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The final of the top-class ATP 500 tournament in Beijing is Jannik Sinner (ATP 7) against Daniil Medvedev (ATP 3). The Italian won the youngster duel against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/ATP 2) 7:6, 6:1 in the second semi-final. While the first set was hard fought, Sinner clearly prevailed in the second round and now leads 4:3 in the direct encounters.
Jannik Sinner is playing for the title in Beijing.
Photo: Jade Gao (AFP)
Medvedev previously defeated the German Alexander Zverev (ATP 10) in a high-class semi-final 6:4, 6:3. While the Russian world number three managed a break in both sets, the Olympic champion was unable to take his opponent’s serve. (DPA/kai/heg)
The Swiss Rugby Association Suisse Rugby has banned a player from the National League A club Avusy for life for abuse and assault against a referee. This is reported by the «Geneva Tribune». The incident happened in a game between the Geneva suburb club on September 23rd in the cantonal derby against Plan-les-Ouates. The victim filed a police report against the attacker.
According to the report, the referee asked two players to stop making vulgar comments during the game. One of the two players continued to insult the opponents, for which he received a yellow card. After another request, the man began to insult the referee and was sent off for this. After the game, which Avusy lost 3:34, he returned and, according to witnesses, kicked the referee in the genitals with his studs and punched him in the face.
Suisse Rugby responded with rapid proceedings and banned the player from playing for the rest of his life. He faces a fine of several thousand francs. “In our sport, the referee is respected,” association director Stéphane Desprez is quoted in the report. “Even talking and questioning a decision can lead to a penalty.” (How)
The Australian Open 2024 will start on a Sunday for the first time. By extending the competition calendar from 14 to 15 days, night games, which have recently been a source of criticism from players at Grand Slam tournaments, are to be avoided more. The organizers announced that the traditionally first Grand Slam tournament of the season will take place in Melbourne from January 14th to 28th.
“We have listened to feedback from players and fans and are pleased to present a solution to minimize late decisions while ensuring a fair and equitable schedule on the stadium courts,” said tournament director Craig Tiley. Accordingly, the first round will be played over three days instead of two.
The measure was justified by the fact that data analyzes had shown that matches were lasting longer and longer. The change to the start on Sunday is intended to reduce the pressure when scheduling. (DPA)
After NBA star Kevin Durant from the Phoenix Suns, numerous other US professionals have expressed interest in playing at the Olympic Games in Paris next year. At the North American professional league’s media day, Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors said: “I definitely want to be there, it’s the one thing I haven’t done yet.”
The selection coach is Steve Kerr, who has already won four championship titles with Curry and the Warriors. Most of the US stars did not attend the World Cup this summer. The USA had to admit defeat to eventual world champions Germany in the semi-finals and ended up only fourth.
Could play together for the USA in Paris next summer: Stephen Curry (l.), perhaps the best shooter ever, and LeBron James, the most successful points scorer in NBA history.
Foto: Getty Images
For the Olympics, Kerr will have a significantly larger selection of top players. All stars DeMar DeRozan, Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton and Julius Randle, among others, announced on Monday that they wanted to play in Paris. Superstar LeBron James also left his participation open. “I don’t think that would be a big burden,” said the 38-year-old Olympic champion from 2008 and 2012. Durant could even become the first basketball player to win Olympic gold for the fourth time in Paris.
A special case is Joel Embiid from the Philadelphia 76ers, who can still decide to play for the USA or host France because of his dual citizenship. The center also flirts with its native country, Cameroon. “My goal is to take part in the Olympic Games,” Embiid emphasized on Monday, “I love all three options.” If Cameroon were to qualify for the games, “it would be an easy decision.” (DPA)
Yesterday, 10:20 p.m
At the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Switzerland secured another ticket to the Olympic Games. Lena Bickel was able to place herself in the all-around qualification with 50.632 points among the best 14 artistic gymnasts who did not qualify for the Olympic Games as part of the team and thus secured her place for the games in, if she is nominated by Swiss Olympic Paris. (lob)
Securing Switzerland another ticket to the Olympics: artistic gymnast Lena Bickel.
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure (AFP)
Yesterday, 5:37 p.m
Former racing driver Michael Andretti has overcome an important hurdle to become the eleventh team on the Formula 1 grid with his US project. The International Automobile Federation approved the application after a “thorough analysis,” the FIA announced on Monday. After Andretti submitted a declaration of interest in the first phase, he can now enter the application, evaluation and approval process in the second official phase.
The world association FIA wants to expand the premier class of motorsport from the current ten teams from 2025 or later. However, the racing teams currently represented are critical of another team. The point of contention is, among other things, the amount of the entry fee for a new racing team, with which the established teams are compensated for the fact that they would receive a smaller share of the marketing revenue in the future. (DPA)
Nine months after his cardiac arrest on the field, football professional Damar Hamlin has made his comeback to the NFL. “This moment was everything for me,” said the 25-year-old after his appearance in his Buffalo Bills’ 48:20 win against the previously unbeaten Miami Dolphins on Sunday (local time). “To still be able to do what I love at the highest level in the world is fantastic,” added Hamlin.
The defender suffered a cardiac arrest on the field in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2nd and collapsed unconscious. Resuscitation measures were initiated immediately. A week later he was able to leave the hospital in Cincinnati.
According to the doctors, the reason for his collapse was a hard hit in a duel. According to doctors, there are no long-term consequences to worry about. Hamlin played for Buffalo during the preseason in August. He wasn’t in the squad for the first three league games, but after teammate Jordan Poyer was injured, he was brought into the team for the game against Miami.
Before the game, he was the last player to enter the field, ran across the field with his arms outstretched and was celebrated by the fans. During the game he only made short appearances and did not have any notable action. “It was about proving to myself that I had the courage, the strength, the pride,” said Hamlin. He went through something traumatic and came back. (DPA)
Nino Schurter narrowly missed winning the cross-country race in the American Snowshoe. The Swiss was overtaken by Jordan Sarrou in the last corner. It is the Frenchman’s first victory in this discipline. Marcel Guerrini came a surprising third ahead of Mathias Flückiger. World champion and Olympic champion Tom Pidcock was in the lead in the fourth of seven laps. After he suffered two punctures in a row, the race to catch up brought him to 5th place.
Nino Schurter narrowly missed out on victory.
Foto: Maxime Schmid (Keystone)
In the women’s race, Jolanda Neff came fifth. She was the best-ranked Swiss woman and also achieved her best result of the season. For once, Alessandra Keller couldn’t get up to speed and had to make do with 15th place. The race was won by Laura Stigger from Austria. The Dutchwoman Puck Pieterse took 6th place. This means that the 21-year-old has been confirmed as the overall World Cup winner ahead of the final races next weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. (bind)
Jolanda Neff (r.) shows a strong race.
Foto: Maxime Schmid (Keystone)
US superstar Simone Biles has celebrated a brilliant comeback and crowned her return to the international gymnastics surface with a new element. More than two years after the drama at the 2021 Olympic Games, when she had to declare partial forfeit in Tokyo due to mental problems, the 26-year-old presented the most difficult jump in the World Cup qualification on Sunday evening: a Yurchenko with a double somersault bent backwards with a difficulty value of 6.4 points.
After the almost flawless international premiere, for which she received 15.266 points from the jury, nothing stands in the way of the jump being included in the rating guidelines of the world association FIG. The federation had announced that the jump would be named “Biles II” because the four-time Olympic champion had already created a new jump in 2018 that has borne her name ever since.
Simone Biles shows off her skills.
Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard (AFP)
On Sunday evening, Biles took part in an international competition for the first time since the 2019 World Cup in Stuttgart and delivered impressively confident proof of her top class. She started on the uneven bars, her weakest apparatus, with 14.400 points and easily qualified for the final there and on the three other apparatus. As expected, she is the top favorite for the all-around title, which will be awarded on Friday.
The Swiss Lena Bickel and Anny Wu will be at the start on Monday. Your goal is to qualify for the all-around final. (DPA/like)
Europe’s golf elite have won the 44th Ryder Cup, reclaiming the trophy from the defending champions from the USA. The Englishman Tommy Fleetwood made the early triumph for the Europeans perfect on Sunday at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans. Half a point from Fleetwood was enough for Team Europe to take an unassailable lead of 14.5 points.
Tommy Fleetwood celebrates the decisive point.
Photo: Paul Ellis (AFP)
The selection of European captain Luke Donald started the final twelve singles on the final day of the prestigious continental comparison with a lead of 10.5:5.5 points. After this defeat in the most important team competition in golf, the US selection has been waiting for success on European soil for 30 years. Two years ago, the US team defeated the Europeans in Whistling Straits in the US state of Wisconsin with a record victory of 19:9 points. (DPA)
Dominique Aegerter was able to improve in the second Superbike race this weekend in Portimao, Portugal. After finishing 14th on Saturday, the 33-year-old from Berne finished 8th on Sunday. The victory once again went to the Spanish World Cup leader Alvaro Bautista. (bind)
Stefan Bissegger was crowned Swiss time trial champion in Gansingen. The Thurgauer was more than a minute faster than Yannis Voisard over 31.3 kilometers. Noah Bögli secured third place. Stefan Küng had to end the season early because of his serious fall in the European Championship time trial.
Stefan Bissegger shows his class in the time trial.
Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat (AFP)
In the women’s category, Elena Hartmann confidently defended her title from last year. In the absence of Marlen Reusser, she took over two minutes from second place Nicole Suter. Third place went to Michelle Stark. (bind)
With a convincing performance, the Swiss national artistic gymnastics team got their ticket to the Olympics at the World Championships in Antwerp. For the third time in a row, Switzerland will be represented with a team at the Olympics – despite the generational change in recent months and despite the absence of captain Benjamin Gischard due to injury. In seventh place, she also made it into the World Cup team final of the best eight teams for the fifth time in nine years. This takes place on Tuesday.
The Swiss showed an impressively clean and stable performance and hardly made any mistakes. Only Taha Serhani fell twice on the ground, but his falls were not counted as a result of cancellation. In contrast, Noe Seifert’s difficult exercises on the horizontal bar or Luca Giubellini’s jump were particularly brilliant. Like Florian Langenegger, Seifert made it into Thursday’s all-around final. «It was a strenuous competition. “Mentally as well as physically,” summarizes Seifert. “But now the heavy burden has been lifted and I am very happy.”
Compared to the unsuccessful World Cup a year ago in Liverpool (20th place), the Swiss increased by almost twelve points and, with a total of a strong 247,192 points, left behind Spain, Brazil, Turkey and the Netherlands, who were still clearly ahead of Switzerland at the time had been lying. Remarkable: Even the Chinese, world champions in 2022 and Olympic bronze medalist in 2021, stayed behind the Swiss in Antwerp and barely reached the team final in eighth place. (How)
Noe Seifert had an extremely strong performance on the high bar.
Spanish Ducati rider Jorge Martin won the MotoGP race at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. With the success in Motegi, Martin comes within three points of defending champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) from Italy in the overall standings, who was ranked second in the demolition race. The Spaniard Marc Márquez (Honda) completed the podium in third place.
Heavy rain caused aquaplaning, which is why the race was interrupted. Since the conditions did not improve, the race management decided not to restart the Grand Prix after twelve laps. However, because more than half of the race distance had been completed, full points were awarded.
In two weeks the season will continue with the Indonesian Grand Prix.
Europe’s top golfers have the best chance of taking back the trophy from the Americans at the 44th Ryder Cup in Rome. Before the final day of the prestigious continental competition at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Captain Luke Donald’s team is clearly in the lead with 10.5:5.5 points against the defending champions from the USA.
The Europeans only need four points from the final twelve individual matches on Sunday to triumph. The challenger must achieve at least 14.5:13.5 to win. The US team, on the other hand, needs 8.5 points and a miracle. In the event of a 14:14 draw, the defending champions would retain the trophy.
Team Europe captain Luke Donald (r.) is happy about the lead with Justin Rose.
Foto: Jamie Squire (Getty Images)
On Saturday, the Europeans won three of the four morning duels and further extended their clear lead. In the afternoon, the US stars started a little race to catch up. They won three of the four duels, one match went to the Europeans.
Two years ago, the US team defeated the Europeans in Whistling Straits in the US state of Wisconsin with a record victory of 19:9 points. However, the US team’s success on European soil dates back 30 years. (DPA)
The possible merger between the two teams Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep has claimed its first victim. Primoz Roglic, the three-time winner of the Vuelta and winner of this year’s Giro d’Italia, will leave Jumbo-Visma early. The Slovenian’s contract would have run until and including the coming season. It is not yet clear which team the 33-year-old will drive for in the future. He said: “I can only confirm that I will be leaving the team.”
The planned merger of the two teams has caused a lot of discussion and great uncertainty in the cycling world in recent days. Jumbo-Visma has already dominated at will this season and took overall victories on the three major tours. With Roglic, Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard and Vuelta winner Sepp Kuss, the best cyclists in the world are already under contract with Jumbo-Visma. The Soudal-QuickStep team, on the other hand, is led by the exceptional talent Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian wants to win the Tour of France next season. (tmu)
There is no more room for the three-time Vuelta winner and winner of this year’s Giro: Primoz Roglic is leaving Jumbo-Visma early.
The beach volleyball duo Tanja Hüberli and Nina Brunner were eliminated early from the tournament in Paris. The Swiss lost in the round of 16 to Laura Ludwig and Louisa Lippmann in three hard-fought sets 15:21, 21:15, 12:15. The duo therefore failed in the main rehearsal for the World Cup in Mexico, which begins next week. (tmu)
Tanja Hüberli and Nina Brunner (r.) travel to the World Cup in Mexico with a negative experience in their luggage.
Jorge Martin won the Moto GP sprint race in Motegi, Japan. The Spaniard prevailed ahead of the South African Brad Binder and the Italian Francesco Bagnaia. It was Martin’s third sprint victory in a row. (tmu)
In a class of his own over the sprint distance: Jorge Martin (front).
Strong signal from the New Zealand team at the Rugby World Cup in France: After the defeat in the opening game against the hosts and the unsurprising victory against Namibia, the “All Blacks” have now shown against Italy that they can also dominate against big opponents: They beat the Italian team won 96:17 and are now in second place in the group.
In the last preliminary round game before the quarter-finals, New Zealand will face Uruguay on Thursday. (tmu)
New Zealand’s Damian McKenzie tanks against the Italian defense.
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