Feyenoord thrash Venlo
John Guidetti scored two penalties on Sunday to help Feyenoord rout VVV-Venlo 4-0 and end a two-game losing streak in the Dutch league. Guidetti converted his first spot-kick in the 31st minute after referee Serdar Gozubuyuk ruled that he had been fouled by Ferry de Regt in the area. Gozubuyuk then sent off Venlo’s Ahmed Musa after the Nigerian picked up a second yellow card, before Guidetti doubled the lead in the 50th minute from another penalty. Karim El Ahmadi and Ricky van Haaren added a pair of goals to complete the rout, leaving Venlo still looking for their first win of the season. Feyenoord moved fourth with 17 points, five behind leaders AZ Alkmaar, who drew 2-2 with Ajax on Saturday. PSV Eindhoven and Twente are tied for second with 20 points each. PSV beat Utrecht 1-0 on Saturday, while Twente routed RKC Waalwijk 4-0. Also on Sunday, Roda JC beat ADO The Hague 4-1 with Sanharib Malki scoring two goals, while Mitchell Donald and Ruud Vormer added one each. Robbert Schilder and Anthony Lurling scored in each half to help NAC Breda edge Excelsior Rotterdam 2-0. Giorgi Chanturia netted in the 34th minute in Vitesse Arnhem’s 1-0 victory at NEC Nijmegen.
Leto fires Greens to top spot
Sebastian Leto scored twice in the first half and Quincy added another in the second to help Panathinaikos win 3-2 at Xanthi in the Greek league on Sunday. Edimar and Panayiotis Vlachodimos scored in the second half to pull Xanthi back from a 3-0 deficit, but the hosts could not find an equalizer. The win puts Panathinaikos atop the Greek league with 10 points from four games. Four other teams also have 10 points, but Panathinaikos have the best goal-difference — and two games in hand on PAOK and Atromitos. PAOK drew 0-0 at home against OFI, while Atromitos drew 2-2 at Kerkyra on Saturday. Olympiakos and AEK also have 10 points each after a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Also on Sunday, Aris drew 1-1 at Ergotelis and Giannena and Panionios held each other 0-0.
Sao Paulo sack their coach
Sao Paulo sacked coach Adilson Batista in the changing room right after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Atletico Goianiense, their sixth match without a win. It was the 31st coaching change of the year among Brazil’s 20 first division clubs. Sao Paulo have dropped from second to sixth in the Brazilian championship standings, six points adrift of archrivals and leaders Corinthians with eight matches to go. Adilson took charge at Sao Paulo in July and presided over 22 matches in all competitions with seven wins and six defeats. Assistant Milton Cruz will take charge as caretaker for the remainder of the championship and the Copa Sudamericana, the club said on their Web site.
Suarez ‘upset’ at allegations
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez said he is “upset” at allegations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during their Premier League match on Saturday. The Football Association has launched an investigation after Evra, a black French fullback, told French TV station Canal Plus that Suarez leveled racist insults at him during the 1-1 draw at Anfield. Suarez wrote on Sunday on his official Facebook page that he was “upset by the accusations of racism” made by Evra. The Uruguay international said: “I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody. We are all the same.” Liverpool said on Saturday that Suarez “categorically denies the allegations.”
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being