‘Les Verts’ end Rennes run
AS Saint-Etienne beat Rennes 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday to end their opponent’s run of three successive league victories. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before Renaud Cohade doubled Saint-Etienne’s lead four minutes into the second half. Rennes striker Mevlut Erding was sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Jean-Pascal Mignot. Rennes were without midfielder Yann M’Vila and center-half Chris Mavinga, who have both been suspended until further notice after going to a nightclub while on international duty with the France under-21 squad earlier this month. ‘Les Verts’ move level on points with fifth-placed Valenciennes, while Rennes slipped to 10th.
Appendix sidelines Roos
Michael Roos’ run of 119 consecutive starts for the Tennessee Titans will end today after the offensive tackle was ruled out of the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Roos had an emergency appendectomy on Monday and the team was wary of bringing him back too soon. “We’re not going to take any risks or chances with that even though he’s feeling pretty good,” Titans coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Friday. “He probably needs a good week to rest, and then he’ll be good next week.” Munchak expressed sympathy that the 30-year-old had been ruled out for a non-football reason. “You take that for granted when you have a guy like that, that you count on every week and has always been there,” Munchak said. “I don’t think that guy missed a practice, very few practices in all that time too. That’s the hard part. The bottom line is he wants to play and help us win. The side story is it is too bad it has to end a great streak he has going.”
Hamburg win at Augsburg
Hamburg SV forward Son Heung-min scored an early goal to set them on the way to a 2-0 win at lowly Augsburg on Friday. Artjoms Rudnevs added a second just past the hour to give Hamburg a third win in their last four outings. Visiting goalkeeper Rene Adler was barely troubled as his side climbed to fourth place with 13 points from nine games. Hamburg went ahead in the 13th minute after an interception by Rudnevs who found Son. The South Korean then cut inside his marker and curled a shot into the bottom left-hand corner. Son was also involved in Hamburg’s second goal in the 63rd minute as he fed Rafael van der Vaart on the edge of the area. The Dutchman slipped a pass between two defenders and Rudnevs stole in to score.
President blasts failure
Outspoken Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hit out at Belarus sports bosses on Friday for the country’s “complete failure” at the 2012 London Olympics. “Belarus people will no longer tolerate such a disastrous showing,” Lukashenko, who also serves as president of the Belarus Olympic Committee (BOC), told delegates at the annual BOC convention. “The performance of our Olympic team in Britain this summer was a complete failure,” he said, referring to a total of 12 medals, two of them gold. “Our team should be in the top three [medal-winning nations] instead of finishing in 30th or 26th place,” he said. Last week, Lukashenko blasted his national soccer team following a 4-0 home thrashing by Spain in a World Cup qualifier. “I’ve never seen such a disgrace for our nation,” he said. “Our team, excuse my language, just shit themselves. They came out on the pitch with their legs and arms shaking.”