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Bayern sell Brazil defender Dante to Wolfsburg BERLIN: Bayern Munich confirmed on Sunday they have sold Brazil centre-back Dante to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee with the 31-year-old set to sign a three-year contract.Dante has fallen out of favour with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola due to a lack of pace and the Brazilian, whose full name is Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, has found himself on the bench for Bayern's three league games this season.He made his first Bundesliga appearance of the 2015/16 campaign by playing the last 17 minutes of Bayern's 3-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday which has proved to be his farewell."Dante simply wanted the chance to play regularly and we didn't want to hinder his wish," explained Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement.The defender, who has not made the Brazil squad for their September friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States, was a key factor in Bayern winning the 2013 ...

US extend dominance in world 4x400m relay BEIJING: Veteran Lashawn Merritt displayed all his experience by anchoring the United States to a sixth consecutive victory in the men's world 4x400 metres relay on Sunday.The US quartet of David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Bryshon Nellum and Merritt timed 2min 57.82sec to stretch a winning run that dates back to Helsinki in 2005.Trinidad and Tobago claimed silver in 2:58.20 with Britain taking bronze (2:58.51).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Benitez delighted with Bale double on Bernabeu bow MADRID: Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has hailed the impact made by Gareth Bale as the Welshman scored twice in Los Blancos 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday.Benitez has been questioned early in his reign at the Santiago Bernabeu for playing Bale in a more central role as Madrid struggled to score goals in pre-season and were held 0-0 away to newly promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.However, there was no such problem in Benitez's ...

Belief powers Nishikori bid for Open final return NEW YORK: Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, makes another bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title starting Monday.The 25-year-old winner of 10 ATP titles will begin his run Monday morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium against Benoit Paire, having beaten the Frenchman in both prior meetings, most recently in the third round at the 2013 French Open."I believe in myself," Nishikori said. "This past ...

Wonder cure puts Naholo in All Blacks World Cup squad WELLINGTON: Waisake Naholo completed a stunning comeback from a broken leg Sunday when he was named in the New Zealand World Cup squad, while stalwarts Israel Dagg and Cory Jane missed out.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen selected 17 forwards and 14 backs to head to England to defend their world crown, putting his faith in the traditional Fiji medicine that appears to have healed Naholo's fracture within a week. Naholo, the top try scorer in ...

Sri Lanka stutter after Pujara's opening feat COLOMBO: India's makeshift opener Cheteshwar Pujara carried his bat through his side's innings before Sri Lanka's top order collapsed in the decisive third and final Test in Colombo on Sunday.The hosts, replying to India's first innings score of 312, slipped to 11-2 before going to lunch on the third day at the Sinhalese Sports Club on a shaky 47-5.Pujara marked his recall to the Test side with an unbeaten 145 as the tourists added 20 ...

Sri Lanka 47-5 in reply to India's 312 COLOMBO: Sri Lanka, replying to India's first innings score of 312, were struggling at 47-5 at lunch on the third day of the decisive final Test in Colombo on Sunday.Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny picked up two wickets each.Earlier, Indian opener Cheteshwar Pujara carried his bat with an unbeaten 145 as the tourists added 20 runs to their overnight score of 292-8 before being dismissed 25 minutes after the start of the day's play.Fast bowler ...


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