Jose Antonio Camacho quit as star-studded Real Madrid's coach after just six games and was replaced yesterday by assistant Mariano Garcia Remon.
Boasting a roster with Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham, Madrid is 2-1 and tied for seventh in the Spanish league. It went 2-1 in the Champions League under Camacho, who replaced Carlos Queiroz after last season, the team's first since 1999 without a trophy.
Madrid lost two games in the past week, prompting Camacho's resignation on Sunday.
"I think that the performance of this team is not the right one, and me being here is not going to improve that," Camacho said.
It wasn't clear whether Garcia Remon was hired on a permanent or interim basis. He played goalie for Real Madrid from 1971 to '86, coached its youth team to three titles and coached lower-league Sporting de Gijon for two seasons. . . .
Goalkeeper Tim Howard was dropped by Manchester United for yesterday's 2-1 victory over Liverpool because of mistakes that cost the team in the previous two games.
The former MetroStars goalie didn't even make the bench after blunders in United's 2-2 tie with Bolton Wanderers nine days before and in a 2-2 draw with French club Lyon in the Champions League last week. Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll started yesterday. . . .
Brian Clough, the charismatic coach who led Nottingham Forest to consecutive European Cup titles in 1979-80 and became known as the "best manager England never had," died yesterday. He was 69.
Clough, who also managed Derby County, had stomach cancer and died at Derby City (England) General Hospital. Clough, who battled alcoholism toward the end of his career, had a liver transplant in January 2003.
He won nine major trophies during his 18-year stint with Nottingham Forest and was one of the most accomplished, colorful and respected figures in English soccer.
* HOCKEY: The Pittsburgh Penguins canceled their home preseason schedule and the regular season opener because of the NHL lockout that threatens to wipe out the season. The Penguins were supposed to play exhibition games against Washington, Columbus, Boston and Ottawa. . . .
A young Missouri woman was acquitted of charges she helped former NHL player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent. The federal jury in East St. Louis, Ill., deliberated more than three hours before clearing 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer in the scheme, which unraveled in April when the man recruited for the hit notified authorities.
* BASEBALL: The Hagerstown Suns signed a two-year player development agreement with the New York Mets. The Class A Suns had been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants for the past four seasons.
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