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Al Ain upset River Plate at Club World Cup in penalty shootout

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Al Ain players celebrate after defeating South American champion River Plate in a penalty shootout in the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. | REUTERS

South American champion River Plate was upset by Al Ain FC in the Club World Cup on Tuesday, losing in a penalty shootout after the ...

Former Cerezo mainstay Hotaru Yamaguchi signs with Vissel

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Hotaru Yamaguchi (left) has signed a deal to move from Cerezo Osaka to Vissel Kobe next season. | KYODO

Vissel Kobe on Wednesday announced the signing of World Cup defensive midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi from neighboring J League first-division side Cerezo Osaka.A fan favorite at ...

Man City reaches League Cup semifinals after shootout win

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (right) celebrates with goalkeeper Arijanet Muric after winning their English League Cup quarterfinals match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

On a tumultuous day for beleaguered Manchester United, crosstown rival Manchester City advanced to the English League Cup semifinals to stay in the hunt for ...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set for United interim role while Mauricio Pochettino emerges as summer candidate

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, seen gesturing on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, is considered a strong candidate to take the permanent managerial role at Manchester United this summer. | ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s interim manager after the club appeared to accidently announce the appointment on their ...

Kashima wins to set up showdown against Real Madrid in Club World Cup semifinals

via The Japan Times    Dec 16, 2018

Kashima's Serginho (left) celebrates after scoring against Guadalajara during the Club World Cup on Saturday in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Antlers won to advance to the  semifinals against Real Madrid. | KYODO

Kashima Antlers advanced to the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup, and a showdown with Spanish giant Real Madrid, after outlasting Mexican powerhouse Guadalajara ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

via The Japan Times    Dec 15, 2018

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men’s national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a ...

Venezuela-Russia war games an ‘unfriendly act’ putting region on alert: Colombia

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

A Colombian policeman checks documents of a Venezuelan migrant during a patrol along the border with Venezuela, in Villa del Rosario municipality, near Cucuta, on Tuesday. Colombia will not be 'provoked' by the defense exercises initiated by the Nicolas Maduro government with the support of Russia, which sent two bombers to Venezuela, Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

Venezuela’s joint military exercises with Russia should put the entire South American continent on alert against an “unfriendly act,” Colombia’s President Ivan Duque warned ...

CIA briefs House leaders on Jamal Khashoggi slaying as Senate mulls vote on Saudi sanctions

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

CIA Director Gina Haspel leaves after a closed intelligence briefing with House leaders on the death of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday. | REUTERS

CIA Director Gina Haspel is briefing House leaders Wednesday on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepares for a possible vote ...

Fentanyl tops heroin as deadliest drug in U.S., blamed on 18,000 lives lost in 2016

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

A box of the Fentanyl-based drug Subsys, made by Insys Therapeutics In.c, is seen in an undated photograph provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama. | U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

The synthetic drug fentanyl has surpassed heroin as the deadliest drug in the United States, taking more than 18,000 lives in 2016, federal health officials ...

2,400-year-old Cyprus shipwreck reveals ancient boat-building methods

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

Archaeologists working to excavate a 2,400-year-old shipwreck off Cyprus have gained insights into the evolution of ancient boat-building technology in the Mediterranean, authorities said Wednesday...

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