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.
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.
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.
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.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by