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US guards against overconfidence in World Cup qualifying

Oct. 13, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Defender Becky Sauerbrunn said the memories of 2010 still drive her as the U.S. women's national team seeks to qualify for next year's World Cup in France. The United States lost in the semifinals of that year's CONCACAF qualifying tournament, sending the team to a third-place finish...

Son's last shot for military exemption at Asian Games

Aug. 29, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will get one more shot at an exemption from military service after helping South Korea reach the final at the Asian Games. Son took leave from the Premier League to join the South Korea squad in Indonesia in pursuit of an Asian Games title. He...

Son and co face Vietnam and 'Korean Hiddink' at Asian Games

Aug. 28, 2018 3:48 AM EDT

If South Korea's national team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it will have to get past Vietnam and the "Korean Hiddink." Korean coach Park Hang-seo, a member of Guus Hiddink's coaching staff at the 2002 World Cup when South Korea reached...

Japan beats Spain 3-1 to win Women's Under-20 World Cup

Aug. 24, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

VANNES, France (AP) — Japan upset Spain 3-1 in the final to win the Women's Under-20 World Cup for the first time on Friday. Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and Fuka Nagano put their side in a commanding position before Candela Andujar claimed a consolation goal for the Spaniards in the 71st minute. Spain,...