Podolski calls it a day for Germany
BERLIN • German striker Lukas Podolski announced his retirement from international duty yesterday, after appearing 129 times for the world champions and scoring 48 goals.
The Galatasaray forward is the second German veteran to announce his retirement in the last two weeks, after Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also did the same.
"I told the manager (Joachim Low) that from now on I won't be playing for the national side any more," the 31-year Podolski wrote on his Facebook page.
Suarez, Munir give Barca the edge
MADRID • Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi shot down Sevilla to give Barcelona a comfortable 2-0 victory in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.
The Uruguayan opened the scoring early in the second half, before El Haddadi sealed the win when he ran on to a Lionel Messi through-ball. The second leg will be played at the Nou Camp tomorrow.
Fruitful start for Ancelotti at Bayern
DORTMUND • Carlo Ancelotti claimed his first title as Bayern Munich coach on Sunday, as a 2-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund gave last season's double winners the German Super Cup.
Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller scored the goals to give the Italian his 18th title of his coaching career.
Sharapova hopes for earlier return to Tour
MOSCOW • Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova - banned in June for two years for doping offences - may be allowed to return in January, according to Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev.
"Everything (relating to Sharapova's appeal) will be decided in September. It is impossible to say for certain but I think she will start playing again by January," he said.
Moore wins golf title with 22-under score
LOS ANGELES • American golfer Ryan Moore harvested his fifth PGA Tour victory, with a bogey-free final round at the John Deere Classic on Sunday.
The 33-year-old, who started the day with a one-shot edge, closed the deal with a four-under 67 at the soggy TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. He finished on 22-under 262, two strokes ahead of countryman Ben Martin (68).