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Volleyball: The Netherlands also too strong for Sweden in European Championship qualification
8.20 pm: The Dutch volleyball players have also won their second game at the European Championship qualifying tournament in Zadar, Croatia. The team of national coach Roberto Piazza was clearly in charge of Sweden in three sets: 25-17 25-17 25-15.
The Netherlands had already won against Croatia on Friday, in four sets. The three countries will meet in Apeldoorn next week. All group winners and the five best numbers 2 of the seven groups qualify for the final round of the European Championship in September. With two victories in the pocket, the Orange is well on its way.
Piazza started with Wessel Keemink, Thijs ter Horst, Luuc van der Ent, Gijs Jorna, Wouter ter Maat, Michaël Parkinson and libero Just Dronkers in the base. The Orange needed 23 minutes for the first set win. The second set became a copy: same stand, realized in the same time. In the last set, the Swedes quickly gave up: 25-15.
Cycling: Asgreen wins time trial Algarve, Hayter remains leader despite crash
7.11 pm: Danish cyclist Kasper Asgreen has won the fourth stage of the Tour of the Algarve. It was an individual time trial over more than 20 kilometers with start and finish in Lagoa. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, this year’s winner of the Tour of Flanders, came to a time of 23.52 and held the Portuguese Rafael Reis 3 seconds behind him. Frenchman Benjamin Thomas came in third.
British classification leader Ethan Hayter crashed, but the Ineos Grenadiers rider still managed to keep the yellow leader’s jersey. The 22-year-old Hayter, leader since Thursday after winning a tough mountain stage, was still good for the ninth fastest time more than a minute behind Asgreen.
Sunday is the final ride through hilly countryside from Albufeira to Malhão over 170 kilometers. Hayter defends a 12-second lead over Portuguese João Rodrigues. Asgreen is 21 seconds behind Hayter.
Tennis: Zverev at the expense of Thiem to final tennis tournament Madrid
6.54 pm: Alexander Zverev has qualified at the expense of Dominic Thiem for the final battle of the Madrid masters tournament. It became 6-3 6-4 for the German, who had already eliminated Rafael Nadal on Friday.
On Sunday, Zverev will take on the winner of the game between Italian Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud from Norway in the final.
In a repeat of last year’s US Open final, Zverev took the win after an hour and 38 minutes. In the second set, he let 27-year-old Thiem – the global number 4 – come back from 4-1 to 4-3, but at 5-4 the number 6 in the world finished on his second game point on his own service.
The 24-year-old Zverev can conquer his fourth master’s title on Sunday and his first since 2018. Three years ago he triumphed in Madrid, in 2017 he won in Montréal and Rome.
Novak Djokovic, the world’s number 1, is missing in Madrid this week.
Taekwando: Oogink wins ticket for Games Tokyo
6.52 pm: Taekwondoka Reshmie Oogink has qualified for the Olympic Games. Oogink (31) reached the final in the +67 kg class at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Sofia, which was enough for a ticket for Tokyo. Although in principle this is a so-called quota place for the Netherlands, it is unlikely that the Dutch Taekwondo Association will nominate anyone else.
Oogink, placed third, won in Sofia in the quarterfinals 5-4 against Norwegian Eliza Haugen. In the semifinals, she was 8-5 too strong for the Austrian Marlene Jahl, who was placed second.
The other Dutch participants – Bodine Schoenmakers (-57 kg), Adil Belkadi (-58 kg) and Fahd Zaouia (-68 kg) – failed in their mission.
Oogink already participated in the Rio Games in 2016. There she reached the quarterfinals.
BMX: Baauw wins first World Cup competition
6.50 pm: BMX star Judy Baauw has started the World Cup season well. Baauw won the first moto in Verona by keeping her compatriot Merel Smulders behind. Her sister Laura Smulders, former world champion, also started in the final but was held up by a crash.
In the men, the victory was for the Swiss Simon Marquart, who won a World Cup for the first time. The 24-year-old Marquart kept the French Arthur Pilard and the Argentinian Nicolas Torres behind. There were no Dutch drivers in the final. Former world champion Niek Kimmann flew out in the semi-finals, just like his fellow countrymen Jay Schippers and Joris Harmsen.
Reigning world champion Twan van Gendt was missing in Verona. He sustained a shoulder injury last week.
The Netherlands is allowed to send three BMX riders to the Olympic Games for both men and women. Based on the world ranking, Kimman and Laura Smulders are already certain participants in Tokyo, while Baauw has also been appointed by the KNWU cycling association.
On Sunday there will be another World Cup competition in the northern Italian city.
Hockey: Van Maasakker ends his hockey career after the Games
6.49 pm: Hockey player Caia van Maasakker will end her career next summer. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, 32-year-old Van Maasakker will play for the last time for the Orange squad.
“I know what I’m going to do: I’m going to quit after this season. This was the last trick with SCHC ”, defender Van Maasakker said on hockey.nl. With SCHC, Van Maasakker was eliminated by Amsterdam in the play-offs on Saturday.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Van Maasakker won a gold medal with the Dutch team, four years later in Rio de Janeiro the Dutch hockey players finished second. She also became world champion twice; in 2014 (The Hague) and 2018 (London).
Cycling: Van Vleuten unthreatened in Cycling Week Valencia
4.54 pm: Annemiek van Vleuten will start on Sunday as leader in the last stage of the Valencia Cycling Week, a four-day stage race. The third stage was won on Saturday by the British Alice Barnes, who was the fastest in a bunch sprint. The ride was about 120 kilometers from Sagunto to Valencia. The Dutch Mylène de Zoete finished third.
Van Vleuten, who plays for Movistar, finished tenth and kept a large lead (2.16) over the Spanish Mavi García, her closest attacker. In the final stage on Sunday, from Finestrat to Alicante, a few more cols have to be conquered.
Tennis: Demi Schuurs loses final in Madrid
16.00 hours: Demi Schuurs did not manage to conquer her third doubles title of the season at the major WTA tournament in Madrid. Together with her doubles partner Gabriela Dabrowski from Canada, Schuurs lost 6-4 6-3 to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic in the final.
The final battle saw no fewer than nine service breaks. The duo Krejcikova / Siniakova, seeded second, used the first competition point after an hour and 20 minutes on the storage of the third seeded pair Schuurs / Dabrowski.
The 27-year-old Schuurs, the number 11 in the world ranking for doubles, was already the strongest in Doha and Charleston this season. She had won nine games in a row, including one in the Billie Jean King Cup.
Tennis: Greek track to final challenger tournament Prague
3.29 pm: Tallon Griekspoor has secured a place in the final of the Prague challenger tournament. The 24-year-old Griekspoor was in the last four with 7-6 (5) 6-3 too strong for the first placed Norbert Gombos, the global number 89.
Griekspoor, the number 143 in the world, will take on the German Oscar Otte in the final on Sunday. He can then conquer his third challenger title. In 2018 he was the best in Tampere (Finland) and in 2019 in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Recently, Griekspoor, who is guaranteed to improve his best ranking of 138 after this week, is assisted by coach Raemon Sluiter.
Football: Again injury for Real player Ramos
1.10 pm: Real Madrid cannot have Sergio Ramos in the game against Sevilla on Sunday. The 35-year-old football player has suffered a muscle injury. He also did not train on Friday and Saturday.
The Spanish football club has not disclosed how long Ramos will have to recover, but according to Spanish media he will miss the last four league games.
Ramos may have already played his last match for Real. His contract with the club expires after this season. The defender did not take much action due to injuries. He was on Wednesday for the first time in seven weeks in the base in the Champions League match with Chelsea. Ramos was unable to prevent Real being eliminated in the match.
Basketball: Lakers also lose to Trail Blazers
08.40 am: The Los Angeles Lakers basketball players have lost sight of direct placement for the playoffs of the American league NBA. The reigning champion lost against Portland Trail Blazers in the battle for sixth place in the standings. The Blazers were too strong with 101-106 and passed the Lakers in the standings. Sixth place entitles you to direct qualification for the play-offs. The Lakers must participate in the so-called play-in tournament with the numbers 7 to 10 in order to participate in the play-offs.
The Lakers are having a hard time due to the lack of their star player LeBron James. The German Dennis Schröder was also not there against the Blazers. He is in quarantine because someone close to him had tested positive for the corona virus.
The team lost against the Blazers for the eighth time in the last ten games.
General: IOC Vice-President: Nothing can stop the Olympic Games anymore
John Coates, the vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Friday that there is nothing left that could endanger the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. Coates made that statement despite the corona pandemic, which caused the international sports spectacle to be postponed last year.
“No, there is not,” Coates answered Saturday to the question from the AFP news agency whether there is a scenario that could cause the games to be postponed or canceled before July. The IOC leader said that the July and August Olympics will go ahead because organizers have designed a “custom Olympic bubble” to protect athletes and the Japanese people from the lung virus.
Coates, who chairs the Games Coordination Commission on behalf of the IOC, told the Australian Olympic Committee in Sydney on Saturday that the 484 Australian athletes can prepare for “the experience of a lifetime.” According to Coates, experts say the games can go ahead in a safe way and the IOC does not want the games to continue at all costs. The Vice-President said the IOC “has been learning every day” and that the “tome” of health requirements for participants unveiled last week is “a guide to safe and successful play.”
In Japan, doubts about allowing the Olympic Games to go ahead have grown in recent months. The support base among Japanese for allowing the Olympic Games to go ahead also shrank sharply. Some 230,000 residents of the country have signed a petition calling for the games to be canceled. The Australian sports director called the shifting public opinion in Japan “a concern.”