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Dinamo Kiev records small victory over Sturm Graz . in Champions League
10:04 PM: Dinamo Kiev narrowly won the first game against Sturm Graz in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. It became 1-0 for the team of trainer Mircea Lucescu. Due to the war in Ukraine, both teams played against each other in the Polish city of Lodz.
Striker Oleksandr Karavaiev scored the goal after half an hour of play. The return in Austria is next week. The winner will probably compete against Benfica in the play-offs, in which a place in the main tournament can be earned. The Portuguese, who are led by former PSV coach Roger Schmidt, defeated FC Midtjylland from Denmark in the first meeting 4-1 on Tuesday.
Water polosters lose in Sardinia Cup narrowly to Spain
9.11 pm: The Dutch water polo players started the Sardinia Cup tournament with a small defeat. The team of national coach Evangelos Doudesis, which finished third at the World Cup in Budapest last month, went down 8-7 against Spain in Sassari. The Orange led 7-5 five minutes before the end.
Kitty Lynn Joustra scored twice for the Netherlands. The other hits came in the name of Sabrina van der Sloot, Bente Rogge, Vivian Sevenich, Rozanne Voorvelt and Nina ten Broek.
The Orange squad plays the Sardinia Cup in preparation for the European Championship, which starts in Split at the end of August. Italy is the next opponent on Thursday. This is followed by meetings with Greece, Israel and Hungary.
Tickets for friendly game English football players with US gone quickly
7.30 pm: The hype around the English football players continues for the time being. All available tickets for the friendly against the United States on October 7 at Wembley were sold on Wednesday. “Absolutely unbelievable!” write the English football players on their Twitter page.
England won the European title for the first time in history on Sunday. The team of Dutch national coach Sarina Wiegman defeated Germany 2-1 after extra time. There were 87,192 spectators at Wembley at the time. That is a record in a European final round. Also among the men were never so many spectators in the stadium at a European Championship match.
With England and the United States, the reigning European champion and the reigning world champion will face each other in October. Three years ago, the US defeated the Netherlands in the final 2-0. Wiegman was then still national coach of Orange.
Cyclist Wiebes switches from DSM to SD Worx
6.16 pm: Cyclist Lorena Wiebes will cycle for Team SD Worx from next season. The 23-year-old sprinter comes over from Team DSM. Wiebes signs a three-year contract with the Dutch team.
“Lorena is a race sprinter. When it comes to sheer speed, she is by far the best”, says sporting manager Danny Stam of Team SD Worx. “The large number of victories this season says something about her qualities. Although we mainly focus on the tougher races and also like to make the race as a team, it is also nice when as a team you have a big chance in the sprint. For the coming years, Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky and Wiebes will have three world toppers in house, who each excel in their own field.”
Wiebes has already won seventeen races this season, making it the most successful female cyclist in the women’s peloton.
German Bauhaus wins disrupted sprint in Tour of Poland
5:04 p.m.: German cyclist Phil Bauhaus has won the fifth stage in the Tour of Poland. The 28-year-old Bahrain-Victorious rider was just ahead of French sprinter Arnaud Démare. At about 800 meters from the finish in Rzeszów there was a crash at the front of the peloton, which only a few riders could really sprint for the win.
Italian Jonathan Milan led the sprint for his teammate Bauhaus. The German managed to stay just ahead of Démare (Groupama-FDJ). He also won the final stage in Tirreno-Adriatico this year. The German Nikias Arndt crossed the finish line in third place.
For a long time, a leading group of eight riders, including Boy van Poppel, led the way over 178.1 kilometers. The last two escapees were caught by the chasing peloton at 2.5 kilometers from the finish. Jumbo-Visma hoped that Olav Kooij could go for the win, but some riders of the Dutch team were involved in the crash in a narrow bend in the last kilometer.
Semi-automatic offside technology also in Champions League
4:51 PM: In the Champions League matches, the referees will also receive help from semi-automatic offside technology from this season. Earlier this summer, after extensive testing, the international rules committee gave IFAB permission to actually use the system. The global football federation FIFA announced a month ago that this will happen at the end of this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The European association UEFA is also going to use the system to determine offside very accurately. That will happen for the first time next Wednesday at the European Supercup match between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.
With a sensor in the ball and special cameras that determine very accurately where the players are, it can be determined exactly whether or not there is a question of offside. The system gives a signal when a player in an offside position receives the ball. Before the video referees inform the referee on the field, they check within a few seconds whether it is correct based on the images and data.
Kragh Andersen and Hermans to team Van der Poel
1.13 pm: Søren Kragh Andersen will be Mathieu van der Poel’s teammate next year at Alpecin-Deceuninck. The Dane comes over from Team DSM and has signed a contract for two seasons. He won two stages in the Tour de France in 2020.
Quinten Hermans also opts for the team of the Roodhooft brothers. The Belgian says goodbye to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Van Bommel has to miss Alderweireld in Norway
12.38 pm: Toby Alderweireld will miss the match between Royal Antwerp FC and Lillestrøm in the third heat of the Conference League on Thursday. The former defender of Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur is not completely fit. Trainer Mark van Bommel cannot rely on Manuel Benson in Norway either. The attacker is given the space to complete a transfer to the English Burnley.
According to Van Bommel, technical director Marc Overmars is looking for a replacement for Benson. The Dutch trainer has started the season well with his new Belgian club. Antwerp eliminated FC Drita in the second preliminary round and is still without loss of points after two competition matches.
AZ without Bazoer, Odgaard and Karlsson to Dundee United
11.50 am: Riechedly Bazoer has to postpone his debut for AZ. The midfielder, who came over from Vitesse on a free transfer, is ill. He is missing from the squad for Thursday’s game against Dundee United in the third qualifying round of the Conference League.
Trainer Pascal Jansen also cannot rely on the injured Jens Odgaard, Jesper Karlsson and Zinho Vanheusden. Yukinari Sugawara has resumed group training but is also missing, just like the sick Peer Koopmeiners
Ganna longer at Ineos Grenadiers
11.40 am: Filippo Ganna commits his future to Ineos Grenadiers. The 26-year-old Italian has signed a contract until the end of 2027. His old contract expired in 2023. The two-time world time trial champion will cycle for the British cycling team from 2019. Before that he played for UAE Team Emirates for two years.
Ganna won six stages in the Giro d’Italia and was also successful on the track. He became Olympic champion in the team pursuit and won five world titles.
German cyclist Brennauer announces goodbye
10.05 am: Olympic champion Lisa Brennauer ends her cycling career this month after the European Championships in Munich. The 34-year-old German will once again be on the road and on the track during the European title fight.
Brennauer was very successful last year. She won Olympic gold in the team pursuit and also became world and European champion in the individual and team pursuit. At the World Championships on the road, she won gold in the mixed team time trial. She came second at the Tour of Flanders, behind Annemiek van Vleuten.
National coach Riise must make Norwegian football players successful again
9:51 am: Hege Riise is the new national coach of the Norwegian football players. She is the successor of Martin Sjögren, who left after a disappointing European Championship. The Swede was still under contract with the Norwegian association until the summer of 2023.
Norway got stuck in the group stage of the European Championship in England. The Norwegian soccer players have only won one of their three group matches, 4-1 against Northern Ireland. The 8-0 defeat against England was especially painful. After that disgrace, the criticism focused mainly on Sjögren.
Riise, 53, won Olympic gold as a soccer star with Norway. She also captured the world title and also became European champion.
Osaka returns to tennis court with victory
08.38 am: Naomi Osaka has made a successful comeback. She was too strong for Zheng Qinwen from China in three sets in the first round of the tournament in San Jose: 6-4 3-6 6-1. The Japanese will meet Coco Gauff in the second round. The 18-year-old American awarded Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine only one game: 6-1 6-0.
Osaka, a four-time grand slam winner, injured an Achilles tendon in May. She was eliminated in the first round of Roland Garros and withdrew from Wimbledon. She is preparing for the US Open in San Jose, the tournament she won twice.
Osaka has dropped to 41st position in the world ranking. She broke up with her Belgian coach Wim Fissette last month.
From the Zandschulp to third round in Washington
07:57 o’clock: Botic van de Zandschulp has reached the third round of the tournament in Washington. He dealt with the Croat Borna Gojo in three sets: 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-4.
Van de Zandschulp was cleared for the first round. He will meet the winner of the match between Americans Christopher Eubanks and Frances Tiafoe in the third round. The Dutchman, number 26 in the world ranking, is placed eighth in Washington. Gojo is in 198th place in the world ranking.
The Russian Andrey Rublev is the first placed in the American capital.