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LIVE – Wimbledon: Barbora Krejcikova comes back to one set all against Elena Rybakina




London 2022 winner Elena Rybakina finds herself in the semi-finals again. The Kazakh faces Czech Barbora Krejcikova for a place in the final.


The two players answer each other!

As in the first women’s semi-final, both players seem to want to make the fun last. No breaks in this third set.

Le score: 6-3, 3-6, 3-2


Rybakina continues to lead the race!

While leading 40-0, Rybakina saw Krejcikova come back to 40-30 before concluding her service game with a nice backhand winner.

Le score: 6-3, 3-6, 2-1


Krejcikova also gets away with it

Knocked out by Rybakina on her serve, Krejcikova also gets away with it. Perfect equality.

Le score : 6-3, 3-6, 1-1


Rybakina trembles, but comes back!

Four points in a row to save his first serve of the final set.

Le score : 6-3, 3-6, 1-0


Krejcikova comes back to a set all!

The Czech held on at the start of the second set before taking the upper hand. The winner of Roland-Garros 2021 is back to level.

Le score : 6-3, 3-6


Rybakina forces Krejcikova to serve for the set

Rybakina wins her serve and forces her opponent to serve to win the second set.

Le score: 6-3, 3-5


Le break de Krejcikova!

She is turning this semi-final around. The Czech breaks at the best of times and manages to confirm her service game.

Le score: 6-3, 2-5

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Krejcikova still ahead!

A break point saved in each game and it still holds for Krejcikova who continues her race in the lead.

Le score: 6-3, 2-3


Rybakina reacts well!

The world number 4 and winner of Wimbledon in 2022 reacted well and won her serve quite calmly.

Le score: 6-3, 2-2


Krejcikova no longer gives up her serve

Even though it is difficult, Barbora Krejcikova is more solid on her serve in the second set. She remains ahead on the scoreboard.

Le score: 6-3, 2-1


Rybakina does not weaken!

The Kazakh serves and takes advantage of another error in length from her opponent to get back to level.

Le score : 6-3, 1-1


Krejcikova resists!

Thanks in particular to her first ace of the match, Kreicikova won her service game and took the lead in the second time of the match.

Le score: 6-3, 0-1


That’s it, Rybakina finally wins the first round

The Kazakh managed to regain some efficiency in her service to win the first set. It should be noted that the debates have rebalanced since 4-0 in the first set.

Le score: 6-3

Matthew Childs / REUTERS


Krejcikova pushes back the deadline again!

Thanks to a Rybakina lacking efficiency, Krejcikova gradually came back into the game and won her serve for the first time in the match.

Le score : 5-3


Rybakina misses set point

The Kazakh does not take advantage of a short ball to smash it and sends her shot into the net. What a pity. The second set point was perfect.



Krejcikova delays the deadline!

With her back to the wall in this first set, the Czech player came to take over, for the second time in the match, Rybakina’s service, which was trembling to conclude.

Le score: 5-2


White game and new break for Rybakina

Krejcikova has not won any of her serve since the start of the match. She is very bothered by Rybakina, who dictates the exchange perfectly.

Le score: 5-1


Krejcikova wakes up!

As the first set was heading towards a 5-0, Krejcikova managed to get Rybakina out of her depth to regain a break. That would do her some good.

Le score : 4-1

Krejcikova. Paul Childs/REUTERS


Rybakina rolls out and leads with a double break!

The Kazakh woman had the perfect start to the match and almost missed no shots.

Le score : 4-0

Hannah McKay / REUTERS


New break point for Rybakina

Krejcikova makes a series of unforced errors and concedes her third break point.


Rybakina trembles but confirms her serve!

Thanks in particular to 88% of points won behind her first serve, Rybakina managed to control Kreijcikova despite two break points against her.

Le score : 3-0

Hannah McKay / REUTERS


First break point for Krejcikova!

The Czech took advantage of a sudden drop in form to get her first break point.


Rybakina makes the best start!

Well helped by her opponent’s direct errors, but also by her aggressiveness, Rybakina took the advantage in this first set.

Le score : 2-0


Break point for Rybakina

Aggressive, the Kazakh offers herself a second break point.


Rybakina is worried!

The Kazakh woman plays a very good first service game to take the lead.

Le score: 1-0


Let’s play!

After the warm-up, it’s time to play. Rybakina serves first.

Matthew Childs / REUTERS


A duel of Grand Slam winners

While she has won all the Grand Slams in doubles, Krejcikova has only won Roland-Garros in 2021, while Rybakina has already won Wimbledon in 2022.


The two players will enter the court!

They are in the corridors of Wimbledon. Krejcikova is smiling, Rybakina is not very focused.


Krejcikova leads the debate

The Czech leads two to zero in the confrontations with her Kazakh opponent. But no match between the two players has been played in a Grand Slam. The two have never played on grass.


The winner of this duel will face…

Italy’s Jasmine Paolini won in three sets against Croatia’s Donna Vekic in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-7) to reach her second Grand Slam final after Roland-Garros last month.


The second women’s semi-final is here!

Welcome everyone to this live coverage of the second women’s semi-final. Barbora Krejcikova (Czech, world number 32) meets Elena Rybakina (Kazakh, world number 4).

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Argentina coach slams chaotic ‘scandal’ at Olympic soccer match vs. Morocco




The head of Argentina’s soccer federation said the chaotic ending to its Olympic soccer match against Morocco on Wednesday “makes no sense,” and coach Javier Mascherano called the scene “a scandal.”

The opening match of the men’s soccer tournament was suspended for nearly two hours during added time after Morocco fans invaded the field and threw bottles in protest of a late goal by Argentina. The goal was later overturned by the video assistant referee, and Argentina lost 2-1.

“What happened on the field was a scandal. This isn’t a neighborhood tournament, these are the Olympic Games,” Mascherano said.

Paris organizers said they were trying to “understand the causes and identify appropriate actions” after the match in Saint-Etienne. Argentina’s soccer federation said it issued a formal protest Wednesday to world governing body FIFA and would do “what is necessary” to guarantee the safety of players.

“Having to wait almost two hours in the dressing room, after Morocco fans entering the pitch, the violence that the Argentina delegation suffered, our players having to warm up again and continue to play a match that should have been suspended by the main referee, is really something that makes no sense and that goes against the competition rules,” Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia said.

The Argentina team also said its training base was robbed before the game, with a watch belonging to midfielder Thiago Almada among the items taken.

Meanwhile, Argentine President Javier Milei arrived Thursday in Paris, his office said, and is expected to meet French President Emmanuel Macron after tensions escalated between their countries over the Argentine soccer team’s derogatory post-match chants about French players at Copa America.

Morocco fans rushed the field to protest Cristian Medina’s goal in the 16th minute of added time at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, which appeared to tie the game at 2. Bottles also were thrown from the crowd and, in frenzied scenes, security tackled fans on the field.

“Some of the fans thought it was the end of the match and decided to invade the pitch,” Thomas Collomb, the deputy director of security for Paris organizers, said Thursday. “The atmosphere was festive. At no time was there any security risk for players or spectators. Within minutes of the final whistle, a security bubble formed around the athletes.”

There were images of Argentina players flinching when what appeared to be a flare was thrown onto the field.

“I can understand why this might have been worrying for Argentine athletes,” said Bruno Le Ray, the organizing committee’s security director. “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is known for having no barriers between the stands and the pitch. To our knowledge, no firecrackers were fired at any time. It’s definitely an incident, but not in the security sense.”

Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi wrote on X: “I deplore the attitude of certain supporters during the match, which tarnished the image of our loyal fans. Such behavior has no place in football.”

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But it later emerged that the game had been suspended with just minutes of play remaining and that Medina’s goal was being reviewed.

The players re-emerged to warm up in an empty stadium after about two hours and referee Glenn Nyberg confirmed he was reviewing video of the goal on the touchline monitor. He then confirmed it would be overturned for offside.

Morocco held on for the win as the teams played out the final three minutes.

“The game was suspended because of security. At no moment did they talk to us about any revision (of the play),” Mascherano said.

“Obviously it’s confusing, but we have to move forward. It’s already happened, it’s over. We have to focus on the two games (remaining). Save up the anger and let it all out in the coming games.”

Two-time gold medalist Argentina was one of the pretournament favorites and was aiming for more hardware after winning the World Cup in 2022 and back-to-back Copa Américas.

On Saturday, Morocco is scheduled to face Ukraine at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

“We’ll make sure we reinforce security by adding barriers or private security,” Le Ray said.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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2024-07-25 19:02:55
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Real Betis Sells Majority Stake in Basketball Team to Grupo Hereda, Aiming for ACB Return




Real Betis announced on Thursday that it has sold 99.9% of the shares of Real Betis Baloncesto SAD to Grupo Hereda. The new basketball team will keep the crest, colours and name until 30 June 2029.

We want to make a winning team that can return to the ACB and for this great city to recover elite basketball

The Betis club has released its first team and all of its youth teams. On the other hand, the Real Betis Foundation maintains the basketball schools, which have 30 locations and more than 2,000 young people enrolled.

Pedro Fernández, CEO of Grupo Hereda, has sent a message of hope to the fans: “We want to build a winning team that can return to the ACB and for this great city to recover elite basketball. Real Betis Baloncesto is one of the benchmarks of national basketball, a historic club, but we are going to need everyone’s support to achieve this goal.”

On the other hand, Ramón Alarcón has highlighted that Betis “wants to continue to contribute its grain of sand and that is why we maintain our connection with the project by giving up our brand, our crest and our colours”. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>


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2024-07-25 17:23:31
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European Football Championship: UEFA punishes seven national associations for racism at the European Championship




The European Football Union (UEFA) has imposed fines on seven national associations following racist incidents at the European Championships in Germany. The association announced this in a statement. The associations affected are Albania, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia and Serbia, as their fans were noticed for racist behaviour at matches in the tournament in June and July. In some cases, UEFA also imposed a ban on the sale of tickets for the next away match in a UEFA competition.

According to the association, Croatia must pay 50,000 euros, Romania 40,000 and Serbia, Slovenia, Albania and Hungary 30,000 each. Austria was fined 20,000 euros.

The punishment against Austria relates to the match against Poland on June 21, as the Austrian news agency APA reported, citing the national association. According to the report, it was about a banner held up in the fan block with the inscription “Defend Europe” – the title of a campaign by the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement. The banner cannot be attributed to the organized fan scene of the national team, the Austrian association announced after the match.

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The behaviour of Hungarian fans in the group match against the German national team on 19 June in Stuttgart was also investigated. UEFA did not provide any further details, particularly regarding the other penalised associations, in its statement.

The European Football Championship took place from June 14 to July 14 in ten German cities. The DFB team was eliminated from the competition in the quarter-finals against Spain – the eventual tournament winners.

The European Football Union (UEFA) has imposed fines on seven national associations following racist incidents at the European Championships in Germany. The association announced this in a statement. The associations affected are Albania, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia and Serbia, as their fans were noticed for racist behaviour at matches in the tournament in June and July. In some cases, UEFA also imposed a ban on the sale of tickets for the next away match in a UEFA competition.

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