DENVER: Brazilian star Kaka scored one goal and set up another as the Major League Soccer All-Stars edged Tottenham 2-1 Wednesday in an international friendly featuring the North American league’s elite talents.
CHICAGO: Manchester United’s pre-season US tour ended on a losing note here Wednesday as French giants Paris Saint-Germain claimed a 2-0 victory to clinch the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament.
BERNE: Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.
PARIS: Scottish champions Celtic are in danger of failing to reach the lucrative group stage of the Champions League for a second successive season despite Dedryck Boyata’s late goal giving them a 1-0 home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag in their third qualifying round first leg clash on Wednesday
LONDON: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny still has a future at Arsenal despite being sent on loan to Serie A side AS Roma on Wednesday, according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
BUENOS AIRES: Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the “mafia” responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer’s governing body.
TORONTO: Thirteen-man Fiji withstood a furious late onslaught from Japan to book their place in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup with a 27-22 victory here Wednesday.
LONDON: Norwich have signed Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady from Hull, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
LONDON: Southampton have signed QPR’s England defender Steven Caulker on loan for the forthcoming season, the Premier League club confirmed on Wednesday.
MARSEILLE: Injury-plagued French international midfielder Abou Diaby, released by Arsenal at the end of last season, has joined Marseille, the Ligue 1 club announced.
PARIS: Formerly one of the world’s greatest players and currently the most important man in European football, Michel Platini is now targeting the top job in the game after confirming he would stand to become FIFA president.
KUALA LUMPUR: Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has scored another milestone in his glittering career, topping the Wealth-X List of English Premier League’s Wealthiest Players.
TOKYO: A Japanese official heading construction of the 2020 Olympic stadium is quitting his post after Tokyo ordered design plans for the venue to be ditched amid public anger at its US$2.0 billion price tag.
BEIJING: A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said.
WASHINGTON: Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday’s friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns.
WASHINGTON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fired back Tuesday at comments from the wife of Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, who said her husband is “tidying up” Mourinho “messes” once again.
WASHINGTON: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phone destroyed to keep it out o
WASHINGTON: Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made a shootout save and the reigning English Premier League champions beat European kings Barcelona 4-2 on penalties Tuesday in an International Champions Cup friendly.
IT was a selection forced by the non-availability of two senior players but the gamble by Heyneke Meyer has so far worked, which could however create a problem.
TOKYO: The architects behind a scrapped plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium blamed the bidding process and rocketing building costs for the spiraling price tag, striking back at claims that it was because of the design.
MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football Confederation announced.
WELLINGTON: A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project’s lead researcher said Tuesday.
NEW YORK: Queens Park Rangers winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is to be reunited with his brother Bradley after signing for Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls, the club announced on Monday.
LONDON: Stoke City have signed former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.
MONTREAL: Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba joined Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact on Monday, the Ivory Coast striker signing with the Canadian club after a rights transfer from the Chicago Fire.
KUALA LUMPUR: Several sections of roads in the city will be closed for traffic during the inaugural KL City Grand Prix race from Aug 7 to 9, from 6am to 6pm.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is not in a hurry to find a replacement for national mixed doubles coach Tan Kim Her who announced his resignation yesterday.
NEW YORK: David Villa scored twice to help ensure new team-mate Andrea Pirlo launched his Major League Soccer career in style with New York City FC’s 5-3 victory over Orlando.
ROME: Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic’s injury-plagued spell at English side Manchester City is set to come to an end as he is to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan, the buying club announced on its’ Twitter account on Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA: Andres Guardado became the first player to score in three Gold Cup finals and Mexico also capitalised on two defensive blunders Sunday to defeat Jamaica 3-1 and hoist a record seventh trophy.
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