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Golfer Besling finished 13th in Switzerland
6.03 pm: Golfer Will Besling finished 13th at the Omega European Masters Tournament in Switzerland. The 35-year-old Besling scored a round of 67 strokes at Crans Montana on the final day and came out with eight strokes below par.
Besling had four sparrows and one ghost on the last day. For Besseling, the tournament in Switzerland started moderately with a score of 71. A day later he needed 5 fewer strokes and on Saturday he played a round of 68.
For Lars van Meijel and Darius van Driel, the tournament ended two days later, and they didn’t make the cut in the Alps.
The victory in Switzerland went to Denmark’s Rasmus Hoggard, who was knocked out at -13 after a strong final round of 63.
Ryder Smulders misses after winning the Hamburg jump in Brussels
6.02 pm: Show jumper Harry Smulders missed his jump a day after winning the “classic” competition as part of the heavily busy World Champions Tour in Hamburg at the Brussels Grand Prix. The Brabant rider, who will start the European title battle with the Dutch national team on Wednesday, made a jumping error with Monaco.
In Hamburg, Smulders didn’t need a jump on the eleventh stage of the challenging Global Champions Tour series. The 41-year-old from Brabant was the only one of 29 groups who remained clear in the first round with Une de l’Othain, so an appearance was not necessary. Smolders earned €99,000 in the German city with this victory.
Immediately after his victory, he again left for Brussels. “At first it was not my intention to go to Hamburg,” Smulders said. “But because my team probably lacked a rider there, I went at a spare speed. I only had one horse. Une de l’Othain performed better than expected, so I only went into the final. It went really well. A classic in equestrian sports. This win is a good boost.”
American Jessica Springsteen, daughter of famous singer Bruce Springsteen, won the Grand Prix in Brussels the next day. Smulders finished 14th, behind compatriot Willem Greve.
On Wednesday, Smolders will start with Bingo du Parc for TeamNL at the European Championships in Riesenbeck. The former world number one also recently participated in the Nations Cup Olympic Games in Tokyo. TeamNL stayed out of the medals there.
Cyclist Bullitt wins the Tour of Germany, Christophe in the final
5:37 PM: Cyclist Nils Bullett won the Tour of Germany. The German from Bora Hansgrohe, who won the third stage on Saturday, successfully defended the leading position in the final stage from Erlangen to Nuremberg. Alexander Kristof won the final stage.
The Norwegian from the Emirates team beat Germany’s Pascal Ackermann and Italy’s Luca Mozzato, after 156 km. Christophe also previously won the second stage of the Tour de Germany.
Bullitt was four seconds ahead of his teammates Ackermann and Kristof in the general classification. The 27-year-old also won the 12th stage of the Tour de France in July.
Cyclist Cosnefroy beats Alaphilippe in the Classic Brittany
5:03 PM: Cyclist Benoit Cosnefroy won the 85th Brittany Classic. France’s AG2R won the race after racing over 251 kilometres, with start and finish in Plouay, against fellow refugee Julian Alaphilippe of France and fellow Danish Mikkel Frølich Honoré.
The trio, along with Tour de France winner Tadej Poujacar, went behind the first two riders Quentin Hermanns of Belgium and Alessandro de Marchi of Italy. However, the winner of the Slovenian round had to let all three go. They took Hermann back first, then also de Marche, and then left them behind.
Alaphilippe tried to unload Cosnefroy in the last kilometers, but it did not work. In the sprint, his countryman was the world champion in Deceuninck – Quick-Step and then also fast. Honoré came in third.
FIFA may extend the international period for South America by two days
4.16 pm: FIFA may extend upcoming international matches to South America by two days. The Spanish Federation appealed the decision, but the CAS Court of Sports ruled in FIFA’s favour.
FIFA made the decision at the request of CONMEBOL. Applicable to international matches in September and October. “Our decision was made after consulting all relevant stakeholders and taking into account all relevant circumstances, particularly the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and especially the health considerations of players,” FIFA said. “Today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms the legitimacy of the FIFA decision and completely rejects the arguments of the Spanish League.”
Clubs from Spain, as well as other European leagues, have threatened not to release players due to the two extra days. As a result, they will not return to the clubs until later. “We now expect the players to be released for the upcoming qualifiers in South America, in accordance with the latest FIFA decision, the legality and legitimacy of which was recognized in today’s Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.”
Quartararo cements MotoGP World Championship lead with British Grand Prix win
3:26 pm: French road racer Fabio Quartararo won the Grand Prix of Great Britain in the MotoGP race at Silverstone, cementing his leading position in the world championship. The Factory Yamaha team rider took his fifth win of the season.
Quartaro took the lead in fifth place out of 20 laps on the English circuit from the Spaniard Paul Espargaro (Honda), who started from first but gradually fell back. The Frenchman then distanced himself from the rest of the field and crossed the finish line by about 3 seconds. Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki) crossed the finish line in second, and Alex Espargaro (Aprilia) finished third.
Six-time motocross champion Marc Marquez crashed his Honda on the first lap and had to retire. Spaniard Jorge Martin took with him in his downfall.
Morbidelli quickly to the factory Yamaha team, Dovizioso returns
3:01 pm: Italian road racer Franco Morbidelli will be promoted to the Factory Yamaha team at MotoGP this season. He replaces Spaniard Maverick Vinales, who earlier announced his departure from Yamaha and will join Aprilia after this season. Morbidelli, 26, is currently recovering from knee surgery.
A driver has already been found for the place Morbidelli left with the Yamaha satellite team. Italian Andrea Dovizioso is expected to cut short his vacation and may return in the top motorsport category as early as September. Dovizioso is the vice world champion for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. In those years he rode in a Ducati.
“Nothing has been signed yet, I can only share our plans with you,” Yamaha team manager Lynne Jarvis said in a video message. “Our plan was to introduce ‘Frankie’ (Morbidelli) next year as the official driver for the factory team, but due to the early termination of the contract with Vinales, he has already arrived this season. We have a verbal agreement with Dovizioso.”
Yamaha is one of the best teams in MotoGP. France’s Fabio Quartararo is leading this year’s world championship on behalf of Yamaha.
Doma and Lau ran to the Dutch titles 10km
2:19 pm: Richard Dumas and Jasmine Lau crowned themselves Dutch champions 10 kilometers on the road in Heem (Northern Holland) in West Frisian.
Duma beat Benjamin de Haan in the last race and won the gold medal in 29.22 minutes. De Haan scored 29.23. Philimon Tesvo finished third with a time of 29.25. Lau made it a long solo and won the title at 33.26. Julia van Veltoven took the silver with a time of 33.58 and Theresa van der Wolff took the bronze with a time of 34.08.
He was always walking in his backyard. The 28-year-old Zandamer was eager for the title, as he held the Dutch record in 5 km (13.27) and 10 km (28.08). He also became the Dutch 1,500m champion on the track for the fourth time this summer, but failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Lau was the frontrunner for the women’s title. She is the reigning European champion by promise (under 23) in the 10,000 metres, and this summer also won the Dutch title at the longest track distance.
Nellis, 54, a former PSV Eindhoven player started his first job as head coach
12.39 pm: Luke Nellis started his first job as a head coach. The 54-year-old former striker will coach Limburg merger club SV Bilicia, which plays at a somewhat lower level, in Belgium.
Nellis played football for Eindhoven between 1994 and 2000 and was very successful with Eindhoven. The former international previously played for Anderlecht. After venturing into Eindhoven, Nellis had to end his Aston Villa career early, after an open fracture in his lower leg.
Nellis then worked with PSV Eindhoven, Kasimpasa, Genklerbirligi, KSK Hasselt, VVV-Venlo, Ankaragoku and the Jordan national team as attacking coach and assistant coach.
Ilya Ivashka is the first Belarusian player to hold the ATP title since 2003
9.47 am: Ilya Ivashka is the first tennis player from Belarus since 2003 to win a championship on the ATP Tour. The 27-year-old did just that at Winston-Salem in the US, where he was too strong for Swede Mikael Ymir in the final: 6-0, 6-2.
Ivashka only lost two serve points in a one-sided match and it only took 55 minutes to win. This made it the shortest final of this tennis season.
“It was a dream week. It’s a fantastic tournament,” said Ivashka, the 63rd in the world, who had never won a title at the highest level. “I’ve waited this long.”
The last tennis player from Belarus to win the ATP title was Max Mirny in 2003 in Rotterdam.
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