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NEWCASTLE, Australia - Defending champion Japan won its first match of this years Asian Cup, beating newcomer Palestine 4-0 Monday in its opening Group D match.Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored in the first half to give Japan the lead against the tournament debutants in wet and windy conditions at Hunter Stadium. Maya Yoshida scored after the break from Shinji Kagawas cross to complete the rout.The best thing we achieved today was the result and the winning three points, Japan coach Javier Aguirre said. That was not an easy game for both of us because of the strong wind.In modern football its not easy to win by four goals. So as for tonights result I am happy by winning by four goals.Ahmed Mahajna was sent off in the 73rd minute to make it a tough first tournament start for the Palestinians, who qualified by winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives.Japan has won four Asian Cup titles in the past six editions and is seeking a record fifth continental crown in Australia.The Japanese needed only eight minutes to score its first goal as Endos long-range strike beat Palestine captain and goalkeeper Ramzi Salehs dive.Endos early goal was great, said Okazaki, who was named man of the match. It gave the team great momentum. We played well, however, we could have been better.We are not satisfied with four goals we should have scored more.The Palestinians sat deep in defence to negate Japans intricate passing and movement but had no answer for Takashi Inuis strong run and cross that found Kagawa, who sent a shot from the edge of the box. Okazaki stooped low with his head to deflect the ball past Saleh in the 25th minute.It wasnt until the 40th minute that the Palestinians managed a scoring chance with Ismail Alamours shot sliding wide of Eiji Kawashimas goal.The defending champions scored their third when Honda stroked home a penalty after Musab Battat pushed Inui in the box in the 44th minute.Yoshida scored from a powerful header from Kagawas cross just after halftime as Japan tried to put last years disappointing world cup showing behind it.The most important thing we achieved today was the confidence we achieved, Okazaki said. And also to gain back the confidence from the poor result from the World Cup campaign.The best chance for the Palestinians came in the 81st but Abdallatif Albahdari sent his strong header narrowly wide.People may think Japan was superior over Palestine but it was not an easy game today, Aguirre said. Theyve played against China and Uzbekistan and they drew with China and Uzbekistan to score only one goal against them.Despite the lack of chances, a small contingent of Palestinian fans in the crowd of 15,497 waved flags, beat drums and sang for the duration of the match.The feeling has touched our emotions, Palestine coach Ahmad Alhasan said. To see the Palestinian people everywhere in the world can be gathered to support Palestine.This is the only national team that plays in this tournament that is still under occupation. Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on one-year contracts with catcher Wilson Ramos and right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Ramos will earn $3.55 million in 2015 after hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 88 games last season. He has clubbed 46 homers with 173 RBI over his five-year career. Stammen, who signed for $2.25 million for the upcoming season, compiled a 4-5 record with a 3.84 ERA in 49 gamees out of the bullpen in 2014 for Washington.dddddddddddd. For his career, the 30-year-old has gone 26-24 with a 3.94 ERA in 224 games over six seasons with the Nationals. The signing of Stammen comes a day after the Nationals sent longtime reliever Tyler Clippard to the Oakland As in exchange for infielder Yunel Escobar. Washington has six available players eligible for arbitration, with starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister highlighting the list. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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