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first_imgMarco Reus out of Euro 2016 BERLIN (AP): Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus was dropped from Germany’s European Championship squad yesterday and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger made the final cut despite injury. Reus, who had been struggling at the team’s training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, was omitted from the final list of 23 players, along with Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and Bayer Leverkusen players Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi. “The doctors could not give a clear prognosis,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said of Reus. “He has huge health problems and can only walk straight at the moment. More wasn’t possible in training so far. “It’s a bitter decision for us and for him, a disappointment for us all, because a Marco Reus in form, healthy and fit, would have been a huge addition,” Loew said. “But for technical reasons we have to take this decision as we know this tournament will be very strenuous.” Reus also missed Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 because of injury. No evidence of corruption in tennis match LONDON (AP): The Tennis Integrity Unit says no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year’s Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns. A statement emailed by TIU spokesman Mark Harrison yesterday said “no further action will be taken against any player involved in the match”, in which Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova beat David Marrero and Lara Arruabarrena. The statement added: “TIU investigations not only root out corrupt practices, but also support players who are the subject of unproven speculation.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the TIU’s findings. Wrestling champion gives up Olympic place MOSCOW (AP): A two-time wrestling world champion says he is giving up his place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a brawl marred a Russian qualifying tournament. Viktor Lebedev was competing against Ismail Musukayev in a semi-final bout at the Russian nationals on Friday when Musukayev was angered by refereeing calls against him and shoved Lebedev. Musukayev’s supporters and coaches charged into the ring, prompting a scuffle that was broken up by riot police. Wrestlers from Musukayev’s home region of Dagestan then boycotted the tournament in protest at the standard of refereeing, causing a nationwide scandal. Lebedev told local news outlet News.Ykt that he is withdrawing from the Olympic team as “a matter of honour” because he feels the referees gave him favourable calls in front of his home crowd.last_img read more

CSKA Moscow 2-2 Manchester City: Blues stunned by late penalty

first_img1 Manchester City are still searching for their first victory in the Champions League this season after a disappointing 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow at an empty Arena Khimki.Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the visitors after converting Edin Dzeko’s pass from close-range. City then added a second before half-time when James Milner tapped in David Silva’s searching cross following a neat passing move.But the hosts halved the deficit after the restart as Seydou Doumbia tucked home his 80th goal in 120 appearances for the club.And CSKA clinched a deserved equaliser with five minutes remaining after Bibras Natcho’s composed penalty snatched a point for the home side.The result leaves City without a win after their opening three Champions League games and they will now have it all to do if they are to progress into the last-16.After a lively start, the home side offered the first strike at goal as Ahmed Musa capitalised on a poor clearance from Eliaquim Mangala before firing wide from 25 yards.But it was City who created the first meaningful chance of the game after 13 minutes, as Yaya Toure’s diagonal pass found Pablo Zabaleta, but the Argentine defender could only flash his effort wide.City began to dominate possession yet struggled to create opportunities against a compact CSKA defence while the Russian outfit looked dangerous on the break, particularly through the lively Musa.Musa, who recently labelled City as ‘weak’ opponents, should have done better inside the City area but a laboured first touch from the Nigerian striker allowed Mangala to intervene after quick, incisive build-up play from Zoran Tosic and Roman Eremenko.But City soon burst into life on the 29th minute. Silva provided the games first moment of real quality as his lofted pass found Dzeko before the Bosnian’s square pass allowed the simplest of tap-ins for the in-form Aguero – City’s first goal from open play in the Champions League this season.Dzeko then forced a fine save from Igor Akinfeev after his low, right-footed drive was pushed wide by the CSKA skipper.Manuel Pellegrini’s men then doubled their advantage on the 37th minute after Toure’s floated pass was carefully knocked down by Zabaleta before Silva’s first-time cross was tucked home by the alert Milner.And City could have added a third just seconds later as Milner’s first-time effort cannoned off the post after a typically inviting cross from Aleksandar Kolarov.Aguero was then inches away from his second, and City’s third, during a rampant period from the visitors, after another fine cross from Kolarov narrowly evaded the Argentine forward.CSKA started the brighter of the two sides after the restart, but their first strike in vain didn’t come until the 60th minute, with Eremenko’s looping volley failing to test Joe Hart.City’s lack of adventure in the second half allowed a route back into the game for the home side. Musa breached the City backline with a well-timed run before finding substitute Doumbia, who diverted the ball home from close-range.The introduction of Jesus Navas injected some much-needed pace into a labouring City side, but it was CSKA who came closest to the game’s fourth goal after Eremenko’s fizzing cross had Hart scrambling.The hosts kept coming and deservingly drew themselves level with five minutes remaining from Natcho’s composed penalty, after Kolarov’s clumsy challenge on Doumbia, turning three points into one for the reigning Premier League champions. Manchester City remain without a win in the Champions League last_img read more