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Kashima Antlers win J-League title for the eighth time

Kashima Antlers won the J-League title on Saturday.

SAITAMA, Japan -- Kashima Antlers earned their eighth J-League title by beating Urawa Reds 2-1 in the second leg of the final on Saturday.

Antlers lost the first leg 1-0 on Tuesday but clinched the title on away goals after the final finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Former Antlers striker Shinzo Koroki put Urawa ahead with a right-footed volley in the seventh minute, and Mu Kanezaki equalized with a header for the visitors five minutes before the break.

Kanezaki sealed the win with 11 minutes remaining...

Urawa Red Diamonds reach Asian Champions League round of 16

SYDNEY -- Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds advanced to the round of 16 of the Asian Champions League after playing out a goalless draw against Sydney FC on Wednesday.

The draw eliminated defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Pohang Steelers as Urawa secured at least second place behind Group H leader Sydney FC.

Urawa, the 2007 champions, will be playing in the round of 16 for the first time since reaching for the 2008 semifinals.

FC Seoul defeated Buriram United 2-1 for their fourth victory...

Urawa punished for racist banner

TOKYO -- The J-League has disciplined Japanese club Urawa Reds over the racist behaviour of their fans and ordered the team to play their next home game behind closed doors.

Urawa Reds and their fans put the Asian Champions League on the map.
Urawa Reds fans have been disciplined by the J-League.

Thursday's decision comes after a fan displayed a banner at Urawa's home stadium on Saturday that had the words "Japanese Only" written on it. The sign was put up at a stadium entrance and not removed until after the game.

"These...