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Football players Ajax stay in the track of FC Twente with a generous victory
2:26 pm: The football players of Ajax have maintained in the footsteps of leader FC Twente in the Eredivisie Women with a generous victory over PEC Zwolle (7-0). The cup winner from Amsterdam thus narrowed the deficit to 3 points again, with two rounds to go. Reigning champion FC Twente, which has a significantly better goal difference than Ajax, had already won 3-1 at ADO Den Haag on Friday.
Next week Ajax will play against Feyenoord in Rotterdam and FC Twente will receive PSV. The two title candidates will meet on May 20 during the last round in the Eredivisie Women.
Nikita Tromp opened the scoring for Ajax against PEC Zwolle on her 20th birthday. Chasity Grant made it 2-0 and in the first fifteen minutes after the break Ajax ran far away from Zwolle via goals from Nadine Noordam (two) and top scorer Romée Leuchter. Tiny Hoekstra and Tromp raised the score to 7-0 in the final minutes.
PSV defeated Feyenoord 2-1 and secured third place. Desiree van Lunteren scored the winning goal from a penalty kick.
Beach volleyball players De Groot and Boermans miss the final in Doha
13:23: Beach volleyball players Yorick de Groot and Stefan Boermans were unable to qualify for the final of the Pro Tour tournament in Doha. The Dutch duo had to lose in three sets against the Italians Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava. De Groot and Boermans won the first set 21-16, but still lost: 9-21 11-15.
The Orange beach volleyball players can still conquer bronze in Doha. In the battle for third place, they will face Austrians Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz later on Sunday.
Among the women, Katja Stam and Raïsa Schoon, who lead the world ranking thanks to their strong performances at the beginning of this season, were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Greek track qualifies for masters tournament Rome
1.17 pm: Tallon Greek track has qualified for the masters tournament in Rome. The 25-year-old North Hollander, number 57 in the world, defeated the American Marcos Giron in the second qualifying round in two sets: 7-6 (7) 6-2. In the first round on the Italian clay, he had beaten Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (6-4 6-4).
Greek track has been struggling with a neck injury in recent weeks and therefore had to withdraw from the clay tournaments in Barcelona, Munich and Madrid. He has been waiting for a victory on the ATP Tour for almost three months. At the beginning of February, Greek track reached the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He was then eliminated in the first round in Marseille, Indian Wells, Miami, Marrakech and Monte Carlo.
Via the qualifications, Greece has now won a place in the main tournament in Rome. Botic van de Zandschulp, the number 31 in the world, is directly admitted. He will meet American Sebastian Korda in the first round.
American sprinter Coleman wins first 100 meters after suspension
13:06: American athlete Christian Coleman has won his first 100 meters after his suspension. The 2019 world champion triumphed in Tokyo in 10.09 seconds. Coleman had clocked 10.13 in the semifinals.
The 26-year-old American was missing from the Tokyo Olympics last year. The American was suspended for a year and a half for missing three doping controls within a year, which is seen as a violation of the doping regulations. Coleman was initially given a two-year suspension, but the international sports tribunal CAS removed six months after an appeal.
Coleman was therefore able to participate in the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade at the beginning of this year. He had to give up his world title in the 60 meters to the Italian Marcell Jacobs, the Olympic champion of Tokyo in the 100 meters. The American finished second with a small difference.
In Tokyo, Coleman ran an individual 100 meters for the first time since the 2019 World Cup in Doha. “It’s nice to start my season with a reasonable time. I can build on this,” said the sprinter.
Basketball players Bucks and Warriors lead in NBA playoffs
09:46: The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors have taken the lead in the NBA playoffs. Both clubs won their third best-of-seven series game against the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively. Giannis Antetokounmpo excelled at the Bucks with 42 points.
The reigning NBA champion from Milwaukee had started the series in Boston with a win, but the Celtics then tied the score. The first meeting in Milwaukee ended Saturday night in 103-101 for the home side. Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday gave the Bucks the win in the last minute. Monday is the fourth game, again in Milwaukee. The winner of the series qualifies for the final in the east.
In the west, the Golden State Warriors took a 2-1 lead against the Grizzlies by winning by big numbers in San Francisco: 142-112. Stephen Curry collected 30 points, Jordan Poole came to 27 points. At the Grizzlies, star player Ja Morant (34 points) had to leave in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. A few days earlier, Morant had won the second game with 47 points, 106-101.