Ballack undergoes foot surgery to have neuroma removed

Hamburg - Chelsea and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is sidelined for several weeks after undergoing an operation to have neuroma removed in both feet.

Ecclestone suggests chief umpire, yellow and red cards at F1 races

Hamburg - Formula One should have a chief umpire and a system of yellow and red cards to punish drivers on the spot, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suggested in an interview published on Friday.

Ecclestone told the website of German magazine auto, motor und sport that such measures would end procedures like Lewis Hamilton being dropped from first to third place at the Belgian Grand Prix three hours after the race over a time penalty imposed by race stewards.

Disgruntled Frings toys with retirement

Hamburg - Midfielder Torsten Frings is the latest Germany player toying with retirement, after being benched in the last two matches because coach Joachim Loew now longer guarantees anyone a place in the starting 11.

"I am really thoughtful, retiring is more and more on my mind," Frings told Friday's edition of the Bild daily.

The 31-year-old from Werder Bremen was a key player in Germany's run to third place at the 2006 World Cup and also played at Euro 2008 where Germany lost the final against Spain.

England, Netherlands march on in World Cup qualifiers

Hamburg - England, Spain and the Netherlands all maintained their perfect records in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with away wins, while Russia got their campaign back on track with a victory against Finland.

Steven Gerrard gave Fabio Capello's side an early lead against Belarus in Minsk, and although Pavel Sitko levelled for the home side, a second-half brace from Wayne Rooney sealed a deserved 3-1 win.

Wins for Russia and Netherlands 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 Netherlands maintained their perfect start with a win against Norway.

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.


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