Chelsea shrugs off Costa's absence

Soccer Jan 15, 2017

Chelsea shrugs off Costa's absence

Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa's absence to extend its lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points on Saturday with a 3-0 win at champion Leicester City. After a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham Hotspur and a ruthless Arsenal side kept up ...

The top sports stories of 2016

Sports Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became the ...

Arsenal goes top; Leicester recovers sparkle

Soccer Dec 11, 2016

Arsenal goes top; Leicester recovers sparkle

ondon Arsenal shoved Chelsea off the top of the table but Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, with a dazzling hat-trick, was the man of the moment on Saturday as the struggling Premier League champions blew aside Manchester City 4-2. With Chelsea chasing a ninth win in a ...

Okazaki gets first goal of season in Leicester victory

Soccer Oct 23, 2016

Okazaki gets first goal of season in Leicester victory

Shinji Okazaki reveled in his first goal of the season on Saturday as champions Leicester downed Crystal Palace 3-1 at home in the Premier League. Named in Claudio Ranieri's starting lineup for the first time in five league games, Okazaki drilled in low to double ...

Soccer Aug 10, 2016

Leicester's Ranieri signs new contract until 2020

Manager Claudio Ranieri has signed a new contract with Leicester City that would keep him at the club until June 2020, the Premier League champion announced on Wednesday. Appointed manager in July 2015, the 64-year Italian helped the club defy pre-season odds of 5,000:1 to ...

Soccer Jun 20, 2016

Wenger says Vardy will stay at Leicester

Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Premier League champion Leicester City, the north London club's manager, Arsene Wenger, has said. British media reported earlier this month that Arsenal, Premier League runners-up last season, had triggered a ...

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Soccer Jun 6, 2016

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki believes Leicester City strike-partner Jamie Vardy would make a seamless transition at Arsenal if he joins the Gunners just weeks after helping the Foxes complete a fairy-tale run to their first Premier League title. Vardy, who scored 24 goals last season, ...