Nantes double winner, Ronaldo, Doncic, Puy-de-Dôme, Rinderknech, Lens: The set of the day


1. Football – Europa League: Nantes at the end of the suspense, Monaco and Rennes disappointed

Mixed results for French clubs in the Europa League. Nantes snatched the victory in added time against Qarabag (2-1) on the 5th day of group G. If they do not have their destiny in their hands, the Canaries will play their qualification against Olympiakos during the last day.


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Ludovic Blas (FC Nantes) opens the scoring against Qarabag in the Europa League.

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For its part, AS Monaco was held in check on the lawn of Ferencvaros (1-1). This draw condemns AS Monaco to finish, at best, second in this group H. While Stade Rennais also conceded the draw (3-3) on the lawn of Fenerbahçe, after leading 3-0. They thus give up the three points and perhaps the first place in the group, which would prevent them from playing in the 16th finals.

2. Football – Europa League: Ronaldo’s winning return

Eight days after the start of the tornado he unleashed against Tottenham, Cristiano Ronaldo was again a starter with Manchester United. And against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League, the Portuguese star responded by finding the net to score the 3-0 goal. The Red Devils consolidated their second place in Group E.

Cristiano Ronaldo esulta per il gol in Manchester United-Sheriff Tiraspol – Europa League 2022/2023

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3. Basketball – NBA: Doncic passes 41 in triple double to afford the Nets

A great night Luka Doncic, author of a triple-double to 41 points and a few magic tricks of which he has the secret, guided the Mavericks to victory at the Nets (129-125 after overtime). The 23-year-old Slovenian prodigy was among the favorites in the race for the regular season MVP, even before he started. His new demonstration in Brooklyn did not come to contradict the predictions, since he added to his bag 14 assists, 11 rebounds and 3 steals.

In the other games of the night, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Miami Heat (123-110), the Grizzlies assured against the Kings who dipped a little more (110-125), while the OKC Thunder surprised the Los Angeles Clippers (118-110).


Football – Miscellaneous facts : This Thursday around 7 p.m., a man armed with a knife burst into a shopping center on the outskirts of Milan, killed one person and injured four others. Among them, Pablo Mari, the Arsenal defender on loan to Monza since last summer. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 29-year-old Spanish player was hospitalized but his life is not in danger.

American Football – NFL : The SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and its 70,000 seats, home to NFL teams from the Rams and the Chargers, will host the final of the next Gold Cup, announced the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Basketball – NBA : Portland star Damian Lillard is suffering from a contracture in his right calf and will be out for one to two weeks, his team announced.

Formula 1 – Mexican GP : Under contract until the end of 2023, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton intends to sign a « multi-year » contract with Mercedes, he confirmed on the sidelines of the Mexico Grand Prix.

Tennis – ATP and WTA: The 2023 tennis season will begin with a new mixed event, the United Cup, organized in Australia between December 29 and January 8, the ATP and WTA have announced.

Basketball-NBA: The Golden State Warriors, reigning NBA champions, are now the most valuable franchise in the league with an estimate of $7 billion established by Forbes magazine, dethroning the New York Knicks.

Tennis – Basel ATP 500 : Holger Rune easily won against Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-2, in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament in Basel, offering himself a place in the quarter-finals, just like Stan Wawrinka, winner of Brandon Nakashima (6-4, 5-7, 6-4).

Handball – Champions League : Nantes got the better of the Germans from Kiel (38-30) on the fifth day of the C1. A victory which allows the « H » to continue their series of invincibility at home in the group stage but above all to stay in contact with Kielce and the Barcelona leader for a direct place in the quarter-finals.


Runner-up to PSG in Ligue 1, Franck Haise’s RC Lens have had an exceptional start to the season from an accounting point of view and challenge Toulouse this Friday evening (9 p.m.). Defensively, the Sang et Or are impressive. Offensively, it’s another story, recalls Elton Mokolo in Tour d’Europe. Find the entire program in podcast (Real: A.Thirion / Q.Guichard)

Lens, paradoxical dolphin: « The offensive sector is not yet established »

In 1968, Eldridge Dickey became the first black quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Texan had everything going for him and was promised an exceptional destiny. However, he never played a single game in his position and his career was over before it had really started. The fault, in large part, to the prejudices of a sport which was full of them.

Thirty-five years after the last visit of the Tour, fifty-nine years after the epic duel between Anquetil and Poulidor, the Puy de Dôme will make its return to the Grande Boucle. Its terrible slopes and its particular characteristics make it unique and will make it, whatever happens, one of the highlights of the 110th edition, the route of which was presented on Thursday in Paris.

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY: Does Rinderknech have the weapons to go all the way?

After qualifying for the ATP 500 tournament in Basel, Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech has already created a feat by eliminating former Grand Slam winner Marin Cilic in the Round of 16. In the next round, the 51st player in the world offered himself Alex Molcan in two straight sets (6-2, 6-4).

From now on, Rinderknech can start dreaming of a sparkling course. Nevertheless, today stands before him one of the best players of the young generation, the new Next Gen, Holger Rune. At only 19 years old, the Dane is already 25th in the ATP, but Rinderknech seems to be in the form of his life. So why not believe it for a place in the semi-finals?

(With AFP)


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