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Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 5:00 AM

Dortmund fire Tuchel

DORTMUND, Germany (AP):

Borussia Dortmund fired Thomas Tuchel as coach yesterday, three days after he led the club to their first title in five years.

The club issued a statement to say the 43-year-old Tuchel was leaving with immediate effect, one year before his contract was due to expire in 2018, after talks between chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, sports director Michael Zorc, Tuchel and his adviser Olaf Meinking.

Dortmund thanked Tuchel and his coaching staff for their sporting success.

Dortmund were the best runner-up in the league's history, and the German Cup final, where again they lost out to league winner Bayern Munich.

Former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre was favoured to take over.

Portugal, Venezuela advance

to U20 World Cup quarters

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

Portugal and Venezuela advanced to the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Asia's last two hopes yesterday.

Portugal knocked out host South Korea 3-1 in the round of 16, while Venezuela beat Japan 1-0 after extra time to make the quarter-finals for the first time.

Jeb Bush no longer interested in Marlins

MIAMI (AP):

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is no longer interested in buying the Miami Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, a person close to the negotiations said yesterday.

The person confirmed Bush's decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins have not commented on the status of sales talks. Bush led a group that included former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who may still explore a bid with other investors.

The person confirming Bush's decision didn't give a reason for it.

"Governor Bush has great respect for Derek Jeter, and Derek remains a great friend," the person said. "And he's looking forward to a great rest of the season for the Marlins."

With Bush's withdrawal, the front-runner to buy the Marlins becomes businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He leads a group that includes Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine.