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Female fights ‘sicken’ champ

World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko admitted on Sunday he is against women boxing at the Olympics, claiming the spectacle makes him sick. The International Olympic Committee announced last August that women’s boxing will be included on the list of events for London in 2012, but Klitschko said he will not be watching. “This sport is appropriate for men, but not for women,” the Ukrainian told Die Welt newspaper. “I hope that women will not take it badly, perhaps I am old or conservative, but I consider there are sports much more beautiful for women than boxing,” he said. “When I see two women face to face in a boxing ring, it makes me feel nausea. I am not really a fan of female boxing.”


Bordeaux dig deep to win

Bordeaux bounced back from a goal down to beat 10-man Lille 3-1 on Sunday and re-establish their lead at the top of the French first division table. Laurent Blanc’s side lead the standings on goal difference from Montpellier, who defeated Valenciennes 2-1. Lyon, meanwhile, slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Marseille. Bordeaux fell behind in the 24th minute at the Stade Chaban-Delmas following an error from Michael Ciani. The center-back’s hesitant pass was intercepted by Florent Balmont and he set Eden Hazard free to fire through the legs of Cedric Carrasso to score. Ciani made amends five minutes before the change of ends with a crisp equalizing volley after Ricardo Costa’s defensive header fell to him 15m from goal. The game turned in the 65th minute when Costa dragged down Marouane Chamakh as he sought to capitalize on a rebound, prompting a red card for the defender and a penalty for Bordeaux. Jussie stroked his spotkick into the bottom-left corner. Yoann Gourcuff made the game safe 10 minutes later. Marseille opened the scoring in the 66th minute against Lyon through Charles Kabore, but the visitors were level 12 minutes later when Bafe Gomis headed in a free-kick by Kim Kallstrom. Taye Taiwo scored the winner for Marseille in the 80th minute.


Schalke stumble in Hamburg

Schalke 04 were denied top spot in the Bundesliga when they were held 2-2 at Hamburg SV on Sunday after substitute Jonathan Pitroipa scored a late equalizer for the hosts. Needing a win to overtake leaders Bayern Munich, Schalke fell behind to an opportunist goal from Ruud van Nistelrooy five minutes before half-time, the Dutchman’s third in the Bundesliga since his move from Real Madrid. Kevin Kuranyi leveled just after the hour and Ivan Rakitic put Schalke ahead with a twice-taken penalty, only for Burkina Faso forward Pitroipa to level for sixth-placed Hamburg with 13 minutes left. Meanwhile, Theofanis Gekas scored a hat-trick and Adrian Ramos netted twice as bottom club Hertha Berlin rounded off the weekend with a stunning 5-1 win at defending champions VfL Wolfsburg.


Fernandez new Israel coach

Former French international Luis Fernandez was on Sunday named Israel’s new national coach with the task of guiding the country to the Euro 2012 finals. “I am very happy to return to Israel,” said the 50-year-old Fernandez, who was coach of Israeli club side Betar Jerusalem in 2005-2006. “My objective is to qualify the team for the Euro 2012 finals. It’s a difficult mission but I believe it can be done,” he said. Fernandez coached Paris Saint Germain to the 1996 Cup Winners Cup, and was also in charge of Spanish sides Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol.

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