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.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational