Marseille join Lyon at top
Andre-Pierre Gignac’s superb winner gave Olympique de Marseille a 1-0 victory over nine-man Toulouse on Saturday that took them level on points with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice climbed to fourth on 29 points after 16-year-old Neal Maupay’s stoppage-time goal secured a 3-2 home victory over Evian Thonon Gaillard. Marseille have 35 points from 18 matches, but Lyon were top on goal difference before they played their game in hand at third-placed Paris Saint-Germain (32 points) yesterday. Elsewhere, Marco Estrada’s spectacular 35m volley in the 14th minute set champions Montpellier Herault on the path to a 4-0 home drubbing of SC Bastia. Montpellier’s fourth win in five games took them up to ninth on 26 points, level with LOSC Lille Metropole, who drew 1-1 at Stade de Reims.
Leverkusen beat Hamburg
Stefan Kiessling scored twice to lead Bayer 04 Leverkusen to a 3-0 win over Hamburg SV that cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead on Saturday, while troubled Schalke 04 slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Freiburg. Kiessling’s brace made the unsung striker the Bundesliga top scorer with 12 goals. Andre Schuerrle was also on target as second-placed Leverkusen cut Bayern’s lead at the top to nine points at the Bundesliga’s halfway mark. Eintracht Frankfurt went third with a 2-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg. Greuther Fuerth and Augsburg both finished with 10 men as they drew 1-1 in a meeting of the bottom two, leaving them level on nine points from 17 games. Two goals from Nicolai Mueller helped FSV Mainz 05 to a 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart and Fortuna Duesseldorf beat Hannover 96 2-1.
Lazio beat Inter 1-0
SS Lazio moved to within five points of Serie A leaders Juventus after Miroslav Klose fired them to a late 1-0 win over title rivals Inter on Saturday. The Germany international’s 82nd-minute winner, his 10th goal of the season, lifted Lazio into fourth place on 33 points, level with Napoli. In Saturday’s other game, Antonio Di Natale rescued a point for 10-man Udinese when he scored an 89th-minute equalizer against US Citta di Palermo, leaving the Sicilians a point above the relegation zone.
Malaga conquer Sevilla
Malaga strengthened their hold on La Liga’s fourth place with a 2-0 win at Sevilla on Saturday. Martin Demichelis and Eliseu, with a penalty, earned Malaga the points as they were helped by a red card for Sevilla defender Federico Fazio in the 69th minute. Malaga, who have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, moved on to 28 points from 16 games, four behind third-placed Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao were 1-0 winners at Real Mallorca, Getafe drew 1-1 at home to CA Osasuna, and Granada drew 0-0 at home to Real Sociedad.
Police question Kolarov
Manchester City’s Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov was reported to have been questioned by police on Saturday after a complaint of racist abuse during a Premier League match at Newcastle United. Media reports said two fans were understood to have been waving an Albanian flag as Kolarov, who came on as a substitute in the game, warmed up on the side of the pitch in the first half. Police said in a statement, without naming any player, that they had received “a report of racist language having been used” at the stadium during the match.
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
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic