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ZIMBABWE

Ndlovu in critical condition

Former Coventry and Sheffield United striker Peter Ndlovu was in critical condition in a hospital in his native country after a car accident on Sunday that killed his older brother, Adam, and a female passenger. Peter Ndlovu, the national team’s former captain, most-capped player and record goalscorer, was taken to the hospital in his home city of Bulawayo after the crash near Victoria Falls. Adam Ndlovu, who was also a former international player, died after the accident along with the unidentified female. He was 42. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he was “deeply saddened at the passing on of a soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu” in what he called “a horror crash.”

GERMANY

Dortmund back in third

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund moved back up to third in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 3-1 win against strugglers TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, while neighbors Schalke 04 fired manager Huub Stevens. Dortmund remain 12 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. On Sunday night, Werder Bremen needed a late equalizer to draw 1-1 at home with Nuremberg after Timo Gebhart had put the visitors ahead in the 82nd minute. Earlier, Schalke announced they had parted company with Dutch manager Stevens after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to SC Freiburg left the Royal Blues with two points from their past six league games. On Saturday, second-placed Leverkusen beat Hamburg 3-0 to trim Bayern’s lead at the top to nine points. Eintracht Frankfurt are fourth and level on 30 points with Dortmund after their 2-0 win over 10-man VfL Wolfsburg. Mainz moved up to sixth after coming from behind to beat VfB Stuttgart 3-1 as SpVgg Greuther Furth remain rooted to the bottom of the table after they drew 1-1 at Augsburg.

ITALY

Juve extend lead over Inter

Juventus extended their lead over title challengers Inter to seven points thanks to a 3-0 rout of Atalanta BC on Sunday as AC Milan continued their Serie A resurgence with a 4-1 defeat of Delfino Pescara 1936. Champions Juve held a four-point lead going into their 17th match of the campaign, but took full advantage of Inter’s 1-0 defeat away to SS Lazio on Saturday to pull clear of the pack. In Sunday’s late match, SSC Napoli spurned the chance to leapfrog Inter into second place after two late goals gave Bologna a shock 3-2 away win. Fiorentina’s 4-1 rout of Siena, complete with a brace from former Italy striker Luca Toni, saw them leapfrog Roma into fifth place. Roma had hoped to restore order on their away trip to AC Chievo Verona, but suffered a 1-0 defeat following a late goal by Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier. Meanwhile, Catania beat UC Sampdoria 3-1, while Genoa drew Torino 1-1 and Parma crushed Cagliari 4-1.

france

PSG edge Lyon, take top spot

A first-half injury-time goal from Blaise Matuidi gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 victory in their top-of-the-table clash with Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes on Sunday as the capital club moved top on goal difference. PSG’s success saw them move ahead of both Lyon and Olympique de Marseille on goal difference. Lyon’s third defeat of the campaign was a further blow after they had dropped two home points in a midweek draw with rock-bottom AS Nancy-Lorraine. AS Saint-Etienne went down to a 2-0 home loss to Lorient, while Nancy, buoyed by having held Lyon, prevented Girondins de Bordeaux from moving into the top four by holding them to a 1-1 draw.

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