Champions League Runner-up Dortmund Signs Germany Defender Waldemar Anton from Stuttgart

Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund made Germany defender Waldemar Anton its first signing of the offseason -The AP
Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund made Germany defender Waldemar Anton its first signing of the offseason -The AP
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Champions League Runner-up Dortmund Signs Germany Defender Waldemar Anton from Stuttgart

Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund made Germany defender Waldemar Anton its first signing of the offseason -The AP
Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund made Germany defender Waldemar Anton its first signing of the offseason -The AP

Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund made Germany defender Waldemar Anton its first signing of the offseason on Monday, leaving Stuttgart needing a new captain for its return to top-level European competition next season.

Anton played all but one Bundesliga game for Stuttgart last season as the team defied expectations to finish second in the league, behind only champion Bayer Leverkusen.

That helped earn him a call-up to Germany's squad for Euro 2024, where he played two games off the bench in the host nation's run to the quarterfinals, The AP reported.

“I wasn't originally planning to change clubs, but then came Borussia Dortmund,” Anton said in a Dortmund statement. “A top club that had just been in the Champions League final. That shows the potential in this club.”

Anton, who was born in Uzbekistan, is likely to team up in defense with Nico Schlotterbeck after the experienced Mats Hummels left last month when his contract expired.

Anton joins Dortmund on a four-year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee after four years at Stuttgart.

In January, he signed a contract extension through 2027 with Stuttgart, where he captained the team last season after midfielder Wataru Endo left for Liverpool.

Stuttgart, which last played in the Champions League in the 2009-10 season, is without both of its first-choice central defenders from last season after Hiroki Ito joined Bayern Munich last month. Forwards Serhou Guirassy and Chris Führich have also been reportedly linked with transfers.



South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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Basketball - USA Basketball Showcase - United States v Serbia - Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 17, 2024 LeBron James of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

South Sudan's basketball team came close to stunning the United States' collection of NBA superstars on Saturday before losing 101-100 in an Olympic Games warm-up in London.

The US trailed by 14 points at half-time before LeBron James came to the rescue with 23 points, including the key score with just 20 seconds left.

Anthony Davis added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the US, according to AFP.

For South Sudan, who are ranked 33 in the world, Marial Shayok scored 25 points while Carlik Jones had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Both sides will meet again in the pool stages of the Paris Olympics which get underway on Friday.