Bayern set goal
FRANKFURT: Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal says the club’s goal is to win three titles this season, including the Champions League. Bayern’s 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt snapped the 19-game undefeated run for the German powerhouse, who remained at the top of the Bundesliga because their rivals also failed to win. Van Gaal says the championship remains Bayern’s biggest goal but that the team also wants the German Cup and the Champions League. Bayern play at Schalke in the German Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
FA begins probe
WIGAN: The Football Association (FA) has begun an investigation after Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was struck by an object, believed to be a coin, during his team’s 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday. The FA is to talk to referee Mike Jones and the other match officials and said on Monday that anyone found guilty of coin-throwing would be banned from all matches in the country. The game was stopped after Kirkland reported to the referee he had been struck on the top of the head and had treatment for an injury.
Armstrong’s team out
MILAN: Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team has been left off the list of 22 squads invited to the Giro d’Italia. Armstrong had already announced that he would not compete in the May 8-30 race, but there had still been a possibility his team could race with other riders. RadioShack apparently never intended to the race the Giro. Armstrong ended up on bad terms with Giro organisers after helping them to avoid a rider protest during the Milan stage of last year’s race, which he finished 12th.
A version of this article appears in print on March 22, 2010 of The Himalayan Times.