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Champions Bayern sign off with win over Mainz BERLIN: Champions Bayern Munich ended their three-match losing streak in the Bundesliga with a season-ending 2-0 win over Mainz on Saturday as Hamburg and Stuttgart avoided relegation.A Robert Lewandowski penalty and Bastian Schweinsteiger goal saw Bayern bounce back after defeats by Leverkusen, Augsburg and Freiburg since their 25th German league title was confirmed at the end of April.Poland striker Lewandowski converted a 25th minute penalty after a handball by Mainz defender Nico Bungert.Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger scored their second just after the break to secure the win to kick-off celebrations in Munich as Pep Guardiola's side was presented with the trophy at the Allianz Arena.At the other end of the table, Freiburg and Paderborn went down as the relegation battle went to the wire.Freiburg's 2-1 defeat at Hanover 96 saw them drop to 17th and out of the league while Paderborn also return to the second division after one season ...

Contador regains pink jersey at Giro d'Italia   VALDOBBIADENE: Spaniard Alberto Contador bounced back from a crash to retake the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia as rivals Fabio Aru and Richie Porte stumbled in Saturday's 14th stage time-trial.The 32-year-old, who won the Italian race in 2008, finished third on the day but finished nearly three minutes ahead of overnight leader Aru after a 59.4km race against the clock won by Sky's Belarus rider Vasil Kiryienka.Contador, the 2007 and 2009 Tour de France ...

Hamilton secures maiden Monaco pole for Mercedes WENTWORTH: Defending world champion and current series leader Lewis Hamilton secured his maiden pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix when he topped Saturday's qualifying times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.It was the 30-year-old Briton's first success on the streets of his favourite circuit and came at the ninth attempt as he outpaced Rosberg in a tight contest to claim the 43rd pole of his career.Two-time champion Hamilton clocked a final best lap in ...

Highlanders grind to victory over Force PERTH: New Zealand's Otago Highlanders consolidated their place in the Super Rugby play-off positions with a comprehensive 23-3 win over Western Force in Perth on Saturday.The Highlanders dominated territory and possession to score two second-half tries after shading the Force 6-3 at half-time.In skipper Ben Smith's 100th Super Rugby match for the Highlanders, John Hardie scored off a rolling maul while scrum-half Aaron Smith backed up to score with six minutes left.Fly-half Lima Sopoaga provided ...

Stubborn Reds remain unbeaten in Japan TOKYO: Urawa Reds demonstrated a steely resolve behind their J-League title challenge by coming from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday and preserve their unbeaten record.The first division leaders, who stumbled in last season's run-in when they were pipped by treble winners Gamba Osaka, hit back from a Ryota Moriwaki own goal through Yuki Muto and a late Takahiro Sekine winner in Saitama.Urawa, Japan's best-supported club, improved to 30 points from 12 games, ...

Rangers down Hibs in playoff showdown EDINBURGH: Rangers moved closer to a return to the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 aggregate win over Hibs in the playoff semi-final match at Easter Road on Saturday.The Glasgow giants, who lost their place in the top flight in 2012 after a financial meltdown, had won the first leg 2-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday.A 1-0 loss on Saturday was enough to ease them through to a final playoff showdown with Motherwell who finished second from ...

Indonesia hit with World Cup penalties by AFC JAKARTA: Indonesia, already facing the prospect of a FIFA ban for government interference, have been forced to play their World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier against Iraq in an empty stadium and their home tie against Thailand at a neutral venue.The decision was taken by the Asian Football Confederation after crowd trouble during two under-23 matches in March against East Timor and South Korea in Jakarta.Indonesia, who were also fined $20,000 by the AFC and ...


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Banking Review 2014

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