Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff conquers the overall World Cup lead at the sprint in Ruhpolding. In baseball, the Red Sox separate from their coach because of an espionage affair. Angelique Kerber gives up injured in Adelaide.
Biathlon, Ruhpolding: Vanessa Hinz gave the German biathletes a top 10 place at the start of the Home World Cup in Ruhpolding. The 27-year-old from Schliersee was flawless when shooting and ended up eighth 1: 03.2 minutes behind the Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff. The world champion took her fifth win of the season and took over the yellow jersey of the World Cup leader from the Italian Dorothea Wierer, who finished third behind the Swede Hanna Öberg. Franziska Preuss (Haag), who returned to the World Cup after her illness, finished in 14th place. Pursuit world champion Denise Herrmann (Oberwiesenthal) had to be satisfied with 19th place after three "tickets" at the shooting range despite the second best time. The chase race takes place on Sunday (12.15 p.m. ZDF / Eurosport).
The pressure for the German winter duel remains high. After Ruhpolding, there will only be one World Cup in Pokljuka with only two individual races before the World Championships in Antholz (February 13-23). For women, only Herrmann, Preuss and Hinz have so far met the World Cup standard in the year one after Laura Dahlmeier's resignation. The men's sprint is on the program in Ruhpolding on Thursday (2.30 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport).
Baseball, Boston Red Sox: The consequences of the espionage scandal in Major League Baseball (MLB) are expanding. The 13-time World Series winner, Boston Red Sox, ended by mutual agreement with manager Alex Cora on Wednesday. The 44-year-old is said to have played a key role in the scandal surrounding the Houston Astros for which he worked in 2017.
The league sees it as proven that Houston has banned signals from enemy catchers using a camera in its championship season. Cora is said to have been instrumental in the fraud. He must expect sanctions from the league.
The MLB had already given Houston severe penalties. The Astros have to pay a fine of five million dollars and lose their first two picks in the MLB drafts 2020 and 2021. The league is currently also investigating allegations that the Red Sox 2018 should also have received signals in a prohibited manner.
Tennis, Australian Open: Because of bad air as a result of the bushfires, the start of Wednesday's qualifying games for the Australian Open in Melbourne has been postponed three hours. The matches only started at 3 a.m.CET (1 p.m. local time), and training sessions had also been suspended. Heavy rain started in Melbourne in the afternoon and caused the game to cease, but fueled hope for clearer air on Thursday.
The air quality in the Australian metropolis had been so bad on Tuesday that citizens had been asked to stay at home. "Keep windows and doors closed, leave your pets inside," the city wrote on Twitter.
Training in Melbourne was also temporarily interrupted on Tuesday and the qualification for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year had started late. The Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic had to give up her match against the Swiss Stephanie Vögele after a cough attack.
Heavy bush fires have killed more than 20 people since the end of September. The organizers have so far ruled out postponing the Australian Open. "We do not expect any delays and we have taken additional measures to ensure that the Australian Open can go as planned," tournament director Craig Tiley said last.
Tennis, Adelaide: Angelique Kerber faces injury concerns five days before the Australian Open begins. The 31-year-old German number one had to give up her second round game at the WTA tournament in Adelaide against the Ukrainian Dajana Jastremska at a score of 3: 6, 0: 2. Kerber had previously been treated by a physiotherapist on the lower back.
The three-time major winner Kerber saw the tournament in Adelaide as the last preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in Melbourne from January 20. The former world number one, who has been working with coach Dieter Kindlmann since this season, has only won a match this year. At the tournament in Brisbane, Kerber had already failed at the start hurdle.
Tennis, doping: A few days before the start of the Australian Open, two positive doping tests in tennis caused a stir. The world association ITF announced on Tuesday that Chilean Nicolas Jarry and Colombian Robert Farah have been temporarily banned due to positive tests. 31-year-old Farah, number one in the double world rankings and winner at Wimbledon and at the US Open last year, gave a positive training test on October 17, 2019, in which the banned substance Boldenone was found. According to ITF information, 24-year-old Jarry gave a doping test in November last year during the Davis Cup final week in Madrid, in which the banned substances stanozolol and ligandrol were found. Jarry had lost in the team competition against the German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber, Chile had dropped out in the group phase. Both players can still appeal the decisions. The Australian Open in Melbourne starts on Monday. The qualification for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year is already underway.
Soccer: International player Tabea Kemme has to end her career at the age of 28 due to persistent injury problems. This announced their club Arsenal on Tuesday. "It was a difficult decision for me," the former player of Bundesliga club 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam was quoted on the homepage of the German Football Association. "Nevertheless, I am also relieved, because now, after almost two years of repeated injuries and intensive rehabilitation, I also have clarity," emphasized the 2016 Olympic gold medalist. The defensive player completed 47 caps for the German women's national team. With the U 17 selection she won the European Championship in 2008, with the U 20 she became world champion in 2010.
After twelve years in Potsdam, in which Kemme won the Champions League and four times the German championship, she moved to the English Women's Super League in 2018 to become the later champions FC Arsenal. In March 2018, severe cartilage damage was diagnosed before moving to London. Kemme played her last national game at the 2018 SheBelieves Cups in the USA.
Alpine skiing, Flachau: The German slalom riders were clearly beaten in the night race of Flachau. In the victory of Slovakian Petra Vlhova, Christina Ackermann came out of the kick after just a few goals on Tuesday and gave up. The best German was Lena Dürr, who was weakened by an infection, in 25th place, Marina Wallner came in 27th. In the fight for the World Cup victory, Vlhova inflicted the second defeat on four occasions of slalom world champion Mikaela Shiffrin. The 24-year-old prevailed against the Swede Anna Swenn Larsson with a lead of 0.10 seconds. Shiffrin was only third (+0.43 seconds).
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