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MLB provided Bosch • Author: jinshuiqian0713, Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:55 am

Bayern Munichs main title rivals all slipped up last weekend, leaving them more in competition with each other for European qualification places than for the German championship. Bayern continues its march at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, while second-place Bayer Leverkusen hosts Stuttgart on Saturday. Third-place Dortmund gets the 19th round of games underway at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday. LEAGUE OVER?Bayern Munich was 14 minutes from its first loss of the season Wednesday, down 1-0 at Stuttgart with its league-record unbeaten run on the line, before Claudio Pizarro equalized and Thiago Alcantara sealed the sides 16th victory from 18 games. It was the manner of the Spaniards goal that stole the headlines, a spectacular overhead kick to win the game in injury time, but it also stretched Bayerns commanding lead over Bayer Leverkusen to 13 points, with Borussia Dortmund another four behind after 18 games. Bayern hasnt lost in the league in 43 games. At the same stage last season, Bayern led Bayer Leverkusen by nine points and Borussia Dortmund by 12. Jupp Heynckes side went on to clinch the quickest ever Bundesliga title. His successor, Pep Guardiola, is already well ahead of his pace. DORTMUND DEPRESSIONJakub Blaszczykowskis season-ending injury - the Poland captain tore his cruciate ligament in last weekends 2-2 draw at home with Augsburg - is just the latest serious injury blow to Borussia Dortmunds faltering Bundesliga season. Dortmund has already had to contend with long-term injuries to defenders Lukasz Piszczek, Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels and Marcell Schmelzer, as well as influential midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, while dealing with the distraction of Polish striker Robert Lewandowskis end-of-season transfer to Bayern. German media reports suggest that Serbian attacking midfielder Milos Jojic is on the verge of signing from Partizan Belgrade, while Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg says Hertha Berlins Colombian striker Adrian Ramos is likely to be Lewandowskis replacement in the summer. HUNTELAAR RETURNSAfter a troublesome season so far, Schalkes mood visibly improved last Sunday with the return of Klaas Jan Huntelaar after five months out injured. The Dutch striker opened the scoring and his mere presence seemed to bring the best out of his teammates as they triumphed 3-0 at Hamburger SV. Adding to the new-found sense of optimism, all the sides above dropped points - with the exception of Bayern - allowing Schalke to climb to fifth, two points off Borussia Moenchengladbach in the last Champions League qualification place. Schalke hosts big-spending Wolfsburg, which is just a point behind and also aiming for fourth place, on Saturday. Huntelaar, who has 50 goals in 85 games for Schalke, is back just when hes needed most. "His presence alone does us the world of good," Schalke coach Jens Keller said. HAMBURG CRISISHamburger SV, the only Bundesliga side to have played every season, finds itself firmly in a battle against its first relegation after four defeats in succession. "Were going down if we keep going like this," Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaart said after the latest defeat to Schalke left the side in the relegation play-off place. Hamburg fired Thorsten Fink as coach in September but has seen little to no improvement under replacement coach Bert van Marwijk. The Dutchmans job has been complicated by a host of injuries hitting a small squad. Standout striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga (nine goals) has been ruled out for two weeks, while defender Lam Zhi Gin is also ruled out against Hoffenheim. Defender Marcell Jansen is doubtful but goalkeeper Rene Adler could return. Last Sundays defeat to Schalke was the sixth loss in nine home games this season for Hamburg, which has conceded 41 goals. Only Hoffenheims record of 42 goals conceded is worse. A goalless draw is not expected on Sunday. LEVERKUSEN RUFFLING FEATHERSIn an effort to get more fans at games, Bayer Leverkusen has taken out advertising on public transport services in the area, but this has riled football fans in nearby Wuppertal. Since Monday, the Wuppertal suspension railway has been carrying the slogan: "Top class football: only 30 kilometres further." Wuppertaler SV chairman Achim Weber, whose side was relegated to the fifth tier because of insolvency, was not amused. "This Bayer-train goes right by our stadium all the time. Bayer are fishing in foreign waters," Weber told the Cologne-based Express newspaper. "We need every supporter. You dont do something like that." Leverkusen hosts Stuttgart on Saturday, when all fans, including Wuppertals, are welcome. Air Jordan 1 Scontate Outlet . 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Sports, the team has reached a five-year deal to play their home games on the roof of the Plaza Hotel and Casino.MIAMI - A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coachs upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges, including details of an immunity deal given to the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez.Frank Quintero Jr. wants a federal judge to order MLB and the Miami U.S. attorneys office to turn over the records for the defence of the ex-coach, Lazaro Laser Collazo, in the case centred on the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic. Quintero claims in a motion filed Thursday that his previous requests for the documents have been refused.The documents, Quintero said in court papers, go directly to the heart of the charges against Mr. Collazo and could show how much MLB has influenced his prosecution — allegedly by paying witnesses, buying stolen documents and influencing witness testimony.The full extent of MLBs involvement in the present investigation and the prosecution of Mr. Collazo is yet unknown, Quintero said.MLB said in a statement Friday: We have no comment beyond that there is absolutely no truth to these claims.A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez served a season-long suspension this year for violating MLBs drug agreement and labour contract. He has admitted to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration he used steroids provided by Biogenesis and its former owwner, Anthony Bosch, according to court documents.ddddddddddddRodriguez is expected to testify against Collazo and others if the trial goes forward as scheduled Feb. 9. Quintero said details about A-Rods immunity deal with prosecutors are important to the defence.Eight other current or former players, including Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera also have been given immunity.Bosch, who pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, was given a number of benefits by MLB in exchange for his co-operation. Court documents show these include paying his attorneys fees, protecting him from any player lawsuits and paying for bodyguards at up to $2,400 a day.In his motion, Quintero said evidence has surfaced through discovery provided so far that MLB provided Bosch with other benefits, such as more than $30,500 in child support payments and an undefined consulting job.Also facing trial in February with Collazo is Yuri Sucart, a cousin of Rodriguezs, and others accused of supplying testosterone and human growth hormone to MLB players and other athletes, including minors. The defendants have pleaded not guilty.Prosecutors have said Rodriguez has prominent role in the governments proof against Sucart.___AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.___Follow Curt Anderson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Miamicurt ' ' '


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