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MacLean plots European progress

Europa League qualification would be bigger than winning the Scottish Cup, says St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean.

Injury blow for striker Hernandez

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is facing a spell on the sidelines after reportedly breaking a collarbone.

Thursday's gossip column

Man Utd hopeful over full-back Shaw, Inter want midfielder Lamela and Januzaj snubs Kosovo friendly

Sampson 'so proud of England heroes'

England boss Mark Sampson says his side deserve to head home as heroes after suffering a semi-final defeat to Japan.

Win a unique FIFA Women’s World Cup Final prize

FIFA are offering you a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: two tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 final, and the chance to present the ‘Live Your Goals’ award to the player of the match.

From Gazza to Bassett: 25 years of tears

After Laura Bassett's own goal knocks England out of the World Cup, memories of Paul Gascoigne's tears come flooding back.

England 'grabbed nation's attention'

England's run to the World Cup semi-finals will inspire a generation of female footballers, say BBC Sport pundits.

Japan edge brave England to set up USA rematch

Japan are into their second successive FIFA Women’s World Cup Final but it took a cruel and unlucky injury-time own goal from Laura Bassett for the pair to be separated.

Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer aims for a place among club "legends" as more records fall in Open Cup romp

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Another year, another record. Someday, it might get old for Dom Dwyer. Someday, but not yet – so long as Sporting Kansas City are winning, at least. Read More

Japan 2-1 England

England suffer semi-final heartbreak in the Women's World Cup as an injury-time own goal sends Japan through to the final.

US Open Cup: New York Red Bulls paint their town red with "extra edge" of two local wins in four days

HARRISON, N.J. – If there was any doubt before Wednesday night, none remains: The New York Red Bulls stand alone as the top dogs in New York. A year after suffering an embarrassing US Open Cup elimination at the hands of the New York Cosmos, the Red Bulls rode the momentum earned from Sunday night’s derby win over New York City FC to move past the second-division NASL side in emphatic fashion, winning their USOC Round-of-16 clash 4-1. Read More

San Jose Earthquakes 0, LA Galaxy 1 | US Open Cup Match Recap

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jose Villarreal scored his first career US Open Cup goal and the LA Galaxy kept their perfect record against their archrivals with a 1-0 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday. The Galaxy, who have reached the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time since 2011, are now 5-0 in USOC play against San Jose. LA will face Real Salt Lake in the quarterfinals in three weeks’ time. Read More

Real Salt Lake 2, Portland Timbers 0 | US Open Cup Match Recap

SANDY, Utah – The last time Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers met in the US Open Cup, it was for a place in the final in 2013. They met again in the tournament's round of 16 Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, and once again, the result was the same. Read More

Eder: Signs with Swansea City

Ederzito Antonio Macedo Lopes: Eder signed a three-year contract with Swansea City on Wednesday after transferring from Braga. Visit for more analysis on this update.

Atletico agree £24.8m Martinez deal

Porto confirm that Atletico Madrid have agreed to pay £24.8m to sign their Colombian striker Jackson Martinez.

Recent transfer news

    (D) Gonzalo Castro
    From: Bayer Leverkusen
    To:Borussia Dortmund
    (D) Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    From: Schalke 04
    To:Bayer Leverkusen
    (S) Josip Drmic
    From: Bayer Leverkusen
    To:Borussia Monchengladbach
    (K) Przemyslaw Tyton
    From: PSV Eindhoven
    To:VfB Stuttgart
    (K) Sven Ulreich
    From: VfB Stuttgart
    To:Bayern Munich
    (D) Aleix Vidal
    From: Sevilla
    (D) Danilo
    From: FC Porto
    To:Real Madrid
    (S) Gaël Kakuta
    From: Chelsea
    (S) Iago Aspas
    From: Sevilla
    To:Celta Vigo
    (S) Michael Krohn-Dehli
    From: Celta Vigo
    (M) Rafael Van der Vaart
    From: Hamburger SV
    To:Real Betis
    (S) Luciano Vietto
    From: Villarreal
    To:Atletico Madrid
    (S) Diego Perotti
    From: Genoa
    (S) Darko Lazovic
    From: Red Star Belgrade
    (S) Serge Gakpe
    From: Nantes

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