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Arsenal advances in Europa League despite loss

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal secured top spot in Europa League Group H on Thursday despite slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Cologne, while AC Milan reached the last 32 by thrashing Austria Vienna. Frenchman Wenger made 11 changes to the team that beat Tottenham Hotspur in last weekend's north London derby, with ...

Brazil striker Robinho gets nine-year rape sentence

Nov 24, 2017

Brazil striker Robinho gets nine-year rape sentence

An Italian court sentenced former AC Milan and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013. A Milan court ruled that Robinho and five other ...

Urawa looking to end Japanese ACL drought

Nov 24, 2017

Urawa looking to end Japanese ACL drought

Urawa Reds will be favorites to exorcise Japan's Asian Champions League demons when they host Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal in the second leg of the final on Saturday. With Urawa hoping to end a decade of hurt in Asia's premier club competition, Brazilian forward Rafael Silva ...

Barcelona reaches knockout stage

Nov 23, 2017

Barcelona reaches knockout stage

Without Lionel Messi for almost an hour, Barcelona managed to get the draw it needed to reach the Champions League knockout stages. It was a drab 0-0 draw at Juventus, though, despite Paulo Dybala's efforts to spark it into life for the home side. Messi ...

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Madrid into last 16

Nov 23, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Madrid into last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as defending champion Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla. Madrid bounced back from a 3-1 loss at Tottenham in its ...

Nov 22, 2017

FIFA hands out lifetime bans to three officials over bribes

Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday. They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe ...

Fighting Brighton salvages point against Stoke

Nov 21, 2017

Fighting Brighton salvages point against Stoke

Promoted Brighton's promising Premier League campaign continued as it twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City on Monday. The visitors went ahead through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but Pascal Gross equalized just before the break only for Kurt Zouma ...

West Brom pulls plug on manager Tony Pulis

Nov 20, 2017

West Brom pulls plug on manager Tony Pulis

Struggling Premier League team West Bromwich Albion fired manager Tony Pulis on Monday despite his reputation as a virtual guarantee against relegation. The move seemed inevitable after West Brom's 4-0 loss at home to Chelsea on Saturday, which dropped the team to within a point ...

Frontale keep title hopes alive

/ Nov 18, 2017

Frontale keep title hopes alive

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Kawasaki Frontale defender Elsinho scored in the 82nd minute to keep the J. League title race alive for at least another round with a 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Frontale went into the game at Todoroki Stadium knowing that a loss to Gamba ...