Top World Cup scorer Klose retires from German team
Miroslav Klose, the top goal scorer in World Cup history, has retired from Germany’s national team a month after it won the tournament.
Klose, 36, scored twice at this year’s World Cup in Brazil — giving him 16 career goals, one more than Brazilian Ronaldo. This year’s World Cup was Klose’s fourth.
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With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany in international play. He played in 137 matches for Germany, ranking second in that category to Lothar Matthaeus (150) among players from his country.
“The title in Brazil fulfilled a childhood dream of mine,” Klose said in a statement posted Monday on the German national-team’s website. “I am proud and happy that I could contribute to this great success for German football. There is no better time to close the national-team chapter.”
Klose played for three teams in the Bundesliga, the top league in Germany, before moving to Lazio of Italy in 2011. He has one season left on his Lazio contract.
Maradona slaps reporter
Diego Maradona slapped a reporter’s face after attending an event with his family last weekend.
The Argentine legend also called the journalist an “idiot” during the confrontation outside a theater in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t clear why Maradona was upset, though local media said the matter appeared related to his former wife.
Video images showed Maradona, 53, leaving his car and slapping the journalist with his right hand. The journalist did not immediately react.
Gordon returns to Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer has reacquired forward Alan Gordon, 32, from the San Jose Earthquakes in a trade for allocation money.
Gordon spent six seasons with the Galaxy after it acquired him in 2004, contributing 16 goals and 12 assists in 99 appearances. He also played for Chivas USA and Toronto FC before going to San Jose in a trade during the 2011 season.
Men in Blazers get a show
Men in Blazers, the cheeky British analysts who became breakout media stars during the World Cup, are taking their self-proclaimed “suboptimal ramblings” to network television.
The commentators, Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, will host their own show on NBC Sports on Monday nights, beginning shortly after the English Premier League season opens this weekend.
“To join the sports division of the network that brought us ‘ALF,’ ‘The A-Team’ and ‘Miami Vice’ is a teenage dream come true for me and Rog,” Davies, a TV executive who has produced such shows as “Wife Swap” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” wrote in an email.
Until recently, the duo was best known for a weekly podcast on ESPN’s website Grantland. But during the World Cup, they crossed over to the sports-media mainstream, riffing on the tournament’s most amusing and compelling story lines in their whimsical, self-deprecating nightly reports from a tiny room on ESPN’s beachfront set in Rio de Janeiro.
Prosecutors charge Oden
Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged free-agent center Greg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
Oden, 26, was charged with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury. He was arrested at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence, Ind., on Thursday and released from jail that day.
An affidavit says a witness told police Oden had punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.
The 7-foot, 273-pound Oden played for Miami last season. He was the first player drafted in 2007; Portland took him and a series of injuries has hampered his career.
Raptors are fined by league
The Toronto Raptors were fined for tampering by the league after rapper Drake let Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant know he was wanted in Canada.
ESPN reported the fine was $25,000.
Drake is a “global ambassador” for the Raptors. He was performing at a concert Durant attended last week in Toronto when he shouted to the crowd to show the league’s most valuable player what it would be like if he came to play for the Raptors, causing a loud ovation.
Former Sonic Durant can become a free agent after the 2015-16 season.
• Contaminated feed is likely to blame for the positive doping test involving a racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, British Horseracing Authority officials said.
Her filly Estimate, who won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013, was one of eight horses testing positive for morphine in postrace samples taken this year.
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