Victory boosts Kashima to top

The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Mu Kanazaki scored twice in the second half on Wednesday as defending champion Kashima Antlers beat Vissel Kobe 2-1 to move top of the J.League.

Hirofumi Watanabe gave Kobe a 1-0 lead four minutes after the break but Kanazaki equalized 10 minutes later and scored what was to prove the winner with four minutes left.

Kashima improved to 46 points, two ahead of Cerezo Osaka, which squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Shimizu S-Pulse.

Elsewhere, third-placed Yokohama F Marinos improved to 40 points with a 2-0 win over Consadole Sapporo while Kawasaki Frontale is a point further back after beating Albirex Niigata 2-0.

Urawa Reds edged Ventforet Kofu 1-0 and FC Tokyo beat Omiya Ardija 2-1.

Mexico star sanctioned for drug ties

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known norteno band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced Wednesday.

The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.

The sanctions are the result of a multiyear investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez. It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.

Marquez is a former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls star who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team.

Flores Hernandez allegedly operated independently in the city of Guadalajara, but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.Speech

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