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Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Van Gaal

Rojo must wait

MANCHESTER, England (AP):Stung by a surprise opening-day defeat and with injuries taking their toll, the honeymoon period for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United is definitely over.

"Two weeks ago, I was the king of Manchester," Van Gaal said. "Now, I am the devil of Manchester."

After opening the English Premier League season with a 2-1 home loss to Swansea, the pressure is already on United and its manager ahead of a trip to Sunderland on Sunday. However, Van Gaal's list of absentees is growing, with Marcos Rojo - signed on Wednesday from Sporting Lisbon - unavailable as the Argentina defender has yet to receive a work permit.

Central midfielders Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick were all ruled out of contention by Van Gaal yesterday, along with wide midfielder Jesse Lingard. With Luke Shaw still out with a hamstring injury, Van Gaal cannot call on his three big summer signings - Rojo, Herrera and Shaw - who cost a combined US$77 million.

Barbados record second win

ALBERTA, Canada (CMC):Barbados outclassed United States 57-26 to record their second straight win as the 14th edition of the International Netball Federation (INF) World Cup of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Championship Tournament continued here Wednesday.

The Bajans, ranked ninth in the world, brushed aside the Americans 57-26 following their 89-8 demolition of Argentina on Tuesday's opening night of competition at SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta, Canada.

Grenada also made a winning start in the seven-team tournament defeating Cayman Island 48-35 while picking up its second win, punishing Argentina 73-13.

The AFNA Championship serves as the INF Americas regional qualifying event for the Netball World Cup scheduled for Sydney, Australia, next year.

The top two teams will qualify.

Ten-time champions and reigning holders Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Scotland, Fiji and Samoa have already qualified for the World Cup.


Bayern beat Wolfsburg 2-1

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):Bayern Munich began the defence of their Bundesliga title yesterday by beating Wolfsburg 2-1 with goals from Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben shortly before and after the interval.

Bayern dominated the match until Wolfsburg's goal by Ivica Olic in the 52nd minute that breathed new life into Wolfsburg's game. Wolfsburg wasted a tremendous late opportunity to earn a point and Robben hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

Both teams were missing several injured players. Bayern were without Franck Ribésry and Bastian Schweinsteiger, among others.

New Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski failed to score and was substituted late in the second half.