PARIS (AP): Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters for the third straight year and a record fourth time overall, dominating the second-seeded Briton from the outset in a one-sided final. The top-ranked Serb was largely untroubled clinching his 10th title of the season – four ahead of Roger Federer and six more than Murray. It was the 58th title of his career and 26th in Masters events, two more than Federer and one behind leader Rafael Nadal. “I think I was very solid from the very first point, really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play,” the 28-year-old Djokovic said. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak.” Djokovic also extended his winning streak to 22 matches and will be the favourite to win the season-ending ATP finals for the fourth straight time when that tournament starts in London on November 15. “There is no reason for me to decrease the pace of the training and preparations,” the 10-time Grand Slam champion said. “Hopefully, I can finish off the season with another great win.” Despite dropping only one set on the way to the final, Murray simply could not compete as Djokovic won his sixth Masters title of the year – setting a new record. “It’s been an incredible year for him. Well done!” Murray said. “I missed with my backhand a little bit today, left a few too many in the middle of the court, and he was able to dictate a lot of the points from there.” Serving for the match, Djokovic clenched his fist and yelled when Murray’s return landed out to give him match point. When Murray’s aggressive two-handed backhand went just wide, he turned and blew a kiss to his coach, Boris Becker, who has won this event three times. In their 30th career meeting, Djokovic improved to 21-9 against Murray, a two-time Grand Slam winner who beat the Serb in the 2013 Wimbledon final. But since then, Djokovic has won 10 of their 11 encounters. His only loss during that spell was in August, when Murray beat him in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal. “Since the beginning of last year my results against him and Roger haven’t been good enough,” said Murray, who will attempt to lead Britain to the Davis Cup title against Belgium later this month. “I need to think about why that is and what I can do to turn it around.” The second point of the match lasted 22 strokes, but Murray was rarely able to compete in the rallies after that. Djokovic broke Murray at love in the third game, and the Briton had to save three break points in the fifth. Djokovic then held at love and broke again before serving out the set in 42 minutes. Murray dropped his serve again to trail 2-1 in the second set but broke right back, only for Djokovic to get another break in the seventh game when the Briton’s forehand sailed long. IMPROVEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela’s actions got him in hot water as he got hit with the PBA’s first wave of infractions in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The youthful mentor got fined P10,000 for directly addressing PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during a live game in the KaTropa’s 106-96 win over Kia last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Racela opted to not issue comments about the matter, saying, “It is what it is.”Blackwater big man Kyle Pascual and Kia bruiser Eric Camson also didn’t get away from the fine spree, as they were penalized P5,000 eachfor their flagrant foul penalty one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’GlobalPort forward Sean Anthony had to pay P3,000 for flopping, Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright was slapped a P1,000 fine for his technical foul for use of profane language, while Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Star’s Rodney Brondial were meted a P1,000 fine for incurring technical foul for second motion.All in all, P26,000 were collected, all of which will go to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar pledges glory for PSG View comments
Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Young’s freethrow with 3.3 ticks to go capped the five-point swing for the Blazers before Justin Gutang stole an inbound pass from Janjan Jaboneta to seal the win.St. Benilde will face the winner between Adamson and defending champion San Beda in the semis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I have to give credit to my coaching staff. I wasn’t in practice for three days due to hyperacidity. The boys really played to the gameplan,” Blazers head coach TY Tang said.St. Benilde scored 21 easy points off UP’s 32 turnovers and buried 14 free throws out of 21 attempts. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carlo Young’s split from the freethrow line lifted College of St. Benilde past University of the Philippines, 64-62, and into in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup semifinals at Filoil Flying V Centre on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Clement Leutcheu led the Blazers with 26 points and seven rebounds while Yankie Haruna chipped in 25 markers.Bright Akuhuetie flirted for a double-double with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Ivan Ruiz Suing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Oops, times 8: World Cup sets new record for own-goals Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Eight months have gone by since 20 fathers who were employed under the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), have been struggling to regain employment so they could provide for their families.For now, the men have been reluctantly dipping into their savings and searching for “small jobs” here and there in order to make ends meet.Some of the men who were dismissedAfter receiving the royal runaround from several related agencies and persons, including Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, the men said that they took to their last resort – the media – to highlight their situation and call on the relevant authorities to right the injustice they believe was done to them.The men were employed as labourers, tasked with the responsibility of cleaning up the drains and other areas in their community– Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD).They were divided into three groups, each being responsible for a specific area.Given the magnitude of the work and the consistency to keep the community looking clean, each group leader would hire other persons from the community to aid in executing the cleaning exercises, thus providing other meaningful job opportunities for the locals.Their last clean-up was in December 2015. In January, they had been informed that their services were no longer needed and that new clean-up groups were created.The size of the groups has been reduced significantly and consists of members from other communities.Apart from their claims of being “unjustly terminated”, the men are concerned about the quality of work being done by the new group.During an interview with Guyana Times the men complained that the new group is doing substandard work and attributed this to the fact that the labourers are not residents of the community and therefore would not take pride in keeping it clean.Reasons for dismissalAfter realising that they were dismissed without reason, the men said they approached their “boss”, CDC Assistant Director Ernest Elliot. According to the men, he was unhelpful in providing direct answers on reasons for their termination.In fact, they alleged that he was rude in his responses, which they said had an undertone of vengeance.From their engagement with the CDC assistant director, the men strongly believe their termination was another act of political discrimination being practised by government.“I think its cause we’re PPP people and that’s why. Because when we met with him, he kept saying that PPP went on sheer skulduggery all the time. He keep using that word, ‘skulduggery’. He musse use it about four or five times,” one of the men, Besham Persaud noted.The men explained that they visited several other agencies, including the Communities Ministry where, after a number of trips, they finally got a brief meeting with the Minister.However, they said the meeting was absolutely disappointing since he did not provide any definitive solution to their problems.The men also wrote several letters to the Agriculture Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister, calling on them to intervene to ensure that they regain a legitimate means of earning a livelihood.FamilyPersaud has been working as a labourer for the past 15 years, and therefore the dismissal comes as a huge blow for him and family.“I struggling whe I deh. Sure I find a few jobs now and then, but with that one, I knew for sure I had it cause how often a small job does come up,” he expressed, noting that he has two children, ages 17 and 4.Hardat Singh, another of the men, expressed similar concerns, noting that his family is currently draining their savings as he searches for another job while simultaneously trying to seek justice from what he describes as being “unjustifiably terminated.”Roopdeo Samaroo also highlighted his financial struggles, noting that he has two young children who are returning to school today, even as he is financially strapped.Shortly after the government assumed office, concerns have been raised time and again about the spate of dismissals of persons who were perceived to be affiliated with the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).
The Northern BC Winter Games are underway this weekend in MacKenzie with athletes from all over Northern BC Participating. Here are the individual results from athletes in Peace River – Northern Rockies. We will post more results each day. Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Baldonnel5NA Swimming14 & Under 50 Fly MaleFort St John538.91 McLeodMollyFinalsSilverFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Dawson Creek2NA GrecoKaseyFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Baldonnel3NA BraybrookChristyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Fort St John1NA Figure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Chetwynd4NA LindstromBrooklynFinals WassMattFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals HuangLangeFinalsBronzeSwimming14 & Under 100 Back MaleFort St John31:16.96 Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John7NA Figure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Dawson Creek6NA Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleChetwynd41:33.46 StewartCarsonFinals Swimming14 & Under 400 Free MaleFort St John56:13.75 BrodyErinFinals JarrattWhitneyFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John3NA Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore StevensKristinFinals WillsieAmandaFinals GibosNancyFinals Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleFort St John51:35.14 GreenwellAirdrieFinals GinterKelseyFinals CameronKelseyFinals FarnsworthKristinFinals Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd6NA Swimming15 & Over 100 Back FemaleChetwynd41:22.41 GinterKelseyFinals EmsleyNicoleFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Fort St John3NA De SmitCaitlinFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John6NA HuangLangeFinalsSilverSwimming14 & Under 100 Breast MaleFort St John21:29.74 WassMattFinals Swimming14 & Under 50 Fly FemaleDawson Creek638.08 Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleChetwynd61:35.53 1 2 3 4 Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John45:42.10 Swimming14 & Under 100 Breast FemaleDawson Creek41:32.10 De SmitCaitlinFinalsBronzeSwimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleFort St John334.70 WiddicombeCarlyFinals RossMartiFinalsSilverFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd2NA Swimming15 & Over 50 Free FemaleDawson Creek432.48 Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd5NA 1 2 3 4 Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore HuangLangeFinalsBronzeSwimming14 & Under 50 Free MaleFort St John330.22 HuangLangeFinalsSilverSwimming14 & Under 400 Free MaleFort St John25:19.69 McMasterBrittneyFinals HuangLangeFinalsGoldSwimming14 & Under 50 Fly MaleFort St John129.52 ShentonCarleeFinalsGoldFigure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John1NA BeechKirstynFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Fort St John3NA Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John55:48.13 JewisonHeatherFinals NelsonCharlaFinals Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore Swimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleChetwynd437.76 Figure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Fort St John7NA BraybrookChristyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Fort St John1NA – Advertisement – JakubowskiHayleyFinals Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd7NA Swimming14 & Under 100 Breast MaleFort St John61:38.98 WassMattFinals GallagherKortneyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Fort St John1NA De SmitCaitlinFinals Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John66:15.81 LindstromBrooklynFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals Swimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleDawson Creek539.10 1 2 3 4 Swimming15 & Over 50 Free FemaleChetwynd532.56
Worshippers quickly lit their candles – many of them carrying bunches of long tapers tied up with string and decorated with pictures of Jerusalem. Arab Christian women ululated and others beat out drum rhythms. One youth bounced up and down on another’s shoulders, waving a candle. Other celebrants dripped candle wax onto their faces. The “holy fire” is taken aboard special flights to Athens and other cities – connecting many of the 200 million Orthodox worldwide to their spiritual roots. Outside the church in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police helped worshippers light candles from the flame, many of the faithful stretching their arms across barricades erected to keep back the surging crowd. Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed into the walled Old City for Easter, and many said they had been unable to get past the barriers to reach the ceremony. A local Greek Orthodox woman, Reem Carmi, 27, said she and two friends shouldered their way through police lines and into the crush of candle-waving celebrants. “This is a beautiful occasion for me,” she said. “Christianity is based on light and resurrection.” Although police could not give an exact figure, the number of Easter pilgrims in Jerusalem was higher than normal because the calendars of five major Christian faiths coincided this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM – Worshippers filled Christianity’s most revered church on Saturday, lighting rows of candles, dripping hot wax on their faces and dancing in celebration of the Orthodox Easter “holy fire” ritual. Orthodox Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands, and the fire appears spontaneously from his tomb on the eve of Easter as a message that he has not forgotten his followers. The fire ceremony started with the entrance of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III, dressed in his robes and a large yellow-and-white cowl, and carrying a large staff. He descended into the church’s underground tomb to bring out the flame. When he emerged, church bells pealed and flames were passed around to the thousands of faithful, filling the church with light and smoke.
Liverpool ramped up the pressure on Jose Mourinho as they inflicted a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Chelsea.The visitors fell behind to Ramires’ early header but fought back to claim a deserved three points, with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice and Christian Benteke adding a late third.Jurgen Klopp celebrated the win wildly, no surprise given it was his first in the Premier League since replacing Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat, but his managerial counterpart Mourinho wore the look of a man who knows his time could be up.Chelsea have won just three of their 11 league games this season and are 15th in the table following their latest defeat.Owner Roman Abramovich had given Mourinho a vote of confidence earlier this month, but with the club’s woeful form continuing, he may be forced to reconsider his stance.It had started so well for Mourinho’s men against Liverpool as they made the breakthrough inside four minutes.Ramires had not scored at Stamford Bridge since December 2013, but the midfielder showed a striker’s instinct to hold off Alberto Moreno and head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross.Chelsea failed to build on their early breakthrough, however, and Liverpool enjoyed the majority of possession as they grew into the game.Coutinho, operating behind frontman Roberto Firmino, had looked their biggest threat throughout the first-half and it was the tricky Brazilian who pulled the visitors level two minutes into injury time.Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, Coutinho cut inside Ramires and curled a delightful left-footed shot past the despairing dive of Asmir Begovic.It was a deserved leveller for Liverpool and they continued to dominate possession when play resumed.Chelsea struggled to show any attacking edge and the anonymous Eden Hazard was replaced with Kenedy as Mourinho desperately attempted to spark his side into life, but it failed to have an effect.Liverpool, who were fortunate not to have Lucas sent off for a second bookable offence, continued to pile on the pressure and finally made their dominance pay on 74 minutes.Coutinho was the man to find the net again – the playmaker’s shot from the edge of the area deflecting off John Terry and past Begovic.With Chelsea looking bereft of confidence, a fightback never looked on the cards and the home side’s misery was compounded when Benteke, on as a substitute, struck a third for Liverpool late on. Coutinho celebrates 1
England defender Chris Smalling England centre-back Chris Smalling insists there are no concerns over his fitness ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 opener against Russia.The Manchester United star left Tuesday’s training session with an ice pack strapped to his left knee, leading to fears he could miss Saturday’s clash in Marseille.But the Football Association’s medical team were not worried by the problem, and the player has revealed he will continue to work with the group as normal in the build-up to the game.There was no sign of a bandage as Smalling reported for media duty in Chantilly on Wednesday, with an afternoon workout at the side’s Stade de Bourgognes base planned for later in the afternoon.“There’s no injury scare there, it’s normal,” said the 26-year-old.“I often ice different parts of my body or jump in an ice bath. It’s just normal recovery process to be ready for the next day, no worries there.”That will be music to the ears of manager Roy Hodgson, who gambled by taking just seven defenders and three centre-halves to France.Left-back Ryan Bertrand has already missed several days of training with an unspecified knock, while centre-half Gary Cahill required painkilling injections on a hip injury before leaving England.England would, therefore, be forgiven for treating Smalling and company with kid gloves but he is happy with the make-up of the squad.“We’ve got a couple of other people who can play centre back so I don’t think it’s a position that’s necessarily a worry.“I think we’re very well covered in all positions.” 1
***Reserves***Comhghairdeas leis an fhoireann tacaíochta a bhain an Chroabh Idirmheánach B nuair a bhuail said Gaeil Fhánada i nDún Fionnachaidh Dé Sathairn. Bhí Cloich Cheannfhaola in uachtar ó thus go deireadh agus bhí an bhuaidh acu 1-11|1-2.Congratulations to our reserves and their management team on securing the Intermediate B championship title on Saturday evening after defeating Fanad 1-11|1-2! The team put in a strong performance however they still only led by 2 points come the half time whistle. They held Fanad scoreless for much of the 2nd half with Fanad only adding 1 point to their scoreline during the half. Cloughaneely then produced a strong finish to get them over the line. Well done to all involved!! ***Div 2 League***The final league game of the season for our Seniors takes place this Saturday evening, Oct 29th, at home to Four Masters. Throw in at 4 pm!***Club Lotto***Numbers drawn on Wednesday, Oct 19th were 1,7,13,14,16,19! There was no jackpot winner so jackpot rises to €3,750! We had 2 match 5’s – €50 each to Michael Brady and Brian Boyle Shroughan. The draw takes place each Wednesday evening at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and prior to the bingo each Wednesday evening.***Competition Time***We are looking to give the gym located in the club house its own identity by giving it its own name and we are asking you, the public, for help in naming it!We are looking for you to submit your suggestions to us here at the club via private facebook message or comment on the competition link on facebook. For those not on facebook feel free to text your suggestions to 086-1567503! Given that we are in the Gaeltacht region surrounded by history we would ideally like the name to reflect that (but this is not a requirement). Out of all the entries we receive the club committee will gather to choose the winning name. The winning entrant will receive 6 months free membership to the gym! Please have your entries submitted by October 30th!! Good Luck! ***Halloween Disco***The ever popular annual Halloween Disco will be held on Sunday, October 30th in Óstan Loch Áltan! Door open at 11 pm and admission is €10 (Over 18’s only). There will be a prize for best fancy dress on the night so get planning those Halloween costumes!!****2017 Season Tickets/Club+ Cards****Sales & Renewals of Adult Club+ Card & Season Tickets are now available online at gaa.ie/seasonticket. Prices are as follows: Adult Season Ticket- €99, Juvenile (U16 Season Ticket) – €20, Adult Club+ – €200. Note: The Adult Club+ card entitles you entry to all Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18Grade & Lower) as well as all National League Games for your County & first round of Ulster Championship. For each €200 Club Plus Card purchased Clubs will receive a rebate of €100 against their club levies. The purchaser must choose the club from the dropdown menu when making the purchase online!Delight for Cloughaneely as reserves win County championship was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAASport
Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title defence got off to the ideal start – but they were made to work for the 3-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim.The victory was new boss Niko Kovac’s first competitive game in charge of the club, after Jupp Heynckes guided the club to their sixth successive German title last season. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Joshua Kimmich delivered a cross and the forward jumped to send a powerful, close-range header beyond goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and into the back of the net.Coman was consistently impressing but on the stroke of half-time was lost to injury. Having repeatedly stretched Hoffenheim’s defence he was left in a pile by Nico Schulz’s aggressive challenge, which appeared to injure the winger’s left ankle, leading to Robben coming on.Coman’s absence often told and, after Robben threatened in the second half, Szalai impressed in firing the visitors level in the 57th minute, when after beating Jerome Boateng he powerfully finished across goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Latest Football News smart causal gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener impact Muller opened the scoring for Bayern 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Lewandowski’s 82nd-minute penalty set Bayern on their way to the win highlights 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings ALTERED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Bayern were awarded a penalty when Hoffenheim substitute Havard Nordtveit brought down Ribery but, when Baumann saved from Lewandowski and Robben scored from the rebound, the VAR intervened and ordered the penalty be retaken. On that occasion, in the 82nd minute, the Polish striker scored.It was in the 86th minute when home substitute Leon Goretzka found the back of the net when his shot appeared to take a significant deflection, but the VAR ruled Muller had handled and again disallowed.Muller then set up Robben, in the 90th minute, and from in front of goal he struck and found the top left corner to put victory beyond doubt. 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It was a big night for new manager Niko Kovac After a disappointing summer for German football in which the 2014 World Cup winners were unexpectedly knocked out at the group stage, Thomas Muller needed only 23 minutes to give Bayern the lead.An equalising goal from Adam Szalai and two disallowed efforts threatened to undermine Kovac’s hopes of continuing his winning start, but the manager introduced Arjen Robben after Kingsley Coman was lost to injury and, after Robert Lewandowski’s penalty, the Dutchman secured all three points.Robben and James Rodriguez had been named on the bench, with Kovac preferring Coman and Franck Ribery, but the manager otherwise selected the XI that was expected.In an encouraging start, Muller scored in the opening game of the Bundesliga season for the third time in five years after, amid pressure on his debut, Hoffenheim’s Kasim Nuhu conceded a corner.