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Osaka still on Wimbledon participant list, Federer not
11:57 PM: Naomi Osaka is currently on the Wimbledon entry list. The Japanese, four-time winner of a grand slam, had previously indicated that she doubted whether she would participate in London. This had everything to do with the decision of the umbrella organizations not to award points for the world ranking at Wimbledon this year.
Roger Federer is missing. The Swiss has been injured for a long time
Jumbo-Visma with top formation to Dauphiné
7:40 PM: The Dutch cycling formation Jumbo-Visma comes with a strong formation at the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert, Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic are among others of the party. However, there are no great expectations. “The Tour de France is the most important, winning this race is not a goal in itself,” said sports director Grischa Niermann.
“We look at it day by day. We think that the riders will be okay after a first altitude training period and then we want to show ourselves,” said the sports director on the team’s website. “But this race is mainly a good preparation for the Tour. After the Dauphiné there will be an altitude training period, but it is also important to race in the preparation period and then this race comes at the perfect time.”
Roglic and Van Aert were previously successful in the Dauphiné. The Slovenian won a stage in 2020 and the Belgian champion has already won three stages, including a time trial. “I expect Primoz and Wout in particular to want to test their form and to further refine the race rhythm,” said Niermann. “Many eyes will be on us, so we will have to race wisely.”
Christophe Laporte, Tiesj Benoot and Chris Harper will also start for Jumbo-Visma in the Dauphiné, which will be held from 5 to 12 June.
Judoka Gersjes fifth at Grand Slam in Tbilisi
5:19 p.m.: Amber Gersjes failed to win a medal at the Grand Slam in Tbilisi. The Dutch judoka finished fifth in the class up to 48 kilograms. Pleuni Cornelisse (class up to 57 kilograms) and Naomi van Knevel (class up to 52 kilograms) did not make it to the final block.
In the weekend, five more Dutch judokas will be in action. Geke van den Berg (-63 kilograms), Hilde Jager (-70 kilograms) and Sanne van Dijke (-70 kilograms) will appear on the tatami on Saturday and Karen Stevenson (-78 kilograms) and Marit Kamps (+ 78 kilograms).
European Championship cycling on the road in 2023 definitively in Drenthe
5:19 p.m.: The European Championships for cycling on the road will take place in Drenthe next year. The European Cycling Federation UEC has officially awarded the 2023 European Championships to that province. The European Championship will take place on and around the VAM mountain from 20 to 24 September 2023.
At the top of the VAM mountain, sports commissioner Henk Brink van Drenthe, together with representatives of UEC, the Dutch cycling association KNWU and organizer Courage Events, confirmed the collaboration. “In recent years, we have been able to organize the Dutch National Road Cycling Championships in Drenthe a number of times and the European Cyclo-cross Championships last autumn,” said Brink. “After that, we stepped up a gear and are now very proud that we can organize the European Championship road cycling 2023 in our cycling province.”
In the weekend of 24-26 June, this year’s National Road Cycling Championships will take place in Drenthe, with a race on and around the VAM mountain for the third time. In contrast to other years, the race for the professional cyclists is on Friday instead of Sunday.
The battle for the European road titles has existed since 1995 and has previously taken place in the Netherlands: in Valkenburg and Heerlen (2006), in Goes (2012) and in Alkmaar (2019). This year the European Championships will be held in Munich, Germany.
Volleyball players in Nations League no chance against Italy
4.33 pm: The Dutch volleyball players also lost their third match in the Nations League. The team of national coach Avital Selinger had no chance against Italy in Ankara: 3-0. The set positions were 25-19 25-15 25-15. The party lasted only an hour and a quarter. The Orange previously lost 3-1 to China and 3-2 to Bulgaria.
Selinger started against the Italian women with Elles Dambrink (diagonal), Jolien Knollema and Marrit Jasper (passers/runners), Britt Bongaerts (setter), Juliet Lohuis and Eline Timmerman (centers) and libero Myrthe Schoot. As a result, the team was adjusted in two places in terms of starting position compared to the meeting with Bulgaria the day before. Dambrink was now allowed to play instead of Celeste Plak and Knollema replaced Fleur Savelkoel.
The Netherlands, the number 6 in the world, was able to keep up with Italy, the global number 8, in the first set. In the second and third set, there was hardly any real competition.
The Orange squad plays the Nations League in preparation for the World Cup in its own country and Poland (September 23 to October 15). Serbia is the next opponent for the Netherlands in the Nations League on Sunday.
Phil Foden tests positive for corona and misses international matches with England
4.01 pm: Phil Foden has to miss England’s next two international matches. The Manchester City footballer tested positive for the corona virus and has therefore left the training camp.
Foden will miss the away game against Hungary on Saturday and the game against Germany on Tuesday. Both matches are part of the Nations League tournament. England then plays at home against Italy (June 11) and Hungary (June 14), also in the Nations League.
“Hopefully Phil can rejoin when we return from Germany,” said national coach Gareth Southgate. “It depends a bit on the symptoms he has at the time.”
Hungary plays the game against England in front of 30,000 people. The game should actually be played in front of empty stands, because Hungary is serving a penalty for racism. The Hungarians are making use of a loophole in the UEFA regulations, which allows children to enter the stadium. According to the rules, each group of ten children must be accompanied by one adult.
Water polo players Het Ravijn definitively champion after rejecting protest
12:32 pm: The water polo players of Het Ravijn are sure of the national title. A protest by Polar Bears, which was the opponent of the club from Nijverdal in the final, was rejected by the KNZB swimming association.
Polar Bears did not agree with the course of the closing phase of the third and final game in the playoffs. With a score of 9-9, Bas te Brake gave Het Ravijn the lead, but the shot clock had already ended at that moment. The umpires still approved the goal. Polar Bears wanted the last minutes of the game to be replayed at 9-9. Het Ravine won 11-10.
“The protest was considered by the protest committee and rejected because of ‘lack of form’. The committee states that Polar Bears should have protested via a special form within 15 minutes after the game, but determines that this has not happened,” said the KNZB.
“We accept this and congratulate Het Ravijn with the national title. That team really deserved it. We are proud of our team and what the men have accomplished. I’m going to call Het Ravijn to congratulate them again,” said Rob van de Blaak, Polar Bears technical director. Van de Blaak thinks it would be better that situations like this no longer occur in the future and the KNZB has therefore made recommendations. “The KNZB takes Van de Blaak’s recommendation with regard to an independent or mixed jury for play-offs to heart and will take this into account in the organization of future play-offs,” reports the KNZB.
For Het Ravijn, it meant the first league title in club history on Sunday.
Márquez wants to return after another operation in 2023
11:02 am: Marc Marquez wants to return to MotoGP in 2023. The six-time world champion from Spain says that after a new operation on his arm, which was successful. Márquez, 29, will remain in the United States for the time being to continue working on his recovery.
Márquez broke his right arm at the 2020 Spanish GP. He then missed the entire season after undergoing three more surgeries. Márquez then made his comeback, but a new operation turned out to be necessary. Last weekend, the motorcycle racer crashed during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. In Sunday’s game, Márquez finished tenth.
Nys to Trek-Segafredo
11:01 am: Thibau Nys will be cycling for Trek-Segafredo from August. The 19-year-old Belgian cyclist and cyclo-cross rider signs a contract until 2024 with the American team that competes in the WorldTour. As a cyclocross rider, he continues to race for Baloise Trek Lions.
The 19-year-old son of Sven Nys achieved his first major success on the road last year by winning the European U23 Championship in Trento, Italy. Nys recently finished third in the Antwerp Port Epic, behind winner Florian Vermeersch and Gianni Vermeersch. He then won the Flèche du Sud in Luxembourg.
“I think this is the right step at the right time to get myself to the highest level. Driving the WorldTour on the road has always been a dream. In this way I can continue to combine it with cyclo-cross”, says Nys.
Hockey club Amsterdam contracts Indian Singh
11:01 am: Hockeyclub Amsterdam has contracted the Indian Rupinder Pal Singh. The 31-year-old defender has already played 223 international matches for India. In it he was good for 119 goals.
“I am very happy to be part of this historic club. I’m really looking forward to playing with the best players in the world,” said Singh.
Singh won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Amsterdam finished fourth in the Dutch big league last season. The title went to Bloemendaal.
Argentinian Lorenzo new Colombia national coach
08:28 am: Néstor Lorenzo is the new head coach of the Colombia national team. The 56-year-old Argentinian has signed with the Colombian federation for four years.
Lorenzo succeeds Reinaldo Rueda, who was fired in mid-April. Rueda failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar with the Colombian team. The team of Feyenoord player Luis Sinisterra finished in sixth place in the South American qualifying.
Lorenzo was José Pékerman’s assistant, including at the 2006, 2014 and 2018 World Cups. Lorenzo comes over from Peru’s FBC Melgar.
Colombia will play a friendly match against Saudi Arabia on June 5.
Belgian tennis star Flipkens ends career
08:09 o’clock: The Belgian tennis star Kirsten Flipkens has announced her retirement. The 36-year-old Flipkens, the former number 13 in the world, will play her last tournament at Wimbledon. She has fallen to position 307 in the world rankings.
Flipkens, affectionately known as Flipper, has won two WTA tournaments. In 2012, she was the best in Canadian Quebec, three years ago she won the Houston tournament. In 2013, she reached the Wimbledon semifinals. She then lost to eventual winner Marion Bartoli from France.
Flipkens was also twice in the final of the grass tournament in Rosmalen. In 2013, she lost to Simona Halep from Romania, in 2018 to Serbian Aleksandra Krunic.
Wimbledon starts on Monday 27 June.
Celtics Take the Lead in NBA Finals
07:18 o’clock: The Boston Celtics take the lead in the NBA Finals. The Celtics won their first game against the Golden State Warriors, played in San Francisco, 120-108.
Going into the final quarter, the Warriors were still leading 92-80. In the fourth quarter, however, the Celtics came to 40 points, against just 16 for the home side.
The second game will also be played in San Francisco. The club that is the first to win four matches can call itself the new champion of the NBA.
The Celtics can become champions for the first time since 2008, the Warriors last triumphed four years ago.