Ranomi Kromowidjojo picks up second world championships gold

Dutch swimmer Ramoni Kromowidjojo picked up her second gold medal of the world swimming championships in China on Friday, winning the 50 metres butterfly in 24.47, just outside the world record. On Thursday, Kromowidjojo, took the gold in the 100 metres freestyle. After Friday's victory, the 28-year-old said it had been the perfect race. 'I turned well, it was a good finish and I was closer to the world record,' she said. 'That is always in the back of my mind.' The world record of 24.38 was set by Therese Alshammar in 2009. Today's victory was Kromowidjojo's 14th world title but her first in the butterfly event.   More >

Top three keep up the pace in Eredivisie

Eredivisie logo PSV Eindhoven returned to winning ways in the Eredivisie with a 6-0 thrashing of Excelsior as the top three all notched up comfortable victories. Luuk de Jong scored the first and last goals of the game to take his personal tally to 14, while Excelsior added to their woes with two own goals to add to strikes by Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn. Ajax's week was dominated by speculation about the future of midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked to a €75 million move to Paris Saint Germain at the end of the season. Other clubs rumoured to be in the hunt for the 21-year-old include Barcelona and Manchester City. On the pitch, De Jong underlined his value to the team by scoring the second goal in a 4-1 win at PEC Zwolle that keeps Ajax two points behind PSV. Feyenoord, Utrecht win After cutting their deficit at the top to seven points in midweek, Feyenoord also booked a 4-1 victory over Emmen, which included a debut goal for 17-year-old substitute Orkan Kökcu. It was an eventful match for Steven Berghuis, who scored a goal, missed a penalty, and played a key part in the opening goal when his shot was deflected in off the thigh of Jan-Arie van der Heijden. FC Utrecht are up to fourth following a 3-1 dismantling of close rivals Heracles. A penalty from Simon Gustafson and two thumping strikes by Gyrano Kerk and Urby Emanuelson in the first 20 minutes sealed the points for Dick Advocaat's side. NAC Breda's late 2-1 victory against Vitesse Arnhem lifted them off the bottom of the table, to be replaced by De Graafschap, who drew 0-0 at ADO Den Haag. Groningen lifted themselves out of the bottom three with a scoreless draw at VVV Venlo. Groningen, Zwolle and Emmen all have 14 points, while above them are four teams locked on 16, including Fortuna Sittard and Willem II, who suffered heavy home defeats to AZ Alkmaar and Heerenveen respectively. Results Friday Fortuna Sittard 0-3 AZ Alkmaar PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior Saturday ADO Den Haag 0-0 De Graafschap PEC Zwolle 1-4 Ajax Willem II Tilburg 1-5 Heerenveen Sunday Emmen 1-4 Feyenoord NAC Breda 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem Utrecht 3-1 Heracles Almelo VVV Venlo 0-0 Groningen  More >

Eredivisie title race back on as PSV lose

Eredivisie logo Feyenoord reignited the Eredivisie title race on Sunday as they ended PSV's 13-game winning run with a 2-1 victory in De Kuip. A thunderbolt from Nicolai Jørgensen after 28 minutes and a dipping shot by Sam Larsson five minutes later gave the Rotterdammers a deserved 2-0 lead at half-time. Jørgensen's departure with a hamstring injury just before the break reduced their firepower, but they held PSV at bay even after Steven Bergwijn reduced the arrears with a 72nd-minute goal. PSV manager Mark van Bommel blamed the defeat on his players not keeping to the game plan in the early stages. 'We didn't carry out things we'd agreed beforehand,' he said. 'And just as we were coming back into the game, we went 2-0 down. After that we were never in any danger.' Ajax win PSV's first dropped league points meant Ajax closed the gap at the top to two points thanks to their convincing 5-1 win over ADO Den Haag earlier in the day. Feyenoord could move to within five points of Ajax if they win their game in hand against VVV in Thursday. Beneath the top three, Heracles ended a run of poor results with a 4-1 win over VVV, with Lerin Duarte scoring twice. Dick Advocaat's FC Utrecht came back from 3-0 down at half-time to draw 3-3 at Excelsior on Friday. The veteran manager was called into the referee's dressing-room at half-time after venting his fury that his team had been denied a penalty, but after the break Utrecht were involved in a penalty controversy of their own as Thomas Gustafson equalised from the spot. Referee Richard Martens awarded the kick on the advice of the VAR team, only to admit after the game that Utrecht's Oussama Tannane had not been fouled: 'Unfortunately I have to conclude that it wasn't a penalty because the Excelsior player played the ball before contact was made.' Groningen rise Heerenveen recorded their first home win of the season by beating Fortuna Sittard 3-1, while Vitesse were denied a win at home to Emmen when Bryan Linssen slipped while taking a penalty in the 87th minute. At the bottom of the table, NAC surrendered a 2-1 lead to go down 5-2 in Groningen and are now six points from safety. Groningen pulled three points clear of De Graafschap, who went down 2-0 to PEC Zwolle, while Willem II gave themselves some breathing space with a 2-0 win in Alkmaar. Results Friday Excelsior 3-3 Utrecht Saturday AZ 0-2 Willem II Tilburg De Graafschap 0-2 PEC Zwolle Heerenveen 3-1 Fortuna Sittard Sunday Ajax 5-1 ADO Den Haag Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven Heracles 3-1 VVV Groningen 5-2 NAC Breda  More >

New boost for Formula One plan: Telegraaf

A Dutch Formula One Grand Prix will be included in the provisional 2020 schedule for the motor racing event, the Telegraaf said on Tuesday. The paper says its 'paddock sources' confirm Formula One Management have made the commitment to hold a race in the Netherlands 'on paper'. Zandvoort is in pole position to host the Grand Prix with Assen as back up, the paper said. In order to realise the event in such a short space of time, between €30m and €40m need to be found, including the €20m annual fee to stage the race. Prime minister Mark Rutte has already said that no government money will go to the event. Research published by the town council and track owners a year ago said there are no insurmountable organisational, technical or logistical reasons why Formula One racing could not return to the seaside resort. The last Grand Prix was held at the track, in the heart of the coastal dunes, in 1985 and was won by Niki Lauda. Among the events currently staged on the circuit, which was first built after World War II, is Formula Three racing. DutchNews.nl has asked the Formula One organisation to comment on the paper's claim.  More >