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Elias, Gil, Renato Augusto score as Corinthians extend lead; Atletico draw

Corinthians now sit seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico Mineiro.

SAO PAULO -- Corinthians increased their lead atop Brazil's first division with a 3-1 victory Sunday at Figueirense.

The win, coupled with second-place Atletico Mineiro's 2-2 draw at Joinville, gave the Sao Paulo giants a seven-point margin with 10 rounds to play.

Recent Brazilian national team call-ups Gil, Elias and Renato Augusto scored for Corinthians, and Leonardo Silva got the only goal for Figueirense.

Before only 7,500 at Joinville, Thiago Ribeiro and Luan scored for Atletico Mineiro, with...

Corinthians, Palmeiras draw 3-3; Flamengo crush Fluminense 3-1

Dudu and Palmeiras were pegged back three times in a pulsating 3-3 draw with leaders Corinthians.

SAO PAULO -- Corinthians came from behind three times to draw with Palmeiras 3-3 in an intense clasico at Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

The draw kept Corinthians on top of the Brazilian league with 50 points, five in front of Atletico Mineiro, while Gremio are six back, with Sao Paulo the next-best club, 12 off the lead.

Palmeiras, playing at home, got goals from Lucas, Robinho and Dudu. Vagner Love scored the equaliser in the 78th minute for Corinthians with Guilherme Arana also scoring....

Chelsea striker Diego Costa won't rule out return to Brazilian league

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The ESPN FC crew examine Brazil's squad for their September friendlies in the United States and discuss whether or not Dunga was right to omit Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

Diego Costa would like to go back and play club football in Brazil before his career ends despite switching his international allegiance to Spain, the Chelsea striker has told ESPN.

Brazil-born Costa made two friendly appearances for La Canarinha, before surprisingly declaring for Spain and representing his new nation at last summer's World Cup in his home country.

Despite the controversy that caused in his homeland, the former Atletico Madrid centre-forward has told ESPN Brazil that he still...

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Lucas Barrios presented, becomes Palmeiras' 24th signing of 2015

Lucas Barrios is Palmeiras' 24th new signing of the season.

SAO PAULO -- Paraguayan international striker Lucas Barrios has been officially introduced to Palmeiras fans after signing a three-year contract with the Brazilian club.

Barrios says he arrives with "great expectations" to succeed with Palmeiras, who have the most national championships in Brazil.

He said Thursday he is excited to join a club where he will "have an opportunity to fight for titles."

Barrios scored three goals for Paraguay in the Copa America, helping his nation finish fourth in the...

Palmeiras sack Oswaldo de Oliveira after slow start to the season

Palmeiras sacked Oswaldo de Oliveira, right, after picking up only one win in its first six matches.

SAO PAULO -- Palmeiras has announced that it has fired coach Oswaldo de Oliveira after the team won only one of its first six matches in the Brazilian league.

Tuesday's announcement came two days after the club lost 2-1 at Figueirense to drop to 15th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.

In Oliveira's six months in charge, Palmeiras won 17 matches, drew seven and lost another seven. He led the club to the final of the Sao Paulo state championship earlier this year, when it...