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BERLIN -- Bayern Munich routed Wolfsburg 5-0 and took advantage of Leipzigs first defeat to replace the promoted side at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.Leipzigs record 13-game unbeaten start was finally ended in a 1-0 loss at coach Ralph Hasenhuettls former side Ingolstadt, which had been bottom but climbed one place.Defeats always hurt, regardless against whom, said Hasenhuettl, who led Ingolstadt to promotion in 2015.Midfielder Rogers early header was enough to end Leipzigs eight-game winning run and give Ingolstadt its second win in four games under new coach Maik Walpurgis.The game ended on a turbulent note when Emil Forsberg missed a great chance to equalize and players on both sides received yellow cards after a melee. Ingolstadts Mathew Leckie was sent off in injury time.A wonderful match day, said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose rivals all dropped points. Ingolstadt will get a truckload of white sausage and wheat-beer from us.In Munich, Thomas Mueller scored his first league goal since April as Bayern returned to the top with a comfortable win over crisis-hit Wolfsburg.Now were leaders and that will certainly do our Christmas party this evening good, said Mueller, who had gone 999 minutes without scoring. Its nice the goal drought is now over. It wasnt so important to me but I know others made a big deal of it.Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a curling effort inside the far post from a difficult angle in the 18th minute and Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead from close range three minutes later.Its brutal, its depressing when it starts like that, former Bayern striker Mario Gomez said of his return.Lewandowski grabbed his second goal early in the second half when he deflect Muellers shot inside the left post.Mueller, who scored 32 goals across all competitions for Bayern last season, then ended his goal drought by deflecting Robbens effort past the helpless Diego Benaglio, and Douglas Costa completed the Wolfsburg goalkeepers miserable afternoon with a fine strike in the final minutes.After 14 games, Bayern leads on goal difference from Leipzig. Only goal difference was separating Wolfsburg from the relegation zone.Heres a look at other games:COLOGNE 1, BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1Dortmund was headed for its fourth defeat of the season until Marco Reus struck in the final minute for his first league goal since returning from injury last month.Artjoms Rudnevs was left alone to head Cologne in front before the half-hour mark from Jonas Hectors free kick.Dortmund dominated possession but failed going forward until the end. Adrian Ramos crossed for Reus to slot the equalizer inside the right post.It was Reus first league goal since the 2-2 draw with Cologne in the final round last season.Cologne midfielder Salih Ozcan was sent off with his second yellow card in injury time.Dortmund dropped eight points behind Bayern and Leipzig, while Cologne stayed seventh after its ninth straight unbeaten game at home.HERTHA BERLIN 0, WERDER BREMEN 1Max Kruses strike before the break was enough for Bremen to beat third-place Hertha and climb four points above the relegation zone with its first away win of the season.Herthas defense was at fault with Niklas Stark losing the ball for Kruse to grab his second goal in as many games.Hes young. Thats the time to make mistakes, Hertha coach Pal Derdai said of his defender.Led by veteran forward Claudio Pizarro, Bremen missed good chances to extend the lead.Hertha had previously won all six games at home this season.HAMBURGER SV 1, AUGSBURG 0Hamburg forward Lewis Holtby left his side an uphill task before the break when he was sent off for elbowing Dominik Kohr in the face after he was fouled by the Augsburg midfielder.But Kohr received his second yellow card midway through the second half and Filip Kostic scored two minutes later on a rebound after Nicolai Muellers effort hit the post.It was enough for Hamburg to climb into the relegation playoff place, one point above Ingolstadt and two above Darmstadt, which lost 1-0 at Freiburg.Nils Petersens late penalty was enough for Freiburg. PITTSBURGH -- Troy Polamalu walked off the Pittsburgh Steelers practice field on Tuesday with rookie safety Shamarko Thomas hanging on the veteran safetys every word. To be honest, Polamalu admits its still a little strange to think that in the last decade hes morphed from precocious talent into respected leader. Yet he knows being a mentor is part of his job description these days, and for a team in the midst of startling change, its a role hell eagerly fill. "The great thing about the people that we have here is that all we are going to do is give knowledge," Polamalu said. "There is no hesitation. Its not like we think this guy is going to replace someone, like other teams." Maybe, but there is little doubt that the Steelers expect Thomas to one day take over for the 32-year-old Polamalu or 33-year-old Ryan Clark. Just not quite yet. For as all the tumult Pittsburgh experienced in the off-season, there was a sense of normalcy during the first day of organized team activities. While locker room fixtures James Harrison, Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall are all gone, a host of veterans remain to help an 8-8 team rebuild on the fly. "It feels new and different every year at this time," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Were working with 90 guys and every year 40 or so of them, minimum, are new guys. From that standpoint, its the same. Were always excited and energized to work with the new faces." So long as the old ones know that needs to be fixed. The Steelers slid to their worst record of Tomlins six-year tenure in 2012 as injuries and uncharacteristic mistakes sent Pittsburgh tumbling out of the playoffs. General manager Kevin Colbert refused to call the Steelers a team in transition during the off-season but allowed changes needed to be made for Pittsburgh to get back to its usual spot among the NFLs elite. Part of the plan was trimming some salary cap fat in cutting Harrison and veteran offensive lineman Willie Colon. Part of it was adding youth like top draft pick linebacker Jarvis Jones and second-round running back LeVeon Bell. And part of it was relying on players like Polamalu and quarterback Ben Roethlsiberger to assert themselves in the locker room. Roethlisberger has spent the majority of his career as the youngest player in the quarterback room. Now hes the oldest after the team jettisoned Byron Leftwicch and Charlie Batch in the off-season and brought in Bruce Gradkowski, John Parker Wilson and fourth-round pick Landry Jones.dddddddddddd "Im going to do everything I can to help those guys get ready to play because Im here to win games," Roethlisberger said. "Weve had other guys step up and play and win games for us in the past. Im excited to help these guys be ready to go if need be." The quarterback brushed off off-season chatter from several players -- some anonymously -- that the dynamics of the locker room changed last year. He called the suggestions "confusing" and said the team is eager to move on. So is cornerback Ike Taylor. The very un-Steelerlike end to last season left a "sour taste" in the veterans mouth. "Thats something we pride ourselves on is making the playoffs, having the opportunity to go to a championship game and we came up short," Taylor said. When asked if missing the playoffs for only the third time since 2004 is that big a deal, Taylor didnt hesitate. "It is," Taylor said. "When you put all that effort in, training camp, minicamp, going along into the season and have opportunities to make it and you dont make it, its frustrating." And hopefully, a lesson learned. Polamalu missed more than half the season with a calf injury, the first one of his 10-year career he says "could have been avoided." The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year declined to get into specifics on how he could have kept the calf healthy but says his off-season regimen continues to change as he matures. "Time is not stale," Polamalu said. "You have to continue to evolve as time evolves, your career evolves and your body evolves. I think when you become stale in that way, then its just kind of a redundant thing." Like, say, harping on last season. The Steelers arent used to missing the playoffs in consecutive years. They went three seasons without a post-season appearance from 1998-2000, but thats long before the likes of Polamalu, Roethlisberger and Taylor came along. Nevertheless, all have endured bumps in the road throughout their careers. And all have found a way to respond almost immediately. They see no reason it cant happen again. "I think its like coach (Tomlin) says," Taylor said. "Less talk and more work." ' ' '

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