Orange Lionesses settle convincingly with Belgium

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Football: Orange Lionesses settle convincingly with Belgium

22.08 hrs: The Dutch football women have opened their Olympic year with a victory over Belgium, which was no longer necessary in the second half. At the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels it became 1-6 for the formation of coach Sarina Wiegman. It was already the 32nd meeting between the two countries.

After just over half an hour, Vivianne Miedema Oranje set the lead. The always scoring striker hit the rebound, after Lieke Martens hit the bar through keeper Justin Odeurs. In the first part Miedema also hit the bar and pole, Jill Roord saw a hard shot turned by Odeurs.

Davina Philtjens was the closest to a hit for Belgium. She became out of reach of target woman Sari van Veenendaal.

Immediately after the resumption, Roord missed a big chance at the 2-0, after a nice pass by Daniรซlle van de Donk. A little later, Roord scored, after the Belgian keeper initially rescued after a nice attack via Miedema and Martens.

After more than an hour, Belgium was successful through Marie Minnaert. Barely 2 minutes later Stefanie van der Gragt put things in order again, by getting out of a corner kick. With a slider from a considerable distance, Martens took care of 1-4, and then Daniรซlle van de Donk and Renate Jansen scored.

โ€œ The way we stood on the field is something I am very satisfied with,โ€ said Wiegman. โ€œWith a lot of energy and with the intention to find solutions together. Also defensive it was well put together. It was also very positive that we have created many opportunities. At first, we may have missed a lot of them, but that worked out. The fact that we have multiple goalscorer is also important. Were not dependent on one shooter.โ€

Wiegman repeated she was happy to play with Orange. โ€œBut its a weird time. We are grateful that this is possible at any rate and for the players it is nice to be together. We focus on the Tokyo Olympics, our information is that its going on. With the vaccine, there is one in this time of corona in the world a dot on the horizon. Were going full for it.โ€

The Netherlands will play another practice match in Venlo next week, then against Germany.

Athletics: Judge speaks race walking champion Schwazer free of doping

21.19 hours: Former Olympic champion racing walking Alex Schwazer will not be criminally prosecuted for doping. According to a court in Bolzano, he was most likely tampered with his urine sample in which prohibited substances were found.

In 2008, Schwazer won the Olympic title in the 50 km race walking. The Italian was suspended in 2012 for three years and nine months after he was caught using epo. After that suspension, he returned and seized the world title in 2016. He missed the Olympic Games in Rio because he was suspended for eight years due to a second doping violation.

Schwazer tested positive for anabolic steroids in a re-analysis of a urine sample that was decreased on January 1, 2016 and was initially negative. Research judge Walter Pelino argued that the urine sample was most likely manipulated โ€œwith the aim of obtaining a positive result and discrediting the athlete.โ€ He exonerated the race walker โ€œbecause he did not commit the crime.โ€

36-year-old Schwazer continued to train in the hope of taking part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. โ€œI would like to end my career as I want, not as others wanted,โ€ he said.

Water polo: Water poloans lose from Russia and now hit Montenegro

20.55 p.m.: The Dutch water poloers meet the strong Montenegro, the winner of poule A. close defeat that Orange suffered against Russia on Thursday in the last group duel in group B. The formation of coach Harry van der Meer lost 11-10 and ended fourth in the pool.

At the OCT in Rotterdam the remaining three starting tickets for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be distributed. The Dutch men last participated in the Games in 2000. In the event of a win or a tie against Russia, the Netherlands had the second orthird place in the pool acquired and less feared opponents Georgia or Greece affected in the quarter-finals.

The Netherlands offered an excellent match against Russia, which won on Wednesday from Croatia with 14-13. The Eastern European team had played away with 25-8 on Monday. After the first period it stood 3-3, thanks to two hits by Jesse Koopman and a penalty taken by Jorn Winkelhorst.

The Russians ran out to 6-4 in the second period, but lost their best shooter Konstantin Kharkov, who had to leave the bath with a red card. Oranje fought back in the match and came through two goals of Winkelhorst on 6-7 after the third period.

In the fourth period the team of Van der Meer took the lead with 9-8 after hits by Pascal Janssen and Jorn Muller, but still the Russians passed by again. In Dmitri Cholod, they still had a sniper. Jansen made 11-10 and a tie was still possible in the final seconds, but the Russian goalkeeper stopped Oranges last desperate shot.

โ€œ Too bad we were a bit sloppy in taking advantage of the opportunities in the manmmeer situations. Otherwise we could have won,โ€ said coach Van der Meer after the duel. โ€œBut defending it was good, we sit in our skin and this result against a very strong team like Russia gives the boys confidence. It will be on Friday or below against Montenegro; it will be the game of our lives, but we will go there like tigers.โ€

Figure riding: Wories unsubscribed for Challenge Cup

18.38 hours: Six-time Dutch champion figure racing Niki Wories has signed out for the Challenge Cup, the international figure skating tournament in the Uithof of of The Hague (25-28 February) with an injury. This means that the battle for the only Dutch ticket for the World Championships in Stockholm will expire at the end of March.

Because of the loss of Waries, Lindsay van Zundert is now the only candidate for that proof of initiation. It must then comply with the requirement of the International Ice Skating Association ISU in the short course: a score of at least 30 points. The young Brabant art warrior takes on, among others, the German Nicole Schott, the Finnish Jenni Saarinen and Loena Hendrickx from Belgium.

On behalf of the Netherlands, the Challenge Cup also brings together the art pairs Daria Danilova/Michel Tsiba and Nika Osipova/Dmitry Epstein. Up to one pair of them will be allowed to go to the World Championships in Sweden. TeamNL will be completed at De Uithof by the ice dance couple Chelsea Verhaegh and Sherim van Geffen. The 2021 Challenge Cup will take part in 77 art fighters from 26 countries. The strongest participants will be among the men, with the top favourites Russian Mikhail Koljada and Morisi Kvitelashvili from Georgia.

Athletics: Raphiker Alex Schwazer acquitted of doping

18.28 p.m.: The Italian race walker Alex Schwazer (36), who received an eight-year suspension in 2016 due to a second doping violation, was declared innocent on Thursday. According to a judge in Bolzano, there was a possible manipulation of the urine samples.

The judge states that there is โ€œa high degree of credibility that the urine samples have been altered to obtain a positive resultโ€ and to disqualify the athlete.

In August 2016, the International Sports Tribunal TAS confirmed the eight-year doping suspension for Schwazer, 2008 Olympic champion in the 50 km. In Rio de Janeiro, the Italian could not make a move for a second Olympic title. Schwazer tested positive for anabolic steroids in a re-analysis of a urine sample that was decreased on January 1, 2016 and was initially negative. The result of this became known on June 22. On 5 July, the counter-analysis in the WADA lab in Cologne followed, which also yielded a positive result.

Schwazer had not returned to competition until May 2016, after serving a doping suspension. He received the race walker for a positive epotest that he took shortly before the 2012 Olympics in London.

Football: Injury Juventus captain Chiellini falls along

17:00 Giorgio Chiellini can probably return to Juventus soon. The 36-year-old captain of the club from Turin competed in the away match against FC Porto in the eighth finals of the Champions League on Wednesday after over half an hour of play.

Juventus feared a (severe) muscle injury, but research showed on Thursday that Chiellinis damage was not easy. The central defender stood aside for a long time between October and January because of an injury. Since mid-January, until the duel with Porto, he participated in every race from start to finish.

Juventus lost the match against the Portuguese with 2-1

Tennis: First final round at Billie Jean King Cup again postponed

16:41pm The internationaltennis federation ITF has again postponed the final round of the tournament for the Billie Jean King Cup, formerly known as the Fed Cup. Twelve countries were to compete in Budapest in April for the final victory, but due to the coronapandemic, the event has to be postponed again.

It is the final round that could not be played last year and was then moved to April 2021. The ITF and the Hungarian authorities looked at a tournament behind closed doors, but eventually decided not to hold the event until later in the year.

The Dutch tennis players were not able to place for the final tournament.

Sports associations see opportunities with corona-virus certificate

16:20 h. Sports dome NOC*NSF sees the introduction of a corona-virus certificate best suited if this increases the possibilities for sports. โ€œWe generally support all measures that can allow more people to play sports,โ€ says a spokesperson for NOC*NSF. โ€œWe are now awaiting the results of the FieldLab studies, both in and outside the sport.โ€

The cabinet is investigating the arrival of an app with a test proof. Any eases could thus be implemented more quickly without the number of infections growing rapidly again. For festivals and (sports) events such an app would offer a solution.

Football: PEC Zwolle long without severely injured Van Wermeskerken

14:49 hours PEC Zwolle defender Sai van Wermeskerken is long out of circulation. The 26-year-old player with a Japanese background suffered a severe knee injury at the training Monday. PEC does not report how long the wing defender is not usable.

Van Wermeskerken, who came across from SC Cambuur in 2019, played in all competition duels this season. He was only exchanged once.

PEC Zwolle is the number 13 of the Eredivisie with 23 points. On Saturday, PEC is waiting for the away game against FC Emmen, the latter state.

Hockey: Hockeybond keeps hope in public at European Championships in Amsterdam

13:19 hrs. The organisation of the European hockey in Amsterdam has not yet given up the hope to welcome the public this summer. Several scenarios have been prepared for a tournament with an audience, an event with few spectators or even without an audience.

โ€œ The health of the participants and officials is our priority, immediately followed by our ambition to be able to involve hockey fans as much as possible in the tournament. In any way,โ€ said Erik Gerritsen, the general manager of the hockey association. โ€œWe think we can turn it into a hockey party under corona conditions.โ€

Nor can we say what other measures will affect the organisation of the tournament in the summer, according to the League. Together with the European hockey federation, sports dome NOC*NSF and various government agencies, the KNHB is currently discussing the possibilities.

The European Championships will be at Wagener Stadium from 4 to 13 June.

Athletics: Kipchoge runs in April Hamburg marathon

12.17 hrs: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge will be at the start of the Hamburg marathon on Sunday 11 April. The 36-year-old Kenyan has the world record on this part with 2.01.39. For Kipchoge, the marathon in the German city is the final test for the Summer Olympics in Japan.

The Kenyan was unbeatable for years in the classic 42.2 km running race, but he was defeated in London last October. The world record holder came eighth in the rainy and cold English capital in 2.06.49, more than a minute after the Ethiopian winner Shura Kitata.

Tennis: English League allows grassy season largely to continue


11.41 a.m.: Most of the preparation tournaments leading up to Wimbledon continue as planned. The English tennis federation LTA has made a number of minor changes. The League outlines different scenarios and remains โ€œcautiously optimisticโ€ that the tournaments may be attended by supporters.

The grass season starts on 5 June with the WTA tournament in Nottingham. A week later, the Birmingham WTA tournament and the Queens ATP tournament are on the program. In the last week before Wimbledon, Eastbournes combined WTA/ATP tournament is scheduled.

Cycling: Jumbo-Visma transfers Olav Kooij (19) to WorldTour team

11.37 a.m.: Jumbo-Visma transferred Olav Kooij early from the training team to the WorldTour team. The only 19 years old Kooij was good for six victories last season. In fact, Kooij would promote the team during the season, but within all sections of Jumbo-Visma people agreed that it is good to speed up the process with a few months.

โ€œ Unfortunately, more and more quotes are falling out of our programtraining team and at the same time there is more room in the professional program because of the breakout of riders. This creates a situation for Olav in which a switch contributes best to his education and development,โ€ says sporting director Merijn Zeeman. He recently saw Tom Dumoulin fall away. He decided to stop cycling indefinitely.

Football: Week after winning goal in World Cup final Pavard tests positive

10.16 hours: Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich tested positive for the coronavirus. 24-year-old Pavard is at home in isolation. According to Bayern, the French international is well under circumstances.

Last week Pavard scored the only goal in the final of the World Cup for clubs against the Mexican team Tigres. He stayed on Monday in the league match (3-3) against Arminia Bielefeld.

Thomas Mรผller missed the final against Tigres because of a positive test. Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka had to skip the tournament in Qatar because they had taken a positive corontest in the run-up to there. The two midfielders have now resumed training in Munich. Bayern, the leader in the Bundesliga, plays against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Basketball: Warriors thanks to catch up with Heat

10.14 a.m.: Golden State Warriors won Miami Heat in the NBA after a strong overtime race in overtime. Thanks to a number of three points by Stephen Curry in the extension, it became 120-112, and halfway through the Warriors saw a backlog of 61-46. With more than six minutes to play, Heat led 99-85

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when there was still a minute and a half on the clock in overtime, the Warriors had not been in charge. Thanks to a score from Kent Bazemore, the home team came up for the first time, with 109-107

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Curry did not reach his desired level in regular playing time. His shot rate hasnt been so low in the last three weeks. In overtime, he still showed his class. Curry came out on 25 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists. Bazemore was responsible for one more point. Draymond Green was missing from the Warriors because of an ankle injury.