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Football: Genk loses points to Wasland
6.12 pm: Racing Genk lost two points in chasing leaders Club Brugge. John van den Brum’s side have not gone further than 1-1 at home against lower-placed Wasland Beveren.
Genk comes through a draw with 35 points, four points ahead of Brugge, who won 3-0 at the Eupen Cup on Saturday. Genk played a game less than a leader.
Paul Onwacho secured the lead for Genk on a pass from Brian Heineen. Before the end of the first half, Adel Abu Bakari Quetta equalized from a free kick. There were no more goals in the second half. John Lokome hit Van Genk in the final stage. Teammate Junia Ito hit the crossover in injury time.
No. 3 Charleroi also lost points. In Antwerp, they lost 2-1. Charleroi retained third place with 33 points, and rose to fourth with 31 points.
Handball: Russia is participating in the World Cup under a different name
6:09 pm: The Russian men’s team will be allowed to participate in the world championships in Egypt next month, but not under the name Russia. It should be referred to as the “Russian Handball Federation Team”. Also, no symbol or emblem may denote Russia on players’ clothing. This has been determined by the International Handball Federation (IHF).
The Handball World Cup, which will be held from January 14 to 31, is the first international tournament to fall under the two-year suspension imposed by the CAS Sports Court on Russia. The country was banned from major international tournaments for two years due to widespread doping fraud.
FIFA should have taken into account the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it still finds a way to allow the Russians to reach the final round in Egypt, as Russia splits into the group stage with Belarus, Slovenia and South Korea. Another condition is that the Russian national anthem will not be played in matches. Instead, the IHF hymn sounds.
The World Cup continues in Egypt despite the Corona epidemic. The IHF takes into account cancellations from eligible countries, thus establishing a backup list. The Dutch men’s team is third on the reserve list.
Football: Gros is immediately new coach for Schalke 04
5.49 pm: The 66-year-old Swiss Christian Gross has been appointed the new manager of Schalke 04. He has to save the stray German team from Gelsenkirchen from relegation from the Bundesliga.
Gross will succeed caretaker coach Hope Stevens, who took over for a short period after Manuel Baum resigned. Gross will start work on Sunday. The next match for the final team will be on January 2 at Hertha Berlin. Schalke at the bottom of the Bundesliga with four points after four draws and nine defeats.
The Swiss previously coached Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. In Switzerland he coached FC Basel and Young Boys among others. Active in recent years with Al-Ahly of Saudi Arabia and Zamalek in Egypt.
Football: Modric will join Real Madrid
16.09 pm: Luka Modric renews his expired contract with Real Madrid. According to Spanish media, the Croatian playmaker will soon sign a pledge until the summer of 2022 in the Spanish capital. The 35-year-old Croatian has been playing for Real Madrid since 2012.
Not only has the former Dynamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur player won two domestic titles with Spanish powerhouse, but he has also won the Champions League four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018) as a routine, Modric remains a staple of coach Zinedine Zidane’s squad. Real Madrid also sees Modric as a mentor to the 22-year-old Norwegian Martin Odegaard, who is seen as his “natural” successor.
Snooker: masters behind closed doors after all
1.52 m: One of this year’s three biggest tournaments, the Masters, will still be played without fans due to tougher Covid-19 restrictions. Organizers hoped to welcome up to 1,000 fans per session at Alexandra Palace in London. The tournament will take place from 10-17 January 2021.
Snooker World President Barry Hearn described it as a “huge disappointment to the fans”. Fans who have purchased tickets will now receive tickets for the Masters tournament in 2022, unless they want a refund.
The decision comes after discussions between World Snooker, the government and public health agencies. “It’s also frustrating for players who miss the excitement of playing for their supporters. But as always, we need to keep the health and safety of all participants in our events high on our priority list,” said Hearn, Chairman of the World Snooker Tour.
Handball: a reward of € 500,000 for the winner of the Champions League
1.48 pm: EHF has allocated € 1 million in prize money to the men’s fourth UEFA Champions League Final. A reward of € 500,000 is available to the winner of the final tournament.
Four handball teams compete on Monday and Tuesday in Cologne for the most important prize in European club competition. One such team is Paris Saint-Germain, where Dutch playmaker Luke Staines plays.
When compiling books related to the last season (2019-2020), UEFA found additional financial space to reward clubs that play in the Final immediately for their performance in a year that was difficult due to the Corona virus.
Staines will play Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final against Barcelona on Monday. The other semi-final match between the German team Kiel and Hungary Veszprem. The winners will play the final on Tuesday and lose to places 3 and 4.
The collision fractures the wishbone of cyclist Guerrero
12.22 p.m.: Portuguese rider Robin Guerrero suffered a broken collarbone this week when he was hit by a car during a training tour. The EF Education-Nippo climber had to undergo surgery. Guerreiro, winner of the Tour of Italy mountain classification, hopes to resume training in mid-January.
“I was training with some friends when an oncoming car turned left and ignored traffic rules,” the Portuguese says in the newspaper. the ball. “I don’t think the driver saw us or thought it was possible. The collision was inevitable.” At Evora Hospital, an investigation showed that Guerreiro suffered a broken collarbone in the fall.
The 26-year-old Portuguese won a stage on Tour Italy in October and was awarded a blue mountain shirt. Guerreiro hopes to be able to start the new season on the UAE Tour at the end of February.
Football: Promote PSV de Roig from temporary to coach of the women’s team
11.53 am: PSV appointed Rick de Roig as the head coach of the women’s team. De Roig had already worked as a temporary coach in recent weeks, after Sander Luten left for personal reasons at the end of last month. The 41-year-old Dutchman signed a contract in Eindhoven until the summer of 2023.
De Rooij has been working at PSV’s youth academy since 2016. Last season, he temporarily took over the duties of Youth Academy President Ernst Faber, when he finished the year as head coach of the main force after Marc Van Bommel resigned.
“In recent weeks, I have been able to see first-hand that PSV Women has a lot of potential,” says de Roig. “I look forward to working closely with them in the coming years and taking Eindhoven for women and women’s football to a higher level. The tournament is the goal again this year.”
Footballers from Eindhoven are second in the Dutch league, 3 points behind Ajax. On February 14th, the two teams will compete against each other to resume competition.
Football: Dundee United mourn the death of the legendary coach
10.59 am: Scottish football club Dundee United regrets the death of Jim McLean, the coach under whose leadership Dundee won the only league title and achieved European successes. McLean passed away this week at the age of 83. Jim is an important part of our history and the man who put us on the map in Europe. The club wrote that the United family is cherished by him all over the world. The flags in Tanadis Park, Dundee Stadium, half-mast.
McLean was a manager for Dundee United between 1971 and 1993. In recent years, he combined this position with the club’s presidency. Under his leadership, Dundee not only won the League Cup in 1980 and 1981, but also won the first and only League title at that time in 1983. McLean’s team managed to break through the dominance of Celtic and Rangers. The coach himself said at the time, “It’s as if the corner store is facing Marks & Spencer.”
The Scottish club was also successful in Europe in the 1980s. In 1984, Dundee United reached the semi-finals of Euro 1, with the Roma team being very strong. After a 2–0 home win, Dundee fell 3–0 in Rome. In the 1986-87 season, the Scottish team reached the European Cup Final after defeating Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach, with Swedish club IFK Göteborg winning 2-1 over two matches.
Basketball: Houston Rockets in the NBA
09.24 amThree days later than expected, the Houston Rockets basketball players kick off their new season in the NBA. The Rockets, who were unable to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in the week due to a number of coronavirus infections within the selection, fell into a stunning match at the Portland Trail Blazers: 128-126.
The decision came only in the extension. After the original time, the score was 113-113. In extra time, the Rockets led a 126–125 lead, 15 seconds off time, three points clear of James Harden. 6.3 seconds before the end of the match, CJ McCollum scored three points for the Trail Blazers for the ninth time in the match, and in doing so he won.
McCollum was the home team’s best shot with 44 points, and Harden scored the same number of points as the Rockets. Damian Lillard contributed 32 points to the Trailblazers’ victory.
Earlier in the week, Harden, the star of Team Houston, was fined 50 thousand dollars (more than 40 thousand euros) for violating Corona rules. The 31-year-old American was seen without a mask at a crowded party, according to the video images. According to American media, Harden had visited a nightclub, but he himself claimed that it was a party for his girlfriend.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also won their second game of the season, although they needed an extra double game against the Detroit Pistons: 128–119. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors, 2019 NBA champions, 119-114. Dimar DeRozan was Tottenham’s top scorer against his old side, with 27 points.