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Bremen title hopes fade at Karlsruhe; Schalke beat Hamburg

Bundes LigaHamburg  - Werder Bremen's outside hopes of challenging Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title were dented in a 3-3 draw at Karlsruhe Saturday.

Schalke 04 meanwhile earned a 1-0 win at off-form SV Hamburg, but Bayern are virtually assured of the title, as they can move to within a point of the title with a win against visiting VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.

Germany's Fabisch resigns as Benin national coach

Hamburg  - German Reinhard Fabisch has resigned as national team coach of Benin, the German football association (DFB) said on Saturday.

The DFB said that the Benin Ministry of Sport has said in a statement that Fabisch had undergone an operation in March and would not be available to resume his duties before July.

Fabisch, who previously coached Zimbabwe and Kenya, was appointed Benin's coach in December 2007 and was in charge of the side at the African Nations Cup earlier this year, where the team was knocked out in the first round. (dpa)

Luca has to wait for an 11th goal, Pazzini looking for a first

Hamburg  - While Italian striker Luca Toni will not be able to play in Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final first leg match, his compatriot Giampaolo Pazzini is hoping to grab his share of the headlines.

But while Toni, who is suspended for Bayern Munich's game against St Petersburg, had enjoyed a remarkable run of 10 goals in 10 matches in the UEFA Cup, Pazzini, who plays for Fiorentina, is hoping for a first European Cup goal against Glasgow Rangers.

Sharapova, Serena Williams advance in women's rankings

Hamburg - Russia's Maria Sharapova climbed to third while Serena Williams of the United States jumped three places to sixth in the WTA women's tennis rankings released Monday.

Belgium's Justine Henin remains top with 6,105 points, ahead of Serbian Ana Ivanovic, with Sharapova swapping places with compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Williams, who won the Miami Masters earlier this month, moves behind fifth-ranked Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Sister Venus meanwhile slips a place to eighth.

WTA top 10 as of April 21 (previous ranking in brackets):

Federer tops largely unchanged men's tennis rankings

Hamburg  - Roger Federer stays top of the ATP men's tennis rankings released Monday, with little change in the leading 10.

Switzerland's Federer, who has been number one since the beginning of February 2004, leads Rafael Nadal of Spain by 970 points, with Novak Djokovic of Serbia remaining third.

The only change in the top 10 saw Richard Gasquet of France move up a place to ninth, with Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic slipping back one place to 10th.

ATP top 10 as of April 21 (previous ranking in brackets):

Ferrari have slight edge for Spanish GP, says Schumacher

Hamburg  -  Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher tips Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa as favourites to win next week's Spanish Grand Prix.

Bayern leave Bundesliga rivals to fight over the scraps

Bayern MunichHamburg - Bayern Munich have all but clinched the German league title with their 5-0 hammering of Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, but will be anxious not to give any of their trailing rivals a glimmer of hope when they visit Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Svetlana Kuznetsova up to third in women's tennis rankings

Tennis Player Svetlana KuznetsovaHamburg - Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova moved back up one place to third in the women's tennis rankings released Monday by the governing body WTA.

Belgium's Justine Henin remains top with 6,105 points from Serbian Ana Ivanovic with Russia's Maria Sharapova up one place to fourth.

WTA top 10 as of April 14 (previous ranking in brackets):

Roger Federer continues to head men's tennis rankings

Roger FedererHamburg - Roger Federer continues to lead the ATP rankings released Monday.

Switzerland's Federer, who has been number one since the beginning of February 2004, leads Rafael Nadal of Spain by
670 points.

Novak Djokovic sits third and Nikolay Davydenko fourth of an unchanged top 10.

ATP top 10 as of April 14 (previous ranking in brackets):

First ever full house in Getafe, for showdown against Bayern

UEFA Cup 2008Hamburg- For the first time in its ten years of existence, Getafe's Coliseo Alfonso Perez will be packed to 17,000 capacity on Thursday, for the UEFA Cup quarter-final showdown against Bayern Munich.

The modest concrete bowl - named after the 1990s Spain striker who started at Getafe before moving on to Real Madrid and Barcelona -in the capital's unfashionable sothern suburbs will be bursting at the seams for the visit of the Bundesliga leaders.



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