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Cruel end to England's Cup run

England's World Cup final chances ended in heartbreak Wednesday after Laura Bassett's own goal in stoppage time gave defending champion Japan a 2-1 win.

16hESPN Staff

Blatter: Critics must prove I am corrupt

Blatter he is innocent in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal, saying: "Anybody [who] calls me corrupt because FIFA is corrupt should go to jail."

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13hPeter O'Rourke

Stoke agree £12m Shaqiri fee - sources

Stoke could be set to claim the shock signing of Inter Milan midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after the two clubs agreed a £12 million fee.

1dPeter O'Rourke

Chelsea up Begovic bid to £8m

Chelsea have reportedly raised their initial offer to Stoke City for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from six to eight million pounds.

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12hRichard Jolly

Besiktas director eyes Van Persie move

Besiktas are keen to take Van Persie to Turkey, though they accept it will be difficult to afford a player who earns £240,000-a-week.

1dKevin Palmer

Cabaye open to playing for Palace

PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye is open to the prospect of a move to Crystal Palace as talks continue between the two clubs over the French international.


Marotta on Pogba: Barca offer rejected

Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta said that the Bianconeri turned down an offer from Barcelona for Paul Pogba of 80 million euros.

18hJens Weber

Muller: Utd interest an honour

The 25-year-old forward wants to stay at the Allianz Arena with fellow United target Schweinsteiger to win more titles with the Bundesliga champions.


Blatter won't attend Women's World Cup final

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women's World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game's

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Marcotti: Messi inspires Argentina

Despite not scoring from open play in a competitive international for more than a year, Gabriele Marcotti writes that he remains as important as ever to his country.

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1dPeter O'Rourke

Ameobi to re-sign with Newcastle ahead of loan

Sammy Ameobi is expected to sign a new deal with Newcastle before joining Wolverhampton on loan for the upcoming season.

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2dAssociated Press

Millennium Stadium to host 2017 UCL final

The Champions League final will be played in Wales for the first time in 2017 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

2dMusa Okwonga

Jones' extension shows LVG's approval

Despite criticism this season, Phil Jones was given a contract extension by Man United -- proving that the club still believes in him.


FA's Glenn: FIFA needs reformer

Sepp Blatter's successor as FIFA president must ensure fundamental changes are made, said FA's new chief executive Martin Glenn.

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2dKevin Palmer

Chelsea could vacate Bridge for 3 years

Premier League champions Chelsea may be forced to leave their Stamford Bridge home for three seasons while it undergoes a radical redevelopment.

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2dPeter O'Rourke

Kenedy set to sign for Chelsea - sources

Chelsea are on the verge of signing highly rated Brazilian youngster Kenedy from Fluminense, sources have told ESPN FC.

2dAssociated Press

UEFA: La Liga must accept winter WC

UEFA has told the Spanish league to stop challenging the decision to move the dates of the World Cup in 2022 to November-December.



Sergio Ramos reportedly won't go anywhere but Man United, while Chelsea won't let Loic Remy go at all. Transfer Talk.

Julie Foudy of espnW, Kate Markgraf of ESPN FC and former American soccer player Kristine Lilly discuss England's own goal loss to Japan, as well as United States' possible strategy for the final.


Julie Foudy of espnW and ESPN FC's Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly discuss Japan's 2-1 win over England in the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals.


Julie Foudy of espnW and ESPN FC's Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly discuss who has been the MVP for Team USA during the FIFA Women's World Cup, so far.



We will follow Mexico vs Honduras on ESPN2! All the reaction from England's crushing loss as well as U.S. Open Cup highlights. See you then!


Neil Lennon would welcome consideration for the manager's position at former club Leicester, sources tell ESPN FC.

Julie Foudy of espnW and ESPN FC's Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf give their predictions for the FIFA Women's World Cup finals between Team USA and Japan.



HALFTIME 0-0! Mexico come close, but are level with Honduras after 45. Chicharito subbed off in the 40th minute with an apparent injury.

ESPN FC's Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly explain why Japan's ability to hold on to the ball might pose as a challenge for Team USA in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals.


After Japan defeated England 2-1 in the Women's World Cup semi-finals, espnW's Julie Foudy looks ahead to what the U.S. has to do to beat Japan in the finals.



FULL TIME! Japan win 2-1 as England's Laura Bassett redirects the ball into her own goal in injury time. Japan vs. U.S. in @FIFAWWC final.


HALFTIME: 1-1! It's all level at the @FIFAWWC, with England and Japan both making good from the penalty spot in their semifinal matchup.


GOAL! England draw level with Japan as Fara Williams converts her opportunity from the spot. It's 1-1 just ahead of halftime.


GOAL! Japan lead England 1-0 at the @FIFAWWC after Aya Miyama converted a penalty following a Claire Rafferty foul in the box.