The unknown Djokovic at the Australian Open, a Benzema of madness, start of the Euro handball: the news on a plate


What you might have missed between last night and this morning

1. Tennis – Australian Open: Djokovic still waiting, the draw made

A decision was expected to be made ahead of the draw on Novak Djokovic’s case, still under threat of visa cancellation in Australia, but it was done with the Serbian in position. seed number one. If he can play, Djokovic will face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round. Note that he could find Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev appear in the other half of the table.

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2. Tennis – Australian Open: Barty-Osaka in the round of 16?

The draw for the ladies’ draw preceded the men’s draw and it was not kind to defending champion Naomi Osaka. She could meet Ashleigh Barty, the world number one, on her way from the round of 16. If she were to overcome this major obstacle, she could then face Maria Sakkari (N.5) and Barbora Krejcikova (N.4). Alizé Cornet and Caroline Garcia will face a qualifier in the 1st round. It will be harder for Clara Burel opposed to Garbine Muguruza (N.3).

3. Football – Spanish Super Cup: A crazy Clasico, incredible Benzema, Real in the final

What a game ! Three times, Real Madrid took the advantage over FC Barcelona on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup. Twice, Xavi’s men came back. First by Luuk de Jong (42nd) after the opening scoring of Vinicius (25th) then by Ansu Fati (83rd) who responded to an exceptional Karim Benzema (72nd). Madrilenians and Barcelona were therefore embarked in an extension which turned in favor of Real thanks to Federico Valverde (2-3).

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Football – Italian Super Cup : A goal from Alexis Sanchez at the end of extra time, allowed Inter Milan to dominate Juventus Turin (2-1). Inter take the Supercopa for the first time since 2010.
Football – CAN 2022 : Côte d’Ivoire did the job by winning with a short header Wednesday night, against Equatorial Guinea (0-1). A little earlier, Mali had beaten Tunisia in the general confusion.
Football – Ligue 1 : In an interview with Sud-Ouest, Gérard Lopez sealed the fate of Laurent Koscielny with the Girondins the day after the announcement of his sidelining: « It is agreed that Laurent will not end the season with us« .

Soccer – English League Cup : Already a 2-0 winner in the first leg, Chelsea validated their ticket to the League Cup final by going to win 1-0 at Tottenham not rewarded for their efforts on Wednesday.

Basketball – NBA : The Los Angeles Lakers of a LeBron James still on fire (34 points), were beaten by Sacramento (125-116) and further add to an already poor record (21 wins, 21 losses). The shock of the night turned in favor of the Nets against the Bulls (138-112).

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What you are sure to follow today

1. Handball – European Championship: Les Bleus against Croatia to start

It is an understatement to say that the preparation of the Olympic champions for the Euro was chaotic. Between injuries, the Covid and even the knife attack of Elohim Prandi, the France team has really not been in the best possible condition. But this Thursday evening (8:30 pm) in Szeged (Hungary), it will be necessary to forget all that to concentrate on the game. Croatia, an old enemy of the gang in Karabatic, will be the first opponent of the Blues.

Nikola Karabatic will try to win a 4th Euro with the France team

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2. Winter sports – Wengen and Ruhpolding: Super-G and men’s sprint on the program

As we explained to you on Wednesday, the coming period can have big consequences on the general classification of the Ski World Cup. Marco Odermatt, the untouchable leader, has more interest in scoring big points during the Super-G this Thursday in Wengen (12:30 pm) since the rest will benefit him less. In biathlon, it is the men who rub against each other in the sprint. Without the Boe brothers or even Sturla Laegreid who chose the dead end. The French duo, Fillon Maillet-Jacquelin has a chance to play (2:30 p.m.). Everything will obviously be to follow on Eurosport.

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3. Football – CAN 2022: The Cameroonian host already qualified?

Winner of Burkina Faso (2-1) at the opening, Cameroon, host of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, returns for their second match this Thursday against Ethiopia (5 p.m.). A success will qualify Vincent Aboubakar’s teammates for the knockout stages. In this same group A, Cape Verde and Burkina Faso will conclude the day (8 p.m.).

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