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lead slip at
BERLIN (AP) --- Bayern Mu-
nich let a two-goal lead slip at
home in the Bundesliga as it
was held by struggling Wolfs-
burg to 2 2 yesterday.
First-half goals from Rob-
ert Lewandowski and Arjen
Robben counted for little as
Bayern dropped points for
the second time in six games
following a lackluster perfor-
New Wolfsburg coach
Martin Schmidt celebrated
as if his side won. Schmidt,
who replaced the sacked An-
dries Jonker on Monday, has
claimed two points from his
two games in charge, but his
side showed marked improve-
ment from his predecessor's.
"He tried to bring life back
into us as a team, and you saw
that," goal-scorer Daniel Didavi
Schmidt handed a Bundesliga
debut to 18-year-old defender
Gian-Luca Itter, who had the
formidable task of stopping
Wolfsburg worked hard, win-
ning challenges, closing down
space, and Bayern made a slug-
The breakthrough came
after half an hour when
referee Christian Dingert
pointed to the penalty spot
when Lewandowski went
down under light contact
from Marcel Tisserand.
Lewandowski duly sent
Koen Casteels the wrong way
Robben made it 2 0 before
the break with the aid of a
deflection from Ra inha.
Maximilian Arnold pulled
one back 10 minutes into the
second half with a free kick that
reserve 'keeper Sven Ulreich
flapped at with one hand in-
stead of catching.
"Ulle was more annoyed than
anyone. But such a mistake
won't knock him back," Bayern
defender Mats Hummels said of
the goalkeeper, playing in place
of the injured Manuel Neuer.
"Unfortunately we let Wolfs-
burg back in the game.
At 2 1 we wanted and had
chances. But we weren't co-
Robben ired wide when
he had only the goalkeeper
to beat, and Bayern was to
rue the miss when Paul Ver-
haegh crossed for Didavi to
score with a glancing header
in off the far post with seven
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) --- Re-
sponding to France's sports minister
raising security risks at the 2018 Olym-
pics in South Korea, the IOC has tried to
calm concern about the Pyeongchang
Games in February.
The International Olympic Committee
said yesterday it has been in close con-
tact with the United Nations and "the
heads of government concerned."
In Tianjin last month, IOC President
Thomas Bach met with China President
Xi Jinping, and at the UN in New York
this week with South Korea President
"In none of the discussions, has an-
ybody expressed any doubt about the
Olympic Winter Games 2018," the IOC
said in a statement.
doubtful for Ashes
LONDON (AP) --- England paceman Toby
Roland-Jones could be a doubt for the
Ashes series in Australia after sustaining
a stress fracture in his lower back.
English county side Middlesex says on Friday that Ro-
land-Jones would "take no further part in the domestic
season," although there is only one game remaining.
It did not give an expected return date for the
England announces its Ashes squad on Wednes-
day. The tour starts on Nov. 4.
Handed his Test debut against South
Africa at The Oval in July, Roland-Jones
has taken 17 wickets in his irst four
Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi
lead FIFA awards
LONDON (AP) --- Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel
Messi and Neymar are the contenders for FI-
FA's top player award for the third straight
The nominations were announced in
London on Friday, with Ronaldo favored to
join Messi as a ive-time winner. The prizes
will be handed out at the London Palladium
theater on Oct. 23.
While Ronaldo won the Spanish league and
Champions League at Real Madrid, Messi and
Neymar collected only the Copa del Rey title
Off the ield, the three players have
all been embroiled in tax cases in Spain
over the last year.
Carli Lloyd is in contention to sweep a
hat trick of women's player awards.
The American mid ielder is being
challenged by Lieke Martens, whose
goals powered the Netherlands to the
European Championship, and 18-year-
old Deyna Castellanos, who won the
South American Under-17 Champion-
In the coach of the year categories,
most are being recognised for their
achievements at club level.
The nominees for the men's prize are
Massimiliano Allegri ( Juventus), Anto-
nio Conte (Chelsea) and Zinedine Zi-
dane (Real Madrid).
The women's coaching contenders
are Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gerard
Precheur (Lyon) and Sarina Wiegman
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