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TENNIS

Roddick, Lu to face off again

Taiwanese star Lu Yen-hsun will play former world No. 1 Andy Roddick of the US later this year in a three-match exhibition series in Taiwan, the organizers said on Sunday. The American, who was beaten by Lu in the fourth round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon last year, has been invited to play against the Taiwanese in a best-of-three series in October, the organizers said. With his win over Roddick, Lu became the first Asian male player to reach the Wimbledon singles quarter-finals since 1995. Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, currently ranked 45th, will meet Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang as part of the same event at National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan, said Jeff Hsu, chief executive of Integration Sports. The players will also compete in a one-set doubles match, but the pairs had not yet been decided, Hsu said. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in May.

SOCCER

Bualien take BML Crown

Hong Min Bualien claimed the BML title in a thrilling final game of the season against Taipei City on Saturday evening at the Bailing Bridge Sports Park in Shilin, Taipei. City only needed a draw to land the title, but with very few clear chances at either end, a single goal from Bualien early in the first half proved decisive. Bualien played with great craft and discipline to earn the victory and although City stretched Bualien, the expats were denied by good defending and goalkeeping. It was Bualien’s first title since 2004.

SOCCER

Bayern ‘nein’ to neighbors

Bayern Munich have said they will not help 1860 Munich, who are on the verge of bankruptcy. Bayern share Munich’s Allianz Arena with 1860 Munich who are mid-table in the Bundesliga’s second division and need 8 million euros (US$11.3 million) by the end of the month or the 1966 German champions face going out of business. “No help can be expected from us,” Bayern’s financial controller Karl Hopfer said. “It doesn’t work, we can’t just give a club 8 million euros as a gift. We didn’t cause the whole thing.” Bayern have already deferred 2 million euros worth of rent from 1860 for the Allianz Arena, but their neighbors are still way short of the cash needed.

SOCCER

Marseille second after win

Marseille moved into second place in Ligue 1 after edging Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at Stade Velodrome on Sunday. All the goals came in the first half, with Andre Ayew giving Marseille victory after Clement Chantome had canceled out Gabriel Heinze’s opener for the hosts. The victory takes Didier Deschamps’s side to within four points of league leaders Lille with 10 matches remaining. PSG remain fifth, six points behind Marseille. The home side took the lead in the 16th minute when Heinze bent a free-kick into the bottom-left corner. PSG goalkeeper Gregory Coupet was at fault for the goal after positioning himself behind the wall, but the visitors’ equalizer owed just as much to disorganization in the opposing defense. Marseille spurned several opportunities to clear the ball, allowing Nene to fire a shot against the right-hand post, and Chantome followed up to slam the rebound home. The hosts’ restored their lead when Ayew scored with a firm header from close range. Earlier in the day, Monaco squandered the chance to move out of the relegation zone by losing 1-0 at home to Nancy. Monaco remain third from bottom, while Nancy climb three places to 14th. In the day’s other game Caen beat Arles-Avignon 2-0 to move up to 13th.

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