Victories for Russia and Czech Republic in World Cup qualifiers

Hamburg - Two own goals helped Russia to a 3-0 victory over Finland in a World Cup qualifier Wednesday while the Czech Republic got its first win of the campaign against Slovenia.

Petri Pasanen and Veli Lampi were the unfortunate players to put into their own net for Finland while Andrei Arshavin scored the third for Guus Hiddink's Russia side late on.

Russia now sit second in Group 4, one point behind Germany who play Wales later Wednesday.

Hamburg renew contract of goalkeeper Rost

Hamburg - Bundesliga leaders SV Hamburg on Friday renewed the contract of goalkeeper Frank Rost by one year until 2010.

"Everything is great. I am very satisfied," said the 35-year-old Rost, who came to Hamburg in January 2007 from Schalke 04.

Four-times capped Rost has yet to win a league championship during his career and is hoping to be able to do that with the current Bundesliga leaders Hamburg.

"I would love to win a championship and it would be great for the club too." (dpa)

More doping cases loom through retests of Olympic and Tour samples

More doping cases loom through retests of Olympic and Tour samplesHamburg - Retests of samples gathered at the Beijing Olympics and at the Tour de France could soon expose more doping offenders in sport.

IOC to retest all Beijing Olympics samples for CERA

Hamburg - The International Olympic Committee will have all samples from the Beijing Olympics retested for the latest generation of the blood booster EPO, CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator).

"The IOC intends to retest the samples collected this summer during the Olympic Games in Beijing. Substances that will be tested for across all sports include EPO CERA," IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa on Wednesday. (dpa)

AFLD confirms Stefan Schumacher's positive tests at Tour de France

German rider Stefan SchumacherHamburg - German rider Stefan Schumacher tested positive twice for third-generation EPO at the Tour de France in July, the French anti-doping agency AFLD confirmed on Wednesday.

The AFLD said in a statement that Schumacher tested positive for the newest version of the blood-booster, CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator), on July 3 and July 15.

Late Bochum goals leave Bayern stunned; Hoffenheim go top

Hamburg - Bochum stunned champions Bayern Munich with two late goals to snatch a 3-3 draw while promoted Hoffenheim again went to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hoffenheim secured a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to move to 13 points, level with VfB Stuttgart who downed Werder Bremen 4-1 and SV Hamburg, who visit Energie Cottbus on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin snatched a late 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen.

After a 5-2 home defeat to Bremen and a 1-0 loss at Hanover last weekend, Bayern badly needed a win at home against lowly Bochum.

Wolfsburg and Tottenham go through to the UEFA Cup group phase

Hamburg  - German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg and English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday advanced to the group phase of the UEFA Cup.

Wolfsburg were held to a 1-1 draw at Rapid Bucharest to advance 2- 1 on aggregate, while Tottenham also drew 1-1 at Wisla Krakow and advanced 3-2 on aggregate.

Wolfsburg had the ideal start in Romania taking the lead in the 15th minute through Grafite, giving the home side a tough task of having to score three goals to go through.

Barcelona leave it late as Inter and Chelsea draw

Hamburg - Lionel Messi scored two late goals to help Barcelona beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in the Champions League Wednesday while Inter Milan and Chelsea were both held to draws.

Ilsinho looked like he was going to be the hero for the Ukrainian side when he held off Carles Puyol before slotting the ball past Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes to put Shakhtar in front.

But with time running out, Messi tapped in an equalizer after an error from Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Piyatov before netting the winner in added time.

Big names face big UEFA tests

Hamburg  - Premier League clubs Tottenham and Everton face tough fights to keep their UEFA Cup hopes alive while former European champions Borussia Dortmund are in a perilous position in second leg matches of the first round on Thursday.

Of England's five-team contingent looking for a place in the 40-team group stage, Everton face the most difficult task as they travel to Belgium's Standard Liege level at 2-2 after the first leg at Goodison.

Good night for English clubs in Champions League

Good night for English clubs in Champions LeagueHamburg  - On a good night for English clubs in the Champions League, Manchester United and Arsenal both scored victories in their group games.

Arsenal put a disappointing 2-1 Premier League defeat against Hull behind them in a 4-0 trouncing of former Champions League winners Porto in a Group G game, while holders Manchester United won 3-0 at Aalborg BK.

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