every month of my life could make 100 episodes. Everything I’ve lived surpasses any ...

Jul 14, 2016

Schweinsteiger, Ivanovic get married

German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger has tied the knot with Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic. Photos of the couple in Venice, Italy, had stirred talk that they were getting married. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old Manchester United player posted a picture of himself and his ...

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Jul 13, 2016

Kobayashi helps Frontale remain perfect in second stage

Yu Kobayashi struck the winner deep into injury time as Kawasaki Frontale twice came from behind to beat Albirex Niigata 3-2 at home and make it three wins from three in the J. League second stage on Wednesday night. Missing influential midfielder and captain ...

Jul 13, 2016

Sevilla's Kiyotake out with groin injury

Sevilla’s new signing Hiroshi Kiyotake is off to a rocky start with the three-time reigning Europa League champion as the midfielder was ruled out for three to four weeks with a right groin injury on Tuesday. The Japan international joined Sevilla on a four-year ...

Jul 10, 2016

Brazilian striker Lopes to join Sanfrecce

Sanfrecce Hiroshima have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes on loan from Tombense, the J. League champions announced on Sunday. Lopes will be counted on to plug the hole that will be left by Arsenal-bound Takuma Asano, who plays his final game for ...

Jul 10, 2016

Pele, 75, to get married for third time

Soccer legend Pele is getting married Tuesday for the third time, tying the knot with his girlfriend of six years Marcia Cibele Aoki. Pele, 75, told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that this time, he has found “love forever.” Pele and Aoki met ...

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Jul 9, 2016

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Yokohama F. Marinos eased past struggling Avispa Fukuoka 3-0 to make it two wins out of two in the J. League second stage on Saturday night. Manabu Saito opened the scoring with a trademark strike late in the first half, before Cayman Togashi stood ...