Mueller hat-trick lifts Bayern
A hat-trick by German international Thomas Mueller inspired holders Bayern Munich to a 5-0 win over fifth-tier BSV Schwarz-Weiss Rehden on Monday in their first-round German Cup clash. Mueller’s hat-trick — one a penalty — and goals by Swiss Brendan Shaqiri and Dutch veteran Arjen Robben saw them dispose of their hosts and move into Saturday’s second-round draw. It gave Bayern and their coach Pep Guardiola an ideal lead in to the opening match of the defense of their league title on Friday at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach, who exited the Cup on Sunday beaten on penalties by third-tier SV Darmstadt 98. Guardiola, whose first competitive match in charge on July 27 saw his side beaten 4-2 by Borussia Dortmund, the side they beat in the Champions League final last season, allowed himself the luxury of not starting several first-choice regulars such as Franck Ribery and captain Philipp Lahm, while new signing from his former club Thiago Alcantara also had to be content with a place on the bench. Earlier on Monday, Schalke 04 had made hard work of beating another fifth-tier outfit Noettingen 2-0, with Dutch ace Klaas-Jan Huntelaar giving them a 30th-minute lead, but they had to wait until the fourth minute of extra-time to double their lead when new signing Leon Goretzka netted.
Magpies sign French striker
Newcastle United have signed French striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, strengthening their attack ahead of the Premier League season. Remy joined QPR in the January transfer window and scored six goals in 14 appearances, but could not prevent the London club from being relegated to the Championship. Remy said he wanted to keep playing in the Premier League to boost his chances of making the France squad for next year’s World Cup. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said Remy will be “a great addition to the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals.”
Horse hospitalizes steward
A steward was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury on Monday after being trampled by a police horse following a pitch invasion at the end of a League Cup tie between Preston North End and Blackpool. The BBC said that after Preston beat Blackpool 1-0, the steward was trying to clear fans off the playing area at Deepdale when he was knocked down by a police horse and he was clipped again while lying on the ground by another horse.
Pope pays religiously
Pope Francis, a card-carrying fan of the San Lorenzo soccer club in his native Buenos Aires, is not letting his new global responsibilities distract him from paying his club dues on time, the team’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, said on Monday. “His payment is there, bang on time, every month. He pays his dues religiously,” Tinelli told Fox Sports in a televised interview. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former archbishop of Buenos Aires who took the name Francis when he was elected pope in March, was known for his modest lifestyle when he lived in Argentina. He often talked soccer with his fellow commuters while riding the bus to work as archbishop, celebrating San Lorenzo’s wins and lamenting their losses. Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro, founded in 1908 by a priest named Lorenzo Massa, is an “A” league team whose stadium is in Bajo Flores, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
When two Spanish soccer players took to the controls of FIFA 20 after the COVID-19 pandemic saw their La Liga match canceled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the “real world” seemingly falling apart. Real Betis Balompie striker Borja Iglesias kicked the winning goal using his own digital likeness in the 6-5 battle against Sevilla, which was broadcast on popular video game streaming platform Twitch. It took place at the same time the
New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has said that the sport is “fighting for survival” as competitions at all levels are shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson told Sky Sport’s The Breakdown that he cannot say when professional rugby might resume in New Zealand and in what form, whether it would be the five-nation Super Rugby tournament or the domestic Mitre 10 Cup. Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport and the All Blacks, the national men’s team, are one of the country’s most recognizable brands. The continuing suspension of competitions has been fully testing rugby’s resilience, Robinson said. “We’re fighting for sport’s survival in
With careers spent scratching around dusty outposts, sometimes with very little in their pockets, tennis’ unheralded army of foot soldiers say that they are struggling to afford food after being made unemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgian player Sofia Shapatava is pleading with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to dig deep and help out the hundreds of players who lost their livelihoods when the men’s and women’s tours went into a three-month lockdown. “Players lower ranked than 250 will not be able to buy food in two-three weeks’ time,” said Shapatava, who is not optimistic that the ITF will look favorably on