Hamburg move off bottom after first win of the season

BERLIN Hamburg SV claimed their first Bundesliga win of the season at the 13th attempt on Sunday as they won 2-0 at fellow strugglers Darmstadt.

The Dinos, the only ever-present team in the Bundesliga's 53-year history, also moved off the bottom of the table thanks to goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Matthias Ostrzolek.

Hamburg, who now have seven points, moved one point above Ingolstadt and one point behind Darmstadt, who are 16th and in the relegation playoff spot.

Wales flanker Lydiate out for season with knee injury

LONDON Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will undergo surgery on a knee injury he suffered in their final autumn test against South Africa and will miss the rest of the season, his Ospreys club announced on Sunday.

The 28-year-old British and Irish Lions forward was taken off on a stretcher with anterior cruciate ligament damage during Wales' 27-13 defeat last week, an injury that was quickly ruled serious enough to keep him out of the Six Nations Championship that starts in February.

Roma pounce on Lazio errors to win hot-tempered derby

MILAN AS Roma pounced on two dreadful Lazio mistakes to claim a 2-0 win in a hot-tempered derby which was boycotted by their own supporters on Sunday.

Lazio defender Wallace gifted Roma the lead in the 64th minute when he tried to dribble his way out of defence but was easily dispossessed by Kevin Strootman who chipped his shot over helpless Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Liverpool beaten at Bournemouth after twice losing two-goal lead

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Bournemouth's Nathan Ake grabbed a stoppage-time winner in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Liverpool, who twice surrendered a two-goal lead on Sunday.

Senegal international Sadio Mane and Belgian striker Divock Origi, starting a league game for the first time this season, established a 2-0 lead for the visitors midway through the first half.

Callum Wilson halved the deficit from a penalty 11 minutes into the second half, but within seven minutes, Emre Can's fine effort from the edge of the penalty area restored the two-goal cushion.

England's Southgate questions need for winter break

England manager Gareth Southgate has questioned whether the introduction of a winter break in the Premier League would improve the country's fortunes in major tournaments.

Southgate, who was handed a four-year contract last week having impressed the FA during four matches as interim manager, said any negative effects of England's fixture-packed winter schedule were an "assumption".

Hamilton off the hook as Mercedes start driver search

By Alan Baldwin
| LONDON

LONDON Mercedes will not punish triple world champion Lewis Hamilton for defying orders at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, the team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has said.

In the wake of team mate Nico Rosberg's dramatic retirement five days after winning the title, the Austrian recognised the situation had changed.

"There is no need to say anything to Lewis," he told the Mail on Sunday. "We have no problem about how he raced in Abu Dhabi. We have drawn a line under it."

Jones changing England through evolution, not revolution

By Mitch Phillips
| LONDON

LONDON The most remarkable aspect of the turnaround in England's fortunes over the last 12 months is that on the surface so little seems to have changed.

Eddie Jones inherited a squad shorn of confidence after being dumped out of their own World Cup in the group stage but the Australian did not make drastic personnel changes and the bulk of the team that Stuart Lancaster built remains in place.

Role is to restore United DNA and build future, says Mourinho

Manager Jose Mourinho said his job was to restore Manchester United's DNA and build the future for the club, which has struggled after the trophy-laden 26-year spell under former boss Alex Ferguson.

Despite several promising performances under Mourinho, United are currently seventh in the Premier League table. A lack of killer instinct in front of goal has seen them win only two of their last 10 league matches.

Smith shines for Australia with record SCG innings

By Nick Mulvenney
| SYDNEY

SYDNEY Australia captain Steve Smith blasted a career best 164, the highest one-day international innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to lead the hosts to an imposing 324 for eight against New Zealand on Sunday.

Having lost their last five matches on tour in South Africa, Australia were hoping for an emphatic victory to bring an end to a week where a row between batsman Glenn Maxwell and wicketkeeper Matt Wade dominated the headlines.

'Weirdo' Wallaby Pocock heading back to Africa for year off

SYDNEY Australia coach Michael Cheika will be looking for improvement from the Wallabies next year after losing nine of 15 tests in 2016 but they will have to find it without David Pocock as the standout loose forward embarks on a sabbatical.

The year off was agreed by an Australian Rugby Union desperate to keep the world's best poacher out of the clutches of wealthy European clubs, and the three-year deal that included it means he will be back in Wallaby gold for the 2019 World Cup.

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