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LA LIGA

Rayo foot evictee’s rent

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid have vowed to pay an 85-year-old woman’s rent for the rest of her life after she was evicted from her home because her son could not pay his debts. Carmen Martinez Ayudo was driven from her house in Vallecas, a working-class part of Madrid, after her son used it as security for a 40,000 euro (US$49,500) loan. “We’re not going to stand around and do nothing, we’re going to help this woman,” Rayo coach Paco Jemez said. “Not just me but the technical team and the players. We’ll give her a hand to find a place where she can live in dignity and not feel abandoned.” Jemez added that he would like to help more people, but it was not possible. “In this case, because she’s from the neighborhood, as a club we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help.” There were 67,000 evictions in Spain last year, while an estimated 3.4 million properties stand empty.

LIGUE 1

l’OM pip PSG by one point

Late goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Michy Batshuayi helped Olympique de Marseille return to the top of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 victory against Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday. Gignac’s glancing header in the 85th minute and Batshuayi’s simple finish after 89 minutes rescued all three points after Marseille’s Mario Lemina had canceled out Thomas Toure’s opening goal for the visitors. The win left l’OM one point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and four points ahead of Olympique Lyonnais. Elsewhere on Sunday, Nantes leapfrogged Bordeaux into fourth despite being held to a goalless draw at home by sixth-placed AS Saint-Etienne, while Montpellier Harault rose to ninth after a 2-0 win at home to Toulouse.

BUNDESLIGA

Hamburg exit drop zone

Hamburg SV escaped from the Bundesliga’s bottom three on Sunday with a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Werder Bremen in the 101st north Germany derby, a result that pushed Borussia Dortmund back into the relegation places. Latvia striker Artjoms Rudnevs was Hamburg’s hero as he netted his first goal of the season on 84 minutes to put the hosts ahead. Bremen goalkeeper Raphael Wolf then pushed the ball into his own net in the third minute of stoppage-time. “That was three important points for us,” Hamburg coach Joe Zinnbauer said. The victory — only Hamburg’s third of the season — lifts them to 15th, putting Bremen at 17th and pushing Dortmund down into 16th. Also on Sunday, VfB Stuttgart stayed bottom after suffering their seventh defeat in 11 games as they lost 1-0 at home to Augsburg, who climbed to sixth.

ISRAEL

Arab club win grudge match

Under the eyes of hundreds of police and private security guards, the Israeli Premier League’s only Arab club beat mainly Jewish rivals Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 on Sunday. Despite on-pitch brawling between Beitar and Bnei Sakhnin players in extra-time, police reported only minor incidents off the field. Police had banned the game from being held in the Arab town of Sakhnin after a series of attacks in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, but on Friday rescinded the ban, saying security had “significantly” improved at Bnei’s Doha Stadium, built with donations from Qatar. On Sunday, police deployed 700 officers in and around the stadium, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Another 200 private security guards patrolled the ground, where 5,000 spectators attended, he said. A photographer at the scene said that while Beitar fans waved Israeli flags, about a dozen Sakhnin fans waved the Palestinian flag.

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