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Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dreams of returning in 2021
2.13 pm: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will not be in action this year. The French tennis player continues to suffer from his back and is now focusing on 2021.
The 35-year-old Tsonga, once the number 5 in the world, does not think about stopping despite the injury. “I still have the motivation. Just getting back on the court and taking on the current great players is a dream for me.”
Tsonga, who lost the final of the Australian Open in 2008, is currently in 52nd place in the world rankings.
Football: PSV and VV Alkmaar catch up on September 29
1.18 pm: The postponed game between the women’s teams of PSV and VV Alkmaar will be made up on Tuesday, September 29. The KNVB announced the new date on Wednesday.
The game was canceled at the beginning of this month because the corona virus was diagnosed with players and staff of the Eindhoven selection. After the positive tests, other members of PSV went into quarantine on the advice of the GGD.
Beach volleyball players start the European Championship in Latvia with victory
12.14 pm: The Dutch beach volleyball players started the European Championship in Jurmala in Latvia with a victory. Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen won their first group match in two sets against the Latvians Jirgensons / Aispurs. Christiaan Varenhorst and Steven van de Velde were too strong for their Polish opponents in two sets.
The sixth-placed combination Brouwer / Meeuwsen settled in less than half an hour with Marcis Jirgensons and Rinalds Aispurs: 21-10 21-13.
Varenhorst and Van de Velde, seeded fourteenth, played against Michal Bryl and Mikolaj Miszczuk from Poland. The Dutch won 21-14 21-19.
Later in the afternoon, the two Dutch teams will play their second group match with the beach volleyball players. If they win, they qualify as group winners for the eighth finals, if they lose, an intermediate round awaits.
Baseball: MLB Playoffs Further Into the “Bubble”
09.23 am: The American baseball league continues in the playoffs with games in a neutral bubble in Arlington, Texas. Major League Baseball (MLB) announced on Tuesday (local time) the schedule of the play-offs that will start on September 29.
The final two rounds of the playoffs and the closing World Series on October 20 will all be held in southern California and Texas. With this, the MLB hopes to prevent outbreaks of the corona virus in sports.
The finals of the American League playoffs will take place at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The National League Finals will be played in Arlington, Texas. The maximum seven games of the World Series will all be played in Arlington from October 20 through October 28 at the latest.
According to director Rob Manfred, the MLB is thinking about allowing a limited number of spectators to attend the games at the stadium, The Washington Post reported.
The deal takes into account the concerns of the players and provides a safe, healthy and successful conclusion to the 2020 season, said Tony Clark, the boss of the MLB players’ association.
In the playoffs of the baseball league this season, sixteen teams will compete against each other instead of the usual ten teams. This had already been decided earlier, because the regular season had been shortened by the corona pandemic.
Basketball: Heat defeats Celtics in Eastern Playoffs Final
08.53 am: The Miami Heat has started the final of the Eastern Conference in the NBA basketball league with a narrow win over the Boston Celtics. In extra time, Bam Adebayo took the victory in the first game in the final seconds with a block and a free throw: 117-114.
Goran Dragic accounted for 29 points for Heat, Jae Crowder for 22 and Jimmy Butler for 20. Butler gave his team a 115-114 lead in extra time with 12 seconds to play. Adebayo then prevented Jayson Tatum from scoring.
Miami is chasing a final in the NBA for the first time since four consecutive finals from 2011 to 2014. Of those four finals, the star team won two with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James may be the opponent in the final with Los Angeles Lakers, which will take on the Denver Nuggets first.
Basketball: Nuggets surprises Clippers and hit Lakers
07.49 am: Denver Nuggets has qualified for the final of the West Conference in the NBA American basketball league. In the decisive seventh game of the playoffs, the Denver club defeated Los Angeles Clippers 104-89. The Nuggets now take on Los Angeles Lakers in the final.
With 40 points from Jamal Murray and a “triple double” from Nikola Jokic with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds, the Denver basketball players surprised the Clippers, who were the favorite alongside fellow townsman Lakers to make it to the final of the playoffs. It is the first time in 11 years that the Nuggets have entered the final of the western league.
The Nuggets were 12 points behind halfway through the game. With 10.50 minutes to play in the third quarter, the Clippers were still leading 61-54. Next, the Denver basketball players scored 35 points against 13 for the Clippers.