NBA: Wagner brothers lose to Grizzlies with Orlando


NBA: Wagner brothers lose to Grizzlies with Orlando

Despite a good performance, the Wagner brothers suffered another defeat in the North American professional basketball league NBA. In the 115:135 against the Memphis Grizzlies, rookie Franz Wagner scored 15 points, his older brother Moritz contributed nine points and five rebounds. Before that, the young Magic team had all won the last three home games.

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The Florida franchise continues to have the worst record in the league with 12 wins and 42 losses. Recently, however, Orlando has improved significantly and won four of the last seven games. National player Franz Wagner, who has not scored in double digits three times in 36 games since the end of November, played a large part in this.

Ski jumper Althaus leads and reaches for gold


Ski jumper Althaus leads and reaches for gold

Ski jumper Katharina Althaus (Oberstdorf) has her sights set on the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing and thus the first German precious metal. The 25-year-old silver medalist from Pyeongchang 2018 leads after the first round on the normal hill with a jump of 105.5 m and 121.1 points ahead of Slovenian Ursa Bogataj.

Bogataj jumped further with 108.0 m, but had better conditions and only got 118.0 points. Converted, Althaus' lead is around one and a half meters. Nika Kriznar (113.9 points) and World Champion Ema Klinec (112.1 points) also placed third and fourth place for Slovenia.

The second best German is Pauline Hessler (Lauscha) with 89.5 m (80.9 points) in 21st place. Juliane Seyfarth (Ruhla) is in 23rd place with 86.0 m (78.7 points). Selina Freitag (Aue) came in 28th with 80.0 m (69.8 points).

The Norwegian Pyeongchang Olympic champion Maren Lundby is completely suspended this winter, Austria's World Cup leader Marita Kramer had tested positive for Corona shortly before the games and is therefore missing.

Olympic downhill: Sander receives the last start ticket


Olympic downhill: Sander receives the last start ticket

Vice world champion Andreas Sander gets the fourth and last German starting ticket for the Olympic downhill in Beijing. The 32-year-old is preferred to Simon Jocher (25). This was announced by head coach Christian Schwaiger after the final training session for the race on Sunday (11:00 a.m. OZ/4:00 a.m. CET) had to be canceled due to the wind.

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Actually, the duel between Sander and Jocher should have decided the fourth starter alongside Romed Baumann, Josef Ferstl and Dominik Schwaiger. Head coach Schwaiger found it "a shame" that "Mother Nature" prevented this duel, but called the decision in favor of Sander "very clear". In addition to the training on Saturday, the decisive factors were the world rankings and the World Cup standings in the supreme discipline.

Sander's relief after the last few difficult weeks was "very great". For Sunday he is confident: "The fact that I was beaten in the last race doesn't mean that I can't compete for medals - I believe I can do that."

However, wind is also expected in the medal fight, there is a risk of a lottery. In addition, some athletes were annoyed that the third test run was canceled after three drivers, including top favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde from Norway and two-time Olympic champion Matthias Mayer (Austria). The others were only allowed to inspect the slope - a disadvantage.

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Palmeiras does two-hour training on the second day in Abu Dhabi


Verdão players during team training for the World Cup, in Abu Dhabi (Photo: Fabio Menotti/Palmeiras)

Two hours of work. That was the time that Palmeiras' second day of training for the Club World Cup lasted, during the early hours of this Friday (4), at the Zayed Sports City stadium, in Abu Dhabi.

The work was led by coach Abel Ferreira.

After the warm-up, the players were distributed on the turf in areas demarcated by stakes, and then they did tactical positional work of exchanging passes and building the game.

The only absence was that of goalkeeper Vinicius Silvestre, who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in the country and was promptly isolated from the rest of the delegation at the hotel.

In the second part of training, the squad was divided into two teams for tactical transition work, specific moves and positioning. The activity also included some set pieces and shots, among other aspects of the game.

The team will perform an activity in the afternoon at the hotel's gym.

The next training on the field will be this Saturday (5), again at Zayed Sports City Stadium. The debut in the Club World Cup will be in the semi-final this Tuesday (8), at 13:30 (GMT), against the winner of Al Ahly-EGI or Monterrey-MEX, who will face each other on Saturday (5)


With Marinho's brilliance and Vitinho's recital, Flamengo wins in Paulo Sousa's debut

Marinho celebrates his first goal with the Flamengo shirt (Photo: Gilvan de Souza/CR Flamengo)

The first 90 minutes of Flamengo under the command of Paulo Sousa were divided between new ideas for the defense and good responses from the attacking men. In the debut of the main squad, the Portuguese coach started work with a reserve team, which presented itself with three defenders behind and in front, betting on Marinho, newcomer reinforcement and character of the 3-0 victory over Boavista, in Volta Round.

Not only for one of the goals, but also for the dedication, Marinho had an exciting performance, but he only played in the first half. In the second half, Paulo Sousa shot Gabigol alongside Pedro, and launched Everton Ribeiro in a different position, in place of Renê. The team created new alternatives and expanded. In the rhythm of an old acquaintance and sometimes persecuted: Vitinho.

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The striker created the plays and assisted not only Marinho, but also Pedro and Gabigol, who completed the scoring in the second half. The main difficulty was not in the young Noga and Cleiton, who played alongside defender Gustavo Henrique and later David Luiz. And yes in the transition, responsibility of Thiago Maia and João Gomes. When Aaron took the boy's place, the team had more consistency.

From what he sent to the field between one time and another, Paulo Sousa indicated that he will implement the system he used in previous works. A 3-4-3 with the ball and a line of 4 without it to defend. In this scenario, competition is fierce.

Against a fragile opponent, Flamengo was little pressured, and the balls reached the midfielders and wings without difficulty. The plays changed between Vitinho and João Gomes and Matheuzinho and Marinho, with an initial emphasis on the second pair on the right.

But it was Vitinho who skillfully created the first chances, which Pedro wasted. On the left wing, Vitinho insisted until he found Marinho to open the scoring. Shirt 11 gave depth, but floated inside, and also played the best role in the second half. When Éverton Ribeiro replaced Renê, Vitinho grew even more and served Pedro, who finally completed with perfection.

With the advantage, Paulo Sousa made another experiment. He took out Pedro and released Rodinei to play on the left wing. With that, Everton Ribeiro returned to the original position, on the right, and Gabigol was in charge of the attack. Shirt 9 wasted some chances when he was open on the right, and had little interaction with Pedro. But when his teammate left, he left his own, positioning himself in the middle of the area to receive a precise pass from Vitinho.

Ecuador and Uruguay are closer to Qatar, and Peru in the repechage zone

Sports Writing, Feb 1 (EFE) .- The teams of Ecuador and Uruguay were this Tuesday closer to the World Cup in Qatar and Peru clung to fifth place that gives them the option of a playoff on the sixteenth and penultimate date of the qualifiers that left minimal options for Chile and very few for Colombia.

The fifteenth and sixteenth days took place between Thursday and this Tuesday.

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Brazil thrashed and eliminated Paraguay while raising their lead to 39 points, and Argentina reached 35.

In search of the last two direct places, Ecuador advances with greater possibility, which added 25 points, and Uruguay, which reached 22.The pupils of Gustavo Alfaro, who tied with Brazil 1-1 on Thursday at the altitude of Quito, and with the same result stopped Peru in Lima on Tuesday, are already thinking of Qatar from third place.

Uruguay, one of the biggest beneficiaries by adding 22 integers, after its 0-1 victory over Paraguay and the 4-1 thrashing of bottom side Venezuela in Montevideo climbed to fourth place under the guidance of its new coach, Diego Alonso.

Peru took a giant step by beating Colombia on Friday in Barranquilla and, although it lost 2 units this Tuesday in the 1-1 draw against Ecuador, it clings to fifth place, which leaves it in the playoff zone.

Chile, another that fished in a troubled river, got up after Thursday's defeat against Argentina at the altitude of Calama and with a brace from Alexis Sánchez and a great goal from Marcelino Núñez sealed a 2-3 victory over Bolivia at the altitude of Peace.

La Roja was 19 points closer to the playoff zone with two games to go.

Bolivia, on the other hand, mortgaged all its options to qualify for Qatar and settled in eighth place with 15 points.

In Belo Horizonte, the Canarinha thrashed Paraguay 4-0, maintaining their distance as the sole leader and condemning their rival, already eliminated from Qatar, to penultimate place.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto's men have only added 13 points in the qualifying rounds and have already said goodbye to Qatar.

Argentina left Colombia on the verge of elimination with a goal by Lautaro Martínez at the Marío Alberto Kempes stadium in Córdoba, which gave a shovelful of dirt to the aspirations of the Cafeteros to play the World Cup in Qatar.

The Colombian team arrived affected in its aspirations by losing on Friday in Barranquilla by 0-1 against Peru. Today it fell again without any type of argument to disturb the Albiceleste, who played with a squad of new values.

Colombia fell to seventh place with 17 points, far from the four direct qualifying places and the fifth, which grants the right to play a playoff.

Lautaro Martínez reached 7 goals and overtook the Brazilian Neymar in second place among the scorers in the South American qualifiers. The top scorer is, at the moment with 10, the Bolivian Marcelo Martins Moreno.

In the seventeenth and penultimate date of the South American qualifiers, which will be played on March 24, Brazil will host Chile, Paraguay will host Ecuador, Colombia will host Bolivia, Argentina will host Venezuela and Uruguay will host Peru.

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Brazilian team convinces and thrashes Paraguay in the Qualifiers

Brazil players celebrate the goal scored by Antony (Photo: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

The Brazilian team did not give Paraguay a chance to pass the Mineirão. With goals from Raphinha, Coutinho, Antony and Rodrygo, Tite's men left Gigante da Pampulha with a 4-0 victory this Tuesday in a match in which there was room for the team to demonstrate space for exchanges of passes and display football. for the World Cup qualifiers.

The canarian team returns to play for the competition in March, when it faces Chile and Bolivia in the final stretch of the competition.


Two minutes were enough for the Selection to swing the net. Daniel Alves took a lateral and, in the left of a split between Matheus Cunha and an opponent Raphinha advanced to the area. The attacker was calm to finish the cross. The ball hit the post and went in.

However, the euphoria did not last long. Referee Facundo Tello responded to a VAR signal to analyze the play. After five minutes of waiting, he reviewed the bid on the monitor and disallowed the goal by a touch of the hand of shirt 19.


The disallowed goal did not dampen the Brazilian momentum. After the ball was thrown by Matheus Cunha, Vinicius Júnior went down the left and made the release. Raphinha, under the goalpost, tried to complete it, but finished with a shin and saw the ball go up with an empty goal.

Lucas Paquetá and Coutinho took the opportunity to exchange passes with the players in front and helped Brazil press Paraguay. However, when it was time to conclude, they bumped into conclusions.

Until, at 27, the long-awaited goal came. Marquinhos launched. Raphinha, coolly, fixed the ball, broke away from the marking and hit Antony Silva's corner.


Aguerrida, Tite's team continued to go ahead. Vinicius Júnior stretched Alex Telles, who filled his foot but saw the ball stop outside the net. Coutinho tried a header and the ball went wide.

On the counterattack, shirt 11 opened the way for the Real Madrid forward to advance on the left. Matheus Cunha received a pass and kicked in a treacherous way, scaring the Paraguayan goalkeeper. Then Coutinho took a free-kick and made Antony Silva do his best to avoid the second Brazilian goal. Matheus Cunha still almost scored a thigh goal in stoppage time. On Paraguay's side, the only chance came after a blunder between Thiago Silva and Ederson, but the attack didn't take advantage of it.


At half-time, coach Guillermo Schelotto sacked the two Paraguayan sides. However, he couldn't hold the breath of the canarian team's wingers. Right at the beginning, Vinicius Júnior broke free and made the crossing. Raphinha appeared free in the small area and filled his foot, but the ball landed on the post.

Then, Alex Telles crossed and Matheus Cunha appeared between the defenders to head. The ball passed close to the post. Coutinho took advantage of a flash and launched Lucas Paquetá. Shirt 10 fixed his chest and finished by covering, but he sent it out. Philippe Coutinho still gave a low kick and saw Antony Silva fit. Paraguay still rehearsed a reaction in an attempt to Escobar, but the side sinned in concluding.


It was up to Coutinho to score the second Brazilian goal of the match. After Marquinhos, shirt 11 took advantage of a gap, killed him in the chest and finished at Antony Silva's angle. A goal that increased the fans' confidence in his return to the Selection.


Tite's men kept their breath even with the changes. Antony served and Paquetá finished on top of the goalkeeper. The Ajax player also gave Bruno Guimarães a pass to finish close to the post. Rodrygo filled his foot and the ball bounced back. In the spare, Daniel Alves made Antony Silva bend over backwards to avoid the goal.


The Brazilian team turned the victory into a rout in the final stretch. Everton Ribeiro opened play and Antony hit a cross, with no chance for Antony Silva at 40.

Two minutes later, Antony launches Bruno Guimarães, who stretches the play for Rodrygo to emerge free. The rout was enshrined to the delight of the Mineirão crowd.