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Football: HSV defender Van Drongelen ready for return after eight months

12.19 pm: After eight months of rehabilitation, defender Rick van Drongelen is about to make his return to Hamburger SV. The 22-year-old Van Drongelen suffered a serious knee injury in the last league game of last season at the end of June. On Monday he will be part of the selection of coach Daniel Thioune for the first time in the derby against FC St. Pauli.

Van Drongelen tore a cruciate ligament in his left knee in June. “He is back to full tax,” Thioune said eight months later in local media. “Rick still lacks rhythm but his knee has fully recovered.”

Van Drongelen switched from Sparta Rotterdam to HSV in 2017, where he signed a five-year contract. In the coming months he will try to achieve promotion to the Bundesliga with his team.

Cycling: Cycling association UCI publishes safety manual

11.29 am: The international cycling union UCI has published the previously announced safety measures in a manual on Thursday. As already announced, this concerns rules that should make cycling safer and more sustainable. For example, the so-called finish street must from now on meet the conditions supported by the manual with images and cycling in certain positions is prohibited.

The guide provides a guide for riders, teams and race organizers on the new measures, most of which will take effect on April 1. The sanctions for non-compliance are also listed. For example, riders who assume or descend the time trial position in a normal course with the buttocks on the top tube instead of the saddle will be disqualified. Organizers who do not comply with the regulations can expect heavy fines, while action will also be taken if riders throw away waste outside the specially designated places.

The rules are a result of consultation between representatives of the UCI, the organizers represented in the AIOCC, the teams united in the AIGCP and the cyclists’ union CPA. “All these measures, taken after concerns have been raised from various quarters, will make road cycling safer for the main stakeholders, the riders,” said UCI President David Lappartient in a commentary. “It is very important that everyone adheres to it, while the UCI continues to work on improvements.”

Skating: Marathon skater Bart Hoolwerf to Jumbo-Visma

10.29 am: Marathon skater Bart Hoolwerf will play for Jumbo-Visma next season. The 23-year-old skater, the younger brother of Evert Hoolwerf, comes over from AB Vakwerk and is brought in as a replacement for the retired Erik Jan Kooiman.

Last year Hoolwerf took the overall victory in the KNSB Marathon Cup, a competition over fourteen competitions on artificial ice. In 2018 he became Dutch champion on natural ice on the Weissensee. “I’m going from a team that was purely focused on the marathon to an organization with different disciplines. I am therefore looking forward to working in a different environment than I was used to. I am convinced that this is the perfect step for me to continue to develop myself ”, says Hoolwerf, who also aspires to participate in the Olympic event mass start.

According to sports director Peter de Vries, the team has “a good skater with a lot of potential” with Hoolwerf. “I know him well, because we have worked together for three years before. Besides the fact that he has a quick final shot, he can also handle natural ice well ”, says De Vries.

Golf: Golfers miss spring competition again due to corona

09.38 am: Also this year, around 20,000 Dutch golfers will have to do without a spring competition. The Dutch Golf Federation (NGF) has to cancel the competition, which is held in March and April, due to the corona measures.

“At the moment it is not allowed to play matches and competitions and the chance is extremely small and probably even nil that this will be allowed again at the end of March. This is confirmed by NOC * NSF, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and various fellow sports federations, among others, ”NGF chairman Caroline Huyskes writes in a letter to the clubs. “All things considered, we thought we had to make this decision.”

Also last year, the spring competition had to be canceled due to corona.

“On the roadmap, we have to be in phase 1 for adults to play matches. We are in phase 4, so it is simply not possible ”, NGF director Jeroen Stevens explains. “But even if it was allowed now, we kept our doubts about the continuation of the competition. In the first place because it is not the intention that we will suddenly drive all over the Netherlands. And we also notice that people find it scary or exciting. Even if it is allowed, many golfers will not want to. That is also why we have decided to provide clarity now. ”

For the time being, the NGF assumes that the Youth Competition can be played from June.

Football: Rangers gets corona sinners back from selection

09.05 amScottish football club Rangers has returned three of the five players who were banned from the squad last week for violating corona rules. Midfielder Bongani Zungu and defenders Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey had apologized for their behavior on the club’s website.

The three footballers, along with mercenaries Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear, were forced into home isolation after local media discovered they attended a party that was aborted by the police.

“We are pleased that the players understand their responsibility to the club and accept the penalty they have received,” said coach Steven Gerrard and technical director Ross Wilson in a joint letter. The club does not report whether and when the two hired players return to the selection. Rangers will play for the Europa League against Antwerp on Thursday. It defends a 4-3 lead at home.

Basketball: Utah Jazz Way Too Strong for Defending Champion Lakers

07.38 am: Utah Jazz is currently the top performing team in the American NBA basketball league. The Salt Lake City team was clearly too strong for Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday: 114-89. For the defending champion it was the fourth loss in a row.

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley were the stars of the home team, which won 22 of the last 24 matches. Mitchell came close to a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The same was true for Conley, who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Coming from the bench, Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points. Utah now has 26 wins against 6 defeats. Never before has the team started the season so well.

The game was only exciting in the first quarter. The 19 points that LeBron James provided could not change that. The Lakers missed the injured Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder, who has already been sidelined for four duels due to the corona protocol. The German is expected back on Friday.

Olympic Games: Organizers fear crowds at Olympic flame

07.23The organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo said on Thursday that it will temporarily suspend the relay with the Olympic flame in the run-up to the Games because of the corona epidemic if it leads to crowds along the route. The flame’s journey to Tokyo is broadcast live on television to prevent crowds from crowding along the road.

However, the organizing committee hopes that the public will encourage the athletes tasked with bringing the Olympic fire to Tokyo to clap. “If packed meetings take place on the street, the relay can be stopped because we give safety and security priority,” said committee leader Yukihiko Nunomura.

The decision whether the relay can continue has so far been postponed due to regional regulations. Some districts in Japan are calling for unnecessary outdoor activities. Stricter measures, such as a relay without spectators, are also possible. What is ultimately chosen will depend on the course of the epidemic in Japan, according to the organizers.

Resistance to the Olympic Games in Japan seems to be increasing recently. More and more Japanese do not see the health risks of a massive sporting event.

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