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Football: Dortmund has Can back against Wolfsburg
11.02 am: Trainer Lucien Favre from Borussia Dortmund can have Emre Can again on Saturday against VfL Wolfsburg. The German midfielder was missing last week when the Bundesliga resumed against Schalke 04. Without Can, international of the ‘Mannschaft’, Dortmund won the derby 4-0.
The yellow-black brigade of Favre is in second place in the German football league, four points behind league-leader Bayern Munich. On Tuesday, the numbers 1 and 2 of the rankings meet in the empty Signal Iduna Park of Dortmund. “But before we start talking about Bayern, we have to win in Wolfsburg,” said Favre, who doesn’t yet have captain Marco Reus and Axel Witsel at his disposal. The 17-year-old wing striker Giovanni Reyna, who would start in the base for the first time last week but had to drop out injured during the warm-up, can participate again.
At Wolfsburg, striker Wout Weghorst returns to the team after a suspension. Zonder Weghorst won the number 6 of the Bundesliga last week at FC Augsburg: 1-2.
Tennis: Australian champion Cooper passed away
10.53 am: Australian former tennis player Ashley Cooper passed away at the age of 83. Cooper won four Grand Slam singles titles as well as four doubles in the late 1950s as an amateur. He helped Australia win the Daviscup in 1957. Two years later, Cooper became prof.
“Ashley was a tennis giant, both as a player and as a driver,” said Australian tennis association director Craig Tiley. “He will be greatly missed. His contribution to the sport went well beyond just his performance on the tennis court. ”
Cooper was the best at the Australian Open in 1957, the tournament that was then called the Australian Championship. A year later, he won the tournament again, and Cooper also triumphed in 1958 at Wimbledon and the US Open (then the US Championship). Cooper always won in the final against a compatriot. It was the period when the Australians dominated men’s tennis. Cooper was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991.
Gymnastics: KNGU extends contracts coaches until after Games 2021
08.49 am: The Dutch gymnastics union KNGU has extended the contracts with the national coaches Bram van Bokhoven and Gerben Wiersma until the end of 2021. The coaches Jeroen Jacobs, Daniël Knibbeler, Vincent Wevers and Janneke Wiersma were also told that after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, they still may stay at least a year longer.
The contracts of the six coaches expired at the end of this year. As a result of the corona pandemic, the Games have been moved from next summer to the summer of 2021. “In this difficult time and in everything that is still to come, I really need these top coaches”, says technical director Mark Meijer of the KNGU. “Together we want to perform as well as possible in Tokyo. We have therefore extended the agreements with our six Olympic coaches until the end of next year. ”
The Dutch women’s gymnastics team led by Wiersma has qualified as a team for the Games. Bart Deurloo already has an Olympic ticket from the men’s team of Van Bokhoven. Epke Zonderland is also heading for participation in the Games.