Kayseripor win Turkish Cup
Kayseripor took home the Turkish Cup and gained a berth in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night after beating Ankara’s Genclerbirligi 11-10 in European soccer’s second longest penalty shootout. A total of 28 shots were taken after a goalless 120 minutes dominated by the luckless Ankara side, who barely escaped relegation last weekend. Genclerbirligi were also involved in the longest European penalty shootout on record, in another Turkish Cup match in November 1996, when they won a shootout against Galatasaray 17-16 after a 1-1 draw.
Cops find cash in suitcase
Five people were arrested on Wednesday after police found a suitcase containing 1 million euros (US$1.5 million) in cash reportedly put up by Steaua Bucharest in a bid to help them win the title. Investigators suspect the cash haul was offered by Steaua to Universitatea Cluj on one condition — that they did not lose to Steaua’s only rivals to the Romanian first division title. In the end Universitatea lost 1-0 to CFR Cluj, a result which saw CFR Cluj clinch the title on the last day of the season by one point from Steaua. Livia Saplacan, a spokeswoman for Romania’s anti-corruption squad said: “We confirm that an inquiry is taking place in Cluj.”
Giner admits cash incentive
Former defender Fernando Giner and his Valencia teammates received a “substantial” cash incentive from Barcelona to perform well against Deportivo La Coruna in a 1994 Spanish league match. “Obviously there was a bonus, and a sizeable one, from Barcelona,” he revealed in an interview with the press service of Spain’s indoor soccer league. “I accepted the money, but this money had a bitter taste,” the 43-year-old said. The May 14, 1994, match between Valencia and Deportivo resulted in a goalless draw. Barcelona ended the season with the same number of points as Deportivo, but won the Spanish league title because they had scored more goals in the matches involving the two teams.
Capello to be tried in Rome
England coach Fabio Capello will be tried for false testimony and obstructing the course of justice by Rome judicial authorities, Italian news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday. Capello and the general manager of Juventus Antonio Giraudo have been charged following testimonies they gave to the court back in March. The former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach is accused of wrong-doing in relation to the activities of Gea World, a sports agency that represented several players and their dealings with Juventus during the England manager’s spell at the helm of the Italian giants. On March 31 Capello was questioned in relation to the match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus relegated to Serie B for the 2006-2007 season, alongside ex-Juve directors Luciano Moggi and Giraudo, but all three repeatedly answered: “I can’t remember.”
Shakhtar win Cup final
Shakhtar Donetsk won their sixth Ukraine Cup, beating reigning champions Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in the final on Wednesday. Shakhtar dominated the first half and opened the scoring a minute before the break through striker Alexander Gladky, who fired under the crossbar from 10m. Shakhtar’s second-half substitute midfielder Alexei Gai added a goal with 12 minutes remaining to secure his side’s well-deserved win.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but