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Holders Bayern knocked out of German Cup by second tier Kiel

Thursday, 2021-01-14 09:00:24
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Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule in action with Holstein Kiel's Marco Komenda and Niklas Hauptmann. (Photo: Reuters)
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Holders Bayern Munich twice gave up a one-goal lead before crashing out of the German Cup 6-5 on penalties to second tier Holstein Kiel on Wednesday (Jan 13) following a 2-2 draw after extra time in the second-round match.

Kiel, who next face Darmstadt 98, kept their cool in the shootout to knock Bayern out at this stage of the German Cup for the first time since 2000.

* Neymar scored on his return from injury as Paris St Germain beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to win the French Super Cup in Lens on Wednesday. Brazil forward Neymar, who had been out of action since mid-December with an ankle injury, netted from the penalty spot in the second half to add to Mauro Icardi's first-half opener.

* Barcelona booked their place in the final of the Spanish Super Cup after overcoming the absence of injured Lionel Messi to beat Real Sociedad 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time on Wednesday. Holders Real Madrid meet Athletic Bilbao on Thursday in the other semi-final of the competition, which is being held across southern Spain after initial plans to play it in Saudi Arabia were wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic.

* Triple Olympic rowing gold medallist Kathleen Heddle, the quiet, stoic foil to flamboyant, gregarious pairs partner Marnie McBean, has died after a long battle with cancer, Rowing Canada said on Wednesday. She died at the age of 55 on Monday at her home in Vancouver, said a Rowing Canada statement issued on behalf of her family.

* Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro rescued a precious point for an impressive Fulham on Wednesday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. The draw left Spurs sixth in the standings, six points off the top.

* The new Extreme E off-road all-electric series has pushed back its opening race in Saudi Arabia from March to April as motorsport wrestles with the COVID-19 pandemic. Series founder Alejandro Agag told Reuters on Wednesday that the debut in Wadi Rum would now be on April 3-4 instead of March 20-21.

* The women's FA Cup competition has been suspended for the duration of the new national lockdown which began in England last week, the Football Association said on Wednesday. With sport outside of the elite level shut down as a result of the lockdown, the FA said it had decided to suspended the second and third rounds of the competition since clubs at amateur level were not permitted to train or play.

* Inter Milan needed an extra-time winner from substitute Romelu Lukaku to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and book a meeting with rivals AC Milan in the quarter-finals. Milan beat Torino on penalties in their last-16 clash on Tuesday.

* Olympique Lyonnais forward Moussa Dembele has joined La Liga side Atletico Madrid on loan, with an option to buy, with Leicester City striker Islam Slimani signing for Lyon on a free transfer, the French club said on Wednesday. Atletico have signed striker Dembele to boost their La Liga title charge and Champions League hopes after Diego Costa left the club this month.

* Sheffield Wednesday's next two second-tier Championship games have been postponed due to COVID-19 cases at the club, the English Football League said on Wednesday. Saturday's trip to Coventry City and a home game against Wycombe Wanderers three days later were the matches called off.

* This year's Women's Six Nations has been postponed for logistical and safety reasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic but the men's competition will take place as scheduled, England's Rugby Football Union said on Wednesday. The women's tournament, which was due to begin on Feb. 6, will be played later this spring or early summer, the RFU said.

* Britain's Francesca Jones, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, reached her maiden Grand Slam main draw on Wednesday when she beat China's Lu Jiajing in the final round of Australian Open qualifying in Dubai. Also joining the Briton on the flight will be Italy's former world number five Sara Errani, who booked her spot for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam at Melbourne Park with a 3-6 6-2 6-4 win over Croatian Ana Konjuh in the final round of qualifying.

* Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka made a strong start to her 2021 season with a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Veronika Kudermetova of Russia to clinch the WTA 500 event in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and extend her winning streak to 15 matches. It was the ninth title overall for the fourth-seeded Sabalenka, 22.

* Formula One postponed the Australian Grand Prix from March to November because it would not have been possible for hundreds of team staff to quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in the country, Victoria Sports Minister Martin Pakula said. The Melbourne race is normally the season-opener but was given a new date of Nov. 21 in changes announced to the 2021 schedule on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 crisis. The season will now start in Bahrain on March 28.

* American Sebastian Korda, who hit the headlines by reaching the fourth round of the French Open in October, has booked a spot in his first ATP Tour final after beating Britain's Cameron Norrie in the Delray Beach Open semi-finals.

* Australian soccer on Wednesday paid tribute to former coach Frank Arok, who died in Serbia at the age of 88 due to illness. Born in the former Yugoslavia, Arok coached the Socceroos 89 times from 1983-1990 and guided them to the quarter-finals of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.