News : Basketball in the NBA – LeBron James Screams in Pain – Sports
Basketball, NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers around the German national player Dennis Schröder caught a used day in the North American and lost LeBron James as well as the home game against the Atlanta Hawks. In the 94:99 bankruptcy, the 36-year-old retired early with an ankle injury. In the fight for the ball, opponent Solomon Hill fell on James’ right foot, the four-time MVP screamed in pain and crawled off the field. A little later he was able to hobble out of the hall, furiously knocking over a chair.
James later wrote on Twitter that he will return “as soon as possible”: “Nothing annoys me more than not being there for my teammates. I am hurt inside and out. The way back begins now. I’ll be back soon be like I’ve never been away. ” In the first defeat of the Lakers after four wins in a row, Schröder showed a mixed performance against his ex-club. The 27-year-old, who played his first five NBA seasons in the Hawks jersey from 2013 to 2018, only hit four of his 15 throws from the field and got 16 points. In addition, the Braunschweig native made six turnovers.
Soccer, FC Bayern: Club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has again categorically ruled out Hansi Flick’s departure after this season and a possible engagement of the Bayern coach as national coach at this point in time. “That has nothing to do with probability. That is a fact,” said Rummenigge World on sunday. “We are well advised to finish what we have contractually agreed. I communicated this to Hansi in no uncertain terms.” He recorded this “professionally”. “I have a good and relaxed relationship with him,” said the 65-year-old CEO of the German record champions. With a view to speculation about the future of Flick, who is being traded as a possible successor because of the announced resignation of national coach Joachim Löw after the EM this summer, Rummenigge had previously stated that Bayern would be “crazy” if they should take the coach let go prematurely.
Flick has a contract with the Munich company that will not end until mid-2023. The 56-year-old coach recently emphasized that he wanted to concentrate on his duties at FC Bayern. However, Löw’s former assistant did not explicitly rule out an engagement as national coach from the summer. Flick said he had recently settled differences with Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “FC Bayern is a big family. And everything that happens in the family has to be left in the family,” said Rummenigge. “And that’s exactly how they behaved. I think it’s wonderful that the two of them agreed and ended this between themselves. It’s like FC Bayern.”
Tennis, men: Alexander Zverev won the tennis tournament in Acapulco. The 23-year-old from Hamburg prevailed in the final on Saturday (local time) 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3) against the number one seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. For the 14th final victory of his career on the ATP tour, Zverev needed two hours and 17 minutes of playing time. At the $ 1.2 million hard court event in Mexico, the current best German tennis player remained in all games without losing a set. In the duel with Tsitsipas, it was Zverev’s second win in the seventh match.
Soccer: Unsportsmanlike conduct and the following penalty for Gladbach’s U23 coach Heiko Vogel have caused great frustration and disappointment among German professional footballers. On Saturday morning, players in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 published an open letter to the German Football Association (DFB) in which they complained about Vogel’s verbal misconduct towards two assistant referees from the West German Football Association (WDFV) and the corresponding punishment.
“This judgment discriminates against all women in sport and especially in football,” says the letter published by DFB captain Alexandra Popp and other players. As a condition, Vogel was to lead six training units for a women’s or girls’ team by the summer, among other things. Vogel’s behavior, which Gladbach’s manager Max Eberl also called “a definite mistake”, is, in the eyes of the players, “far more than unsportsmanlike, but rather insulting and discriminatory”. Addressed directly to the DFB, it was said: “We urge you, as the highest institution in German football, to take a stand and take action.”
The DFB and Vice President Hannelore Ratzeburg reacted to the letter a little later. “I can understand the great anger of the players and understand that they are making their voice heard in public,” wrote Ratzeburg. It was “incomprehensible that training a women’s team should be ordered as part of a punishment,” added the functionary.
The DFB wrote that they had been in an exchange with the WDFV for several days. Its presidium has already ordered “a review of the judgment”. The WDFV Presidium sees the arrangement of the edition (six units with women’s teams) as “critical”. Vice President Gundolf Walaschewski called for a “complete processing and examination” of the events at the regional league game, which took place at the end of January.
Gladbach manager Eberl had already made an unsolicited comment on the subject on Friday. For Eberl, the penalty was a two-game suspension, a fine from the association and “on top” a fine from the club – the training sessions are not part of the penalty. “Heiko definitely made a mistake. What he said is inappropriate. We also disapprove of that here at the club,” said Eberl. Vogel himself offered in the course of the negotiation that he could lead the units of the women’s teams.
Biathlon, Sprint: In the penultimate race of the season, biathlete Erik Lesser surrendered a possible podium due to two mistakes in the final shooting. The 32-year-old from Thuringia finished fifth in the pursuit on Saturday in Östersund, Sweden, and showed a strong chase on the 2019 World Cup routes. Lesser was only 33rd in the competition and also fought his way through three shooting bouts without making any mistakes. The ex-world champion was only 24 seconds short of third place. The Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid (2 mistakes) secured the day’s victory ahead of his compatriot Johannes Thingnes Bö and ensured even more excitement in the close duel for triumph in the overall World Cup. This will only be decided on Sunday (3:30 p.m. / ARD and Eurosport) in the final mass start. Third in the pursuit was the Italian Lukas Hofer (4). The second best DSV ski hunter was Roman Rees (4) in 18th, Philipp Nawrath (4) in 26th.
Among the biathletes, Franziska Preuß came in sixth as the best German. After four shooting errors, the Bavarian was 2: 05.9 minutes behind Norwegian Marte Olsbu Röiseland (4 errors) at the finish in Östersund, Sweden. Second place went to overall World Cup winner Tiril Eckhoff (Norway / 4) ahead of Hanna Solo (Belarus / 5). The second best DSV ski hunter was Janina Hettich (5) in twelfth, Vanessa Hinz (4) also made it into the top 20 in 19th. Denise Herrmann (6) had worked her way up from 34th to third after the second shooting. However, the Saxon threw four penalties in the first standing stage far back. The 32-year-old, who became world champion in this discipline in the same place in 2019, had to be content with 28th place. World Cup newcomer Vanessa Voigt (3) showed a very strong performance, worked her way up from 57th to 25th and collected points for the first time. At the end of a long winter, the mass start is on the program for the women on Sunday (1 p.m. / ARD and Eurosport).
Deployment of national players, football: There has been a new movement in the problem of releasing football professionals before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. By removing Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland from the list of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virus variant areas, numerous players from German clubs can now compete for their national teams in matches in the previous risk zones. Until the announcement of the new RKI assessment, several clubs had forbidden their players to travel to games in the United Kingdom and on the Irish island because of the associated quarantine obligation when returning to Germany.
Bayern Munich’s Polish world footballer Robert Lewandowski now has the opportunity to take part in the game in England, as does his compatriot Krzysztof Piatek from Hertha BSC. Lewandowski’s club colleague David Alaba could play with Austria in Scotland, for which his national team colleague Sasa Kalajdzic from VfB Stuttgart already received permission on Saturday. For the Austrians, the use of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s duo Stefan Lainer and Valentino Lazaro is also possible. Norway is now also assuming that Borussia Dortmund’s striker Erling Haaland will be allowed to play for the Scandinavians in the game on Gibraltar. The Bundesliga professionals are already options for the Czech Republic at the game in Wales.