Terminally ill hockey goalie back in squad

Ice HockeyCologne, Germany - Robert Mueller was on Wednesday picked as reserve goalkeeper for German first division ice hockey team Koelner Haie, after revealing earlier in the week that he is terminally ill.

Mueller is suffering from a fast-growing brain tumor which doctors failed twice, in November 2006 and August 2008, to fully remove.

He went public via his doctor this week with the announcement, with the doctor saying that 70 per cent of the patients die within one year after the diagnosis and only three per cent live another five years.

Loew calls German players oversensitive

Joachim LoewHamburg - Germany coach Jochim Loew has criticised the attitude of some players and said the recent disputes with captain Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings were harmful for the team's image.

Loew told Wednesday's edition of the Sport-Bild weekly that professional players should accept being benched and not express their dissatisfaction in public.

"There is a growing tendency that players express their dissatisfaction as soon as they are benched. We would do good to talk about the quality of football instead of players' sensitivities," Loew said.

FIFA and streetfootballworld present project for 2010 World Cup

FIFABerlin - Football's ruling body FIFA and streetfootballworld presented a joint project "20 Centres for 2010" Wednesday in Berlin, which will involve the building of 20 football centres in Africa.

The project will take place around the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with each centre having a football pitch and rooms for education and dissemination of health information.

Employers, engineering workers strike pay deal in Germany

IG MettallFrankfurt - Germany's powerful IG Metall trade union reached a pay deal with employers on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging nationwide strike in the engineering and electrical sectors.

Some 3.6 million workers will receive a two-stage increase totalling 4.2 per cent under the terms of the agreement reached after marathon talks lasting 23 hours.

The union staged a week of industrial action to lend force to its original demand of 8 per cent. It also threatened an all-out strike if employers did not budge from their original offer of 2.1 per cent.

Germany academy offers platform for Saviano

Germany MapBerlin - The Berlin Academy for the Arts plans to offer a speaking engagement to Roberto Saviano, the Italian author who is in hiding for fear of retribution by organized crime, an official said Wednesday.

Klaus Staeck, the academy president, said he had offered a year ago to engage Saviano to speak at a seminar on the Mafia, but the author had ruled he could not travel safely. Staeck said he would try again to book him.

Ullrich awarded 340,000 euros after winning legal battle

Jan UllrichDusseldorf - The former boss of the Coast cycling team was on Wednesday ordered by a German court to pay Jan Ullrich 340,000 euros (432,000 dollars) plus interest for failing to honour outstanding wages due to the now retired cyclist.

Guenther Dahms refused to pay Ullrich the money due to him because he was of the opinion the 1997 Tour de France winner was doped during his time with the Coast team.

"It is good that truth won out. It was easy for me today, telling the truth is always easy," said Ullrich after the verdict from a court in Dusseldorf.