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Dortmund plays a charity match against Dynamo Kyiv
5:44 PM: Borussia Dortmund will play a useful match against Dynamo Kyiv on April 26. The proceeds from the fencing at Signal Iduna Park will go to an organization that provides direct assistance to people in Ukraine in need after the invasion of Russia.
“Football is the best pastime in the world, but there are much more important things. Peace, health, a home and an education in the heart of Europe is no longer all that is self-evident,” Borussia Dortmund general director Hans-Joachim Watzky said in a statement. This hurts a lot. We stand behind Ukraine.”
The benefit match comes three days after the first match in the German League between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Altaïr showed Smulders in the World Cup final to second place
5:42 pm: Jumper Harry Smulders climbed to second in the standings at the World Cup Final in Leipzig. The Dutchman finished fourth with his horse Monaco in the second half of the competition with a jump. The day before, Smolders started the event with ninth in the speed and agility competition.
You have already chosen to attack for two days. I’m good for that. Hopefully the dime will go in the right direction on Sunday,” Smulders seems optimistic ahead of the World Cup final completion. “With a horse like Monaco I can go for it. It will get more difficult on Sunday. The arrangement is similar. In order for us to win, we are going to need a great day.”
On Sunday, the top thirty sets after the first two parts are eligible to start on the first moto. American McClain Ward leads the standings with 0 penalty points. Smolders is in second place with 4 penalty points. Britain’s Harry Charles and Switzerland’s Martin Fox are followed by five penalty points.
Sailors Van Anholt and Deutz came close to winning in Mallorca
4:48 PM: Sailors Odile van Aanholt and Annette Duetz own Trofeo Princesa Sofia in the 49erFX class. The Dutch duo lead the standings by 20 points over Brazilian Olympic champions Martin Sofite Grill and Kahina Konzi. If the Dutch sailors finish the medal race on Saturday as per the regulations, they are sure to win the overall World Cup.
Deutz, who won bronze with Anime Pickering at the Tokyo Olympics, will sail with Van Anholt for the first time in the Mallorca event. “This is our first time together. It was also very exciting, but it went well and we had a lot of fun,” said Van Anholt. “It was more difficult today, but we continued to race well,” Deutz said.
The duo know their victory is as good as it is. “The great news is that we have already won the event. Tomorrow we have another medal race and we have to make sure we don’t do illegal things,” Van Anholt looked forward. “This is a very impressive result after a winter of hard work. We are in great shape, but that does not mean we can relax now because we have also noticed that there are still a lot of things not going well.”
Voss wins Amstel gold for Paris Rubix
3.10 pm: Just as with the men, last year’s winner is also missing from the women in the Amstel Gold Race. Marianne Voss skips the Limburg Classic on Sunday. The Dutch cyclist wants to prepare as best he can for Paris Roubaix, the classic set to premiere next week.
Voss won the gold race last year. She defeated Demi Fullering and Animek Van Vleuten in the sprint. The 34-year-old Brabant, the Jumbo-Visma leader, went no further than 20th at the Tour of Flanders last week, just a minute away from Belgian winner Lotte Kubicki.
Marianne finished second in last year’s Paris-Roubaix. “She has chosen not to ride in Limburg now, but to do some extra training, so that she looks comfortable and fit initially in Denine next week,” said Licelot Decroix, sports director.
Last year, Vos’ teammate Wout van Aert on Jumbo-Visma won the men’s race. The Belgian disappeared on Sunday due to the repercussions of being infected with the Corona virus, which had already cost him “Flanders” last week.
World Athletics creates a special fund for Ukrainian athletes
13:54: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has set up a special fund for athletics in Ukraine in cooperation with its foundation and the Diamond League. This will provide assistance to Ukrainian professional athletes affected by the war in their country.
The fund was created to ensure that top Ukrainian athletes can continue to train, qualify and eventually participate in the World Cup next summer in Oregon, USA.
Two groups are eligible for funding: individual athletes (Group I) and support staff and immediate family members of key athletes (Group II). The first group includes athletes who are members of the Ukrainian Athletics Federation and who have qualified or have a chance to participate in the World Cup. The second group revolves around those who act as coaches or team leaders for the athletes of the first group. This also includes parents, spouses, and children who live with athletes.
Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, believes that it is natural for the sports community to provide all possible support to athletes in Ukraine. “This fund provides more support to Ukrainian athletes to enable them to have some stability and security as they prepare to represent their country as the war continues. They desperately need our help to continue training and competing,” Ko said.
Shipshorn replaces cannonballs at the start of the Rotterdam Marathon
11.56 am: The Rotterdam Marathon will not start on Sunday with the usual cannon shots. According to new race director Rimko Barbier, the running race organization does not think this is appropriate given the terrible events in Ukraine. “That is why we chose the sound of the ship’s horn.”
There is room for significant participation in version 41, because corona measures have been released. About 34,000 runners are expected to participate on Sunday, including 18,000 in the full marathon, or the classic distance of 42,195 kilometers.
“I think we’ll have another great version, thanks in part to the spectators. They’re making the marathon in Rotterdam. It’s also probably going to be a quick race, given the elite field and the favorable weather forecast,” Barbier said.
Former gymnast Hambüchen: Hats off to friend Epke
10.59 am: Former gymnast Fabian Hambuchen also said goodbye to Epeke Zunderland widely Thursday night during the official farewell gala. The 2016 German Olympic champion looked back at a special time when gymnasts often competed on their favorite piece of equipment, the high bar.
“Over the years, we’ve built a special bond and always kept in touch,” Hambuchen said. “Not only during our career, but especially after that. During matches we always wanted to be the best, but above all we were friends. Together we showed that friendship and rivalry in sports can go together. We have linked a passion for sports. The fact that we know each other Some from over twenty years ago is very special. When I booked my hotel a few days ago, I realized it again.”
For years, the two players competed with each other for the high bar. Hambuchen snatched Olympic bronze in 2008, when Sunderland finished seventh for a fall. Four years later, Zunderland outmaneuvered the Germans at the Battle of Gold in London. “The exercise he did then was strange. That is one of the reasons why I was so happy with the silver.”
Before the 2016 Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro, the two players were still talking about it. ‘Ibke joked that it would be good to do the same, one or two more. I wanted to see her in reverse this time,’ said Hambuchen, laughing.
In the end, the German won the Olympic title in Rio. Zonderland finished in seventh place due to falls. “I understood that Epke wanted to continue in Tokyo. If I had had such an experience in Rio, I wouldn’t want to end my career this way. For Epke, the road to Tokyo has been harder than ever. Hats off to Epke and to carry on.”
Sung-Jae Im golfer driving after the first round of the Masters
08:30 am: South Korean golfer Sung-jae Im takes the lead after the first round of the Masters Tournament. The 24-year-old Korean needed 67 strokes in his run on the Augusta lanes, five under par. Tiger Woods celebrated his comeback after more than a year of absence due to a serious car accident with a round of 71 strokes and is thus in a joint tie.10th place.
I recorded five birds and even one eagle. He had to put two ghosts against it. The South Korean has a one-handed advantage over Australian Cameron Smith, who has produced eight birdies, but also had to fill a double bogey on his scorecard in both the first and last holes. Im and Smith jointly finished second in the 2020 Masters, behind American Dustin Johnson.
By far, most of the interest in Augusta went to Woods. The five-time winner of the Green Jacket Masters Tournament was seriously injured in a car accident in February last year, especially to his right leg. Woods once again had to go through a long rehabilitation process. He showed upon his return that he had not forgotten the game. “The strikes are good, but the walk is not easy,” said the 46-year-old American, who was followed by thousands of spectators during his tour.
Miami Heat basketball players secure first place in the NBA
8.27 am: Without playing themselves, the Miami Heat basketball players finished first in the East in the NBA. The pursuers, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, lost to the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, respectively. As a result, the Miami Heat can no longer be tracked by other clubs in the Eastern Conference and they are certain of their “home advantage” in the play-offs.
Florida club has 52 wins and 28 defeats. The NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, by defeating the Celtics 127-121, advanced to second in the East. Giannis Antetokounmo scored 29 points for the Bucks. The Sixers lost 119-114 to the Raptors, who had the best player in Pascal Siakam (37 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds).
The Denver Nuggets got their sixth and final ticket straight to the playoffs in the West. The Nuggets achieved it by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies: 122-109. Nikola Jokic excelled with 35 points and 16 rebounds. The Serbian player became the first player to score at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season. “MVP, MVP!” The crowd yelled excited to see Jokic pick the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the regular season, just like last year.
A so-called play-off is scheduled for next week, in which four teams each from the East and West will compete for the remaining two places in the playoffs.