Apr 10, 2014

F.A. nixes Hull City name change

The English Football Association has rejected a bid by Hull City’s owner to change the Premier League team’s name to Hull Tigers. Hull owner Assem Allam had claimed a name change will attract investors and boost the club’s marketing appeal abroad. In January, the ...

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Apr 9, 2014

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Manager Graham Arnold has left Vegalta Sendai by “mutual consent” on Wednesday, becoming the J. League’s first coaching casualty of the season. Assistant Susumu Watanabe has replaced former Australia coach Arnold, whose side was winless in eight league and league cup games combined in ...

Apr 8, 2014

Honda scores first Serie A goal

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda hit the mark to score his first Italian League goal in AC Milan’s 2-1 victory over Genoa on Monday. Honda, who debuted with Milan on Jan. 12, scored in his 12th match to become the eighth Japanese player to score ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 6, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

Apr 6, 2014

Honda speaks about Seedorf issues

In an interview published Saturday in Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport, Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda said he and AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf have philosophical differences but were communicating. Honda, who has been criticized for failing to click since joining the Italian Serie ...

Apr 5, 2014

Urawa allows fans to bring banners

Urawa Reds have lifted their ban on banners and will allow them back from Sunday — but only with advance permission from the club. The J. League giants on Saturday said they will approve selected banners starting with the game against Vegalta Sendai at ...

Apr 5, 2014

Japan Under-17s take women's title

Japan beat Spain 2-0 in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup final on Friday for the nation’s second title in a FIFA competition. Meika Nishida’s fifth-minute goal set the Little Nadeshiko on their way before Fuka Kono doubled Japan’s lead in the 78th minute in ...

Apr 4, 2014

Belgium's Benteke out of World Cup

Belgium striker Christian Benteke was ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training with English Premier League team Aston Villa on Thursday. Benteke will undergo surgery and “will be out for a minimum of six months,” Villa said in ...