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Chelsea s pre-season ended in dis-
appointing style as they were beaten
1-0 at home by Fiorentina in the Inter-
national Champions Cup.
Fielding an almost entirely different
starting XI from the Community Shield
defeat to Arsenal, the Premier League
champions struggled to create many
clear-cut chances at Stamford Bridge.
Loic Remy and Gary Cahill spurned
Chelsea's best opportunities after Gon-
zalo Rodriguez had broken the deadlock
from close range in the 34th minute.
Chelsea will now turn their attentions
to their opening fixture of the 2015/16
Premier League season at home to
Swansea on Saturday evening.
The Blues made 10 changes to the
side beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at the week-
end, with skipper John Terry the only
player to keep his place, while Radamel
Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Bertrand Traore
and Ola Aina made their home debuts.
Begovic was called into action early
to pull off a good save from Matias
Fernandez's first-time shot from the
edge of the area.
Chelsea then began to take control,
Ruben Loftus-Cheek heading over and
seeing a shot blocked and Aina having
an effort deflected over.
But, after Matias Vecino had thun-
dered a shot against the bar for the
visitors and Begovic had parried a curl-
ing attempt by Khouma Babacar,
A cross from the right was chested
down by Marcos Alonso and although
his left-foot effort was blocked at the
near post by Begovic, the ball squirted
out to Rodriguez, who bundled home.
Beginning at half-time, Chelsea made
nine changes in the second half, with
Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Cahill and
Nemanja Matic among the first-team
stalwarts to enter the fray.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, sent on nine
substitutes, including Italy striker
Giuseppe Rossi, who missed the entirety
of the 2014-15 season following the
third serious knee injury of his career.
Substitute Josip Ilicic and Ante Rebic
threatened for Fiorentina and although
Chelsea finished the game in the ascen-
dancy, they could not find an equalis-
er.Cahill saw a pair of headers saved
by Luigi Sepe and Remy, who replaced
Falcao on the hour, shot wastefully wide
after cutting inside Alonso.
MOSCOW---Russia has again cut its
budget for the 2018 World Cup, in part
by abandoning plans to build a new
A Russian government order pub-
lished yesterday removes 151.4 million
rubles ($2.38 million) from the budget
in the third round of cost-saving this
year. That leaves the budget at 631.3
billion rubles ($9.92 billion).
The latest savings seem to come
mostly from abandoning plans for a
240-meter tall TV tower in the host
city of Samara.
The Russian government is curbing
most areas of public spending as the
economy contracts due to the low oil
In June, Russia cut 29.2 billion rubles
($459 million) from the World Cup
budget, cancelling plans for several
Real Madrid in
scored a late winner to give Bayern
Munich a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid
in the final of the preseason Audi Cup
Douglas Costa sent in a free kick and
Lewandowski steered the ball home
from close range in the 88th minute.
Both teams played without some top
stars---Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo did
not even come to Munich, while team-
mate Gareth Bale sat out the match.
A deflected shot from Thomas
Mueller hit Madrid's post in the first
half and goalkeeper Keylor Navas made
some key saves to deny Bayern a bigger
margin of victory.
Earlier, Tottenham beats AC Milan
2-0 to take third place, courtesy of
goals from Nacer Chadli in the eighth
minute and Tom Carroll in the 71st.
Bayern beats Real
Madrid 1-0 to win
Audi Cup friendly
Chelsea beaten by Fiorentina
Russia trims W Cup budget again
LOS ANGELES---Former Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling has
filed for divorce from his wife of nearly
60 years on Wednesday as he contin-
ues to battle her over ownership of
Sterling, 81, cited irreconcilable dif-
ferences in paperwork submitted to the
Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney
Bobby Samini said. It lists their date
of separation as August 1, 2012.
Attorney Pierce O'Donnell said Shelly
Sterling has no comment and had not
yet seen any divorce petition.
The filing comes two weeks before
the couple's 60th anniversary and about
four months after a judge ordered V
Stiviano---a woman who Shelly Sterling
alleged was her husband's mistress---
to give up a $1.8 million house and lux-
ury cars that Donald Sterling bought
her and to pay Shelly Sterling about
$800,000 that he had showered on the
younger woman in cash. (AP)
Donald Sterling files for
divorce from estranged wife
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