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Basketball: Orange for the European basketball championship in Prague
2:57 p.m.: The Dutch men’s team will complete the group stage of the European Basketball Championship in 2022 in Prague. The Orange went to the Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Israel and Serbia in Group D. National coach Maurizio Buscaglia reacted delighted with Italy’s draw.
“First of all, pride dominates, because we’re here again,” he told basketball.nl. “Second, because we can hit the best countries like Serbia, Poland and the Czech Republic. But also matches against Israel, which has a rich basketball history, and Finland with their eagerness and energy. And finally, because we are going to be playing against so many well-known top players. Something that is going to be difficult, but that motivates us even more. We will have to do a lot more than our best, as it should be. “
Technical director Okke te Velde sees opportunities in the group. “Despite the fact that after Israel and Finland all the teams are in the top 15 in the world, they are not the biggest countries and it is interesting from a sporting point of view. Of course you want to play against the real best countries, but it offers opportunities. Moreover, Prague can be traveled by fans and it is also a beautiful and fun city. It would be cool if we could color the stadium a bit orange.
Football: Kluivert absent in cup semi-final in Leipzig
1:05 p.m.: Justin Kluivert will not play for Leipzig on Friday evening in the semi-final of the national cup match against Werder Bremen. Jong Oranje international is not fit enough, the club said.
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has also said it is doubtful that Lukas Klostermann will take part. The coach does not make a decision on the deployability of the Germany international until shortly before the start of the match.
Yussuf Poulsen, meanwhile, was able to train again after a period of injury. “I guess he’s available,” Nagelsmann said of the forward.
Billiards: Jaspers lost the title of master
13.03 hours: Dick Jaspers failed to reach the three-cushion masters final. In the semifinals, Raimond Burgman was slightly stronger and managed to win the game 3-2.
Jaspers, the 21-time national champion, started the match against Burgman very badly. In the first set, the defending champion failed to score in 6 innings, proof that he is not in his best form. In the quarterfinals, he also hit his heels against debutant Joey de Kok.
Burgman has already made the masters final 10 times and won four times. He lost a final against the local hero, Jean van Erp. There is a chance to repeat because in the other semi-finals Van Erp will face the surprise of this tournament debutant Ludo Kools.
The set scores were Burgman-Jaspers: 10-3, 7-10, 10-8, 3-10, 10-6. Burgman crossed the finish line with an average of 1.250 against 1.194 for Jaspers.
Rugby: the All Blacks partly in the hands of the Americans
11:38 am: The famous All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team, are partly American-owned. The New Zealand Rugby Federation (NZR) will sell 12.5% of the commercial rights of the three-time world champion. American investors will pay an amount of 230 million euros and will also receive the right to offer the TV rights internationally.
The deal with investment fund Silver Lake Partners received unanimous approval from the provincial leagues at the NZR’s annual general meeting in Wellington. Only the players’ union has yet to agree. Players can accept the lucrative deal this Thursday.
According to the NZR, this is “a revolutionary turning point” for rugby. “We believe this is a tremendous opportunity that future generations will enjoy for a long time to come,” said President Mark Robinson. The deal would bring the total commercial value of New Zealand rugby to € 1.8 billion.
The transaction is not greeted with enthusiasm everywhere in New Zealand. The All Blacks are part of the national pride of the country and part of the population would rather not see the Americans in part under their control.
Badminton: European Quarter-Final Championship for the Tabeling / Piek badminton duo
11:20 am: Badminton duo Robin Tabeling / Selena Piek reached the mixed doubles quarter-finals at the European Championship in Kiev. The fifth-ranked duo were too strong for Danish duo Niclas Nohr / Amalie Magelund in three games: 21-11 16-21 21-19.
In the battle for a place in the semi-finals, Tabeling and Piek face German pair Mark Lamsfuss / Isabel Herttrich, third.
Basketball: Utah Jazz with club record past Sacramento Kings
7:20 am: Utah Jazz set a club record in the American NBA basketball league. The Western Conference leader triumphed in California 154-105 over the Sacramento Kings. Never before have the Salt Lake City club managed to score so many points in a league game.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the Jazz’s top scorer with 24 points, followed by Jordan Clarkson with 23 points. Georges Niang (19 points) and Rudy Gobert (12 points and 10 rebounds) were also on the right track with the visitors. No less than eight Utah Jazz players found themselves in the double digits of the points standings.
Football: New contract for goalkeeper Oelschlägel at FC Utrecht
7:05 am: Goalkeeper Eric Oelschlägel (25) will also play for FC Utrecht next season. The German keeper’s expiring contract has been extended until mid-2022, with an option for an additional year.
Oelschlägel came from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer last season, where he was under contract for two seasons. He made his debut for FC Utrecht’s main squad in the cup match against Ajax on December 16, 2020. After that cup match, Oelschlägel made 19 Premier League appearances for FC Utrecht until present.
“I am very happy with my new contract,” said Oelschlägel. “Personally, I’m fine, I feel very happy here. As a person and as a goalkeeper, I was able to learn a lot here. I think this contract extension is a positive development for all parties. “
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