BERLIN - Bastian Schweinsteiger scored one goal and set up another as Bayern Munich moved ever closer to the Bundesliga

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BERLIN - Bastian Schweinsteiger scored one goal and set up another as Bayern Munich moved ever closer to the Bundesliga title with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Schweinsteiger crossed for Mario Mandzukic to score with a powerful header in the 44th minute, and secured Bayerns league record 17th win in succession with a perfectly placed free kick in the 52nd. "It was an important goal, so Im happy it went in," the Germany midfielder said. Stefan Kiessling headed Leverkusens consolation from Roberto Hilberts cross in injury time. Bayern extended its league record unbeaten run to 50 games and moved 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund with nine games remaining. Dortmund was beaten 2-1 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach, meaning Bayern can secure the title at Mainz next week if Dortmund and Schalke, 24 points behind in third, both fail to win. "I remember we were champions in Mainz a couple of times before. It was funny because they celebrated with us," Schweinsteiger said. "But its all the same when we do it." Bayern made a lacklustre start in its first game since Uli Hoeness stepped down as president after being convicted of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Thursday. Son Heung-min should have scored for Leverkusen in the 11th, when he had only Manuel Neuer to beat after being played in by Kiessling, but the South Korean shot wide of the far post. "I wanted to place it in the corner," Son said. "We did everything we could." Neuer also made a good save to deny Simon Rolfes from distance in the 29th. Mandzukic beat Philipp Wollscheid to meet Schweinsteigers cross before the break, and Schweinsteiger shot over the wall and inside the top left corner to seal the result. "We werent at out limit," Bayern midfielder Thomas Mueller grumbled. "Its all the same (when Bayern clinch the title). We want to win again to keep our rhythm so were there again in the knockout rounds of the Champions League." Earlier, Mainz came from two goals down to win 4-2 at Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen drew 1-1 with Stuttgart, Wolfsburg could only draw 1-1 at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig, and Hertha Berlin lost 3-0 at home to Hannover. Dortmund, which hosts Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday, was without influential midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus due to suspension and muscle problems, respectively, as 10-man Gladbach ended its nine-game run without a win. "We had a tough time and naturally were all relieved," said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre, who extended his contract on Wednesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the crossbar for Dortmund before Raffael scored at the other end in the 31st. Max Kruse made it 2-0 by drawing Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller first one way, then the other, before clipping the ball in. "When you go nine games without scoring then of course its a relief," said Kruse, who was dropped for Germanys recent game with Chile because of poor form. Havard Nordtveit was sent off for his second yellow card in the 69th, eight minutes before Dortmund substitute Milos Jojic pulled one back with a deflected shot. "It shouldnt happen to us at home," Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin said. "You could see after the sending-off that everyone believed in the equalizer but it wasnt to be." Hoffenheim led 2-0 minutes into the second half, but the defence crumbled, letting in three Mainz goals in an eight-minute span, and Shinji Okazakis second in injury time. "I cant explain why we gave the game away," Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol said. It had been briefly interrupted in the first half when Hoffenheims Andreas Beck crashed into a pitchside cameraman, knocking him and the TV camera over. Both needed treatment. The cameraman was carried away on a stretcher, while Beck carried on. 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Here at we will take a look back at the season by bringing together a panel of experts to help pick the best 50 players of the season.WINNIPEG - Rookie John Klingberg wasnt making a big deal about his four-point game— even if it was the first of his NHL career. Rather, the Dallas Stars blue-liner, who finished with two goals and two assists, pointed out his defensive performance as a highlight in a 5-2 victory Saturday over the Winnipeg Jets.Im learning new stuff almost every game, and I think today was a good game, said Klingberg, who now has nine goals and 24 points in 35 contests.Obviously, four points is a good night, but I think I played pretty good defensively, too, so Im happy about the game today.The Stars (23-19-7) scored four times on the power play, with Klingberg, Patrick Eaves, Shawn Horcoff and Jason Spezza producing with the man advantage. Tyler Seguin tacked on three assists.Captain Andrew Ladd tied goal-leader Bryan Little with his 18th of the season and added an assist for Winnipeg (26-17-8), which extended its losing streak to three games. Toby Enstrom had the Jets other goal.I dont think it was the best start and, obviously, taking too many penalties, Ladd said. Theyve got some guys up front that can make you pay and that was the difference.I thought we were doing some good things, but its tough when youre building momentum and you end up in the box.Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves for the Stars, who were coming off a 6-3 win over Ottawa.Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots in his second straight start for Winnipeg, but his effort wasnt helped with the Stars getting eight power plays.I dont think we were over the edge, but look at the penalties. Two were undisciplined penalties, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.Ladd said its a balancing act.Its something that we need to get better at, he said. At times, you try to wind yourself up as much as possible emotionally, trying to finish your check and (be) involved in the game.Sometimes, weve been taking it too far, so its something where we have to get better at walking that line and being more disciplined.The Jets, who had two power plays, had won their previous three home games.Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said his players held their own in the battles.Obviously, they were trying to play real physical and they were taking a few penalties, Ruff said. The only way you can stop the physical play is by putting the puck in the back of the net.For us, we had the opportunities. If you dont take those opportunities, then it keeps coming.Dallas opened the scoring with Eaves fifth goal of the season at 5:13— 15 seconds after Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot went off for interference.ddddddddddddWinnipeg had a 3-on-1 rush late in the period, but Adam Lowrys shot hit a Dallas player. The Stars outshot the Jets 11-10 in the first.When youre able to make that kind of save, that makes me feel good and its easier to get going from there, Lehtonen said. I think there was some bounces that went my way, too. You need that to have a game like that.The Jets put five shots at Lehtonen in the first three minutes of the second, but he withstood the barrage and Ruff called a timeout.Winnipeg continued to swarm in the Dallas end midway through the period for more than a minute and the fans erupted when Ladds low shot went by a screened Lehtonen at 10:14 to make it 1-1.With Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian in the penalty box for slashing, Horcoff scored his seventh goal of the season when he deflected a shot by Trevor Daley from the high slot at 14:21.On Dallass third power play of the period, this time with Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien in the box for delay of game, Spezza scored his ninth of the season for a 3-1 lead at 18:47.Winnipeg outshot Dallas 18-13 in the middle frame.At 4:31 of the third period, Klingberg scored his eighth of the season when his shot from the point got past Hutchinson, who had Chiarot and Colton Sceviour banging at each other in front of the net.The players paired up for some fighting eight minutes into the period and Dallas came away with a two-man advantage, setting the stage for Klingbergs second goal of the game at 8:40.Hes played well for us, Ruff said of the young Swede. Hes a young D thats got some good skill.You know, sometimes the puck goes in the net for you. The wrist shot from the point found a hole somehow. For a young D, he took a beating out there a few times tonight, but kept playing.Stars captain Jamie Benn assisted on the goal, giving him four goals and five assists in his past six games.Enstrom made it 5-2 when a rebound from Blake Wheelers wrap-around attempt bounced out to him and he beat Lehtonen at 12:46.Both teams made changes to their defensive pairings, with the most notable being Byfuglien going back with former sidekick Enstrom instead of rookie Chiarot, who teamed up with Bogosian. Defenceman Jacob Trouba, who was playing his 100th career NHL game, was paired up with Stuart.The Jets head out for a two-game road trip, starting Monday in Calgary and the following night against Vancouver. Dallas hosts Colorado on Tuesday. 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