Thursday 09 February 2023

Femke Bol makes explosive start to indoor season with 500m record

Femke Bol makes explosive start to indoor season with 500m record

Double European athletics champion Femke Bol made an impressive start to the indoor season by setting a new world best time over 500 metres. The 22-year-old, who won a unique double at 400m and 400m hurdles in Munich last year as well as a relay gold, ran the rarely-contested distance in 65.63 seconds at the Grand Prix event in Boston on Saturday. Her time was 0.68 seconds faster than the previous indoor best time, set in 2006. Bol finished nearly... More >

Feyenoord stay on top after draw with PSV

Feyenoord retain a two-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie after they staged a late comeback to deny PSV victory in the top-of-the-table clash in De Kuip. The visitors took an early lead when Orkun Kökçü gave the ball away in midfield, Joey Veerman released Xavi Simons with a one-touch pass and the teenager’s layoff was smashed in by Anwar El Ghazi. PSV were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Armando Obispo was dismissed for... More >

John Heitinga stays on as Ajax head coach

John Heitinga will remain head coach at Ajax until the end of the season, the Amsterdam club has confirmed. Heitinga, 39, was promoted temporarily last week to replace sacked coach Alfred Schreuder, and saw the club to their first victory in seven games, with a 1-4 win over Excelsior last weekend. Ajax said it had taken the decision to keep the relatively inexperienced former Ajax player in charge, so as not to confront the squad with yet more changes. ‘I... More >

Deal reached on padel noise problems

The Dutch tennis and padel association, specialist builders and anti-noise campaigners have agreed new recommendations for the construction of padel courts, following numerous complaints, the AD reported on Tuesday. The recommendations state that new padel courts must be built no closer to homes than 100 metres, and in some case up to 160 metres away. Dutch anti-noise nuisance group NSG says there are dozens of court cases underway already. ‘The racket used to play padel is much harder than a... More >

Dutch men win bronze in hockey world cup

The Dutch men’s hockey team have won the bronze medal at the hockey world up in India, after a 3-1 win over Australia. The title was won by Germany, who beat Belgium on shoot outs after the match ended in a 3-3 draw. The Dutch men last won the world title in 1998, and were second in both 2014 and 2018. The Dutch women’s team have been world cup title holders for four of the past five years. More >

Dutchman Anish Giri wins Tata Steel chess

Dutchman Anish Giri has won the 85th edition of the Tata Steel chess tournament for the first time in his career. Giri, who was a child chess prodigy,  takes the title over from world champion Magnus Carlsen, who has won the event eight times. ‘It is an extremely special victory, particularly as it is in my home country,’ Giri said after the event. Giri won the title after beating Romania’s Richard Rapport in the final and 13th round, helped by... More >

Feyenoord top as AZ draw 5-5 with Utrecht

Feyenoord stay on top of the Eredivisie despite being held to a draw in Twente as nearest rivals AZ Alkmaar also shared the points with Utrecht in a 10-goal thriller. The results mean just six points separate Feyenoord from fifth-placed Twente, as Ajax ended a seven-game streak without a win and PSV rebounded from their midweek defeat at Emmen. Feyenoord took the lead in Enschede after 30 minutes when Santiago Gimenez headed in Sebastian Szymanski’s pullback, only for Joshua Brenet... More >