Klins­mann named Hertha Ber­lin coach

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Former Ger­many and United States boss Jur­gen Klins­mann has taken over as head coach of Ger­man club Hertha Ber­lin un­til the end of the sea­son, the club an­nounced on Wed­nes­day. Former Hertha boss Ante Covic, who only took charge in July af­ter six years coach­ing the re­serves, was dis­missed af­ter Sun­day's 4-0 thrash­ing at Augs­burg. The 55 year old Klins­mann is a former Euro­pean and world cham­pion with Ger­many. A former Tot­ten­ham, Bay­ern Mu­nich and In­ter Mi­lan striker, he won the 1990 World Cup and 1996 Euro­pean cham­pi­onships with Ger­many, mak­ing 108 ap­pear­ances and scor­ing 47 goals for Die Mannschaft. He was head coach of Ger­many from 2004 un­til the 2006 World Cup. He briefly coached Bay­ern from 2008 un­til 2009, but was then made head coach of the US from 2011 un­til 2016.

Bai­ley ap­pointed Aus­tralia se­lec­tor

Former Aus­tralia Twenty20 cap­tain Ge­orge Bai­ley was ap­pointed on Wed­nes­day as one of the coun­try's three national se­lec­tors, re­plac­ing the re­tired Greg Chap­pell. He joins chair­man Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer and draws the cur­tain on his long play­ing ca­reer af­ter the do­mes­tic Big Bash League in early Fe­bru­ary to take on the role full-time. Bai­ley, 37, played five Tests, 90 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and 30 Twen­ty20s for Aus­tralia. He has also been a stalwart for Tas­ma­nia, the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes and Mel­bourne Stars since mak­ing his first-class de­but in 2004. He is cur­rently 12 runs short of 10,000 first-class runs.

Sil­ver­wood to fly home af­ter be­reave­ment

Eng­land coach Chris Sil­ver­wood will leave his team's tour of New Zealand early be­cause of a fam­ily be­reave­ment, of­fi­cials said on Wed­nes­day. The Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Sil­ver­wood would de­part on Satur­day af­ter day two of the sec­ond Test in Hamil­ton. "As­sis­tant coaches Gra­ham Thorpe and Paul Colling­wood will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity of team af­fairs along­side Test cap­tain Joe Root for the re­main­der of the New Zealand tour," it tweeted. The New Zealand tour is Sil­ver­wood's first in charge of Eng­land af­ter he was named as Trevor Bayliss's re­place­ment in Oc­to­ber.

Haz­ard’s first Cla­sico in doubt af­ter in­jury

Zinedine Zidane con­firmed Eden Haz­ard twisted his an­kle dur­ing Real Madrid's draw against PSG on Tues­day, with the Cla­sico against Barcelona only three weeks away. The Bel­gian's in­jury threat­ens to pre­vent him from play­ing in his first Cla­sico at the Camp Nou on De­cem­ber 18. "His per­for­mance was spec­tac­u­lar," Zidane said. "But he had to come off. It's more than just a knock but I hope the twist is a mi­nor one. For now, I can't say any­thing more."

Former Switzer­land man­ager Kuhn dies

Koebi Kuhn, a former Switzer­land in­ter­na­tional and man­ager, died on Tues­day in Zurich at the age of 76 af­ter a long ill­ness, former FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter said. Kuhn took over the national team in 2001. He re­mained coach un­til Switzer­land, was elim­i­nated at Euro 2008.

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