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Sports news feed: Gisdol sacked by Cologne

Relegation-threatened Cologne have moved quickly to replace Markus Gisdol with Friedhelm Funkel in an effort to stay in the Bundesliga. In golf, Hideki Matsuyama has become the first Japanese man to win a major.

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Relegation-threatened Cologne have moved quickly to replace Markus Gisdol with Friedhelm Funkel in an effort to stay in the Bundesliga. In golf, Hideki Matsuyama has become the first Japanese man to win a major.

April 12 Funkel confirmed at Cologne

About 12 hours after confirming Markus Gisdol's departure, Cologne have announced the Friedhelm Funkel will become their new head coach.

The former Fortuna Düsseldorf coach will be returning for a second spell in the Cologne dugout after a stint between February 2002 and October 2003. Funkel has signed a deal for the remaining six games of the season, with Co

logne three points from safety.

"I have followed FC intensivel­y in the past few weeks

and had a good talk with Horst [Heldt, sporting director]. The team have recently put in good performanc­es but have not been rewarded. When working with the boys, now it is about getting the necessary points with the same effort so that we stay in the league. I am convinced that we can do it," Funkel said.

His first match comes on Saturday, when Cologne make the short trip to face Bayer Leverkusen.

Spurs to review Son racial abuse

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur say they are trying to establish how to deal with yet more racist abuse of players on social media.

South Korean forward Son Heung-min was the victim this time, following the London team's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

"Another matchday and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players," said

Spurs in a statement and tweet.

"This has again been reported to the platforms and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward."

Struggling Cologne sack Gisdol

Bundesliga club Cologne have parted ways with coach Markus Gisdol in the wake of their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mainz on

Sunday.

Cologne have been mired in relegation territory for weeks, a situation made worse after the loss. The club confirmed the rumored sacking in a tweet late on Sunday without naming a successor.

Media reports suggest however, that Friedhelm Funkel is to be brought in to try to avoid the drop to Bundesliga 2.

Matsuyama makes history

Hideki Matsuyama held his nerve to become the first Japanese man to win a major with victory in the Masters at Augusta.

Matsuyama went in to the final day on Sunday with a four shot lead but a shaky start and the challenge of American debutant Will Zalatoris made for a nervous finale.

"I am really happy. My nerves really didn't start on the back nine, it was right from the start and right until the very last putt," said Matsuyama.

"I was thinking about them [friends and family] all the way around. I am really happy I played well for them. Hopefully I will be a pioneer and many other Japanese players will follow and I am glad to open the floodgates."

Blackmore becomes first female Grand National winner

"I don't feel male or female right now. I don't even feel human." Those words from Rachel Blackmore have rung out around the UK since Blackmore became the first female winner of the country's most prestigiou­s horse race, The Grand National, on Sunday.

Blackmore is one of a number of women making a significan­t impact in a rare example of a sport where women compete directly with men.

"Ah, look, it's brilliant, but I won't be the last. I'm delighted for myself anyway," she said. "I just hope it shows it doesn't matter, male or female.

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Friedhelm Funkel takes on a second stint at Cologne 18 years after his first

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