Joins league leaders
Gabriel ‘Iffe’ Lundberg wrote Danish basketball history this weekend wwhen he was signed to the ranks of the Phoenix Suns.
The 1.93-meter-long guard had left Russian giant CSKA Moscow after the outbreak of war in Ukraine and was intercepted by Suns on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has signed a contract for the rest of the current season, according to ESPN.
With 53 wins and 14 losses, Phoenix has the best record in the NBA so far this season.
Nanna writes history
On Sunday, Nanna Koerstz Madsen wrote Danish golf history by becoming the first Dane to win an LPGA tournament. The 27-year-old from Smørum wrote himself into the history books of win Honda LGPA Classic in Thailand after a tense final against China’s Xiyu Lin. A Dane, Emily Kristine Pedersen, finished in a 51st place. No Dane has ever won a tournament at the men’s PGA.
A fine Indian Wells show
Clara Tauson and Holger Rune were both knocked out of the Indian Wells tournament in the last 32 Sunday nights after close defeats against fierce opposition. Tauson fell to world number four Iga Swiatek (7-6, 2-6, 1-6). The Polish sensation reached the Australian Open semi earlier this year. In men, Holger Rune lost 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 to world number six Matteo Berrettini from Italy, who also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. In related news, retired star Caroline Wozniacki has gotten a job as a television expert for American networks covering the Indian Wells and Miami Open.
KMagz is back in F1
Danish motorsport got an unexpected boost at the end of last week, when Formula 1 racing clothes Haas announced it had fired Kevin Magnussen for the upcoming season. Magnussen, who made his F1 debut in 2014 with McLaren, will team up with Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael. The Dane drove for Haas for four years from 2017-2020, before leaving for the IMSA Series in the USA. Haas had a vacancy following the team’s dismissal of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
Christensen close to Barca moves
According to a number of Spanish newspapers, Andreas Christensen is on the verge of agreeing a switch to the Spanish giant Barcelona. The 25-year-old defender’s contract with Chelsea expires this summer and he is considering a five-year contract with Barcelona. If the move comes true, he will join Martin Braithwaite, a Dane, in the Catalan club. Christensen came to Chelsea from Brøndby in 2012, and he has played 155 matches for the Premier League team. He also has 54 international caps for Denmark in his name and scored a memorable goal against Russia during the 2020 European Championships.
Kjærgaard tops Eriksen and Bendtner marks
Maurits Kjærgaard’s goal for RB Salzburg against Bayern Munich last week was nothing more than a small consolation for the Austrian team in a 1-7 match by the Germans. But the goal meant that Kjærgaard is now the youngest Danish goal scorer in the history of the Champions League. Kjærgaard was 18 years, eight months and ten days old at the time of his goal, which surpassed Christian Eriksen’s record of 19 years, eight months and four days and second place Nicklas Bendtner’s 19 years, nine months and seven days. Going back before the Champions League era, Gert Jørgensen is still the youngest Dane to score in Europe. He was 18 years, seven months and ten days old when he scored a goal for Brøndby against Budapesti Honvéd in 1986.
Handball ladies reach the European Championships
Denmark’s handball ladies qualified for the European Championships 2022 in a convincing way after beat Romania at home and out in the qualifiers earlier this month. Denmark had already beaten Austria and the Faroe Islands and is now secured a place in the final tournament despite the fact that there are still two matches left to play. The tournament runs from 4.-20. November later this year and will host Slovenia, Northern Macedonia and Montenegro.
Fan problems ruin the FCK result
In what was a dramatic draw on and off the field, FC Copenhagen secured a 4-4 draw against Dutch PSV Eindhoven in the first match of their UEFA Conference League round of 16. FC Copenhagen led 3-1 at the break and 4-3 in the final minutes before settling for a draw. Unfortunately, the exciting game spilled out onto the street after the final whistle where Dutch police arrested 86 FCK fans. The second match will be played in Copenhagen on March 17. FCK will advance to the next round if Denmark maintains its top 15 place on the European coefficient rankings for next season.
Tour de chaos
If you are planning a trip in Denmark this summer, it may be best to avoid traveling from 1-3. July. The Danish Road Directorate The Danish Road Directorate expects that the three Tour de France stages in Denmark this year will psignificantly affect traffic these days. Roads are expected to be blocked off for 4-12 hours on race days. The first day must be run with timekeeping in Copenhagen, before the race continues to Roskilde-Nyborg on day two and Vejle-Sønderborg on day three.
Vingegaard continues to impress
Cycling talent Jonas Vingegaard has continued his mercury rise in cycling with another solid result: a podium finish in the Tirreno-Adriatico race. Vingegaard finished in second place overall in the seven-stage race thanks to second place on stage four and six. The bad news, however, was that Magnus Cort broke his collarbone in a crash in the race and faces a longer break for running. Last year’s Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar finished at the top of the podium. In other cycling news, Mads Pedersen won the third stage of the prestigious Paris-Nice race.
Source: The Nordic Page