Olympics 2020: Netherlands, Brazil draw in epic six-goal thriller with Marta, Vivianne Miedema on target

Olympics 2020: Netherlands, Brazil draw in epic six-goal thriller with Marta, Vivianne Miedema on target

Dominique Janssen’s 79th-minute goal pulled Netherlands into a 3-3 draw with Brazil on Saturday in women’s football at the Tokyo Olympics. Vivianne Miedema gave the Dutch the early lead in the third minute but Debinha countered with an equaliser in the 16th. The teams were tied until the 59th, when Miedema scored another. Marta converted a penalty kick to tie the score 2-2 in the 64th minute, before Ludmila’s goal about four minutes later gave Brazil the temporary lead. Netherlands, ranked No. 4 in the world, routed Zambia 10-3 in…

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Netherlands Beat India 5-1 In Women’s Hockey : Tokyo Olympics

Netherlands Beat India 5-1 In Women’s Hockey : Tokyo Olympics

India, ranked 9th in the world, matched world No 1 Netherlands in the first half but their challenge fizzled out as the Dutch cantered to a 5-1 win in a Group A match in the women’s hockey competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The Dutch took lead through Maria Verschoor in the sixth minute but were stunned when India scored the equaliser four minutes later through skipper Rani Rampal. The Indians then kept the Netherlands at bay in the remaining part of the first quarter and the entire second…

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Tokyo 2020: Netherlands rowing team agrees to COVID-19 isolation measures

Tokyo 2020: Netherlands rowing team agrees to COVID-19 isolation measures

Netherlands rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot tested positive for COVID-19 and went into a 10-day quarantine yesterday after rower Finn Florijn also turned up a positive test on Friday. The Dutch rowing team has agreed to separate itself from other competitors after one of its athletes, a coach and a staff member all tested positive for COVID-19, the team’s performance director told Reuters on Monday. TeamNL rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot tested positive for COVID-19 and went into a 10-day quarantine, the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOCNSF) said on Sunday, after 21-year-old single…

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Tokyo Olympics: 6 ‘extra’ swimmers in Poland contingent sent home after blunder from federation

Tokyo Olympics: 6 ‘extra’ swimmers in Poland contingent sent home after blunder from federation

Poland’s swimming federation had sent 23 participants instead of 17 and that sparked outrage among those who were denied a chance to compete. Six Polish swimmers have returned home from Tokyo Olympics after a massive blunder of sending 23 participants instead of qualified 17, by their national federation The Poland swimming federation (PZP) had sent 23 swimmers to Tokyo but they were forced to cut down the number based on the world swimming body, FINA’s qualification rules. Two-time Olympian Alicja Tchorz was among those sent home. She vented her disappointment…

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Norway’s beach handball protest is about a lot more than bikinis

Norway’s beach handball protest is about a lot more than bikinis

Over the weekend, at the European Beach Handball Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, Norway’s women’s beach handball team staged a protest: They wore shorts while competing in the bronze medal game. According to the rules put in place by the International Handball Federation, this was not allowed. The rulebook states that women must wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg,” and those bikini bottoms cannot be longer than 4 inches, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, men can…

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Sweden stuns U.S. women’s football team with 3-0 win in Tokyo opener

Sweden stuns U.S. women’s football team with 3-0 win in Tokyo opener

A pair of goals from Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius spelled catastrophe for the United States on Wednesday, as they suffered a shock 3-0 defeat in their Tokyo 2020 debut. Fifth-ranked Sweden put the pressure on almost immediately with three shots in the first eight minutes, as the four-time Olympic gold medalists showed little sign of the stellar unbeaten run they have enjoyed since 2019. Forward Stina Blackstenius converted in the 25th minute, rocketing a header past U.S. keeper Alyssa Naeher with an assist from Sofia Jakobsson. The goalie had five…

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Emperor of Japan & IOC President inaugurate Olympics 2020 in Tokyo

Emperor of Japan & IOC President inaugurate Olympics 2020 in Tokyo

The Tokyo Games were declared open by IOC president Thomas Bach and the Emperor of Japan. The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally open in Tokyo on Friday, struggling to shake off lingering virus fears after a one-year postponement and a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. IOC president Thomas Bach said at the opening ceremony – “Welcome to Tokyo 2020. Today is a moment of hope, let us cherish this moment, finally we are all here. Athletes from 205 are living under the same roof in the Olympic…

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Italy crowned Euro 2020 champions after penalty shootout win against England

Italy crowned Euro 2020 champions after penalty shootout win against England

Italy claimed the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as penalties came back to haunt England at Wembley on Sunday, Gianluigi Donnarumma saving twice as the Azzurri won a shootout 3-2 after the game finished 1-1 following extra time. The giant goalkeeper saved from Jadon Sancho and, decisively, Bukayo Saka after Marcus Rashford hit the post, as Federico Bernardeschi, Leonardo Bonucci and Domenico Berardi all scored for the Italians in the shootout. Luke Shaw had given England a dream start with a superb goal after two minutes but…

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Novak Djokovic is champion at Wimbledon: Wins’s his 20th Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic is champion at Wimbledon: Wins’s his 20th Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by claiming his 20th Grand Slam title Sunday, coming back to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final. The No. 1 -ranked Djokovic earned a third consecutive championship at the All England Club and sixth overall. He adds that to nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the U.S. Open and two at the French Open to equal his two rivals for the most majors won by a man in tennis history. The 34-year-old from Serbia…

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Australia’s Ash Barty wins Wimbledon women’s singles final against Karolina Pliskova

Australia’s Ash Barty wins Wimbledon women’s singles final against Karolina Pliskova

World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 in the final. The 25-year-old Barty, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2019, emulated her idol Evonne Goolagong who claimed the second of her All England Club titles in 1980. “I hope I made Evonne proud,” Barty said on court after the trophy presentation. “This is incredible.” Ten years after winning the girls’ singles title at…

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