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Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ turns 50 with J-League start

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Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) – Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a storied career.

Miura, the oldest Japanese to play professional football, lasted 65 minutes in a 1-0 home win over second division rivals Matsumoto Yamaga as he became the first quinquagenarian to grace the J-League.

Leicester flops in spotlight after Ranieri sacking

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester’s underachieving stars will be in the spotlight when the crisis-torn champions start life without Claudio Ranieri in a crucial clash against Liverpool on Monday.

Ranieri was ruthlessly sacked by Leicester’s Thai owners on Thursday amid reports several of the team’s senior players had lost faith with the Italian.

Sampaoli super subs keep Sevilla’s La Liga dreams alive

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Sevilla’s unlikely La Liga title bid remained intact as another masterstroke from Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli maintained their dominance over local rivals Real Betis.

With his side 1-0 down and thoroughly outplayed in the first-half at the Benito Villamarin on Saturday, a Sampaoli double substitution turned the game around.

Celtic’s Dembele ‘oozes quality’ – Rodgers

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised the quality of striker Moussa Dembele after the French forward fired the Glasgow giants to their 21st league victory in a row on Saturday.

The French under-21 international grabbed both goals in the 2-0 win over bottom club Hamilton Academical at Celtic Park to take his tally to 29 goals in 42 games since joining the Hoops from Fulham in the summer.

Mourinho demands United hunger for Wembley showdown

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho can win the first major silverware of his Manchester United reign in Sunday’s League Cup final against Southampton and Wayne Rooney might be the man to help him do it.

Mourinho will become the first United manager to win a top prize in his maiden season at Old Trafford if his team triumph at Wembley.

Chelsea’s title pedigree key for Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea’s experience of winning the Premier League two years ago will prove decisive as they attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the title race.

A 3-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday gave Conte’s side an 11-point lead as they head into the final third of the season, with the pressure resting firmly on the chasing pack.

Koeman eyes Europe after Everton down Sunderland

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Liverpool (AFP) – Ronald Koeman insists he hasn’t given up on a late Europa League challenge after Everton’s 2-0 win against lowly Sunderland.

A brilliantly worked finish from Idrissa Gueye in the first half opened the scoring for Everton before Romelu Lukaku’s late finish confirmed the three points at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Mandzukic inspires Juve to easy Empoli win

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Milan (AFP) – Mario Mandzukic overcame a wasteful first half to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 home win over Empoli that edged the Turin giants closer to a record sixth straight Serie A title.

Juventus, claiming their 22nd win in 26 games, moved 10 points clear of closest challengers Roma ahead of their visit to Inter Milan late on Sunday.

Brighton’s Hughton coy on league promotion talk as Seagulls fly high

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London (AFP) – Brighton manager Chris Hughton tried to calm talk of promotion to the Premier League after his high-flying Seagulls returned to the top of the second-tier Championship with a 3-0 win at home to Reading on Saturday.

The south coast club made the most of Newcastle dropping points in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City to fly above the Magpies thanks to goals from Sam Baldock, Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert.

Mandzukic inspires Juventus to easy Empoli win

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Milan (AFP) – Mario Mandzukic overcame a wasteful first half to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 home win over Empoli that edged the Turin giants closer to a record sixth straight Serie A title.

Juventus, claiming their 22nd win in 26 games, moved 10 points clear of closest challengers Roma ahead of their visit to Inter Milan late on Sunday.

Champions League a step too far, says Atalanta coach

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Milan (AFP) – Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has played down suggestions the success-starved Serie A minnows could launch an audacious bid to qualify for the Champions League.

Gasperini lasted only five, winless matches at Inter Milan when he replaced Leonardo in 2011.

But the former Genoa handler’s stock is flying high after Atalanta’s shock 2-0 win at Napoli on Saturday, despite being reduced to 10 men following Franck Kessie’s second-half expulsion, which put them within sight of Europe’s premier club competition.

Where to find Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

After Sevilla beat Real Betis on Saturday to go joint top with Real Madrid, the title race in Spain is now a three-way race. Barcelona can leapfrog both Real Madrid and Sevilla to jump into first place.

Leicester’s Vardy denies rift with axed Ranieri

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London (AFP) – Jamie Vardy has slammed claims a breakdown in his relationship with Claudio Ranieri played a key role in the Leicester manager’s shock sacking.

Ranieri was dismissed by Leicester’s Thai owners on Thursday, less than a year after masterminding his team’s fairytale Premier League title triumph.

Where to find Man United vs. Southampton EFL Cup Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Southampton, you’ve come to the right place.

Sunday’s League Cup Final will be the first opportunity to win silverware in England this season. While Manchester United are favorites, many were surprised that Jose Mourinho fielded a very strong side against Saint Etienne in the Europa League on Wednesday.

Zarate injury overshadows Watford stalemate

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Watford forward Mauro Zarate was taken to hospital for scans on a serious knee injury suffered during his side’s 1-1 draw with 10-man West Ham on Saturday.

Zarate had won the penalty that Troy Deeney converted to give Watford an early lead at Vicarage Road, but the former West Ham star’s evening turned sour just before half-time.