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Football: Barcelona talent Pedri called up for the Spanish national team

1.44 pm: Spanish national coach Luis Enrique has called up 18-year-old Pedri from FC Barcelona for the first time for the national team. The talented midfielder, taken over by Barcelona from Las Palmas last year, has quickly developed into a fixture in coach Ronald Koeman’s Catalan team. Besides Frenkie de Jong, Pedri is the only Barcelona player to have playing time in all 26 league matches this season, eighteen of which as a basic player. He also played seven games in the Champions League.

Luis Enrique has called Pedri up for the first three World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo at the end of this month. Jordi Alba, Pedri’s teammate at Barcelona, ​​is back in the national selection for the first time since 2019. The 31-year-old left back was out of the picture with Luis Enrique for a while.

Football: Higler leads top match between AZ and PSV

12:29 PM Referee Dennis Higler has been appointed by the KNVB to lead the top match between AZ and PSV on Sunday. Jeroen Manschot is the VAR in the duel between the number 3 and 2 of the Eredivisie respectively. The kick-off is at 2.30 pm.

PSV still has 3 points ahead of AZ, which won 4-1 against FC Twente last weekend. PSV drew 1-1 against Feyenoord.

Ajax – ADO Den Haag will be led by Allard Lindhout on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Handball: ‘Dutch handbale enclave’ Dortmund kicked out of the Champions League

11.41 am: The Borussia Dortmund women’s handball team has been kicked out of the Champions League by the European association EHF. The club should not have withdrawn for the two matches from the eighth finals with the French Metz last weekend. The EHF Disciplinary Board has imposed two 10-0 regulatory defeats on Dortmund.

Dortmund is almost a Dutch enclave in the Bundesliga. Rinka Duijndam, Yara ten Holte, Tessa van Zijl, Inger Smits, Delaila Amega, Kelly Dulfer, Laura van der Heijden, Merel Freriks and Kelly Vollebregt are under contract with the leader of Germany. All nine players are also included in the pre-selection of the Dutch team that will prepare for the Olympic Games in the coming period.

At Metz, a player tested positive for the corona virus, a few days before matches against Borussia Dortmund. The club isolated the player and then tested all other players in the roster. Only negative results came out, so that according to the EHF the team had correctly followed the hygiene protocols and could simply participate in the Champions League.

Dortmund, on the other hand, did not dare to travel to Nancy, where the matches would be finished. The club had information that another Metz player would have tested positive and did not want to expose his players to a possible health risk. The EHF Disciplinary Board ruled that Borussia should not have withdrawn and come to Nancy. Metz is now through to the quarter finals of the cup tournament. Dortmund can still appeal the penalty.

Boxing: Eindhoven Box Cup continues thanks to new main sponsor

11.15 am: Thanks to a new main sponsor, the Eindhoven Box Cup will take place this year. At Pentecost, from 20 to 24 May, the organization expects the strongest field of participants ever for the boxing tournament.

“The same dark scenario threatened this year as in 2020, because the Eindhoven Box Cup is not allowed to receive paying visitors due to the pandemic and sponsoring in corona time is a difficult challenge. A deal with new main sponsor Jack’s Casino allowed the organization to decide at the last minute to allow the EBC to continue in 2021, ”the event reports.

More than two hundred boxers from more than thirty countries participate in the EBC. The entire Dutch selection is also present in Hotel Van der Valk in Eindhoven. The tournament has the A-status of the world organization AIBA and is considered the largest boxing event in Western Europe.

Torchlight procession Olympic flame starts without an audience in Fukushima

10:42 am The relay of the Olympic flame through Japan begins as planned on March 25 in Fukushima. The public is not present at the starting ceremony, nor at the first part of the torchlight procession. This was reported by the organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

A simplified torch relay has been chosen to prevent the spread of the corona virus. “We want to ensure safety by taking measures to prevent the virus from spreading to torchbearers, spectators, members of the organization and local residents,” the organization said.

It was initially planned that, in addition to a number of guests, about 3000 spectators would attend the ceremony in Fukushima. The ceremony will now be broadcast live on television. Some 10,000 runners are scheduled to deliver the flame across all 47 regions of Japan to Tokyo on July 23.

Football: Spurs for the time being without ‘overloaded’ attacker Son

08.38 am: Coach José Mourinho of Tottenham Hotspur fears that he has lost attacker Son Heung-min for the time being. The star player from South Korea retired early on Sunday in the 2-1 lost game with fellow city rivals Arsenal. He apparently has a hamstring injury. “It’s something with a muscle and those are usually stubborn injuries. I don’t know yet how long I have lost him ”, said the Portuguese coach after the game.

Mourinho knows Son’s injury from overuse. “He has played too many matches. Son is a boy who normally recovers quickly, but now it is such an accumulation of competitions that it has even become too much for him. ” Son played in all 28 league matches, nine Europa Leugueduels and four cup matches this season. “I gave him half an hour in the last game in the Europa League, but then you still play for an hour.”

The Spurs are seventh in the Premier League with 45 points. The club will play against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday.

Basketball: Sixers lash out against Spurs in NBA

8.30 am: The Philadelphia 76ers basketball players lashed out against San Antonio Spurs in the American NBA. The leader of the Eastern Conference missed the injured star player Joel Embiid, but nevertheless won 134-99. It was the biggest win ever the Sixers booked at the Spurs.

Tobias Harris scored 23 points for Philadelphia, Seth Curry recorded 21 points for the team that, together with Brooklyn Nets, is in charge in the eastern division of the NBA.

Utah Jazz, the leader in the Western Conference, suffered another defeat. Golden State Warriors was even better and won 131-119. Stephen Curry was the top scorer for the Warriors with 32 points, Andrew Wiggins added 28 points to Golden State, which is in the middle of the Western Conference.

Houston Rockets is in deep crisis. The defeat against the Boston Celtics (107-134) was the sixteenth in a row. Only the Minnesota Timberwolves fares worse than the Rockets in the western division. They still took the lead against Boston, but lost control of the game. Jaylen Brown (24 points) and Jayson Tatum (23 points) were the top scorers at Boston.

Sailing: Team New Zealand approaches victory in America’s Cup

08.00 o’clock: Team New Zealand is two more victories away from the overall victory in the America’s Cup and thus has title prolongation in the prestigious sailing duel within reach. Skipper Peter Burling’s high-speed boat won both races against Italian challenger Luna Rossa off the coast of Auckland (New Zealand) on Monday and took a 5-3 lead.

The first team to win seven races will receive the ‘Auld Mug’, the trophy that has been awarded to the winner since 1851. This makes it the oldest sports prize in the world.

Luna Rossa had the better start in both races, but Team New Zealand managed to make up both times and overtake the Italian boat. The second race in particular had a bizarre course. Team New Zealand almost came to a standstill at the start of the race and saw Luna Rossa delay more than 4 minutes. In the second part of the race the wind decreased and Luna Rossa practically came to a stop. Team New Zealand managed to get the boat up to speed again, caught up with the Italians and took the lead and then won the race almost 4 minutes ahead.

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Luis Enrique brings Barcelona talent Pedri to the Spanish team | Sport
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