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Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM

MADRID (AP):

Real Madrid players changed into auto racing suits for a go-kart race yesterday then drove home expensive cars.

Captain Sergio Ramos won on the track, and for his ride home, selected an Audi S8 Plus estimated to cost US$177,000.

Audi promoted the kart race.

Spanish newspaper Marca said Audi made its Q7 model available to all players, but those selecting to keep their cars after the season - at a 30 per cent discount - could pick their own models. Marca said Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane could pick their own cars without having to buy them after the season.

Ronaldo, who was among several players who did not participate in the kart race, selected the Audi RS 6 Performance. Zidane picked a similar model.

Barcelona players received their cars from Audi in a similar event last week.

Kalou stars for Hertha Berlin

BERLIN (AP):

Borussia Moenchengladbach endured a night to forget in the Bundesliga yesterday, slumping to a 3-0 defeat as Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick for Hertha Berlin.

Gladbach forward Patrick Herrmann suffered what looked like another serious injury between Kalou's first-half goals for the home side, and there was still time before the break for midfielder Christoph Kramer to be sent off for his second yellow card.

Kalou's first goals of the season fired Hertha to third before the rest of the 10th round, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, while 'Gladbach remained in the bottom half of the table after its fifth straight league game without a win.

Kalou opened the scoring, sending the ball inside the far post with a diving header to Mitchell Weiser's perfectly lofted cross.

Chinese player banned 8 months for doping

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP):

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it banned Shandong Luneng player Jin Jingdao for eight months after he tested positive for clenbuterol ahead of an Asian Champions League match.

Jingdao gave a sample in training before Shandong's 3-1 loss at FC Seoul in the quarter-finals in August.

Details of the case will be published at a later date, the AFC said in a statement.

It was unclear if the 24-year-old Jin's case involved eating contaminated meat. Doping cases involving clenbuterol in China are often linked to the anabolic agent being used in livestock farming.