Schalke secure first victory
Schalke 04 on Sunday finally got off the mark in the Bundesliga with three goals in six minutes as they thrashed visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0. VfL Wolfsburg’s lackluster start to the season continued earlier on Sunday, remaining in 13th place with just six points from six games and were whistled by their own supporters after their fifth straight game without a win. Germany striker Mario Gomez again failed to score in his fifth full game for the side since his summer switch from ACF Fiorentina.
Atletico defeat Valencia 2-0
Atletico Madrid on Sunday became the surprise table toppers after beating Valencia 2-0 following a thrilling day of La Liga action, which saw champions Barcelona lose 4-3 at Celta Vigo and Real Madrid held to a 1-1 draw at home to minnows Sociedad Deportiva Eibar. Atletico have 15 points, ahead of Real on goal difference, while Barca are fourth on 13, one point behind Sevilla in third. Earlier on Sunday, Fran Rico stunned the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium by heading Eibar into the lead in the sixth minute, scoring the side’s first goal against Real in the league.
Balotelli leads Nice to win
Mario Balotelli on Sunday delivered a trademark performance as he scored to give OGC Nice a 2-1 win against Lorient that put them top of the Ligue 1 standings and was then sent off in stoppage time. The Italian striker scored his fifth goal in three league appearances, firing the ball into the top corner four minutes from time after Lorient’s Benjamin Moukandjo had canceled out Ricardo Pereira’s early opener. Olympique Lyonnais beat archrivals AS Saint-Etienne 2-0 at home with goals by Sergi Darder and Rachid Ghezzal either side of the interval. In their 2,368th game in the top flight — tying Sochaux’s record — Marseille were held to a 1-1 draw at Angers SCO as Pierrick Capelle canceled out Florian Thauvin’s opener in stoppage time.
Tottenham sweep City 2-0
Something was always likely to give when the Premier League’s two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane on Sunday, where Tottenham Hotspur swept Manchester City aside 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola’s first defeat as the visitors’ manager. Elsewhere, there were draws for Stoke City at Manchester United (1-1) and Southampton at champions Leicester City (0-0). The day’s most extraordinary finish occurred at Turf Moor, where Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was celebrating 20 years in charge of the Gunners and saw his team snatch a trademark last-gasp victory just when the hosts thought they had earned a draw.
Cilic beats Paire to advance
Marin Cilic yesterday advanced to the second round of the Rakuten Japan Open with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over last year’s finalist, Benoit Paire. Fourth-seeded Cilic had five aces on his way to securing the opening set in only 20 minutes at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. He is to meet either Japanese qualifier Go Soeda or Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the second round. Joao Sousa rallied to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to move into a second-round match against either top-seeded Kei Nishikori or the US’ Donald Young.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path