Pulisic stars for Dortmund to keep title hopes alive
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — American midfielder Christian Pulisic helped keep Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title ambitions alive with one goal and an assist in a hard-fought 3-1 win over Stuttgart...
For Borussia Dortmund, it’s the Bundesliga or bust
BERLIN (AP) — For Borussia Dortmund, it's the Bundesliga or bust.
After such a promising start to the season, only the league title remains in reach for Dortmund — although Bayern Munich is...
BERLIN (AP) — Two Bundesliga teams offered contrasting examples on Sunday over the value of switching — or keeping — coaches in a midseason relegation fight.
German court acquits Afghan accused of Taliban membership
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has acquitted an Afghan charged with having belonged to the Taliban in his homeland after he retracted statements made during his asylum proceedings.
Bremen’s European hopes hit by 1-1 draw with Stuttgart
BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Werder Bremen's European hopes were damaged by a 1-1 home draw with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga Friday.
Bremen had been hoping to get closer to Wolfsburg, which...
Germany: Weapons firm ex-workers convicted over Mexico sales
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted two former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch over their role in the delivery of weapons that ended up in troubled areas of Mexico, and...
Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga’s oldest goal-scorer
BERLIN (AP) — Claudio Pizarro scored in the sixth minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Werder Bremen at Hertha Berlin and become the oldest ever goal-scorer in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Pizarro, aged 40 years and 136 days, broke the previous record held by Bremen midfielder Miroslav "Mirko" Votava (40 years, 121 days) from 1996, when he fired his free kick through a host of Hertha legs and past the helpless Rune Jarstein in goal.
Bremen routs Augsburg 4-0 in Bundesliga to keep party going
BERLIN (AP) — Werder Bremen continued its birthday celebrations with a 4-0 rout of Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Bremen, which marked its 120th anniversary as a club on Monday, followed up its dramatic penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup on Tuesday with its biggest league win of the season.
Milot Rashica scored two goals, getting Bremen off the mark in the fifth minute and claiming his second a minute after Johannes Eggestein made it 2-0 in the 27th.
Hundreds protest in Germany against ban on older diesel cars
BERLIN (AP) — German police say around 800 people have demonstrated in the southwestern city of Stuttgart against a new ban on driving older diesel cars.
Stuttgart, a German auto industry center, on Jan. 1 became the first major German city to introduce a large-scale ban on driving older diesel cars with looser emissions standards. The move aims to fight air pollution but critics say they don't have money to buy new cars.
Alphonso Davies, Tyler Adams make their Bundesliga debuts
MUNICH (AP) — Debut day in the Bundesliga had a happy ending for United States midfielder Tyler Adams and Alphonso Davies, a rising Canadian star born in a refugee camp.
The 19-year-old Adams started for Leipzig in a 4-0 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf in the German league on Sunday, while Davies, 18, came on in the 86th minute in Bayern Munich's 4-1 win over Stuttgart.
Lewandowski scores as Bayern keeps pace with Dortmund
MUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski made up for missing a penalty by scoring in a 4-1 win for Bayern Munich over Stuttgart on Sunday, ensuring his side kept pace with his former team Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski rounded Ron-Robert Zieler to score his 12th goal of the season in the 84th minute, keeping second-placed Bayern six points behind Dortmund after the 19th round. Dortmund routed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday.
World, Olympic champ Biles to compete in Germany in March
World and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles will make her 2019 debut at a World Cup meet in Germany in March.
Biles hasn't competed since the 2018 world championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won five medals, including four golds. That pushed her overall world championship medal total to 20, tied for the most ever by a female gymnast. The 21-year-old headlines the field for the meet in Stuttgart on March 16-17.
Bayern signs France defender Benjamin Pavard for next season
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has signed France defender Benjamin Pavard from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart for next season.
The Bavarian team says the 22-year-old Pavard, who played six games at right back to help France win the World Cup, will join on July 1.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says Pavard has singed "a five-year contract. He's a young player and a world champion. We're very glad and proud to have gained such a player for FC Bayern."
Germany: airport security returning to normal after scare
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say an investigation of suspected attempts to scope out operations at airports in Germany and France has not turned up any indications that an attack was being planned.
Police stepped up security at airports in southwestern Germany this week after two men were spotted apparently observing security checks in Stuttgart and authorities received a tip about online talk of attack plans. A similar sighting was reported at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.
German police step up security at airports in southwest
BERLIN (AP) — Police stepped up security at airports in southwestern Germany on Thursday, amid concerns that extremists may have tried to scope out operations at Stuttgart airport.
German news agency dpa and public broadcaster SWR reported that security officials are investigating four people, including at least one with possible ties to the Islamist scene.
German court overturns Rwandan’s war crimes conviction
BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Rwandan man sentenced to 13 years in prison as an accessory to war crimes in eastern Congo.
Stuttgart captain’s father dies in stadium after game
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner's father died suddenly after the side's 2-1 Bundesliga win at home over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
The club says it is mourning Herbert Gentner and its thoughts are "fully with the Gentner family in these difficult hours."
Christian Gentner initially gave interviews on the pitch after the game. He then rushed from the changing room to where a doctor attempted to save his father.
Volland lifts Leverkusen to win over struggling Stuttgart
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Kevin Volland recovered from a bad miss to score both of Bayer Leverkusen's goals in a 2-0 win over the Bundesliga's bottom-placed club Stuttgart on Friday.
In a meeting between teams who have performed well below expectations, Leverkusen missed good chances, particularly when Volland failed to hit the unguarded net on a counterattack in the 60th minute.
Stuttgart slump continues in 3rd loss from 3 under new coach
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart's hopes of a revival under new coach Markus Weinzierl took another blow in a 3-0 loss at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic scored in the first half - both set up by 18-year-old striker Luka Jovic - before Nicolai Mueller completed the scoring late for the visitors.
Germany: Syrian goes on trial for alleged IS membership
BERLIN (AP) — A 26-year-old Syrian man has gone on trial in southern Germany for allegedly having been a member of the Islamic State group.
The man, identified only as Faisal A. H. due to German privacy rules, appeared before the Stuttgart regional court on Thursday. He is charged with "membership in a foreign terrorist organization."
German prosecutors say he joined a paramilitary group fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2013 and later switched to IS.
Court rules for investors in Volkswagen diesel suit
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that Volkswagen's main stakeholder must pay 47 million euros ($54 million) in damages to investors for not making a timely disclosure of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
The dpa news agency reported that the Stuttgart court announced the verdict Wednesday against Porsche Automobil Holding SE, which holds 52 percent of the voting rights in Volkswagen.
Hamburger SV fires coach after poor results in 2nd division
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired coach Christian Titz on Tuesday after some poor results in Germany's second division.
Hamburg said former Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf would take over with immediate effect and would lead the team's training session on Wednesday.
Stuttgart hires former Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has hired former Schalke and Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl to take over from Tayfun Korkut, who was fired on Sunday.
The club says the 43-year-old Weinzierl agreed a deal through June 2020 and will take charge of his first training session on Wednesday.
Stuttgart fires coach Korkut after lackluster start
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has fired coach Tayfun Korkut and his assistants Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo after the side's poor start in the Bundesliga.
Losing to previously bottom Hannover 3-1 on Saturday left Stuttgart last in the league after seven games.
Former Germany defender Andreas Hinkel was to take over on an interim basis.
Parents leave 5-year-old at German airport after holiday
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a couple left their five-year-old daughter behind at the airport after returning from a holiday.
Reutlingen police said Tuesday that officers spotted the child wandering aimlessly and alone around the terminal at nearby Stuttgart Airport late Monday.
The girl was taken to the airport police station. Shortly afterward, her mother called to ask whether her daughter had been found.
Stuttgart again fails to score in draw with Duesseldorf
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart again failed to score Friday in a 0-0 draw against promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga.
Former Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler was on form for Stuttgart, producing a fine reflex reaction to deny a deflected effort from American midfielder Alfredo Morales late on, having already done well to stop the visitors taking the lead.
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Freiburg rescues 3-3 draw with struggling Stuttgart
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Two goals from Mario Gomez weren't enough for Stuttgart to beat 10-man Freiburg as a 3-3 draw Sunday continued the team's poor start to the Bundesliga season.
Stuttgart was seventh last season but has just one point from its first three games, level with Freiburg, after the two teams contested a hard-fought draw.
Goretzka leads Bayern to 3-0 win at Stuttgart in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Leon Goretzka scored his first goal for Bayern Munich and set up another to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller also scored and set up goals as Bayern delivered a statement of intent with a cohesive and committed performance to end Stuttgart coach Tayfun Korkut's seven-game unbeaten run at home.
German journalist facing terror trial in Turkey returns home
BERLIN (AP) — A German journalist who is on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges returned to Germany on Sunday after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave the country.
Mesale Tolu flew to Stuttgart days after the court decision became public, a ruling that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called "a step toward improving our relations with Turkey."
BUNDESLIGA 2018-19: Guide to the promoted teams
BERLIN (AP) — A look at Fortuna Duesseldorf and Nuremberg, the promoted teams preparing for their return to the Bundesliga this weekend.
Duesseldorf hosts Augsburg and Nuremberg visits Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Duesseldorf is back as second-division champion after beating Nuremberg 3-2 on the final day of last season.
Experienced coach Friedhelm Funkel stabilized the side after arriving in March 2016 and led the club to a sixth promotion in his second season.
Arkansas authorities say 2 arrested for 2016 slaying
STUTTGART, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two men wanted in connection with a more than two-year-old fatal shooting in southeastern Arkansas have been arrested.
State police and Arkansas County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Dittrich say the two men, both from Stuttgart, surrendered Monday at the Arkansas County Sheriff's office.
The two are being held without bail on capital murder warrants, although court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two rice researchers from China for conspiring to steal rice technology from a research center in Arkansas.
The indictments announced Friday are linked to a Chinese delegation's trip in 2013 to the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart. Two others have been convicted or pleaded guilty previously in a related case.
BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.
Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst "dropping in" for a live performance from the International Space Station.
Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk's 1978 song "Spacelab" with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience.
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Germany plan to ban older diesel vehicles from parts of Stuttgart next year, making it the second city in the country to do so.
The government of Baden-Wuerttemberg state said Tuesday that details of the ban, including when it will come into force and which areas it will cover, have yet to be decided.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Borna Coric defeated defending champion Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 to win the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Croat saved three of the four break points he faced and took his second match point to end Federer's 20-match winning streak on grass for his second career title.
Federer had been going for his 99th, one week after taking his 18th grass-court title in Stuttgart.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open on Friday.
Federer was made to work hard by Ebden, who saved five of the eight break points he faced and was leading 5-3 in the second set.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer opened his Gerry Weber Open title defense by seeing off Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday.
The world No. 1 broke the No. 72nd-ranked Bedene at the first attempt and again for 5-4 in the second set to wrap up the win.
Fresh from winning his 18th grass-court title in Stuttgart on Sunday, Federer dropped just four points on his serve and forced seven break opportunities, taking two.
LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, once again swapping spots with Rafael Nadal.
Federer's title at the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, last week pushed him up from No. 2 on Monday.
Nadal dropped down from No. 1 after sitting out last week following his 11th French Open championship earlier in the month.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3) to mark his return from three months off with the Stuttgart Open title on Sunday.
The Swiss great, who is assured of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, broke at 1-1 in the opening set and held his nerve in the second, where Raonic double-faulted.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to book his place in the Stuttgart Open final and reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Saturday.
The Swiss great will play Milos Raonic as he bids for his 18th grass-court title.
Raonic earlier hit 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced as he defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.
Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who had 23 aces.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the Stuttgart Open semifinals.
Federer was too good for his opponent even though the 75th-ranked Argentine produced one of his best matches on grass.
With the Swiss great serving for the match, Pella forced two break points for some late drama. But Federer answered with four points in a row to set up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Tomas Berdych beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (3), 6-4 to end his five-match losing streak and reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open on Thursday.
The third-seeded Czech dropped just six first-serve points and saved the only break he faced.
Berdych next faces Milos Raonic, who beat Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-4. The seventh-seeded Canadian is going for his first title on grass.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer rallied to beat home favorite Mischa Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday in his first match in nearly three months.
The Swiss great converted four of his 10 break points to end a two-match losing streak and start his grass-court season with a win.
Federer hadn't played since March, when he lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Juan Martin del Potro in Miami and Indian Wells, respectively.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Denis Istomin upset two-time finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday.
Kohlschreiber failed to create any break points and was forced to fend off six from the 100th-ranked Istomin. The Uzbek won in 1 hour, 41 minutes and next faces another German, Florian Mayer.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Guido Pella of Argentina defeated John Millman of Australia 6-2, 6-2 to join three Germans in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Monday.
Florian Mayer, Rudolf Molleker and Mischa Zverev also won their first-round matches at the grass-court tournament.
Zverev next faces Roger Federer, who will play for the first time since March.
Arkansas governor commences new solar facility
STUTTGART, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is ushering in a $100 million solar-power generation facility in eastern Arkansas.
Hutchinson joined local leaders, Entergy Arkansas CEO Rick Riley and NextEra Energy Resources CEO Armando Pimentel on Tuesday for the commissioning ceremony of the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center, Arkansas Business reported .
SYDNEY (AP) — The A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers have named former German international Markus Babbel as their new coach, replacing the sacked Josep Gombau.
The ex-Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender arrives in Australia after successful stints with German sides Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart. Babbel, capped 51 times for Germany, is on a three-year contract with the Wanderers.
MUNICH (AP) — Germany captain Manuel Neuer will not play in Bayern Munich's final Bundesliga game, putting his World Cup participation in doubt after the goalkeeper missed most of the season with a hairline fracture in his left foot.
Neuer, who hasn't played since September after being injured in training, is running out of time to prove his fitness for this summer's tournament in Russia.