And the winner will be…

And the winner will be…

Last Wednesday, Flandersnews.be running a contest in which readers had the opportunity to win 5×2 seats to come and see Belgium take on England in the village of fan Sporza in our broadcast center in Brussels. The participants were asked to answer the question of how many of the Red Devils’ squad at the 2018 World Cup play for English Premier League clubs. The correct answer is 12. 1) Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) 2) Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) 3) Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) 4) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) 5) Kevin De…

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13 detained in tennis match fixing probe

13 detained in tennis match fixing probe

13 people were detained during raids, which were part of the investigation on suspicion of fixing the match in the lower ranks of professional tennis. The raids took place at various locations including Mechelen (Antwerp province, Vilvoorde (Flemish Brabant), Sint-Gillis, Ukkel, Laken, Jette, Schaarbeek, Sint-Agatha-Berchem (all Brussels) and Geraardsbergen (East Flanders). A criminal organisation with ties to Belgium and Armenia has been bribing professional tennis players since 2014 to fix matches, letting the criminals to rake in profits by placing bets, the Judicial Authorities told journalists. The fixed matches were…

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Mertens and Goffin leave

Mertens and Goffin leave

It has been a bad 24 hours for our tennis players at the French Open in Paris. On Sunday evening David Goffin (ATP-9) lost his final 16 match against the Italian Marco Cecchinato (ATP-72). Suffering with a painful elbow, David Goffin lost in 4 sets 5-7, 6-4; 0-6, 3-6. On Monday morning Elise Mertens (WTA-16) stood little chance against the world number 1 Simona Halep. The Romanian was far stronger than the Belgian and she enjoyed a convincing two-set victory, winning 6-2, 6-1. Elise Mertens’ elimination means that there are…

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Kompany is back to training with the Red Devils

Kompany is back to training with the Red Devils

Twenty-five players, including four goalkeepers, took part in a General training session on Thursday in the Belgian football center in Tubize. Vincent Kompany was back in the Red Devils’ group. Marouane Fellaini, Thomas Vermaelen and Axel Witsel remained inside. Antwerp’s goalie, Jens Teunckens, has replaced Simon Mignolet on the pecking order, who has not yet joined the group. Wednesday, Kompany, Fellaini, Vermaelen and Witsel had practiced individually inside. Thursday, Vincent Kompany has come back to the group, as opposed to the other three, who remained inside to train. Thomas Vermaelen…

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Ghent will host the largest skate Park in Belgium

Ghent will host the largest skate Park in Belgium

The city of Ghent is planning to start this year the construction of the largest skate Park in Belgium – and one of the largest in Europe. The park will be built on 4,000 square metres at the Blaarmeersen recreational centre and, according to Ghent’s alderman for sport, Resul Tapmaz, it “will be completed by Summer 2019”. On Monday, the city presented the plans for the park, drawn up over the past year with the help of local skaters whose opinions were sought through different channels. The project bears the…

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Wentworth wizard Rory McIlroy charges three shots clear of the field

Wentworth wizard Rory McIlroy charges three shots clear of the field

Another day returned another Rory McIlroy milestone at Wentworth. After the Northern Irishman had produced his finest opening round at the PGA Championship he recorded a 65 on day two, playing the West Course bogey-free for the first time. McIlroy denied his charge to the top of the leaderboard – where he sits at 12 under par – would turn heads among fellow competitors. The reality is different. The former world No 1 in this touch remains a seriously imposing figure. Alex Noren, who played alongside him, said he felt…

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Rafael Nadal recovers to destroy Fabio Foniini’s hopes for Rome’s Triumph

Rafael Nadal recovers to destroy Fabio Foniini’s hopes for Rome’s Triumph

It seems strange that Rafael Nadal’s dominance of clay in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Paris was not so evident in Rome, where he has only seven titles and last appeared in the semi-finals four years ago.Still, he will hardly complain – and, indeed, he will be mightily happy if he wins on Sunday as it will haul him back to No 1 in the world over the absent Roger Federer. The man he defeated 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi‑finals, Fabio Fognini, will afford the Spaniard little…

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Rory McIlroy fired up by Masters missed chance as he chases first Sawgrass win

Rory McIlroy fired up by Masters missed chance as he chases first Sawgrass win

It remains unlikely that Rory McIlroy has publicly articulated the exact scale of his disappointment when falling short at the Masters – and why would he? – but the Northern Irishman is well aware of the best way to overcome heartache. McIlroy has three major championships in his sights for the remainder of 2018 but first comes this week’s Players Championship, the biggest tournament on the PGA Tour and one at which victory has eluded him. “It gives you motivation,” McIlroy said of the final round at Augusta National. “All…

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Tony Bellev shoved David Haye in the throat during a tense exchange before the fight

Tony Bellev shoved David Haye in the throat during a tense exchange before the fight

Tony Bellew pushed David Hay in the throat as tensions escalated at the final heavyweight rematch press conference ahead of the fight on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Bellew shoved his right arm into Haye’s throat as they went head-to-head with security staff having to restore order between the pair, who had come to blows at a press conference before their first fight. Earlier Haye insisted he has learned from his mistakes as he aims to conclusively end his rivalry with Bellew. Haye was stopped by his heavyweight…

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New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

The Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural testosterone levels to race internationally, a prominent sports scientist has predicted. Under rules due to be announced on Thursday morning by the IAAF, the world athletics governing body, a separate female classification for an athlete with differences of sexual development (or DSDs) will be introduced. Such athletes, including Semenya, will have to reduce and then maintain their testosterone levels to no greater than 5nmol/L by 1 November if…

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