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Football: Westerlo player walks into hospital after lockdown party

21.52 pm: KVC Westerlo player Tuur Dierckx will work for a day on Tuesday 5 January in the corona department of the Hospital of Geel. That’s a measure imposed on him after a lockdown party took place in his apartment earlier this month. The club and the hospital want to clarify what the risks and impact of COVID-19 are for both the patient and the healthcare worker.

“KVC Westerlo has a social role to play,” says Wim Van Hove, general manager. “Football can continue in corona times and that is why the club wants to serve as an example in dealing with the virus. That is why it is also necessary to show that we are fighting the corona virus together with the healthcare staff. ”

“This behavior did not fit within the values ​​that KVC Westerlo propagates,” the club’s statement continues. “The management of the football team therefore contacted Hospital Geel to jointly set up an action that is both of added value for the player, but also as a clear signal of support for all healthcare workers.”

Incidentally, there would have been at least one teammate at the party as a guest.

Football: “Premier League considers two-week corona shutdown”

7:39 pm: The Premier League is considering a two-week corona stop. The reason for the interruption, according to The Telegraph, is the growing number of infections from players and staff members of clubs in the highest English football league.

According to the English newspaper, the directors of the Premier League clubs are informally discussing a 2-week corona stop. The Premier League announced on Tuesday that a record number of 18 players and staff members have tested positive during the last test round.

The game between Everton and Manchester City was canceled on Monday due to many infections at City. Sheffield United reported on Tuesday just before the game with Burnley that several players have been infected. Trainer Ralph Hasenhüttl from Southampton will not be on the bench on Tuesday when his team plays against West Ham United. He is in quarantine at home because a relative was found to be infected.

Ski jumping: German Geiger wins the Four Hills Tour on the first day

6.53 pm: Ski jumper Karl Geiger has won the first race of the Four Hills Tour. The 27-year-old German flew to a score of 291.1 points on his favorite ski jump in Oberstdorf.

Geiger jumped 127 and 136.5 meters in the south of Germany. He left the Pole Kamil Stoch (288.3) and the Norwegian Marius Lindvik (281.2) behind. Stoch and the other Polish participants were only told on Tuesday that they could still participate.

The Polish team appeared to have to skip the opening game of the Four Hills Tour on Monday, because one of the ski jumpers (Klemens Muranka) had tested positive for the corona virus. Muranka had been in direct contact with the rest of the team and so all his fellow countrymen were also excluded from participation. A second test at Muranka, however, turned out negative on Monday, after which the entire team got the green light on Tuesday.

Football: Calf injury keeps Gareth Bale busy for at least two weeks

6.16 pm: Gareth Bale cannot play for Tottenham Hotspur for at least two weeks. The attacker has a calf injury and has to rest for the time being. Bale was injured last week during a duel with Stoke City in the League Cup. He also regularly suffered calf injuries at Real Madrid.

Since returning to Spurs, Bale has scored three runs in eleven games, so his absence is a serious loss for the team. Trainer José Mourinho does not expect his injured attackers Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius back for the time being.

It means that there are extra chances for Steven Bergwijn on playing time. The wing attacker is not always sure of a place in the starting eleven this season. After starting a series of basic places in mid-November, the former PSV started back on the bench for the past two weeks. Especially after the top match against Liverpool (2-1 defeat), he was criticized from various angles, because he had missed some great opportunities.

Tottenham Hotspur will play the city derby at home against Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Skiing: Ryan Cochran-Siegle wins Super-G in Bormio

2.25 pm: Ryan Cochran-Siegle took his first ever World Cup victory in the super-G in alpine skiing on Tuesday. The 28-year-old American descended fastest in Bormio, Italy, and left Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr behind with 79 hundredths of a second. Third place went to the Norwegian Adrien Smiseth Sjersted.

The leader of the general classification is still the Frenchman Alexis Pinturault after the descent in Bormio. He is followed by the Norwegian Aleksander Aamondt Kilde and the Swiss Marco Odermatt.

Initially, the race in the Italian ski resort was scheduled on Monday, but due to heavy snowfall, the FIS ski association pushed the World Cup sector through for a day.

Tennis: Federer and Nadal re-elected to ATP players’ council

2:24 pm: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been re-elected to the ATP players’ council. The new term of the two multiple grand slam champions now runs until the summer of 2022. The same applies to tennis players Andy Murray, Félix Auger-Aliassime, John Millman, Kevin Anderson and Bruno Soares.

Pablo Andujar and Marcus Daniell are new to the players’ council and Gilles Simon is just returning.

Novak Djokovic, the number 1 in the world, is not on the players council. The Serbian withdrew earlier because according to a new rule of the ATP there would be a conflict of interest. Djokovic is also one of the founders of a new players’ union, the PTPA. It came after the Serbian had left the ATP players’ council.

Water polo: Orange women towards OKT first in ‘bubble’ in Zeist

1.14 pm: In the run-up to the Olympic qualifying tournament in Trieste, the Dutch water polosters will first complete a training camp in Zeist. National coach Arno Havenga and his players will stay there from January 11 in a “bubble” and then go to Italy, where from January 19 to 24, the last two tickets to the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be competed.

“The players have of course been living according to strict protocols for months and are used to keeping their social circle as small as possible,” said Havenga. “We also started with rapid tests after Christmas, but we don’t want to run the risk that they will become infected just before departure. After all, an accident can happen in a small corner. We want to go to Trieste knowing that we have done everything we can to keep the virus out of the team, so that we have qualification for the Games in our own hands. ”

The Dutch water polosters have already had three chances to qualify for the Games, but the women always missed a ticket. The Olympic qualifying tournament, which was postponed by almost a year, is now the last chance. The Dutch team will face Slovakia, Italy and France successively in the group and are then expected to deal with Hungary or Greece in the semi-finals to qualify for Tokyo.

Havenga: „Physically we are in good shape, all tests show. But how we get out of this period mentally and technically, we will only know when we can finally play real matches again in Trieste. The fact that it is all or nothing makes it very special, but that of course applies to all the teams that are there. Four countries are normally too weak to play a significant role, so we know what to do. First try to win in the group of Italy and then beat Hungary or Greece in the semi-final. ”

Cycling: Frenchman Yoan Offredo quits

13.03 pm: Yoann Offredo stops cycling. The 34-year-old Frenchman has decided that due to persistent injuries.

Offredo was involved in a serious crash at the GP Denain in March 2019. The rider recovered from a temporary paralysis to compete in his third Tour de France with Wanty-Gobert a few months later. A tendon transplant at the end of the season caused Offredo irreparable damage, so that he does not make the switch to the WorldTour with the Intermarché-Wanty Gobert team.

“If you are used to cycling 30 hours a week and you can no longer do it from one day to the next, it hurts not only physically but also mentally,” said Offredo.

Ski jumping: Polish ski jumpers after retest in the Four Hills Tour

10.37 am: The Polish ski jumpers can still participate in the opening race of the Four Hills Tour in Oberstdorf. Because all participants from Poland received a negative result in a new corona test, the organization gave them permission to take action on Tuesday at the 137-meter long jump in southern Germany.

The Polish team was told on Monday that it had to skip the opening match of the Four Hills Tour, because one of the ski jumpers (Klemens Muranka) had tested positive for the corona virus. Muranka had been in direct contact with the rest of the team and so all his fellow countrymen were also excluded from participation. A second test at Muranka, however, turned out negative on Monday, after which all those involved took another corona test on Monday evening.

Poland has the winner of last year’s Four Hills Tour with Dawid Kubacki. Three-time Olympic champion Kamil Stoch, two-time winner of the Four Hills Tour, is also part of the team.

The results of Monday’s qualifying have been scrapped. On Tuesday afternoon, all 62 jumpers, including the Poles, come into action in the knockout round. The best thirty compete for the win in the second round.

Tennis: Dutch tennis players to Dubai for Australian Open qualification

10.22 am: Four Dutch tennis players are going to Dubai next month, with the aim of qualifying for the Australian Open there. As with the men, the qualifying tournament for the women is not held in Melbourne, but elsewhere. The tennis players will do that from 10 to 13 January in Doha, the tennis players on the same days in Dubai.

Lesley Pattinama-Kerkhove, Indy de Vroome, Bibiane Schoofs and Richèl Hogenkamp have registered together with 124 more tennis players for the qualifications. “We appreciate the help of our friends and colleagues from Dubai to house the qualifiers for the Australian Open,” said tournament director Craig Tiley, who announced two weeks ago that the men will be finishing their qualifying in Doha. The draw for both qualifying tournaments is on January 9.

Among the men, Tallon Griekspoor, Botic van de Zandschulp and Robin Haase hope to qualify for the first grand slam tournament of the year, which has been postponed by three weeks due to the corona measures in Australia. The Australian Open is now being held from February 8-21.

To qualify for the main tournament, the tennis players and tennis players in Doha and Dubai must win three matches. The participants who qualify will first be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in Melbourne. They are allowed to leave their room for a few hours a day to train.

Arantxa Rus is already certain of participation based on her place on the world ranking. Kiki Bertens, the number 9 in the world, will only participate in the Australian Open if she has recovered from her Achilles tendon surgery in time. At first Bertens thought that the grand slam tournament would certainly come too soon for her. However, the Westland is recovering well and moving the Australian Open from January to February gives her a little more time.

Ski sports: Polish ski jumpers possible at the start of the Four Hills Tour

07.37 am: The Polish ski jumpers may still be able to participate in the opening competition of the Four Hills Tour in Oberstdorf. One of the Polish jumpers, Klemens Muranka, turned out to have tested positive for the corona virus on Monday. As Muranka had been in direct contact with the rest of the team, all Poles were excluded from participation. A second test at Muranka, however, turned out negative on Monday, so that the Polish ski jumpers may now be allowed to participate.

All those involved took another corona test on Monday evening. The results are expected to arrive on Tuesday around 10 a.m. If everyone is negative, the Polish team can still take action on the 137-meter long jump in southern Germany.

Poland has the winner of last year’s Four Hills Tour with Dawid Kubacki. Three-time Olympic champion Kamil Stoch, two-time winner of the Four Hills Tour, is also part of the team.

Basketball: LA Lakers second defeat in NBA

07.15 am: The Los Angeles Lakers basketball players have suffered their second loss of the season in the NBA. The team around superstar LeBron James had to lose it 115-107 against Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers, champions of the NBA, also lost the opening game against city rivals LA Clippers. The club from LA recovered from that with two victories.

Damian Lillard was the top scorer with 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost 4-1 to the Lakers in the first round of the play-offs last season. At the home club from LA James scored 29 points, Dennis Schröder came to 24 points.

Houston Rockets has a disappointing start to the season. Despite 34 points from James Harden, the Rockets also lost to Denver Nuggets (124-111). Nikola Jokic signed with the Nuggets for a so-called triple-double: 19 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds. Houston Rockets had to deal with a number of corona infections in the selection shortly before Christmas, which meant that the game against Oklahoma City Thunder could not continue. The Harden team lost on Saturday after a double extension of the Trail Blazers (128-126).

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