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AZ in the second preliminary round of the Conference League against the Bosnian club
8.01 pmAZ will face FK Tuzla City in the second round of the Conference League next week. The Bosnian club beat Tre Beni of San Marino 6-0 in the first qualifying round on Thursday. Last week Tuzla was really strong 2-0 in the first meeting.
Tuzla City finished second in the Bosnia and Herzegovina League last season. AZ will play for the first time in Alkmaar next week, and the return will be played in Bosnia on Thursday 28 July.
They were stranded against Celtic in the preliminary rounds of the European League last August. The North Holland team had to continue in the Conference League and ended up in the eighth final against Norway’s Bodo/Glimt.
Serena Williams in Toronto
6.44 pmSerena Williams has no plans to end her tennis career following her early elimination from Wimbledon. The 40-year-old American will take part in the WTA Tour Championships in Toronto at the start of August, according to a report by event organizers.
Williams entered Wimbledon with a wild card, losing in the first round to Frenchman Harmony Tan at the end of June. Williams, the seven-time London champion, retired with injury in the first round of Wimbledon the previous year and has since been out of singles matches due to injuries.
After Tan’s elimination, Williams left her future open, although she hinted at extending her career.
Williams last won a Grand Slam in 2017. More than five years ago she won the Australian Open. Next Grand Slam tournament in her country. The US Open begins on Monday, August 29.
Wiebes is quick to win the second stage of the Women’s Tour
5:52 pmLorena Webbs won the second stage of the Women’s Tour. The 23-year-old Dutch sprinter was the best on his sols in Belgium. Its compatriots Melin de Zoet and Amber van der Holst took second and third places.
Wiebes had finished second during the lead the day before, 11 seconds behind Elaine van Dijk. With the extra seconds she won on Wednesday, Wiebes snatched the leader’s jersey from World Trials champion Van Dijk.
“Everything went according to plan today,” Webbs said. “It doesn’t matter that some of the girls got away with the car. We dominated the race from the start.”
The third stage of the women’s tour will cover 114.6 kilometers on Friday. The beginning and the end in the Belgian town of Herzl.
Last year, Dutchman Chantal van den Broek-Black won the overall victory on the Women’s Tour.
Italian tennis referee suspended for match-fixing
3:05 pmTennis referee Francesco Totaro has been temporarily suspended by the International Integrity Agency ITIA. The Italian was accused of match-fixing.
Totaro ruled at the national level. His suspension is retroactive to June 22 this year. Totaro will not be allowed to conduct or attend tennis matches during the investigation.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) transferred responsibility for doping policy and anti-corruption programs to ITIA on 1 January 2022.
Amelink new soccer coach for PEC Zwolle players
2:24 pmOlivier Amelink is the new coach for football players at PEC Zwolle. The 29-year-old is the successor to Joran Butt, who left for FC Twente.
Zwolle introduced Roiland Tennberg as new coach less than two months ago. That connection was soon broken when Ten Berge became assistant coach René Hake with the Go Ahead Eagles’ men.
“For Olivier, this is his first real job as a head coach, and therefore he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor Juran,” says Mariska Kugelman, executive director of women’s football at PEC Zwolle. “We all now know that PEC Zwolle Women is the perfect place for young and talented footballers to reach maturity and it’s no different for coaches.”
Amelink signs a two-season contract with Overijssel FC.
Kenya’s Umanyala is still getting a US visa for the World Championships in Athletics
12:39 pm Ferdinand Omanyala, the fastest man in Africa, will still be given a US visa so he can compete in the World Championships in Athletics. His coach told AFP about it on Thursday.
Omanyala had announced earlier Thursday that he could not compete in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene due to a visa delay. “Even if I got a visa today, it would be too late,” said the disappointed Kenyan athlete, who was to start in the 100 metres, whose series is already scheduled for Friday.
Amanila got his visa this morning from the Ministry of Sports. “He can run tonight and arrive in Oregon tomorrow morning,” coach Duncan Eimba said.
Nearly 2 million viewers of the victory of the orange lionesses
Time is 08:19 More than 1.9 million people witnessed the Dutch women’s national team win against Portugal 3-2 on Wednesday night on NPO 1. The match was watched by as many people as the first match against Sweden on July 9, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
A significant portion of football viewers remained on the channel after the match for the afterthought: about 1.78 million.
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