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Football: FC Twente also against Ajax without Brama and Abass
2.31 pm: FC Twente will take on Ajax without Wout Brama on Thursday. Due to a muscle injury last weekend, the experienced captain was missing at the resumption of the competition against FC Emmen. “His recovery is going well, but Wout will not make it to the match against Ajax”, says trainer Ron Jans, who hopes that the midfielder will be able to participate again on Sunday against FC Groningen.
Winter acquisition Issah Abass is still waiting for his work permit. The Ghanaian mercenary from the German club FSV Mainz can probably join next week. Without Brama and Abass, Twente won 4-1 in and against Emmen.
At the beginning of December, Jans’ team in Amsterdam booked a surprising victory over Ajax, thanks to two goals from former Ajax player Queensy Menig (1-2). “Ajax will want to take revenge, but I think they have also gained respect for us. Not only because of that game, but also because of other games we have played ”, Jans said. „Ajax played below his level against us, while we did very well. We don’t have to have any fear, we don’t have to look down. We want to keep this. Just fly in without fear. ”
Football: FC Groningen has captain Matusiwa back against Willem II
2.30 pm: FC Groningen can again have Azor Matusiwa in its away match against Willem II on Thursday. The 22-year-old midfielder, captain of the Groningen team in the absence of Arjen Robben, was missing in recent weeks due to an injury. Without Matusiwa, the team of trainer Danny Buijs relinquished a victory just before the end of the competition against FC Utrecht (2-2).
“It was disappointing that we let the victory slip through our hands in injury time, but seen throughout the game this was a fair result,” said Buijs, who has a fit selection after Robben who has been absent for a long time.
At the troubled Willem II, Pol Llonch may return to the team. The Spanish midfielder has been missing since the beginning of December due to an ankle injury. Trainer Adrie Koster cannot appeal to goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter and left back Miquel Nelom against Groningen. Willem II is experiencing a disappointing season and is in seventeenth place, with only FC Emmen under him.
Cycling: Cyclist Aru participates in the cyclocross world championships
2.08 pm: The Italian cyclist Fabio Aru will participate in the cyclocross World Championships in Ostend at the end of this month. The 30-year-old Aru, winner of the Tour of Spain in 2015, makes a trip to the cross in preparation for the new season on the road. The Italian took part in the national championship in Lecce last weekend, where he finished tenth.
“The first race with my new team,” Aru wrote on Instagram with a photo showing him plowing through a mud bath. “I felt really good in the mud. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun with it, I felt like a kid again riding his first race. This is my sport, this is my passion. ”
Aru has received permission from his new team Qhubeka-Assos to continue cyclocross for the coming weeks. The Italian is currently preparing for the World Cup in Belgium with the national selection, which consists of twelve riders. “I will participate without ambitions and will be back on the road in February. I take a good look at Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock, how they are doing in the field. ” Aru left the Tour de France in September during the ninth stage and did not play after that.
Handball: Smits back to German top club Magdeburg
2:06 pm: Handball international Kay Smits returns to the German top club SC Magdeburg. The top scorer of Orange has signed a two-year contract. Smits makes the switch from the Danish club TTH Holstebro.
The construction player, who scored nine times in the European Championship qualifying match against Slovenia last Sunday, already played for Magdeburg at the beginning of last year. That was on a rental basis. It did not come to a contract then due to the outbreak of the corona virus. After the resumption of the handball competitions in Europe, the Limburger rejoined his Danish employer.
“Contact with Kay has remained, so it was logical to bring him back. Especially considering his good performances, ”said head coach Bennet Wieger of the club, the current number 5 in the Bundesliga, widely regarded as the strongest league in the world.
Smits was pleased with his new contract. “When I was here last year, I soon realized that I wanted to play here longer. The organization is very professional and in this environment I can develop further ”, said the left-handed shooter.
Basketball: NBA must also postpone Washington Wizards duel to corona
1.13 pm: The American basketball league NBA is struggling with the corona virus. More and more competitions have to be canceled due to positive test results and strict health and safety rules. Washington Wizards has two players who may be infected with the virus and therefore had to cancel the home game against Utah Jazz.
Source and contact research is necessary to find out whether the virus has already spread within the selection. The Wizards therefore do not have the required number of at least eight players to participate. The Washington team played against Boston Celtics late last week, which has not played since then due to corona concerns. Games against Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic were all canceled.
The American ice hockey league NHL starts on Wednesday, but the virus is also causing problems there. Over the past two weeks, 27 players from nine different teams have tested positive. Dallas Stars even had to close the training complex recently, because fourteen players were found to be infected. The first three games of the Stars have been postponed.
Tennis: De Minaur receives first ATP title in 2021 by submission of Boeblik
10:56 am The first ATP title of this year in men has gone to Alex de Minaur. The Australian tennis player was declared the winner of the tournament in Antalya, because his opponent had to give up injured early in the final. Alexander Boeblik from Kazakhstan retired early in the first set when he was 2-0 behind due to an ankle injury.
The 21-year-old De Minaur, number 23 in the world, thus won his fourth title on the ATP Tour. In 2019, the Australian won the Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai hard courts. The 23-year-old Boeblik, 49th in the global ranking, is still waiting for his first ATP title. He previously lost two finals.
Tennis: Third consecutive tournament win Sabalenka
10:30 am Tennis player Aryna Sabalenka has booked her third tournament victory in a row. The 22-year-old Belarusian, number 10 in the world, won the WTA tournament in Abu Dhabi by beating Veronika Koedermetova from Russia in two sets: 6-2 6-2. It meant her fifteenth victory in a row for Sabalenka.
The tennis player from Minsk won the tournaments of Ostrava and Linz at the end of last year. Sabalenka won her ninth WTA title at the start of the season in Abu Dhabi. As a result, the Belarusian climbs in the world ranking over, among others, Kiki Bertens, to seventh place.
Koedermetova was in the final of a WTA tournament for the first time. On the way to the final battle, the 23-year-old Russian had settled in the quarterfinals with second-placed Elina Svitolina. Sofia Kenin, the American number 1 on the placement list, lost to Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals. The Greek then lost out to Sabalenka.
Judo: Roy Meyer quickly crashed in Doha Masters
10:00 am Judoka Roy Meyer has already been eliminated in his first match at the Doha Masters. The Dutch heavyweight went down with an ippon against the French top favorite Teddy Riner. Henk Grol and Jur Spijkers did win their first match in the category above 100 kilograms.
Meyer and Grol compete for the one Olympic ticket to the Games in Tokyo that is available for the Netherlands in this category. The Doha Masters has been designated as one of the three measurement moments in which the judokas must prove themselves. The Grand Slam in Tel Aviv (19-21 February) and the European Championship (16-18 April) are the other selection matches.
Tennis: Son of Petr Korda reaches Delray Beach final
9:20 am American tennis player Sebastian Korda, son of former top player Petr Korda, has reached the final for the first time at an ATP tournament. The 20-year-old Korda did that in Delray Beach. There he defeated Briton Cameron Norrie in the semifinals in straight sets: 6-3 7-5. Father Petr Korda won the Australian Open in 1998 and also reached second place in the world ranking that year.
The young American made it to the fourth round of Roland Garros as a qualifier last year, in which he had to lose against record champion Rafael Nadal. Korda then won a challenger in Germany and continued his winning streak at the start of the new season in Delray Beach.
The number 119 in the world competes with Hubert Hurkacz for the title on the American hard court. The 23-year-old Pole, 35th in the global ranking, ended the rise of qualifier Christian Harrison. Hurkacz defeated the number 789 in the world 7-6 (4) 6-4. The Pole already has an ATP title, captured two years ago in Winston-Salem.
Football: Palmeiras to Copa Libertadores final
7:30 am Brazilian football club Palmeiras has qualified for the final of the Copa Libertadores, the most important tournament for South American clubs. Palmeiras lost the return against River Plate 2-0 in their own stadium in São Paulo, but a week earlier the Brazilians had won 3-0 in Argentina.
The ten-time champion of Brazil won the Copa Libertadores once, in 1999. Palmeiras also lost the final of the South American version of the Champions League three times.
The team of Portuguese trainer Abel will take on Santos or Boca Juniors in the final in the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this month. After last week’s 0-0 in Argentina, Wednesday evening is the return of that diptych. The winner of the tournament can participate in the World Cup for clubs in Qatar next month.