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McKennie joined by PL, USMNT, Bundesliga, NBA players in protest video

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Weston McKennie has released a startling and star-studded video of soccer players from around the world decrying police violence.

“To the cops out there that continue to abuse their power, the world is watching now,” McKennie says at the start of the video. “Enough is enough.”

The video of players repeating “Enough is enough” is interspersed with video of police officers in physical altercations with black men, and begins with McKennie.

A series of soccer players from Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic to Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies are joined by a pair of NBA players, two player agents (one a former USMNT player), and McKennie’s father John, a firefighter.

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There have been ongoing protests and horrible violence in the U.S. since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air in Minnesota.

Newcastle United’s American defender DeAndre Yedlin issued an emotional thread (below) as one of a great deal of players to express hopes for change and solidarity, while Schalke’s Weston McKennie explained his wearing a black armband reading “Justice For George” in the Bundesliga this weekend.

USWNT star Mallory Pugh is also in the video, along with Cristiano Felicio of the Chicago Bulls and Larry Nance Jr. from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Weston McKennie – Schalke
Michael Bradley – Toronto FC
Tyler Adams – RB Leipzig, USMNT
Jozy Altidore – Toronto FC, USMNT
Christian Pulisic – Chelsea, USMNT
Clint Dempsey – ex-USMNT
Naldo – ex-Bremen, Wolfsburg, Schalke
DeAndre Yedlin – USMNT, Newcastle
Mallory Pugh – USWNT
Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea
Alphonso Davies – Bayern Munich, Canada
DaMarcus Beasley – retired USMNT
Omar Mascarell – Schalke
Salomon Kalou – Hertha Berlin
Cristiano Felicio – Chicago Bulls
Nick Mayhugh – USMNT Paralympian
Danny Williams – USMNT, Pafos
Jonathan Lewis – Colorado Rapids
Kellyn Acosta – Colorado Rapids
Chris Richards – Bayern Munich
Zack Steffen – USMNT, Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from Man City
Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke, on loan from Everton
Giovanni Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
Josh Sargent – Werder Bremen
Reggie Cannon – FC Dallas
Nick Taitague – Schalke
Sean Johnson – NYCFC
Timothy Weah – PSG
Thilo Kehrer – PSG
Rabbi Matondo – Schalke
Cory Gibbs – ex-USMNT
Larry Nance Jr – NBA

Hertha’s Kalou criticized for video flouting virus rules

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BERLIN — Hertha Berlin player Salomon Kalou is being criticized for broadcasting a livestream showing social distancing measures being flouted.

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The Ivory Coast striker took his phone with him on Monday as he fist-bumped teammates in greeting, clapped hands with fellow forward Vedad Ibisevic, complained about a pay cut, and burst in on a teammate apparently being tested for the new coronavirus.

The footage, which has since been deleted, was broadcast on the same day the German soccer league (DFL) reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions, and it appeared to contradict the league’s assertion that everything was being done to prevent the spread of the virus.

It showed Hertha’s Jordan Torunarigha being tested by a physiotherapist who was wearing only a simple face mask as protection. The physiotherapist, David de Mel, repeatedly asked Kalou to “delete” the video, before the player walked away laughing, saying he was “only joking.”

The DFL sharply criticized the footage on Twitter.

“The pictures from Salomon Kalou from the changing room of Hertha BSC are completely unacceptable. There cannot be any tolerance for it – also with regard to the players and clubs who are adhering to the guidelines, because they have grasped the seriousness of the situation,” the DFL said.

Kicker magazine said the video would damage efforts to restart the Bundesliga as it was “grist to the mill for critics who want to see professional soccer remain on hold.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors are due to decide on Wednesday whether the league can resume without fans present. She previously warned there was still a danger that COVID-19 infections could rise if containment measures were relaxed too soon.

The DFL said 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players, coaches, physiotherapists and other staff as part of its hygiene concept in a bid to restart competitive games some time in May.

Only four possible cases had been reported before the league’s report on Monday. Cologne on Friday said it had three positive cases, while second-division side Stuttgart reported one “inconclusive result” from a person on Sunday.

“The responsibility for compliance with general hygiene rules is a prerequisite every day for each individual,” the league said in its report.

Clubs across the top two divisions have committed to finishing the season by the end of June.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern wins, pulls within two points of BVB

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The table is getting tighter as the Bundesliga moves to within a fortnight of the season’s first Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hertha Berlin

Salomon Kalou twice answered Jadon Sancho goals as Hertha rescued a point at the Westfalenstadion thanks to a stoppage time penalty.

Achraf Hakimi and Mario Gotze assisted for BVB, who remains atop the Bundesliga by two points over victorious Bayern. Christian Pulisic played the final 18 minutes plus stoppage after starting midweek in the Champions League.

Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich

The hosts threatened to nab a point when Jean-Paul Boetius scored early in the second half to level the score line after Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead from a Joshua Kimmich feed.

Robert Lewandowski helped cue up Thiago Alcantara for the winner as the champions moved to within two points of Dortmund.

Elsewhere
Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach — Friday
Hannover 96 1-2 Augsburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-3 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 4-0 Stuttgart
Nurnberg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday
RB Leipzig vs. Schalke — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 1 p.m. ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 9 6 3 0 29 10 19 4-1-0 2-2-0 21
 Bayern Munich 9 6 1 2 17 10 7 2-1-1 4-0-1 19
 Mönchengladbach 9 5 2 2 20 12 8 4-0-0 1-2-2 17
 Werder Bremen 8 5 2 1 15 8 7 2-2-0 3-0-1 17
 Hertha BSC Berlin 9 4 4 1 15 10 5 3-1-0 1-3-1 16
 RB Leipzig 8 4 3 1 16 9 7 3-1-0 1-2-1 15
 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 4 1 3 19 12 7 2-1-1 2-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 9 4 1 4 18 13 5 2-1-2 2-0-2 13
 FC Augsburg 9 3 3 3 16 14 2 1-2-1 2-1-2 12
 VfL Wolfsburg 9 3 3 3 14 14 0 1-2-2 2-1-1 12
 SC Freiburg 9 3 3 3 13 15 -2 2-2-1 1-1-2 12
 FSV Mainz 05 9 2 3 4 5 10 -5 2-2-1 0-1-3 9
 Bayer Leverkusen 8 2 2 4 9 15 -6 1-1-2 1-1-2 8
 1. FC Nürnberg 8 2 2 4 8 19 -11 2-1-1 0-1-3 8
 FC Schalke 04 8 2 0 6 5 11 -6 1-0-3 1-0-3 6
 Hannover 96 9 1 3 5 11 18 -7 1-1-2 0-2-3 6
 VfB Stuttgart 9 1 2 6 6 21 -15 1-1-2 0-1-4 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 9 1 2 6 6 21 -15 1-0-4 0-2-2 5

Bundesliga wrap: Lewandowski, Pizarro nab records; Hoffenheim gets big W

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And you thought the Premier League was wild: More than half the Bundesliga table is in relegation danger.

There are now five teams within a point of the final relegation spot after Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt picked up a big wins that ensured at least nine and as many as 10 teams will finish the weekend within six points of the drop zone.

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So while Bayern Munich continues to pull away from Borussia Dortmund, and both have created a massive gap from the other 16 teams in Germany’s top flight, there’s plenty to play for across the board over these final weeks of the season

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Ingolstadt

John Brooks’ Hertha continues to surge toward the UEFA Champions League, this one at the expense of his USMNT teammate Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt. Salomon Kalou collected his 13th Bundesliga goal of the season, while Genki Haraguchi also netted for the hosts.

Brooks went 90 minutes for the 16th straight Bundesliga match, completing 58 passes, making 10 tackles, and garnering 84 touches. But no, you’re right, he shouldn’t get every chance to play for the USMNT.

Hoffenheim's coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrates during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Hamburg, Saturday, March 19,2016. (Dominik Fluegel/dpa via AP)
Hoffenheim’s coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrates. (Dominik Fluegel/dpa via AP)

Hamburg 1-3 Hoffenheim

The visitors’ woeful road form was missing on Saturday, and Hoffenheim is out of the automatic relegation zone after a huge win at Hamburg. Andrej Kramaric, Kevin Volland and Eduardo Vargas all scored for HSV, now in the relegation playoff spot and within a point of 14th.

Koln 0-1 Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski and Leonard Bittencourt entered the game as two of the hotter players in the Bundesliga, and both registered three shots on frame during the game. But Lewandowski buried one of his, a 10th minute chance, to give him his 25th goal of the season. That’s a new record for a foreign-born player on Bayern, as Luca Toni goes to second in the books.

 

Elsewhere
Schalke 2-1 ‘Gladbach — USMNT’s Johnson hurt in loss
Bremen 1-1 Mainz — Pizarro nets 101st league goal for hosts
Wolfsburg 1-1 Darmstadt — Schurrle equalizes in 93rd minute
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hannover — Ben-Hatira scores in win
Stuttgart – Bayer Leverkusen — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund — 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 27 22 3 2 65 13 52 12-0-1 10-3-1 69
Borussia Dortmund 26 19 4 3 61 25 36 11-2-0 8-2-3 61
Hertha BSC Berlin 27 14 6 7 37 27 10 9-4-1 5-2-6 48
FC Schalke 04 27 13 5 9 39 35 4 8-3-3 5-2-6 44
Mönchengladbach 27 13 3 11 54 44 10 10-1-3 3-2-8 42
FSV Mainz 05 27 12 5 10 35 33 2 7-2-4 5-3-6 41
Bayer Leverkusen 26 11 6 9 37 33 4 6-3-4 5-3-5 39
VfL Wolfsburg 27 10 8 9 39 34 5 8-4-2 2-4-7 38
1. FC Köln 27 8 9 10 28 34 -6 4-4-6 4-5-4 33
FC Ingolstadt 04 27 8 9 10 23 31 -8 5-4-4 3-5-6 33
VfB Stuttgart 26 9 5 12 43 52 -9 6-1-6 3-4-6 32
Hamburger SV 27 8 7 12 31 38 -7 4-4-6 4-3-6 31
Darmstadt 27 6 10 11 28 41 -13 1-5-7 5-5-4 28
Werder Bremen 27 7 7 13 36 54 -18 2-5-6 5-2-7 28
FC Augsburg 26 6 9 11 32 40 -8 2-5-6 4-4-5 27
1899 Hoffenheim 27 6 9 12 30 43 -13 4-5-4 2-4-8 27
Eintracht Frankfurt 27 6 9 12 29 43 -14 4-6-4 2-3-8 27
Hannover 96 27 5 2 20 22 49 -27 2-0-11 3-2-9 17

Bundesliga wrap: Another day, another goal (or three) for Chicharito

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A roundup of all the day’s action on Chicharito’s personal playground in Germany’s top flight, the Bundesliga…

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Bayern Munich 2-0 Ingolstadt

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, which should once again be crowned Bundesliga champions by early April, rode second-half goals scored by Robert Lewandowski (65th minute – below video) — what, you’re surprised? — and Philipp Lahm (75th minute) to re-establish an eight-point lead (43 points) atop the league table, with second-place Borussia Dortmund still to play on Sunday.

Darmstadt 0-4 Hertha Berlin

Which side is easily the biggest surprise of the current Bundesliga season? Easy answer: third-place Hertha Berlin, who hammered 12th-place Darmstadt 4-0 on Saturday. Vedad Ibisevic bagged a brace (12th and 50th minutes) to go along with single tallies from Marvin Plattenhardt (26th) and ex-Chelsea man Salomon Kalou (77th). U.S. national team defender John Brooks started the game and played all 90 minutes for the victors, his fifth-straight game playing all 90 minutes.

Wolfsburg 1-1 Hamburg

In the race for the UEFA Champions League, Wolfsburg leapfrogged Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, despite a disappointing home draw with Hamburg, thanks to Bayer Leverkusen’s dismantling of Gladbach in the day’s final game. Nicolai Muller put the visitors on top after 21 minutes, but Maximilian Arnold equalized for Wolfsburg in the 78th minute to prevent back-to-back league defeats for Dieter Hecking’s side.

Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

You read the headline — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a hat trick for Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. This is just about the least surprising news you’re bound to hear all weekend — in his last 12 games for Leverkusen, the Mexican national team star has scored 15 goals (all competitions), now including five in the last three. Saturday’s hat trick came in a 13-minute span from minutes 63 to 76 and included goals in back-to-back minutes in the 75th and 76th. With the victory, Leverkusen climb up to sixth in the league table, just two points behind Wolfsburg for the fourth and final Champions League place.

Anyway, let’s go ahead and roll the footage…

The quality of those goals, particularly the first two. Speaking of which, it sure was nice of Manchester United to ship Hernandez off to Germany, seeing as how they have so many red-hot goalscorers of their own right now. He’d surely not be able to help them one bit these days.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

Werder Bremen 1-1 Koln
Hoffenheim 1-0 Hannover

Sunday’s Bundesliga schedule

Augsburg vs. Schalke (9:30 a.m. ET)
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (11:30 a.m. ET)

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 16 14 1 1 45 8 37 9-0-0 5-1-1 43
Borussia Dortmund 15 11 2 2 42 20 22 6-1-0 5-1-2 35
Hertha BSC Berlin 16 9 2 5 24 18 6 5-1-1 4-1-4 29
VfL Wolfsburg 16 7 5 4 25 18 7 6-2-1 1-3-3 26
Mönchengladbach 16 8 2 6 31 28 3 5-1-2 3-1-4 26
Bayer Leverkusen 16 7 3 6 24 20 4 4-2-2 3-1-4 24
FSV Mainz 05 16 7 3 6 23 21 2 4-1-4 3-2-2 24
FC Schalke 04 15 7 3 5 21 21 0 4-2-2 3-1-3 24
Hamburger SV 16 6 4 6 19 22 -3 2-2-3 4-2-3 22
1. FC Köln 16 5 6 5 16 20 -4 2-4-2 3-2-3 21
FC Ingolstadt 04 16 5 5 6 11 17 -6 2-2-3 3-3-3 20
Darmstadt 16 4 6 6 15 23 -8 1-4-4 3-2-2 18
Werder Bremen 16 4 3 9 16 30 -14 1-1-6 3-2-3 15
Eintracht Frankfurt 15 3 5 7 18 23 -5 1-3-3 2-2-4 14
Hannover 96 16 4 2 10 18 28 -10 2-0-5 2-2-5 14
FC Augsburg 15 3 4 8 18 25 -7 1-2-5 2-2-3 13
1899 Hoffenheim 16 2 7 7 17 24 -7 1-4-3 1-3-4 13
VfB Stuttgart 16 3 3 10 19 36 -17 2-1-5 1-2-5 12