Champions suffer first loss
Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog redirected a shot by Nathan MacKinnon into the net 22 seconds into overtime for his second goal of the game, giving the Avalanche a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh on Monday. Landeskog tied the game with 6 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation with a power-play goal and his overtime winner handed the defending Stanley Cup champions their first loss of the season. New York’s Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist for the third straight game, helping the Rangers beat San Jose 7-4. Detroit’s Mike Green scored his first hat-trick and Darren Helm had two goals to help the Red Wings defeat Ottawa 5-1. Boston’s David Pastrnak scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in three games as the Bruins downed Winnipeg 4-1.
Wolfsburg sack Hecking
VfL Wolfsburg parted ways with coach Dieter Hecking on Monday after their disappointing start to the Bundesliga season. Hecking, who took over in late 2012 and led Wolfsburg to second place and victory in the DFB Pokal last year, has seen his team glean just six points this season, despite making significant new signings, such as Germany striker Mario Gomez. The 2008-2009 German champions won only the first of their seven games and have lost three of their past four. “Obviously, I am disappointed, but that is part of this business, to expect such separations when there is no success. Unfortunately that was the case recently,” Hecking said. Under-23 coach Valerien Ismael is to take over the first team on an interim basis.
Torino triumph, go fourth
Torino moved into fourth place with a 4-1 win at US Citta di Palermo on Monday, ruining the Sicilian hosts’ celebration of their 1,000th Serie A match. After Bulgaria midfielder Ivaylo Chochev put Palermo ahead early, Torino responded with two goals from Adem Ljajic, and one each from Marco Benassi and Daniele Baselli. Extending their unbeaten run to five matches, Torino moved level on points with SSC Napoli, but ahead on goal-difference. Palermo, who have lost all four of their home matches, remained third from the bottom. Half of the lights at the Stadio Renzo Barbera went out with a few minutes remaining. After suspending the match briefly, the referee decided to play the final minutes, despite the limited visibility.
Osasuna edge Eibar 3-2
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar scored less than a minute into the game, but went on to lose to promoted CA Osasuna 3-2 in La Liga on Monday. Argentine midfielder Gonzalo Escalante opened the scoring for the hosts, before Osasuna rallied with a pair of goals by Sergio Leon in the 29th and 32nd minutes. Sergi Enrich equalized for Eibar just before halftime, but Roberto Torres scored the winner with a 58th-minute goal in pouring rain at the Estadio Ipurua. Osasuna claimed their first league victory of the season after losing five of their first seven games. They have six points and remain 19th in the standings. Eighth-placed Eibar are seven points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very