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Tennis: Russian takes first win of 2021 in Lyon

3.19 pm: Arantxa Rus has booked her first victory of this year in singles in Lyon. The 30-year-old Westlandse settled in two sets with Wang Xiyu in the first round of the WTA tournament: 7-6 (6) 6-4. At the beginning of this year, Rus in Abu Dhabi had lost in three sets to that 19-year-old Chinese in the first round.

In Australia, the Dutch always did not get through the first round. In Melbourne she lost to grand slam winners Venus Williams (Yarra Valley Classic) and Iga Swiatek (Australian Open). On the French hard court in Lyon, Rus, 79th in the world ranking, managed to make it to the second round.

In the first set, both tennis players returned their service twice. In the tiebreak Rus took over the set. In the second set she managed to break her Chinese opponent twice again. Rus himself submitted its service once. In the second round she meets the Belgian Greet Minnen, the number 113 in the world.

Cycling: Organization Strade Bianche sees no danger in code red

1.35 pm: The organization of the Italian spring classic Strade Bianche sees no danger for the course in the code red that currently applies in the region around the start and finish city of Siena. The UCI WorldTour race for men and women is scheduled for next Saturday. Since last Saturday, however, code red has applied in the province of Siena, which means that everyone must in principle stay indoors.

“At the moment we assume that the competition will continue,” said organizer RCS Sporza. “Everything is ready to organize the race. Of course, anything can happen with the virus, but at the moment we have not received any notice that the match should not take place. Even though Siena is now code red, that has no impact on the price. Only on the public. ”

Code red means that people can only leave their home in exceptional cases. In any case, the strict measures in Siena will apply until next Sunday.

Equestrian: Dutch competition horses in quarantine after virus outbreak

12.45 pm: Due to an outbreak of the so-called rhinopneumonia virus at a show in Valencia, several Dutch horses are currently in quarantine. There were 25 Dutch horses present at the competition in question, 13 are now in isolation in their own environment, 12 are still in Spain.

Iris Boelhouwer, technical director of the equestrian association KNHS, says: “From the moment we heard about the outbreak, we have been in contact with the riders concerned and the umbrella international organizations. It is a very unpleasant situation for everyone involved. The priority now is to ensure that all horses are healthy in the Netherlands and to prevent further spread of the virus. ”

For privacy reasons, the KNHS does not give the names of the riders concerned, although they can be found on the start lists of the competition. It is clear that no combinations are involved from the Olympic team of national coach Rob Ehrens, nor any combinations that will start next week at the Dutch Masters in Den Bosch.

According to a spokeswoman for the KNHS, it is a very contagious virus. “The virus has several variants, the complaints can vary from mild cold complaints to serious neurological symptoms. The neurological symptoms can lead to death. ” Most horses have been vaccinated against the disease, but that is not 100 percent certainty.

Football: Croatian football coach Kranjcar (64) passed away

12.06 pm: Croatian football coach Zlatko Kranjcar has died after a short illness at the age of 64. The former professional football player has worked as a trainer at a large number of clubs and countries in recent decades. He was the national coach of Croatia between 2004 and 2006, with which he got stuck in the group stage at the World Cup in Germany.

Kranjcar played most of his career for top club Dinamo Zagreb. The striker also won a lot of prizes in Austria with Rapid Wien and ended his career in the early 1990s at St. Pölten. The international, captain of the team that played Croatia’s first international match as an independent country in Zagreb against the United States in 1990, then went straight on as a trainer. Kranjcar mainly worked domestically, but also made trips to Austria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Slovakia and Iran. He was also the national coach of Montenegro for a while.

His son Niko also broke through as a professional footballer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Kiev, among others, and played more than eighty international matches. The Croatian Football Association and Dinamo Zagreb react sadly on Twitter to the death of Zlatko Kranjcar.

Football: Fortuna lets goalie Koselev leave for Japan when a state of emergency is over

11.55 am: Fortuna Sittard allows goalkeeper Alexei Koselev to go to Japan. The 27-year-old Moldovan, who lost his starting place to Yanick van Osch this season, will start working for Jubilo Iwata, who plays in the second division. Since Koselev cannot travel to Japan this week due to the state of emergency there, he will stay with Fortuna for a while.

Trainer Sjors Ultee can even use the goalkeeper on Sunday in the home game against PSV. This may also be necessary, since Van Osch is struggling with a serious bone bruise and keeper Piet Velthuizen, who was attracted last week, was soon injured from the field during his debut for Fortuna against FC Groningen. Koselev replaced Velthuizen halfway through the first half. He could not prevent Paulos Abraham from giving the home team the win (1-0).

“Considering that Alexei has lost his starting spot this season and the contract expires at the end of the season, this is a great deal for both parties,” says technical manager Sjoerd Ars. Koselev came to Sittard in 2018 and played 71 games for Fortuna.

Snowboarding: Two-time Olympic champion has let snowboarding go for the time being

11.25 am: Skier Ester Ledecka lets snowboarding go for a while. She is therefore missing this week at the world championship in this discipline in Slovenia. The two-time Olympic champion does this because she does not feel fit enough to compete in two different events. For the time being, she is therefore concentrating on alpine skiing.

The Czech (25) is Olympic champion in the super-G. She won the discipline at the Winter Games of Pyeongchang in 2018. Ledecka also surprised with Olympic gold in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding.

“I am now focusing on the Ski World Cup Final in Lenzerheide, mid-March,” she said. “Together with my team I try to make it to that match. Until then I will not be able to start anywhere. It’s just not possible at the moment. ”

Football: Trainer who led Stade Rennes to Champions League leaves

11.20 am: The French football club Stade Rennes has to look for a new trainer. Julien Stéphan, the man who led Rennes to the Champions League as number 3 in Ligue 1 last season, has resigned after a streak of seven games without a win. Stade Rennes is in ninth place in the competition.

The 40-year-old Stéphan, whose father Guy is assistant to national coach Didier Deschamps with the national team, has been in charge of the first team of Stade Rennes since the end of 2018. Before that he worked for years at the club as a youth coach and with the second team. Under his leadership, Stade Rennes wintered in the Europa League and in 2019 with the Coupe de France took first prize in almost 50 years, beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final via penalties.

Last season, Rennes was in third place when the competition was cut short due to the corona pandemic. Stéphan’s team was therefore allowed to enter the Champions League. However, Rennes only got 1 point in the group and was eliminated. In the French league, the team took 2 points from the last six games and, moreover, Rennes was eliminated by Angers in the cup tournament for the Coupe de France.

Tennis: Argentinian teenager surprises and wins ATP tennis tournament

09.15 am: The Argentinian teenager Juan Manuel Cerundolo has won the tennis tournament in Cordoba. The world’s number 335 did so domestically at its first ATP-level event. He defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos in three sets in the final: 6-0 2-6 6-2.

The 19-year-old Cerundolo pushed through to the main tournament from qualifications. His piece of art on clay is reminiscent of that of his fellow countryman Guillermo Coria. He also won the first ATP tournament in which he took part in 2001 in Vina del Mar, Chile, at the age of 19.

“I still can’t believe it,” said the left-handed player, who climbed to 181st in the ranking. “It was an incredible week.”

33-year-old Ramos grabbed next to a third ATP title. “First of all, I have to congratulate Juan,” he said. “I did everything I could. It’s a shame I couldn’t win the title. ”

Football: Germans don’t want football fans in stadiums yet

8.15 am: A majority of Germans do not yet want the public to be admitted to football matches in professional football this season. This is evident from a survey by research firm YouGov. Of those surveyed, 61 percent indicate that they think the stadiums should remain closed until the end of May.

For the time being, 23 percent are of the opinion that spectators can be admitted, although the majority of the German population is still not vaccinated against the corona virus.

Football officials, in collaboration with cultural institutions and in consultation with health authorities, have now presented a plan on how to safely return fans. The authorities have not yet given permission to start this.

Basketball: James leads Lakers past Warriors in a short time

07.36 am: For LeBron James, it was not necessary to go all out to lead the Los Angeles Lakers basketball players in the American professional league NBA past Golden State Warriors. The star player was in the field for only 24 minutes and laid the foundation for the victory in that period, 117-91.

James made 19 points, had 6 rebounds and 4 assist. Furthermore, he mainly watched and enjoyed the game of his teammates. Vedette Anthony Davis was still missing from the Lakers. It was the second consecutive victory for the champions.

“We’ve had a rough time without Davis, but now it seems to be getting better,” said James. “He is very dominant. Due to his absence, we had to adjust our game both offensively and defensively. Fortunately, we have now tackled the upward trend. ”

Olympic Games: South Korea: Games in Tokyo are an opportunity for conversation with Pyongyang

6.50 am: The Tokyo Olympics may be an opportunity to resume dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said.

“The Games scheduled for this year could serve as an opportunity for dialogue between South Korea and Japan, South and North Korea, North Korea and Japan, and North Korea and the United States,” Moon said in Seoul. at a commemoration of a protest against the Japanese colonial rule of his country at the beginning of the last century.

Moon also stated that he wants to support Japan as much as possible to bring the Games to a successful conclusion. “I hope that both Korea and Japan will be able to recover our Covid-19 affected economy,” Moon said. “And that together we can create a new order in the post-Covid-19 era.”


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