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Australia has a chance of qualifying for World Cup football

10:23 PM Australia has won the international match against the United Arab Emirates and therefore has a chance of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year. It became 1-2 for the formation of national coach Graham Arnold, former player of Roda JC, among others. Australia now plays in a play-off against Peru.

Jackson Irvine gave Australia the lead after the restart and Ajdin Hrustic scored the winning goal shortly before the end. In between, Caio equalized for the Emirates.

Rodolfo Arruabarrena was on the bench at the Emirates as a trainer, as the successor to Bert van Marwijk who left earlier this year.

Golfer Woods withdraws from US Open

9:30 pm Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the US Open next week. The 46-year-old golfer says he needs more time to get fit. The US Open will be held at the Country Club in Brookline near Boston from June 16-19.

“I have informed the American Golf Federation that I will not be competing in the US Open because my body needs more time to get stronger for major tournaments,” Woods said on Twitter.

Following a car accident in February 2021, Woods spent weeks in hospital and was unable to walk for months due to serious injuries, most notably to his right leg. Fourteen months later, he surprisingly made his comeback at the Masters in Augusta. The five-time winner of the US major tournament finished 47th with thirteen strokes above the track average. At the PGA Championship in May, the golfer withdrew after a dramatic third day due to physical discomfort.

Benelux Tour will not take place in 2022

7:35 pm The Benelux Tour is canceled this year. The organization of the only multi-day stage race in the UCI WorldTour in Belgium and the Netherlands, has announced that it cannot organize the stage race well this year and has postponed the race to next year. The match was originally scheduled from August 29 to September 4.

Together with the UCI and the two national cycling federations, the organization is looking for a better date in 2023.

The Benelux Tour was won last year by the Italian Sonny Colbrelli.

Raducanu retires injured in Nottingham

3.31 pm: Emma Raducanu has given up injured at the Nottingham grass tournament. The winner of last year’s US Open was 4-3 behind the Swiss Viktorija Golubic at that time. She appeared to be suffering from a stomach or rib injury.

Raducanu, now 19, became the first British tennis player to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade in 1977. She won the tournament in New York from the qualifications. Since then she has been a bit searching for her shape. She was eliminated in the second round at Roland Garros in May.

Raducanu made it to the last 16 at Wimbledon last year. This year’s grand slam tournament in London starts on June 27.

Wiebes sprints with force majeure to stage victory in Women’s Tour

2:52 p.m.: Cyclist Lorena Wiebes has won the second stage of the Women’s Tour. The 23-year-old Dutchman of Team DSM was supreme in the bunch sprint after a ride over 92.1 kilometers, with start and finish in Harlow. Wiebes started the sprint about 200 meters from the finish and crossed the line with a big lead.

The day before, Wiebes had not been able to sprint for the win due to a crash in one of the last corners. The French Clara Copponi took the win in Bury St. Edmunds and was therefore allowed to ride in the yellow leader’s jersey on Tuesday. The Women’s Tour of Great Britain has six stages and ends in Oxford on Saturday.

Wiebes won all three stages and the final classification of the RideLondon Classique at the end of last month.

TT van Assen is counting on a sold-out house again

12.58 pm: The Assen TT is counting on a sold-out house for the 91st edition. “We are ahead of schedule with ticket sales for the record year 2019, when we had 105,000 visitors on match day. We are aiming for that number”, says Arjan Bos, chairman of the TT Circuit.

He is looking forward to a normal TT, with this year’s races on Sunday 26 June. The motorsport event was canceled in 2020 due to corona, last year slightly more than 11,000 spectators were welcome at the races in Drenthe due to the restrictive measures. “The organization is in place, the circuit looks great. We can make it a party again this year,” says Bos.

The spectators are also needed to rebuild the reserves, because the TT has had to give up considerably due to those two lean years. The cancellation of the TT in 2020 cost the organization 3.5 million euros. “Corona hit hard and it was quite difficult, but it was cool to experience that there was so much support for us. Most visitors have not asked for the money for their ticket back, rights holder Dorna has come to meet us and the sponsors and the local authorities have also helped us. The circuit is rooted in society here,” says Bos.

The race calendar for this year is also well filled. The Superbike World Championship in April has been and was successful, the TT is coming, but there is still more, says Bos. For example, he would like to see the British Superbikes back in Assen. “The TT Circuit is the ‘Home of Motorsport’, so I think all relevant races should be here.”

Carapaz skips Tour and focuses on Vuelta

11:34 a.m.: Richard Carapaz skips the Tour de France this summer. The 29-year-old climber from Ecuador, who recently finished second in the Giro, is targeting the Vuelta a España in the fall. “That is my main goal for the rest of the season,” said Carapaz on his return to Ecuador. He rode the Tour last year and finished third.

Carapaz, who took gold in the road race at the Tokyo Olympics last year, had to hand over the pink jersey to Jai Hindley in the Giro on the penultimate day. The Australian secured the overall victory in the final time trial through Verona. Carapaz, winner of the 2019 Giro, had to settle for second place with 1 minute and 18 seconds behind Hindley.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider will train in his own country for the next four weeks, he told a press conference in Quito, according to Ecuadorian media. In the run-up to the Vuelta, which starts on August 19 with a team time trial in Utrecht, Carapaz wants to ride the Tour of Poland.

Carapaz combined the Vuelta with the Tour in 2020 and 2021. He took the podium in Paris last year, along with Slovenian winner Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard from Denmark.

Hockey players with recovered De Goede and seven debutants to the World Cup

11:21 amHockey player Eva de Goede is part of the Orange squad for next month’s World Cup in the Netherlands and Spain. Interim national coach Jamilon Mülders has included 33-year-old De Goede in his selection of eighteen players. The top hockey player is returning from a serious knee injury, which she sustained at the end of last year.

During an international match against Belgium in November, De Goede tore the anterior cruciate ligament of her right knee and damaged her meniscus. At the time, she thought she had to put an end to the World Cup.

De Goede will probably make her comeback during the Pro League games against China (on 21 and 22 June). Marloes Keetels also returns to the Dutch national team after an injury period.

Mülders selected eighteen players and designated two reserves. Felice Albers, Yibbi Jansen, Renée van Laarhoven, Freeke Moes, Sabine Plönissen, Pien Sanders and Maria Verschoor will make their World Cup debut this summer.

The Hockey World Cup will take place from 1 to 17 July in the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam and in the Spanish city of Terrassa.

Tennis players to Glasgow for Billie Jean King Cup final round

09.28 am: The final round of the national tournament for tennis players for the Billie Jean King Cup will take place in Glasgow this year. The international tennis federation ITF has awarded the event to the Scottish city. Twelve countries will compete on hard courts in the Emirates Arena between 8 and 13 November for the overall victory.

The Dutch tennis players did not qualify for the ‘Finals’. They had no chance against Spain (0-4) in the qualifying round in Den Bosch in April.

The British tennis players had to lose out to the Czech Republic in qualifying, but they can participate in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals as a representative of the host country. The other participants are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States. The twelve countries are divided into four groups, the winners of which qualify for the semi-finals.

Last year Russia won the country tournament, but due to the war in Ukraine, the Russian tennis players are now not allowed to participate. That also applies to Belarus.

Auckland tennis tournament back on the calendar after two corona years

07:45 o’clock: The Auckland tennis tournament returns to the ATP and WTA calendar after a two-year absence. The combined men’s and women’s tournament is planned to be played in New Zealand from January 2-14, 2023, as usual in the run-up to the Australian Open. The Auckland tournament was canceled in 2021 and 2022 due to the corona pandemic.

The 2020 edition was won in the women by the American Serena Williams, the Frenchman Ugo Humbert was victorious in the men. Due to all the travel restrictions during the corona pandemic, the tennis players have been unable to go to New Zealand since then. Both in 2021 and this year, most of the preparation tournaments in the run-up to the Australian Open also took place in Melbourne.

With a new tournament director, Frenchman Nicolas Lamperin, Auckland will return to the tennis calendar in 2023. Lamperin worked for years as manager of Stan Wawrinka, Marion Bartoli, Richard Gasquet and Gaël Monfils, among others. The Australian Open will start on January 16 next year.

Canadian football players back on the field after strike

07:26 o’clock: Canada’s national team football players have resumed training after a strike. Canada was scheduled to play an exhibition game against Panama on Sunday, but the players refused to go on the field out of dissatisfaction with the financial reward they receive from the association. After talks with the board, they decided to resume training in Vancouver on Monday.

A brief statement on the Canadian federation’s website states that negotiations are underway. “The players are going to train again, while more talks about a solution are planned.”

Canada has qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The footballers think that there should be something in return. They demand, among other things, a higher reward from the association for playing for the national team. The players are also demanding 40 percent of the prize money Canada will earn at the end of this year’s World Cup in Qatar. In addition, they want the union to equalize payments to the men’s and women’s teams.

The team of national coach John Herdman will play in Vancouver on Thursday for the Concacaf Nations League against Curaçao, the team of national coach Art Langeler. The intention is that the match will continue, despite the current impasse.