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Atletico signs Mexico's Jimenez
MADRID---Atletico Madrid says it has signed Mex-
ico forward Raul Jimenez, completing the overhaul of
the Spanish champion's attack.
Atletico says Jimenez will sign a contract after
passing a standard medical exam. It did not disclose
the length of the contract.
Atletico reportedly paid Mexican club America
around 11 million euros (US$14.7 million) for Jimenez.
The 23-year-old Jimenez will join fellow newcom-
ers Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich and
France forward Antoine Griezmann to comprise
Atletico's completely revamped attack after the de-
parture of Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrian Lopez
Jimenez helped Mexico win the Olympic gold
medal in 2012.
Atletico plays Real Madrid in the Spanish Super
Cup on August 19 and 22 before opening its league
title defense on August 25. (AP)
United new player Shaw
out for four weeks
MANCHESTER---Luke Shaw, one of Manchester
United's two major signings this offseason, has been
ruled out for about four weeks with a hamstring in-
United announced the injury to the England left
back yesterday, three days before the club begins its
Premier League campaign against Swansea.
Shaw, who became the world's most expensive
teenage player when he joined United for a reported
£27 million (US$46 million) from Southampton in
June, has struggled in preseason with fitness prob-
With United having sold long-time left back Patrice
Evra to Juventus, new manager Louis van Gaal is ex-
pected to start the season with youngster Reece
James filling the left-sided berth in the Dutchman's
3-5-2 formation. (AP)
AC Milan gets goalkeeper
Lopez from Madrid
MADRID---AC Milan has signed goalkeeper Diego
Lopez from European champion Real Madrid.
The deal had been expected with Lopez already in
Milan for the past two days.
Madrid did not disclose the details of the transfer.
The 32-year-old Lopez played for Madrid for the
past season-and-a-half after having previous played
for fellow Spanish clubs Sevilla and Villarreal.
His departure clears the way for team captain Iker
Casillas and new signing Keylor Navas to share time
in Madrid's goal.
Lopez will now be under the orders of new coach
Filippo Inzaghi as Milan seeks to improve on its dis-
appointing eighth-place finish in the Italian league
last season. (AP)
New five-year deal for Kompany
with Manchester City
MANCHESTER---Manchester City captain Vincent
Kompany has become the second key player this
week to sign a new five-year contract with the club,
tying the Belgium defender to the English champions
Kompany joins David Silva in committing his long-
term future to City, three days before the start of its
defence of the Premier League title.
The 28-year-old Kompany said yesterday that "this
team is stronger now than it's ever been; we have
competition for places in every position and a dress-
ing room full of exceptional, motivated people who
want to continue making history together."
Kompany joined City from German side Hamburg
in 2008 and has been one of the Premier League's
best defenders during his time at Etihad Stadium.
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FRANKFURT---Borussia Dortmund beat
Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Super
Cup yesterday to win the first domestic
title of the season.
Dortmund shut down former teammate
Robert Lewandowski, while on the other
side Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the 23rd
minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
sealed the victory in the 62nd.
"We defended sensationally and allowed
very little," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp
said. "We stayed with it for 90 minutes,
but we are still a long way from being where
we want to be."
Both teams played without many of their
World Cup stars, who have only recently
returned to duty.
Dortmund also beat Bayern 4-2 in last
season s Super Cup, but Bayern went on to
sweep the domestic double ahead of Dort-
mund. The Bundesliga season kicks off on
Lewandowski, the Bundesliga s top scorer
last season with Dortmund, stayed scoreless
in his official debut for Bayern. He had one
shot on goal that was well saved by Mitch
Langerak. Lewandowski moved to Bayern
on a free transfer in the offseason and was
greeted with boos from the mostly partisan
crowd of 80,667 at Dortmund s stadium.
"It was our first game and our attack was
not good. Dortmund played better,"
Bayern s defensive midfielder Javi Mar-
tinez, who played as one of three defenders,
left the match on a stretcher after 31 minutes
with a left-knee injury. Winger Franck Ribery
also sat out the match with a reported knee
injury, after announcing earlier that he was
quitting the France national team. Nether-
lands winger Arjen Robben also missed the
match for Bayern.
Dortmund went ahead after a one-two
between Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang and
some clumsy defending by David Alaba.
Mkhitaryan drove into the roof of the net
from inside the penalty box.
Aubameyang headed in the winner from
a cross by Lukasz Piszczek---then put on a
Spiderman face mask before being substi-
Manuel Neuer, one of Germany s three
World Cup winners to start for Bayern,
turned away shots from Sebastian Kehl and
Jonas Hofmann late in the first half to pre-
vent his team from falling behind by an
even bigger margin. Neuer also had to race
back to clear from the line when a back
pass from Martinez nearly took him by sur-
prise earlier in the match. (AP)
Dortmund beats Bayern 2-0
to win German Super Cup
FRANKFURT---Bayern Munich star Franck
Ribery is retiring from the France national
team, saying he wanted to spend more
time with his family and make place for
Ribery told Germany s Kicker magazine
that "the moment has come" to quit, adding
that the move comes "purely" for personal
reasons. The decision means he will miss
the 2016 European Championship hosted
Kicker released the interview during yes-
terday s German Super Cup match between
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Ribery was not in the lineup, with Kicker
saying he is struggling with a knee problem
after a back injury ruled him out of the
World Cup in Brazil.
"I am stopping. I ve realised that this
moment has come," the 31-year-old winger
"I d like to dedicate myself more to my
family, to concentrate fully on the job in
Bayern Munich and to make place in the
national team for many great young play-
Ribery played 81 games for France, scoring
16 goals, and was part of the team that lost
the 2006 World Cup final to Italy. But he
had an uneasy relationship with France offi-
cials and supporters.
He was a central figure in the team s
player strike at the 2010 World Cup in South
Africa and his reputation took a further hit
when he and fellow France player Karim
Benzema went on trial for allegedly having
sex with an under-age prostitute. They were
both acquitted in January in a case that
lasted three years. (AP)
LAUSANNE---Luis Suarez will get the ver-
dict today in his appeal against a four-
month ban for biting an opponent at the
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it
will announce the urgent ruling at 3 pm
Swiss time. The detailed reasons for the deci-
sion will be published at a later date.
The Barcelona and Uruguay forward gave
evidence at the court last Friday to reduce
his ban of four months from all football
activity, and nine Uruguay matches in official
competitions. Suarez has been barred from
training with Barcelona which begins the
Spanish league season next week. (AP)
BUENOS AIRES---Gerardo Martino has
been hired as coach of Argentina, less than
three months after leaving Spanish club
The Argentine Football Association said
the 51-year-old Martino will replace Ale-
jandro Sabella, who stepped down after
Argentina s loss to Germany in last month s
World Cup final.
Martino will be officially introduced today.
It will be Martino s second coaching role
with a national team, having been in charge
of Paraguay from 2006-11.
Martino was hired until the end of qual-
ifying for the 2018 World Cup, but the con-
tract will be automatically extended if the
team makes it to the tournament in Rus-
sia.Martino left Barcelona in May with one
year left on his contract after the club failed
to win a major trophy for the first time in
Known for offensive squads, Martino had
been favoured for the job by football asso-
ciation president Julio Grondona, who passed
away on July 30.
His first official task will be to pick the
squad for a September 3 friendly against
Germany in Duesseldorf, a match that was
scheduled before the nations made it to the
World Cup final in Brazil.
The squad announcement is expected
next week. (AP)
Ribery says he is quitting France team
Dortmund players celebrate their 2-0 win in the German football Super Cup match
between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday.
Argentina hires Gerardo Martino as coach
Luis Suarez to get biting ban verdict today
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