Biking. In a dramatic final on the 174 km long 2nd stage of the Tour de La Provence, world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) in a particularly advantageous position 1 km from goal was torn apart when the Russian Aleksander Vlasov (Astana) crashed right in front of him. . It gave free rein to the driver of the jersey, the Frenchman’s Italian teammate Davide Ballerini, who should have run the sprint for Alaphilippe, but could now win for the second day in a row ahead of compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). Alaphilippe did not seem to get anything serious, which also applied to Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Danish champion Kasper Asgreen, who crashed earlier in the race but returned strongly to deliver a nice lead work before he let go of the front and continued to the finish at his own pace.
Tennis. Australian folk hero Nick Kyrgios has finished at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. In the 3rd round against the 3rd seeded Austrian US Open champion Dominic Thiem, the 25-year-old Kyrgios was on a winning course, after snatching the first two and very close sets, but Dominic Thiem rose exemplary against the crowd favorite and won 4-6 , 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. During the match, the crowd on the stands created the most festive setting so far at this year’s tournament.
When Kyrgios secured his second set with a serve-ace on a highly unexpected and humiliating serve with the underhand, the noise at the compact John Cain Arena reached new heights, and although Kyrgios went down and lost, he was still hailed as a winner by his fans. And Kyrgios discreetly paid tribute to his superior as he patted his racket as soon as he had registered that he could not reach Thiem’s 57th and final pure winning streak. A small detail that shows that Kyrgios is much more than just scandals and headlines.
“I was almost ready to lose the match,” Thiem explains, referring to the outcome of the first two sets. Thiem will face Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria in the 1/8 finals.
Tennis. The fifth day of play at the Australian Open in Melbourne ended with a lot of drama. Due to tightened corona restrictions and a five-day lockdown beginning at midnight local time, the crowd was asked to leave Rod Laver Arena midway through the fourth set of the 3rd round match between top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz. While there were still spectators on the stands, the 27-seeded 23-year-old American outsider had fought his way back into the match that eight-time Australian Open winner Djokovic had begun by winning the first two sets. Without spectators, Fritz equalized to 2-2 in sets, but the star pulled the longest straw with 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 in a showdown where Djokovic might be injured. ‘I think something is torn over. That was the feeling I had. It is right now up in the clouds if I get out on the field again in two days, “says Novak Djokovic.
Men’s singles, 3rd round
- Novak Djokovic – Taylor Frizt 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2.
- Dominic Thiem (3) – Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
- Felix Auger-Aliassime – Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
- Milos Raonic (14) – Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
- Grigor Dimitrov (18) – Pablo Carreno Busta (15) 6-0, 1-0, Busta skadet
- Alexander Zverev (6) – Adrian Mannarino (32) 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
- Dusan Lajovic (23) – Pedro Martinez 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.
- Aslan Karatsev – Diego Schwartzman (8) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Football. The contract-free Lass Schöne, who was released from his contract with Italian Genoa last month, continues his career in the Netherlands, where he has previously played for 15 years for De Graafschap, NEC, Ajax and Heerenveen, which is his new employer. The 34-year-old Danish midfielder has been given a contract for the rest of the season. Heerenveen is number 8 in the Eredivisie after 21 matches.
Motorsport. Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has been involved in a car accident while out on a bike ride in Switzerland. It announces Alonso’s employer, Alpine, on Twitter. Alonso broke his jaw in the accident and underwent surgery on Friday morning. The Alpine team expects Alonso to resume preparations for the season after just a few days.
Tennis. The Australian Open will be held in the coming days without spectators on the stands. It is one of the consequences of a new outbreak of coronavirus in the state of Victoria, which is now shutting down from 23.59 on Friday local time and five days ahead. This was stated by state leader Daniel Andrews at a press conference on Friday. “We hereby notify ticket holders, players and staff that there will be no fans present at the facility for five days starting from Saturday, February 13,” the tournament organizer announced, according to Ritzau.
Social Media. The European Football Association (Uefa) has entered into a sponsorship with the controversial social media TikTok in connection with this summer’s European Championship finals. TikTok is a Chinese app, which is a social media for sharing short videos, where you can, among other things, mime songs or imitate a dance. “Through its partnership with Uefa, TikTok will seek to cement its image as the place where football fans can share their passion for the game,” Uefa wrote on its website. In 2020, Politiken revealed several examples of TikTok, among other things, also being used as a platform for sellers of nude pictures and homemade sex videos.
For me, it’s about surviving and playing better every round
Tennis. Serena Williams got off to a bad start in her 3rd round meeting at the Australian Open against Russian Anastasia Potapova, but got up and won 7-6, 6-2. Anastasia Potapova led 5-3 in the first set and had the opportunity to serve the set home. “I did not get out of the starting blocks in the same way that I have otherwise done. For me, it’s about surviving and playing better every round, “Williams said according to Ritzau. In the next round, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka – world number seven awaits. Williams is number 11 in the world.
Women’s singles, 3rd round
- Iga Swiatek (15) – Fiona Ferro 6-4, 6-3
- Simona Halep (2) – Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-3.
- Aryna Sabalenka (7) – Ann Li 6-3, 6-1.
- Marketa Vondrousova (19) – Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-4.
- Garbine Muguruza (14) – Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1.
- Serena Williams (10) – Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (5), 6-2.
- Hsieh Su-wei – Sara Errani 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
- Naomi Osaka (3) – Ons Jabeur (27) 6-3, 6-2.
Football. New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten at the London club. On Thursday, Chelsea advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 away win over Barnsley from the second-best English tier. Andreas Christensen started inside Chelsea, but was replaced by Antonio Rüdiger from the start of the second half. At Barnsley, the former AC Horsens and Brøndby defender Mads Juel Andersen was involved in the entire match and could see Tammy Abraham become match winner in the middle of the second half.
FA Cup quarterfinals March 20 and 21
- Everton-Manchester City
- Leicester-Manchester United
- Chelsea-Sheffield United
Ice hockey. Nikolaj Ehlers is currently hot in the NHL. After two goals earlier in the week for Winnipeg against Edmonton, he scored and assisted in the 5-1 win over Ottawa. Oliver Bjorkstrand was also in action on Friday night, contributing an assist as Columbus beat Chicago 6-5.
Football. Athletic Bilbao and Levante played 1-1 as the two teams met on Thursday in the first of two semi-finals of the Spanish Cup. The return match will be played in Levante on March 4. The overall winner must face Sevilla or FC Barcelona in the final.
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