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Robertson sends O’Sullivan home

5:49 PM: The Masters 2022 snooker is a thing of the past for Ronnie O’Sullivan. Australian Neil Robertson, who lives in England, had announced that he would like to take revenge for his lost final of the World Grand Prix (mid-December last year) and has successfully received it.

O’Sullivan played below his normal level and was no shadow of the player who defeated superior snooker Jack Lisowski 6-1 in the first match. The entire party followed The Rocket behind the facts. Robertson took a 2-0 lead and each time O’Sullivan had to reconnect.

Robertson, on the other hand, grew in the game and after taking a 5-4 lead, he radiated a lot of confidence and saw that the rockt failed to make a long pot. Also in the 10th frame, O’Sullivan, who has won this tournament seven times, had a chance to force a decider, but the attempts failed.

With 6-4, Robertson will play in the semifinals of the Masters on Saturday.

Standard Liège and Beerschot two games without an audience

5:33 PM: Standard Luik and Beerschot have to play two home games without an audience. The two Belgian clubs have been punished for disturbances among their own supporters.

Standard Liège has to pay a fine for the fireworks that supporters threw at the field during the match against Charleroi. The game was finally stopped in the 88th minute at a score of 0-3. That is now also the official result of the aborted match.

Beerschot was tackled due to incidents at the home game with Royal Antwerp (0-1). During the match, a Beerschot supporter walked across the field to throw a flare into the Antwerp fans’ box. Afterwards there were quite a few disturbances in the stands and several Beerschot fans entered the field. Firecrackers were also thrown at stewards. Several hurtful chants were also heard. In addition, a discriminatory banner was rolled out to insult Radja Nainggolan, who scored the only goal.

Formula 1 team Alpine says goodbye to director

5:18 p.m.: Alpine’s Formula 1 team and executive director Marcin Budkowski split. The rift had been in the air for a long time.

There is a good chance that Budkowski will be replaced by Otmar Szafnauer, who has been linked to the French stable for several months and recently left Aston Martin. General manager Laurent Rossi temporarily takes over the duties of Budkowski.

“I would like to thank Marcin for his dedication and contribution to the results the team has achieved over the past four years,” said Rossi. “The team is fully focused on developing the new car ahead of the opening race in Bahrain, where we hope to take another step forward.”

The opening race of the season is scheduled for March 20.

European Championship for figure skater Van Zundert already over after a short freestyle

4.08 pm: Figure fighter Lindsay van Zundert was unable to place in the best 24 in the short freestyle at the European Championships in Tallinn. The 16-year-old from Brabant achieved a disappointing score of 48.92. She finished 27th.

Only the best 24 figure skaters are allowed to return for the freestyle, after which the medals are distributed. Van Zundert received a significant deduction due to a fall in the performance of the triple Rittberger.

The European Championship in the Estonian capital was her last performance before Van Zundert travels to the Olympic Games in Beijing. She is allowed to participate in the Winter Games on the basis of her sixteenth place at last year’s World Cup. The figure skater from Etten-Leur has already been designated as flag bearer at the opening ceremony, together with long track skater Kjeld Nuis. It is the first time since 1976 that a Dutch figure skater is taking part in the Olympic Games. In Innsbruck, Dianne de Leeuw won a silver medal 45 years ago.

The Russian Kamila Valieva was by far the best in the short freestyle with a very high score of 90.45. The 15-year-old junior world champion thus improved her own world record in the short freestyle. The Belgian Loena Hendrickx surprised with the second score (76.25). Alexandra Troesova from Russia recorded the third score (75.13).

Van Zundert did not keep it dry after her disappointing performance in Tallinn. “I am very upset about it. This was the day when I wanted to perform better and it didn’t work out. I never miss the Rittberger, but now I do. My head exploded at an important moment. Keeping your head in it is quite something,” said the teenager on skaken.nl.

FC Den Bosch-ADO The Hague moved due to ‘security reasons’

3:58 pm: At the request of the municipality of Den Bosch, the match in the Kitchen Champion Division between FC Den Bosch and ADO Den Haag will be moved from Friday 4 February to Sunday 6 February (12.15 pm).

Due to safety reasons, the municipality prefers that this game be played in the afternoon.

Former Olympic ski champion Janka retires

3:41 pm: Swiss skier Carlo Janka has announced his retirement from the sport. The Olympic giant slalom champion at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver will end his career after descending in Wengen next weekend.

The 35-year-old Janka captured the world title in giant slalom in 2009 and was also the winner of the overall world cup that year. He is the last Swiss to do so. His body has often worked against him in recent seasons and he has not skied in the World Cup since March 2021.

Winter Games participation in danger for ski jumping champion Stoch

12:48 pm: Three-time Olympic ski jumping champion Kamil Stoch may not be able to compete in the Beijing Winter Games. The 34-year-old Pole suffered an ankle injury three weeks before the start and will miss his home game in the World Cup in Zakopane next weekend.

“I was not alert during the warm-up. I don’t know how to describe it, but suddenly there was this pain. The ankle is swollen and discolored,” Stoch described what had happened to him on social media. He then visited a doctor and canceled the game in Zakopane.

Stoch won two gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Games, four years later in Pyeongchang another one was added. The Pole has not been in his best shape in recent weeks. As defending champion, he left the Vierschansentournee prematurely.

Young AZ only in action on Monday after corona infections

12.45 pm: Young AZ will not resume the season in the Kitchen Champion Division until Monday. The away game against FC Dordrecht, which was scheduled for Friday, has been postponed by three days due to the corona problems at the Alkmaarders. Jong AZ had to cancel last weekend for the match against TOP Oss.

Because the team is still struggling with a few corona cases and some players only returned to the training field this week after an infection, the KNVB has moved the game with FC Dordrecht to Monday. For the time being, it is the only match in professional football that cannot take place next weekend.

Last week, in addition to TOP Oss – Jong AZ, the duel between Excelsior and ADO Den Haag was canceled due to corona cases.

FC Emmen reported eight infections among players and staff members on Thursday. The number 3 of the first division plans to play against Helmond Sport on Friday (8 p.m.). Jeredy Hilterman and Peet Bijen, among others, tested positive.

The game between FC Den Bosch and ADO Den Haag has been moved from Friday evening 4 February to Sunday afternoon 6 February (start: 12.15 pm). This was done at the request of the municipality of Den Bosch. “Due to safety reasons, the municipality prefers that this game be played in the afternoon,” the KNVB said.

Motorcycle racer Sunderland regains lead on penultimate day of Dakar

11:52 am: Sam Sunderland has regained the lead in the Dakar Rally for the motorcycles on the penultimate day. The Briton finished in the eleventh stage at 4 seconds from day winner Kevin Benavides from Argentina. Sunderland took the lead again from Frenchman Adrien van Beveren, who lost more than 20 minutes and dropped to fourth place in the standings.

The difficult navigation had caused more problems, as the Australian Toby Price, the Argentinian Luciano Benavides and the Spaniard Joan Barreda also lost a lot of time. In the standings, Sunderland has a 6.52 lead over Chilean Pablo Quintanilla and 7.15 over Austria’s Matthias Walkner. A final special stage over 164 kilometers will follow on Friday.

With the cars, the overall victory can hardly escape Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari finished eighth on Thursday, but has a large lead (28 minutes and 19 seconds) over the Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, his closest attacker. The victory went to Spaniard Carlos Sainz. It was his second stage win, the 41st in the Dakar Rally in his career. Sainz was more than 2 minutes faster than Loeb.

Al-Attiyah won the Dakar Rally for the fourth time on Friday, without incident, for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was the best in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Muguruza eliminated in quarter-finals in Sydney

11.57 am: Spanish tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza has been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the WTA tournament in Sydney. The world number 3 lost to Russian Daria Kasatkina, the global number 26, in the preparation tournament for the Australian Open. It was 6-4 6-4.

For 24-year-old Kasatkina, it is her first victory over a top 5 player in the world since Roland Garros 2018. Then she overcame Danish Caroline Wozniacki in Paris.

In the last four, Kasatkina will face Spain’s Paula Badosa, who defeated Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-3. The other semifinal will be between Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic and Anett Kontaveit from Estonia. Krejcikova allowed the French Caroline Garcia only two games (6-0 6-2), Kontaveit saw the Tunisian Ons Jabeur give up after a set (6-4) with a back injury.

Australian Ashleigh Barty would also make her appearance in Sydney, but the world number 1 withdrew for the tournament.

Brooklyn basketball players too strong for leader Chicago Bulls

08.42 am: With Kevin Durant and James Harden as star performers, Brooklyn Nets has won the top game in the American basketball league against the Chicago Bulls. The number 2 in the eastern division was clearly too strong with the leader in Chicago with 138-112. Durant was the top scorer with 27 points, Harden was good for 25 points and 16 assists.

With that, the Nets took revenge for an earlier defeat in Chicago, while the Bulls had already come to win in New York this season.

For Durant, who also had 9 assists, it was his twelfth straight game in which he scored at least 25 points. Zach LaVine scored 22 points for the Bulls.

Grandstands at Australian Open half open

8.41 am: At the Australian Open, half of the grandstand capacity may be used to seat spectators. The government of the state of Victoria decided to do this due to the increase in the number of corona infections and the number of hospital admissions in the Melbourne region. “The change to the rules for the Australian Open means that the public, players and staff can expect an extremely safe event,” said Jaala Pulford, state minister.

At the tennis tournament starting Monday, spectators will have to wear face masks, except when eating or drinking, and the distance rules must be respected inside. Last year, the first grand slam tournament of the year started with similar rules. But a five-day lockdown in Melbourne forced organizers to keep most matches behind closed doors. In the end, small groups of spectators were allowed into Melbourne Park. A record 953 corona patients were hospitalized in Victoria on Thursday.

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