Schalke switches financial troubles for sporting troubles

BERLIN (AP) — Schalke thought its troubles were over once the Bundesliga restarted. The Gelsenkirchen-based club was facing insolvency with no soccer being played because of the coronavirus pandemic and had been pushing hard for the league to resume throughout its two-month suspension. The restart without fans on May 16 could not have come soon enough. But the team’s performances have not helped much. Schalke lost to rival Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in its first game back, then 3-0 at home against struggling Augsburg before Wednesday’s 2-1 setback at relegation-threatened Fortuna Düsseldorf.