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Gladbach grab a point

Borussia Munchengladbach avoided another defeat in the Bundesliga by drawing 2-2 with Bochum in the first game under interim coach Christian Ziege on Friday. Munchengladbach earned their first point since beating Werder Bremen 3-2 at home on Aug. 30 to climb out of the cellar for at least one night with four points after eight matches. Steve Gohouri’s header opened the scoring for the guests on the half-hour mark. Bochum found their rhythm in the second half and Christoph Dabrowski equalized in the 55th minute. The hosts grabbed the lead in the 77th minutes after Sinan Kaloglu’s header. But Ziege’s team did not drop their heads and evened things just two minutes later when Bochum goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes could not hold Thomas Kleine’s shot off a corner and allowed the ball to cross the goal line. Gladbach sporting director Ziege took over head coach duties on a temporary basis after coach Jos Luhukay was sacked two weeks ago.


Pedrosa claims pole position

Dani Pedrosa seized pole position ahead of today’s Malaysian MotoGP after a fierce duel with newly crowned world champion Valentino Rossi in wet track conditions. The Spaniard rocketed his Honda around the 5.5km Sepang track in 2 minutes, 1.548 seconds yesterday to finish 0.409 seconds ahead of his Italian rival Rossi on a Yamaha. Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha finished third, while Australian Ducati rider Casey Stoner could only manage seventh. Pedrosa also snatched pole in Sepang last year and went on to secure third place.


Heskey wants return to Reds

Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey hopes his impressive England form has opened up a route back to Liverpool. The 30-year-old Heskey, who can leave on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires, left Liverpool in 2004 after more than 100 appearances and moved to Birmingham City. After three years out of the England team, his international career was revived last year under Steve McClaren and has been maintained by Fabio Capello. Heskey made his 50th appearance for England in Wednesday’s 4-1 win against Belarus. “A move to Liverpool would be lovely. Who knows what will happen. Let’s see how it goes,” Heskey said on Friday.


West Indies to host Twenty20

The West Indies will host the World Twenty20 Championship in 2010, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced yesterday. The event will be held in place of the Champions Trophy that was to be hosted by West Indies in 2010, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said at a press conference. “With the Champions Trophy set to be hosted by Pakistan in 2009 after its cancellation this year, we decided to have a Twenty20 World Championship instead in April-May 2010 in West Indies,” he said.


Palestine to return home

Palestine are set to play their first international match on home soil. Palestine will host Jordan in a friendly on Oct. 26 at the Ram Stadium in Gaza City after 10 years of playing home games in Jordan and Qatar, FIFA said on Friday. The renovated stadium will be opened by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, after the world governing body paid to have it upgraded to international standard. “It is very important to FIFA that countries are able to play their home matches in their own stadium,” FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola said.

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