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Whirlwind Bayern dismantle Schalke 8-0 in season opener

Saturday, 2020-09-19 09:16:41
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Bundesliga - Bayern Munich v Schalke 04 - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - September 18, 2020 Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane (R) in action with Schalke 04's Ozan Kabak. (Photo: Reuters)
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Treble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday (Sep 18) as they made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and sent an ominous warning to potential challengers.

With the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history, Bayern showed they had lost none of sharpness that helped them to lift the Champions League trophy less than a month ago in dominant fashion.

* Victoria Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome on Friday when her opponent Daria Kasatkina injured her ankle and retired.

* Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the Premier League season as he has yet to train with the club since suffering a knee injury in June, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Argentine was sidelined for the last 12 matches of City's 2019-2020 campaign, including their two Champions League fixtures in August.

* Olympique Lyon stumbled to a goalless draw against visitors Nimes on Friday to continue their stuttering start in Ligue 1. The Champions League semi-finalists, who are in 10th place on five points from their first four league games, have won only one game so far and were desperate to bounce back from Tuesday's shock 2-1 loss to Montpellier.

* Liverpool have signed Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on a long-term contract, the Premier League champions said on Friday. British media reported Thiago signed a four-year deal with Liverpool after the Merseyside club agreed a transfer fee worth 20 million pounds (US$25.91 million) plus five million pounds in add-ons with European champions Bayern.

* Former Masters champion Patrick Reed put his sterling short game on display to grab the US Open halfway lead on Friday while Tiger Woods finished well outside the cut in windy conditions that humbled many of the game's top golfers. Reed only hit five fairways on a tough scoring day at Winged Foot but made a slew of stunning recoveries and needed only 25 putts en route to an even-par 70 that left him at four under on the week and one shot clear of Bryson DeChambeau (68).

* Soren Kragh Andersen of Denmark won the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, a 166.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse. Slovenian Luka Mezgec finished second, and Belgian Jasper Stuyven took third place.

* A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian next month, the European Tour said on Friday. The European Tour gave the green light to the trial with 650 spectators per day for the Rolex Series tournament, which has been rescheduled from its usual July date to Oct. 1-4.

* The World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, published a slimmed-down provisional 2021 calendar of six races on Friday reflecting the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The races will all be held in the same calendar year, unlike the current season which started at Britain's Silverstone circuit in September 2019 and is due to end in Bahrain in November.

* Juventus have terminated the contract of Gonzalo Higuain by mutual consent, the Serie A champions have confirmed, with the Argentine forward closing in on a switch to David Beckham's Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.

* Parma became the latest Serie A team to come under U.S. ownership when they were taken over by the Krause Group on Friday, the club said in a statement following a deal signed in Milan. The group bought a 90% stake in Parma who won three major European trophies during their heyday in the 1990s, were declared bankrupt in 2015 and returned to Serie A in 2018.

* Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota's number seven car on pole position on Friday for a condensed and rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hour race being held without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Japanese veteran made sure of the champions' fourth successive pole on a sunny morning at the Sarthe circuit but fell short of his 2017 record of three minutes 14.791 seconds in the TS050 hybrid car.

* Gareth Bale arrived at Luton Airport near London on Friday ahead of completing his imminent return to Tottenham Hotspur. Wales forward Bale, who left Premier league Spurs to join Real Madrid for a then world record 100 million euros in 2013, is expected to be unveiled later on Friday.

* The Welsh Rugby Union has secured a 20 million pounds (US$25.94 million) loan that will help the professional game survive the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body's interim chief Steve Phillips has said.