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Bayern Munich suffered their biggest defeat since 1978 as they were thrashed at Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Cup second round.


 Gladbach led 1-0 after two minutes and 3-0 by the 21st minute.

Kouadio Kone slotted home his first goal for the club before Ramy Bensebaini swept home Jonas Hofmann's cross and then netted a penalty.

Breel Embolo took advantage of a defensive mistake for the fourth and then his second from Luca Netz's pass.

"I'm absolutely shocked. We simply didn't turn up," Bayern sports director and former player Hasan Salihamidzic told ARD.

"We were just not there. We did not win a single tackle or challenge in the entire first half.

"Everything that could go wrong went wrong. We let ourselves be outplayed in every situation - a collective blackout."

Gladbach scored with five of their six shots on target - with Bayern having more possession and more efforts than the hosts without scoring.

It was only the second defeat Bayern, who named a first-choice team, have suffered under Julian Nagelsmann and ended a run of scoring in 85 consecutive games.

Nagelsmann was at home self-isolating, having tested positive for Covid-19.

Bayern last lost a game by a five-goal margin 43 years ago when Fortuna Dusseldorf beat them 7-1 in the Bundesliga.

Their record defeat remains a 7-0 home loss to Schalke in the league back in 1976 - but this is their biggest defeat in a competition they have won a record 20 times.

Adi Hutter's Gladbach, who have lost four of their past eight games, are in the bottom half of the Bundesliga.

Home TeamB MgladbachAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away13


Real Madrid went top of La Liga on goal difference after a goalless draw with Osasuna.

 

Carlo Ancelotti's side are one of four teams on 21 points - alongside Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad.

Sixth-placed Osasuna - who are only two points off top - had the best chance of the game when Jon Moncayola hit the post from close range.

But Real had more opportunities than the visitors and Karim Benzema saw a shot brush off the top of the bar.

Madrid midfielder Casemiro was not too far away late on with an ambitious shot from his own half.

This was Osasuna's first point at the Bernabeu since 2005, ending a run of 11 Real wins in the fixture.

The four-way leaders are three points above champions Atletico Madrid and six points above Barcelona, who lost 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano.

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamOsasuna
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Cristiano Ronaldo: Are Man Utd being helped or hindered by Portugal legend?


 Ronaldo's three goals in six Premier League games is a perfectly decent return - two in his first game against Newcastle and one against West Ham in his second - but, by his high standards, it is not outstanding.

The last time he ended a league season with a 50% scoring rate or less was 2006-07, his fourth season with United, when he netted 17 goals in 34 games.

That made him the third top scorer in the Premier League, where Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot with 20.

It's early days yet - but 14 players have scored more Premier League goals than him this season, including Wolves' Hwang Hee-chan and Watford's Ismaila Sarr.

Instead, his main heroics have come in the Champions League - a tournament where he is the all-time top scorer with 137 goals.

His two late winners are the difference between United topping the group on six points and being bottom, three points behind the top two.

His six goals overall have taken his tally for Manchester United up to 124 while he has 450 goals for Real Madrid, a world-record 115 for Portugal, 101 for Juventus and five for Sporting Lisbon.

He plays as a number nine these days, as he has for many years now - a far cry from the tricky winger first witnessed by English fans when he arrived from Sporting.

For touches in the Premier League he ranks joint 216th with 243 but for touches in the opposition area he is joint 16th with 39.

Ronaldo has the eighth-highest number of shots in this season's Premier League (25), with United team-mates Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes above him. He is joint ninth for shots on target (nine).

"He will score goals and excite the crowd, but I don't think he can play every game," said Sky Sports pundit Souness.

"I would take him, but the conversation has to be 'you won't be starting every game but you will have a big influence over nine months'."


Nine first-week NBA storylines not involving Kyrie Irving or Ben Simmons: Rookies dazzle; Giannis' new routine

 

The 2021-22 NBA season began last Tuesday, but most of the headlines around the league have very little to do with basketball. Whether it's protests at Barclays Center about Kyrie Irving's vaccine status, the ongoing saga with Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers or infighting within the Los Angeles Lakers, the off-court drama has overshadowed the fact that some great NBA games and tremendous individual performances have been taking place.

No more.

There will continue to be discussion about all of those storylines as the season goes along, but how about we talk some basketball? I'm taking this opportunity to highlight nine cool and interesting things that I noticed during an incredible first week of NBA action.

The LeBron James-Russell Westbrook pick-and-roll shows promise in Lakers' crunch-time win over Grizzlies

For all of the consternation surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers on offense over the past few seasons, their crunch-time approach has been as simple as it is lethal. No matter how rocky things looked for the majority of the game, they could always fall back on their finishing move: the LeBron James-Anthony Davis pick-and-roll. It was, for the better part of two seasons, the NBA's most unstoppable play.

Switch it and LeBron cooks your big man on the perimeter. Blitz and Davis goes downhill for an easy dunk. Bring a third defender to the party and someone gets an open 3. James is among the NBA's greatest pick-and-roll decision-makers. Davis is history's greatest lob catcher and a three-level play-finisher. When properly spaced, it's impossible to defend. Sadly, spacing isn't exactly this team's forte. 

Memphis Grizzlies' Desmond Bane sticks with James as he drives to the basket. Steven Adams hangs back on Davis. With the right surrounding personnel, these are enormous victories. Memphis' center is out of the way as LeBron drives on a 6-5 guard, but he's met at the rim by a far sturdier Jaren Jackson Jr. Jackson, operating as the low man in this pick-and-roll coverage, opened the play guarding Austin Reaves. He's too dangerous a shooter for Jackson to leave … but Russell Westbrook isn't. So Jackson rotates to the basket while Kyle Anderson switches onto Reaves. That leaves Westbrook wide open and James contested at the rim. He misses.

Calling the stop predictable wouldn't do justice to the word. This is exactly what the overwhelming majority of the basketball world expected to happen when the Lakers went to their favorite play. It's probably what Frank Vogel himself expected would happen considering his entire defensive game plan in his 2020 series against the Houston Rockets revolved around ignoring Westbrook when James Harden was trying to create. Off-ball Westbrook's functionality in typical half-court offense is debatable and will probably evolve over the course of the season. Off-ball Westbrook, in this specific play, is essentially worthless. His one job is to be a threatening enough shooter to keep defenders off James and Davis. Thus far this season, he is making just over nine percent of his 3-pointers. That's not going to cut it. Neither is his 30.5 percent career mark. 


 

Nothing But Bets: NBA Projections for 10/26/21


We’re hot right now on “Nothing But Bets” when it comes to our daily NBA picks. Over the past two days, we have a 10-5 record, including multiple hits on same-game parlays to more than double your profits. In a smaller slate of action on Tuesday, only five total games, it’s time to dive into our latest predictions. All odds provided are courtesy of DraftKings.

New York Knicks (-2.5) vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Although Joel Embiid is questionable for tonight’s game, I still believe this is going to be a very close matchup inside Madison Square Garden. Even if Embiid can’t go, Philadelphia has the perimeter shooting firepower to stay close. After the Knicks’ disappointing loss on Sunday against the Orlando Magic, how will they respond against a division rival? I’m riding with the underdog on the road here. I think Philadelphia gets the job done with an outright win on the road at +120 odds currently. If you want to sprinkle in a same-game parlay to boost the odds a little bit, Julius Randle to score 15+ points on top of the Sixers’ ML is at +140 odds. That feels like a winner, but this game overall is going to be back-and-forth throughout.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors (-9.5)

Golden State looks incredible thus far, thanks in large part to Stephen Curry constantly going off each game. Just imagine the possibilities for the Warriors when Klay Thompson is back fully healthy around Christmas. Quite honestly, the Warriors could soon jump back into that elite tier within the reloaded Western Conference hierarchy. On the road in Oklahoma City, this game isn’t going to be close. The Thunder are 0-3, with all losses coming by double digits. Vegas is setting a trap here with a 9.5-point spread, but we’re still going to emphatically hammer Golden State to cover. The young Thunder guards are no match for Curry, plus the overall ball movement should lead to some very easy shot opportunities throughout. Projecting another strong game from Curry, who’s an early MVP favorite, here’s a same-game parlay to double your earnings: Warriors -9.5, Curry 25+ points, Curry 4+ threes at +120 odds. That’s a very enticing SGP I can't pass on. Golden State rolls on the road against OKC, and this one could be over by the end of the third quarter.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-3)

LeBron James is questionable for tonight’s game in San Antonio, but I still love the Lakers covering. I’m projecting a huge outing from Anthony Davis, who has yet to really flex his muscles in a matchup yet this season. On Monday night, the spread was originally -4.5, so this forecasts LeBron missing the game and AD becoming the Lakers’ No. 1 option. Although the Spurs have been surprisingly good thus far — all of their primary young core pieces are showcasing real talent — they are too overmatched against L.A. Personally, I think this spread should be closer to double digits than a one-possession game. I love the Lakers and a big night from Davis in our same-game parlay for tonight’s tilt in San Antonio: L.A. -3, Davis 20+ points, Davis 1+ blocks at +290 odds. Take the money and run here, even if LeBron isn’t on the floor for the Lakers.

Dallas Mavericks (-10.5) vs. Houston Rockets

I get the feeling tonight is going to be one of those highlight-reel moments from Luka Doncic. Dallas is favored at home by 10.5 points, but this Rockets team has been frisky thus far. Jalen Green is coming off a career-best 30 point game, so he could keep this one close in a high-scoring affair. So, I love the Mavericks moneyline at -630, but betting big on Doncic really helps boost the odds an entirely new level. If all of the following occurs at +230 odds, you win big: Mavericks ML, Doncic 30+ points, 8+ assists, 7+ rebounds, 2+ threes. Against a leaky Rockets defense, one that could struggle mightily to contain the preseason MVP favorite, we love the odds of this cashing. Doncic should have his way against the Rockets, and we’re forecasting his best game of the season thus far. It was very tempting to roll with Mavs ML plus Luka to notch a triple-double, but we’re playing it a little safer here just in case.

Utah Jazz (-7) vs. Denver Nuggets

What an embarrassing showing from the Nuggets last night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Moseying into a matchup against an inferior opponent, Denver felt it could cruise to a victory. That’s not going to happen early on in the NBA season. Cleveland beat them in all facets, and now Denver has to travel to Utah on the second night of a back-to-back. Hammer the Jazz here against the Nuggets, but not enough to cover the 7-point spread. Utah’s moneyline odds currently sit at -320 on DraftKings, but a same-game parlay featuring Rudy Gobert gets you above +100. If Gobert accomplishes all of the following along with a Jazz win, you cash at +180 odds: 11+ points, 11+ rebounds, 1+ blocks. So far this season, Gobert is averaging 16.5 points and a gigantic 20.5 rebounds per game. With the Nuggets fatigued in a raucous atmosphere in Utah, we love the potential of Gobert having a great battle against last year’s MVP winner. Ride with the Jazz moneyline and Gobert to hit his prop numbers.

Recapping our picks in the five-game slate on Tuesday night: Sixers ML, Warriors -9.5, Lakers -3, Mavericks ML, Jazz ML.

Jamie Chadwick: Formula 1 is a 'step closer' says driver after W Series win

 

The Bath-born racer, who won the inaugural all-female competition in 2019, won four rounds of this year's eight-race series.

She sealed the title with victories in the final two rounds in Austin, Texas.

Chadwick, 23, is now hoping to use the platform to continue progressing towards competing in Formula 1.

"[It's] still the ultimate goal. Still a lot that I need to achieve before I can get there but it definitely feels a step closer after this weekend," Chadwick told BBC Points West.

The W Series was created to help women drivers overcome some of the financial barriers that exist within motorsport. The races are held alongside Formula 1 events.

Only five drivers in Formula 1 history have been women - the last of which was Italy's Giovanna Amati in 1992. Divina Galica, who took part in three races in the 1970s, is the only woman from Britain to compete.

Chadwick said it was unlikely she will return to W Series again, as she looks to build on the opportunities elsewhere.

"I feel like I've achieved what I can achieve in the series and I want to use the platform it's given me to go on to bigger and different things," she added.

"It's not confirmed or not committed to anything just yet, but some plans will come into place and hopefully we can go on to use the series as a platform that it is."

Developing her driving

In 2019 Chadwick became a development driver for Williams, a partnership that was extended into a third season in March.

Williams is a team with a history of providing a platform for women drivers, including Susie Wolff who became the first woman to drive F1 practice sessions in 2014 with the team, while Claire Williams was the deputy team principle for two decades.

"They've been incredibly supportive of everything that I've tried to do and a lot of the work that I did in preparation for this last weekend, they supported and they really helped me with," Chadwick said.

"I'm incredibly fortunate to have that relationship with them and as a development driver I also get to do a lot of work on the simulator, supporting them on race weekends as well.

"It's great to have that, I'm so lucky, it's a team that I'm so happy to be a part of. Looking forward to hopefully pursuing that role more."

By winning the W Series, Chadwick was also awarded £363,000 in prize money, which she said she will be reinvesting into her career and pursuing more racing opportunities.

"What the W Series has asserted us to do is give us this big platform off the back of the season I definitely feel like the platform's bigger than ever and the opportunities are bigger than ever," she said.

"It's up to me to go and perform and do the job that I need to do, but I do feel like the opportunities are there now."