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Bayern looks to bounce back as virus impact recedes

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Suddenly, it's business as usual again for Bayern Munich — maybe. After a wave of coronavirus cases left the defending champions with a depleted squad for ...

Without the NHL, Russia emerges as favorite for Olympic gold

Russia, OAR, ROC — whatever the name, now that the NHL is out of the Beijing Olympics, the Russians will be the favorites for the gold medal. After the NHL withdrew from the Beijing ...

Bayern extends league lead as Dortmund draws at Bochum

BOCHUM, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich extended its lead in the Bundesliga to six points after Jamal Musiala scored in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Mainz and Borussia Dortmund was held by local rival...

Aggrieved Dortmund heads to Bochum fortress in Bundesliga

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Still reeling from a contentious loss to Bayern Munich in the “Klassiker,” Borussia Dortmund now has a very different task — shutting down an upstart neighbor with a formida...

China cleared to play in men's hockey at Beijing Olympics

China will take part in the men’s hockey tournament at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing after initial concerns that the team would be embarrassed on home ice against NHL-level competition. ...

Dortmund's Haaland back and Bayern beatable in 'Klassiker'

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Just one point separates the Bundesliga title challengers. Bayern Munich looks beatable. Erling Haaland is back and scoring for Borussia Dortmund. Normally...

Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz living up to 'next Havertz' hype

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Florian Wirtz has big shoes to fill at Bayer Leverkusen after its last young star left for Chelsea and won the Champions League. He's doing just fine. The ...

Leipzig in empty stadium as virus bites back in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer fans thought they'd put the days of empty stadiums behind them, but the coronavirus pandemic isn't letting up. Record case numbers in Germany mean one to...

Serbia shocks Portugal to join Spain, Croatia at World Cup

Spain, Serbia and Croatia are heading to next year's World Cup. Sweden, Portugal and Russia aren't — not yet, anyway. Aleksandar Mitrovic's 90th-minute header left Cristiano Ronaldo ...

Officials worry China’s men’s hockey team not Olympics ready

International hockey officials are hoping to avoid a Humiliation On Ice when the Chinese men’s national team debuts at the Beijing Winter Olympics. They begged the NHL to send player...

Spain profits from Sweden's slip, Portugal draws in Ireland

Spain, Portugal and Croatia all put themselves one game away from securing World Cup qualification, while Sweden's hopes took a heavy blow with a surprising loss Thursday. Spain beat...

US defender Chris Richards making his mark in German league

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Making a mark in German soccer is far from easy for any player, even more so at perennial champion Bayern Munich. United States center back Chris Richards ...

2 skiers to miss Canada's WCup races due to vaccine mandate

GENEVA (AP) — Two Swiss skiers that do not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will miss the first men’s downhill race of World Cup ski season in Canada because the country requires internat...

Van Bommel's Wolfsburg stuck in reverse gear in Germany

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg is Germany's auto-making capital. Its soccer team is stuck in reverse gear. Wolfsburg started the season with four consecutive wins to go to the ...

Bayern sends message to rivals with 5-1 win at Leverkusen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich wanted to send a message to fellow title contenders like Bayer Leverkusen. Message sent. Bouncing back from a rare loss t...