Real win thriller
to go top of La Liga
Rafael van der Vaart scored an injury-time winner as Real Madrid came back to beat Sevilla 3-2 and replace Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday after the champions were held 2-2 in Almeria. Sevilla stunned the home fans by taking a two-goal at the Bernabeu with an own-goal from Xabi Alonso and an Ivica Dragutinovic freekick early in the second half. Real stormed back, netting twice in four minutes through Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos and the winner came when Van der Vaart scrambled the ball home in added time. Barca twice came from behind to draw with Almeria thanks to a double strike from Lionel Messi, the second coming after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been sent off in the 61st minute. Real climbed into first place, level on 62 points with their arch-rivals but with a superior goal difference.
Masked gang storms Berlin poker tournament
Masked gunmen stormed an upmarket hotel in Berlin on Saturday and forced staff working at a poker tournament there to hand over money, police said. There was “a little panic” among guests during the hold-up at the Grand Hyatt in the central Potsdamer Platz square, during which some were slightly injured, a police spokesman said. He declined to confirm media reports said the gang got away with 800,000 euros ($1.1 million).
Woods turns down Paddy Power sponsorship offer
Tiger Woods has turned down a $75 million sponsorship offer from Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker said on Friday, adding it would make an improved offer to the golfer. The 14-times major champion winner was dumped by sports drink brand Gatorade last week, the third major corporate sponsor to abandon the American since details of his adulterous affairs surfaced late last year. The Dublin-based company said its initial offer to Woods, who was estimated to have earned $100 million annually in endorsement deals before taking an indefinite break from golf in December, covered a five-year period.Woods did not set a date for his return to competition when he spoke to media last month for the first time since the scandal over his private life erupted. Paddy Power lost 1.5 million euros ($2.04 million) by paying out to those who had gambled on Woods after just 36 holes of last year’s U.S. PGA Championship, which the world No.1 eventually lost to South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun.
Rome and Venice officially launch 2020 summer bid
The cities of Rome and Venice in Italy officially launched their respective bids for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, with their mayors submitting documentation to the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari voiced concerns that the lagoon city, which is built on thousands of islands, doesn’t have enough space for Olympic-scale sports facilities. He said, “the area that would host the Games is much more extended”, adding that it would stretch beyond the city to encompass mainland areas including those near the Marco Polo international airport and those surrounding the cities of Treviso and Padua. He said, “even if it is still too early, tens and tens of millions of Euros will be needed”, when asked about the cost involved in hosting an Olympic Games.
Real win thriller