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Muscle injury keeps Olympic champion Jacobs out of Diamond League
10:15 am: Italian athlete Marcell Jacobs, Olympic champion in the 100 meters, has to skip the Diamond League in Eugene on Saturday due to a muscle strain. Jacobs remains in Rome to work on his recovery. According to the Italian athletics federation, the two-time Olympic champion from Tokyo (100 and 4×100 meters) must first rest for ten days.
Jacobs (27) was injured last week in his first 100m appearance since his gold race in Japan. Although the Italian won in front of his own audience in Savona in 10.04 seconds, he did suffer from muscle complaints. Jacobs had to withdraw from a 100 meters in Nairobi earlier this month due to stomach and intestinal complaints. He was even hospitalized at the time.
At the beginning of this year, the Italian won the gold in the 60 meters at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade. Jacobs is now working towards the outdoor World Cup in July in the American city of Eugene, which will host a Diamond League event on Saturday.
Boston Celtics back next to Miami Heat
07:50 am: The Boston Celtics are tied again with the Miami Heat in the playoffs of the NBA basketball league with a 102-82 win. After four games in the best-of-seven series, it is 2-2 in the Eastern Conference final, the gateway to the NBA final. Game 5 will follow in Miami on Wednesday.
Two days after the defeat in Boston, Jayson Tatum regained his cool with 31 points. In the one-sided game in the TF Garden of Boston, Tatum also was good for 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Defensively, Al Horford distinguished himself with 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Victor Oladipo, who started on the bench, was Miami’s top scorer with 23 points. None of the base team reached double figures.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was honest in his conclusion. “We have been outplayed tonight, there are no excuses,” said the coach, who is counting on an answer from his team. “This is also part of the play-offs, it comes with peaks and valleys.”