Stuttgart hires new boss

The Associated PressSTUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has hired former Schalke and Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl to take over from Tayfun Korkut, who was fired on Sunday.

The club said the 43-year-old Weinzierl agreed a to deal through June 2020 and will take charge of his first training session on Wednesday.

Korkut was let go, along with assistants Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo, following the side’s 3-1 defeat to previously bottom Hannover on Saturday. The defeat left Stuttgart last in the league after seven games.

Said Stuttgart president Wolfgang Dietrich: “We have acted cautiously and laid the groundwork for a new start in what is anything but an easy situation for Stuttgart.

“We’re delighted we could get an experienced and ambitious head coach in Markus Weinzierl.”

Weinzierl, who led Jahn Regensburg into the second division and Augsburg to the Europa League, had a difficult time at Schalke when he took over the Gelsenkirchen-based club in 2016.

Bolt faces test for roster spot

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt said his performance in a trial game on Friday could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League and his quest to play professional soccer.

The eight-time Olympic sprint champion is expected to start for the Mariners against a Macarthur South West United team in western Sydney. United plays in a second-tier competition.

“This is going to be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career,” the 32-year-old Jamaican said Wednesday.

The Mariners begin the A-League regular season on Oct. 21 in Brisbane against the Roar.

Bolt, who holds the 100- and 200-meter world records, has retired from competitive athletics.

After being used as a winger in his first brief trial appearance in late August, Bolt hinted at a positional change for the match at Sydney’s Campbelltown Stadium.

Coach Mike Mulvey “said he wants to play me up top more,” Bolt said. “The couple of games that I played, I didn’t play with the first team.”

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