Benitez’s Chelsea debut falls a bit flat
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez, in his first game since replacing Robert Di Matteo, was greeted with jeers from his home fans in a scoreless draw with Manchester City. Di Matteo was fired Wednesday, six months after leading Chelsea to its first Champions League title. Benitez’s introduction before the match was greeted with persistent jeers, and the public address announcer had to ask fans to mute their dissent so tribute could be paid to former manager Dave Sexton, who died Saturday. After applause, the Chelsea fans began chanting, ‘‘We don’t want you here!’’ Afterward, Benitez said, “My experience in England is that when the fans are singing, I don’t understand what they say.’’ . . . Sexton, who led Chelsea to FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup triumphs in the 1970s, died Saturday night, former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti said. He was 82. Club historian Rick Glanvill said he had been suffering from dementia . . . Brazilians have selected the name ‘‘Fuleco’’ for the three-banded armadillo mascot for the 2014 World Cup after a three-month voting process that was derided by fans as undemocratic because fans were not allowed to choose the names of the finalists. FIFA said that more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the vote, with Fuleco — which comes from the Portuguese words ‘‘futebol’’ (football) and ‘‘ecologia’’ (ecology) — receiving 48 percent of the vote, while 31 percent went for Zuzeco and 21 percent for Amijubi.
Germans sweep season-opening luge
Olympic luge champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of the top five positions at the season-opening race at Igls, Austria, the first time in the men’s World Cup that all five lugers from one nation finished ahead of the field. Loch, the defending World Cup champion, set a track record in his first run and was fastest in the second to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 40.229 seconds for his 11th career win . . . In Lillehammer, Norway, hometown hero Magnus Moan won his second Nordic Combined World Cup event of the weekend. Moan convincingly won the 10-kilometer penalty race to finish in 26:54.4 . . . Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a super-G, completing a sweep at Lake Louise, Alberta. Svindal also won Saturday’s downhill, making him the first man to win both events at Lake Louise since Bode Miller in 2004 . . . Austria’s Kathrin Zettel held off teammate Marlies Schild to win a World Cup slalom in Aspen, Colo. Lindsey Vonn skipped the race as she recovers from an intestinal illness. Colorado teenager Mikaela Shiffrin was in the lead for a few skiers before winding up seventh . . . The US Cross Country Ski Team scored its first FIS World Cup relay podium with a third-place finish in a women’s 4-x-5k team event in Gaellivare, Sweden. The US men were 15th in the 4-x-7½ relay.
Louisville’s Dieng has broken wrist
Louisville senior center Gorgui Dieng is out indefinitely after he broke his left wrist Friday against Missouri. The preseason All-Big East selection was averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks through five games for the No. 2 Cardinals . . . UCLA guard Tyler Lamb decided to transfer. The No. 11 Bruins announced that Lamb has been released from the basketball team and the junior will leave school at the end of the fall quarter . . . Harvard was one of eight men’s basketball squads chosen to compete at the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout next November in Anchorage . . . Sebastian Vettel shook off a first-lap crash and other difficulties to finish sixth at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, good enough to protect his lead over challenger Fernando Alonso and become Formula One’s youngest three-time champion. Vettel, 25, had to overcome a poor start, the crash, a damaged car, a broken radio, a botched pit stop, and rain to win his third straight title. Jenson Button won the race at Interlagos, with Alonso second. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was seventh in his final race after 19 seasons.