Furth nets first league win
Felix Klaus made a slice of club history by scoring SpVgg Greuther Furth’s first-ever goal in the Bundesliga and earning the promoted club their first top-flight victory with a 1-0 win at Mainz on Friday. FSV Mainz 05 wasted a series of chances either side of halftime and it was Greuther Furth that took one of their very few opportunities when Klaus’ shot from inside the penalty area was deflected inside the far post. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting rounded Greuther Furth goalkeeper Max Gruen in the first half, but shot wide. Gruen made several outstanding saves, including a one-handed block on the line from a header by Nikolce Noveski late in the match. Greuther Fuerth lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the opening round, while Mainz drew 1-1 at Freiburg.
NHL union talks break off
Labor talks between the NHL and the union representing its players broke off on Friday with both sides at odds on the core economic issues, raising the possibility of a lockout in two weeks. With the NHL having already said it is prepared to lock out players if a new deal is not reached by the time the current one expires on Sept. 15, the league could be headed toward its first work stoppage since a lockout wiped out the 2004-2005 season. “What I thought was starting as a promising week ... ends in disappointment,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters after meeting with the union for the third time in four days. “We did not get a proposal from the union, call it more of a response. ... We both agreed when one of us has something to say, we will pick up the phone.” The NHL’s latest proposal wants to cut the players’ share of hockey-related revenue to 46 percent from 57 percent, despite enjoying record-breaking revenue of US$3.3. billion last season along with an increase in television ratings.
Japan to play Brazil friendly
Asian champions Japan are to taken on Brazil in Europe in a friendly next month as manager Alberto Zaccheroni continues his push to test his side against the world’s best teams. The Japan Football Association said Japan will face the five-time World Cup winners in Wrocklaw, Poland, on Oct. 16, four days after a scheduled game with France in Paris. “It’s very pleasing to get the chance to play two games against such strong opposition,” Zaccheroni, bidding to guide Japan to their fifth successive World Cup, told reporters. “It is important for Japan to challenge the best teams away from home.” The two games come before the resumption of the final round of Asian 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Japan comfortably lead their group with seven points from three matches.
FIFA tells Rio mayor to wait
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has been told by FIFA that he must wait until the 2014 World Cup final if he wants to see the host nation play a match in his city. Eduardo Paes has repeatedly told FIFA and the local organizing committee (LOC) that he would like to see Brazil play in Rio, soccer’s governing body said on Friday. However, FIFA, denying media reports that it was contemplating switching the match schedule to allow Brazil to play a quarter-final in Rio, said Paes would have to wait. “FIFA and the LOC would like to clarify the reports in the Brazilian media claiming a change in the match schedule for the World Cup in order to stage a quarter-final with potential Brazilian participation in Rio are incorrect,” FIFA said in a statement.