Sports World: Frankfurt coach delivers Cup before leaving

Frankfurt coach delivers Cup before leaving

BERLIN • Ante Rebic struck twice, as Eintracht Frankfurt upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday to win the German Cup for the fifth time and deny their opponents the domestic double to mark the retirement of coach Jupp Heynckes.

Croat Rebic scored either side of a Robert Lewandowski equaliser and Mijat Gacinovic added a third in stoppage time to make amends for last season's final loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, who will take charge of Bayern next season, was lost in the arms of his players as he celebrated Frankfurt's first Cup win in 30 years.


Japanese shuttlers enjoy fine opening day

BANGKOK • Japan's women dominated Australia 5-0 to get the nation's quest for a Thomas and Uber Cup badminton double off to a flying start in Bangkok yesterday.

Women's singles world champion Nozomi Okuhara crushed Louisa Ma 21-6, 21-6 in the second singles to secure the winning point in their opening Group A encounter.

The Japanese men beat Hong Kong 4-1 in their Group C opener.


Pellegrini poised for EPL return with West Ham

BEIJING • Manuel Pellegrini, favourite to succeed David Moyes at West Ham, appeared closer to a return to the Premier League on Saturday after his Chinese club released him.

The Chilean manager, who led Manchester City to the title in 2014, has been heavily linked with the Hammers job. He joined Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune in 2016 after he was replaced at City by Pep Guardiola.


Celtics icon discharged after dehydration scare

WASHINGTON • National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Bill Russell, the former Boston Celtics centre who won a record 11 league titles, said on Saturday that he is out of hospital after being treated for dehydration.

The 84-year-old icon, known for his civil rights activism during and after his playing career from 1956 to 1969, was taken by ambulance from his Seattle home to a nearby hospital on Friday night. He dismissed a report he had been admitted for heart trouble and shortness of breath in a Twitter post.


Ledecky earns four golds in first pro outing

LOS ANGELES • Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky capped her first meet as a professional with a dominant victory in the 800m freestyle at the Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis.

The 21-year-old finished the four-day meet strongly after earlier wins in the 1,500m, 400m and 200m free and third place in the 400m individual medley.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe