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Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Nov 21, 2016

Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Chelsea replaced Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 1-0 win at Middlesbrough thanks to a first-half Diego Costa strike on Sunday. It was the London side’s sixth successive league victory without conceding a goal and gave it 28 ...

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the second-highest goalscorer in J. League top-flight history with 161 goals, will join relegated Nagoya Grampus, Sanfrecce’s president said Sunday. “We can do nothing but accept his decision,” said Hidekazu Orita, who had been asking the 34-year-old Sato to ...

Nov 20, 2016

Jubilo make multi-year offer for veteran Nakamura

Yokohama F. Marinos have received an offer for playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura from J. League first division rivals Jubilo Iwata, sources said Sunday. Jubilo’s offer for the 38-year-old former Japan international and Celtic player is for more than one year, according to the sources. Nakamura ...

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Nov 20, 2016

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse finished one-two in the J. League second division, clinching promotion back to the top flight on Sunday. Consadole’s 0-0 home draw to Zweigen Kanazawa was enough to keep them on top of the table with 85 points from the ...

Toure returns to lift City past Palace

Nov 20, 2016

Toure returns to lift City past Palace

Yaya Toure returned to Manchester City’s ranks on Saturday after a public apology to manager Pep Guardiola and scored twice in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace that took the team to the top of the Premier League alongside Liverpool. While Liverpool’s progress was ...

Nov 19, 2016

Vegalta's Watanabe to remain in charge for 2017 season

Vegalta Sendai announced on Saturday that Susumu Watanabe will manage the club for another season in 2017. Watanabe, who has been in charge of Sendai since April 2014, kept his team afloat in top-flight soccer as Vegalta finished 12th in the overall standings this ...

FIFA boss open to 32-team CWC

Nov 19, 2016

FIFA boss open to 32-team CWC

FIFA president Gianni Infantino thinks the mostly unloved Club World Cup could expand to a 32-team tournament played in June. Infantino said in interviews published on Friday in Italian and Spanish newspapers that a club competition could start in 2019. A 32-team event played ...

Nov 19, 2016

Kazama to take over at Grampus

Kawasaki Frontale manager Yahiro Kazama will coach relegated Nagoya Grampus next season, sources said Saturday. The 55-year-old Kazama has steered Kawasaki into the J. League Championship playoff semifinal after the club finished second in the overall standings this season. He is stepping down at ...

Mourinho addresses situation with Rooney

Nov 19, 2016

Mourinho addresses situation with Rooney

It has been another fraught, headline-grabbing spell away with England’s national team for Wayne Rooney. Once again, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must pick up the pieces. Rooney is back under United’s control after being forced to apologize for some late-night revelry while on ...

Nov 18, 2016

Sakai named new Hamburg captain

Japan defender Gotoku Sakai has been appointed the new captain of SV Hamburg, the German first-division side announced on Thursday. Markus Gisdol handed the role to the 25-year-old Sakai, who takes over in an unusual mid-season switch from Johan Djourou. “It is a great ...

Nov 17, 2016

Qatari banned from FIFA election

A Qatari candidate for election to FIFA’s ruling council has been banned from all soccer duty for one year for refusing to cooperate with ethics investigators. Saoud Al-Mohannadi “did not cooperate with the investigatory chamber in the proceedings against a third party,” FIFA ethics ...