From "A" like American football over "F" like football to "Z" like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day, somewhere on the globe, more or less significant events take place which, due to the dominance of fewer sports, are quickly drowned out and receive no real attention.

May 17: Kruse leaves Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen loses his captain. Max Kruse will not renew his expiring contract with the Bundesliga club, the Bremen announced on Friday. "We have always emphasized that we would have liked to continue the collaboration with Max, but he has decided to seek a new challenge after three years," said Werder sports chief Frank Baumann. A new club for the 31-year-old is not yet known.

Kruse came to Bremen in the summer of 2016 after a few escapades from VfL Wolfsburg and found back to his top form on the Weser. With 32 goals in 84 games, the offensive player played a large part in ensuring that the Hanseatic League could hold the class twice and play for the European places this year.

"He has shaped the club for the past three years, given the team a face and contributed a decisive share to the development of the club," Baumann praised the professional. Coach Florian Kohfeldt added: "Max is an outstanding player who has impressively and exemplary proven in the past three years, how valuable he can be for a team."

May 17: Biathlete Laura Dahlmeier ends her career

Double Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier ends her biathlon career at the age of only 25 years. This was announced by Germany's Sportswoman of the Year 2017 on Friday. "My decision is really not easy and my final decision was allowed to mature longer, but I realize that now has come the right time for me," wrote Dahlmeier on her website.

The decision was very difficult. But she has no sporting goals anymore. "Today I am at the point where I do not know what exactly I should make a goal, let alone whether I could ever succeed again," said the seven-time world champion from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The German skijager lose in Dahlmeier by far the most successful athlete in recent years. The overall World Cup winner of the 2016/2017 season now retires at the same young age as the record world champion Magdalena Neuner, who also ended her career surprisingly early in 2012.

Dahlmeier's step had been indicated. Already after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, she had expressed thoughts that she might want to end her career. Even after the end of the season in Oslo in March, Dahlmeier was unsure whether it continues after a winter with many physical setbacks.

In 2018, the exceptional performer in South Korea celebrated two Olympic victories and once bronze, 2017 five times gold and once silver at the World Championships in Hochfilzen. She was the first biathlete to win 13 consecutive medals and five gold medals at World Championships, and celebrated 20 wins in the World Cup. Overall, Dahlmeier won at major events 18 times precious metal for the German Ski Association.

May 15: Draisaitl shoot Germany as well as in the World Cup quarter-finals

Thanks to an impressive power stroke and NHL top star Leon Draisaitl Germany's national ice hockey team has made the premature entry into the World Cup quarter-final as good as perfect. With the fourth victory in the fourth match in the 3: 2 (0: 0, 1: 2, 2: 0) on Wednesday evening against hosts Slovakia, the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) is also the direct qualification for the Olympics 2022 barely more to take. Exception striker Draisaitl scored the winning goal 28 seconds before the end. "It feels great to be part of this team," the attacker enthused.

May 15: HSV denies separation from coach Wolf after the season ends

Hamburger SV denied the alleged separation of coach Hannes Wolf at the end of the season. "The statements of Bernd Hoffmann on the day before the coach are up," said the club. This is to be discussed about Wolf's future in Hamburg until after the last game on Sunday against the MSV Duisburg.

Previously, the "Bild" newspaper sporting director Ralf Becker had quoted: "I told Hannes after the 0: 3 against Ingolstadt that it will not go on here for him in summer, that we want to do something different." Becker informed that he had been misquoted. In his statement, the word may have been suppressed.

May 15: Griezmann announces goodbye to Atlético

French football world champion Antoine Griezmann will leave Atlético Madrid after this season. That announced the offensive player on Tuesday evening in a spread by the Spanish top club on Twitter video. "It was five incredible years, thank you for everything, I carry you in my heart," said the 28-year-old among others in the approximately two-minute message.

For which club he will play in the future, Griezmann left open. As a prospect, the FC Barcelona. Last year he had extended his contract with Atlético until 2023. The transfer fee is expected to be over 100 million euros. Griezmann finished second behind Barça this season with Atlético in the Spanish Championship.

Griezmannn moved from Real Sociedad San Sebastian to Madrid in 2014. With Atlético he won the Europa League a few weeks before the World Cup victory with France a year ago. In the final of the Champions League he was defeated in 2016 against local rivals Real Madrid. After the second place at the home European Championship with France in the same year, he was named the best player of the tournament.

May 14: Ice Hockey World Cup: Third victory in the third game – now comes the heavy opponents

Third game, third victory: Germany's ice hockey team is at the World Cup in Slovakia on the quarter-final. After the 4: 1 (1: 0, 2: 1, 1: 0) against France Leon Draisaitl and Co. are now leaders of their preliminary round in Kosice and can already on Wednesday against the World Cup hosts (20.15 / Sport1 and DAZN) make the entry into the knockout round as good as perfect. In addition to NHL top star Draisaitl (38th minute) met on Tuesday, the two Mannheim champion players Moritz Seider (18th) and Matthias Plachta (34th). NHL defender Korbinian Holzer scored the final goal in the 60th minute. For France, Captain Damien Fleury (25th) was successful.

"We're satisfied, that's what we set out to do," said second-placed Patrick Hager. "It's a super start, a great starting point, and now it's off to a good start."

With a win against hosts Slovakia, the German team could already plan for the quarter-finals. However, one is worried about the use of NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer. The keeper of the Colorado Avalanche injured against France in his first World Cup match and had already half of the game officially because of "muscular problems" from the ice down. Whether the 27-year-old can be used against Slovakia, should be decided at short notice, but initially seemed at least questionable.

May 14: Farewell in tears – Rafinha leaves Bayern Munich

Fullback Rafinha has not yet made a decision about his next club after leaving Bayern Munich. "I still play in Brazil or Europe, I do not know, I decide after the season," said the 33-year-old from Brazil in an emotional press conference at the German football championship. "I did not think that I would stay in Germany for so long." Rafinha plays for the Munich since 2011, his contract expires at the end of the season.

Rafinha was transferred from Brazil to FC Schalke in 2005 in the Bundesliga, 2010 went to the defender from Londrina for a season to CFC Genoa and then joined Bayern. Among other captain Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Franck Ribéry were present at the emotional press conference Rafinhas in Munich. The former national player even came to tears. "We've been together for so long," he said, looking at his Munich teammates who finally applauded him, "these people were very important to me." Rafinha concluded, "Obrigado, thanks for everything."

May 13: Italian volleyball players celebrate championship with revealing cabin photos

The volleyball players of the club Imoco Volley Conegliano have won the Italian championship three times in the past four years. A few days ago, the successful ladies, whose club is based north of Venice, celebrated the latest coup with very special photos: Dutch national player Robin de Kruijf posted a photo on Instagram, in which the team hides behind the huge trophy completely unencumbered. "Champiooooooooons of Italy !!!!!!" she wrote under:

Her Polish team-mate Joanna Wołosz provided another solo photo of the trophy. Both images have been leaked on the net more than ten thousand times.

May 12: Manchester City English Champion – Klopp Liverpool second only

Manchester City is English football champions for the sixth time. The team of former Bayern coach Pep Guardiola won on the last day of the Premier League with 4: 1 (2: 1) in the table -17. Brighton & Hove Albion defending the title. Vice-champion is Liverpool FC with coach Jürgen Klopp, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 (1-0) and only one point less.

Sergio Agüero (28th minute), Aymeric Laporte (38th), Riyad Mahrez (63rd) and German international Ilkay Gündogan (72.) scored the goals for Man City on Sunday; Glenn Murray (27) had brought Brighton into the lead. The Reds with their German coach Jürgen Klopp was not enough for the home win by the hits of Sadio Mané (17 and 81).

May 12: Ackermann wins second Giro stage

German road bike champion Pascal Ackermann has won the second stage of the 102th Giro d'Italia. The debutant won on Sunday after 205 kilometers from Bologna to Fucecchio the victory in the mass sprint ahead of the Italian champions Elia Viviani and the Australian Caleb Ewan. Thus, the 25-year-old has reached his big goal right at the first sprint of the Italian Tour, for Ackermann it was the fourth win of the season.

The second stage did not affect the overall ranking. Ex-ski jumper Primoz Roglic is still 19 seconds ahead of British Vuelta champion Simon Yates after his superior victory in the opener. Altstar Vincenzo Nibali finished 22 seconds back in third place overall.

May 9: Eintracht Frankfurt misses entry into the Europa League final

Eintracht Frankfurt fought until they dropped, but in the end it was a penalty, which stood between the Hesse and the move to the final of the Europa League. In the semi-final second leg of the football Bundesliga defeated 3-4 on penalties (1-1, 1-1, 1-0) at Chelsea and retired a week after the 1-1 in the first leg. The finals of the small European competition in Baku contest the two London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea.

May 9: David Wagner becomes the new head coach at FC Schalke 04

David Wagner

From Huddersfield to Gelsenkirchen: David Wagner will be Schalke coach from next season

David Wagner is the new season head coach of the Bundesliga football team FC Schalke 04. The 47-year-old receives at the Gelsenkirchenern a three-year contract, as the club

announced. He replaces "backup coach" Huub Stevens.

May 9: Media: Achim Beierlorzer becomes new coach of 1. FC Köln

Football instructor Achim Beierlorzer is, according to information from the "Bild" newspaper and "Sport Bild" new coach of the Bundesliga returnee 1 FC Cologne. The pledge of the 51-year-old was already there, it was said on Thursday. The personnel must be approved by the competent bodies of the Rhineland only. The FC said it was not commenting on staff speculation.

Beierlorzer is currently head coach of the Cologne league rival Jahn Regensburg and will compete on Sunday (15.30 / Sky) with his current team at the second division champion in Cologne.

The 1st FC Cologne had separated on April 27 from coach Markus Anfang. His successor André Pawlak is only responsible as interim coach until the end of the season. With the 4: 0 victory last Monday at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the Cologne had prematurely made their sixth promotion to the Bundesliga prematurely.

May 9: Transfer perfect: Leverkusen grabs Demirbay

The change from football international Kerem Demirbay to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen is perfect. The 25-year-old midfielder comes from league rivals 1899 Hoffenheim to the Rhinelander and receives in Leverkusen a contract until 30 June 2024. The change confirmed both clubs. In the conversation is a transfer fee of around 28 million euros. For the financial reasons neither Bayer nor the Kraichgauer made statements.

"With Kerem Demirbay we have won a technically savvy and strategic midfielder for us, which is also dangerous for goal," commented Bayer Sport Director Simon Rolfes the no-longer surprising personality. Demirbay said the change was "the next step for him after three really great years at TSG". He was with the team of national coach Joachim Loew 2017 Confederations Cup winner.

May 7: 4-0 against Barcelona: Klopp and Liverpool in the Champions League final

Jürgen Klopp has reached the final of the Football Champions League with Liverpool after a sensational comeback against FC Barcelona. The second-division of the English Premier League won on Tuesday, the return leg against Barça 4-0 (1-0) and thus made the 0-3 defeat from the first leg. The former Wolfsburg Bundesliga professional Divock Origi (7th and 79th minute) and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum (54th and 56th) scored the victory for the outstanding Liverpooler out.

With that, the Reds meet in the final on June 1 in Madrid on Ajax Amsterdam or Tottenham Hotspur. The first leg had won the Dutch record champions 1-0.

May 7: Rangnick does not rule out that Timo Werner remains at RB Leipzig

Leipzig's sports director and still-head coach Ralf Rangnick considers a whereabouts of Timo Werner to 2020 without contract renewal suddenly possible. "It is not our desired scenario, but I can not rule out that it will happen," said the 60-year-old in a talk show of the "Leipziger Volkszeitung". After that, the coveted striker would be free transfer. Possible goal would then be the FC Bayern Munich, this Saturday (15.30 clock) and on 25 May at the DFB Cup final in Berlin of RB opponents. RB CEO Oliver Mintzlaff had stressed in mid-April that the tendency is rather that Werner would go.

However, it would not be the first turn in the transfer speculation about the 23-year-olds. First there was the month-long – so far futile – struggle for his contract extension at RB Leipzig. Then followed the self brought into play change to probably the best address in German football. Finally came the clear statement of the Saxon Bundesliga: Without millions in compensation this summer, nothing works. Now there is a new variant: Werner met under new coach Julian Nagelsmann his contract until 2020 at the Champions League starter.

May 7: Mick Schumacher sees his determination in Formula 1

Mick Schumacher sees Formula 1 as his destiny. "Yes, that's it," answered the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher in an interview by the British TV channel Sky Sports on a similar question. The 20-year-old rides in the junior class Formula 2 this year. Last year he had won the European title in Formula 3. His father's most important benchmark remains, Schumacher said: "I do not compare myself to anyone who is now in Formula 1. Of course, it's my dad I'm comparing to."

He looks at the career steps of Papa Michael and see what he did differently than other racers and what he could learn from it. "But there are so many talented riders in Formula 1 otherwise they would not be there, it's always good to talk to each of them and learn as much as possible from them," added Mick Schumacher.

On the way to the premier class, it was important to go "one step at a time". "We've done that so far, Formula 2 should be the last step before Formula One," said Schumacher.

In the junior series he drives for the Italian Prema team. In the first four races of the season a fifth place in Baku was his best result. In addition, Schumacher is a member of the driver academy of Ferrari and has already completed test drives in the current Formula 1 cars of Scuderia and the partner team Alfa Romeo.

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May 7: For Uwe Seeler, the current HSV is the worst in history

Uwe Seeler is shocked. "It's not a question, we see the worst HSV in history, if only because he plays in the second league," said the club idol of Hamburger SV of the "Bild" newspaper (Tuesday). For the season finale of the kriselnden fourth place with the games at SC Paderborn and against MSV Duisburg calls the 82-year-old will and passion. "Heart blood can not be demanded, passion is a character question," said Seeler.

May 7: Lewis Hamilton shows up in a daring outfit

Lewis Hamilton has been in New York since the weekend. There he moves in elite circles, was with Tommy Hilfiger and on a perfume presentation. On Sunday, the famous Met Gala took place, one of the biggest and most important Red Carpet events of the year (occasion is the annual fashion exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Hamilton has come up with something special for the performance. He came in a self-designed black and gray suit – and with headband! Tommy Hilfiger stood by his side.

6th May: Goals party in Fürth – 1st FC Cologne again first class

The "Effzeh" is back! With a true goal spectacle, 1. FC Köln has prematurely completed its sixth promotion to the first Bundesliga. 373 days after the crash from the elite class, the Rhinelander are by a superior 4: 0 (3: 0) at the SpVgg Greuther Fürth even from the top of the table of the 2nd Bundesliga no longer displaceable. After the perfect debut under interim coach André Pawlak on Monday evening, the people of Cologne were able to look forward to an entertaining party night on the bus back home.

In front of 12,520 spectators, top scorer Jhon Cordoba cleared all remaining doubts on the sixth ascent after 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2014 with a triple pack (8th, 41st, 65th minute) and involuntary Daniel Steininger (20th / owner). After four games without victory, the despondent Fürth, however, have still not packed, despite six points ahead on relegation rank 16 the league.

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