Sports news in brief (Feb 8-14)

HIV treatment: the sooner the better (photo: iStock)
February 15th, 2013 7:00 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Olympic dreams hit iceberg

The Danish men’s and women’s teams have failed to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics ice hockey. The men, who qualified for the final round of qualifying courtesy of being ranked #12 in the world, failed to capitalise on home advantage and a good start last week on Thursday when they defeated Ukraine 2-0. Despite this, they knew they could not afford to lose against Slovenia, a team six places below them in the rankings, but despite a better shot ratio, they lost 1-2 on Friday. So in the end, their 2-3 loss to Belarus on Sunday was a dead rubber. The women, meanwhile, who qualified for the final round thanks to winning two previous qualifying groups, got within one game of the Olympics, but lost 0-5 to Japan – a team eight places above them in the rankings. 

Germany gunning for Danes

Heading into badminton’s European Mixed Team Championships, which started in Russia on Tuesday and concludes on Sunday, the German side were hopeful of upsetting the form book to topple Denmark, which has won the last nine titles and not lost since 1994. “We hope we can beat them!” the current European champ, Marc Zwiebler, told badmintoneurope.com. 

Wieghorst joins Swans

Ahead of his chance to rewrite Swansea City’s history in the League Cup final on February 24, the club’s manager, Michael Laudrup, has recruited another Dane, naming Morten Wieghorst, 41, as assistant manager. Wieghorst, who played for Laudrup at Brøndby, leaves his post as Denmark’s under-21 manager, but will still oversee two more games in March. 

Dismal defeats for Danes

The national football side endured a demoralising 0-3 defeat to FYR Macedonia last week on Wednesday. It was all over inside the first half hour as the Macedonians scored in the 8th, 17th and 24th minutes. It marked a dismal debut for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Meanwhile, a day earlier, the under-19s lost 1-3 away in England. Danny Amankwaa was the only scorer. 

Big splash for tabloid

An Ekstra Bladet story has made waves across a continent still reeling from Europol’s confirmation it is investigating 380 games for match fixing. Liverpool’s 1-0 Champions League defeat of Hungarian side Debrecen was fixed, claims the tabloid, which cites text messages from fixers cursing Steven Gerrard for missing scoring chances against corrupt Debrecen keeper Vukasin Poleksic.

HIV treatment: the sooner the better (photo: iStock)
Danish HIV research could revolutionise treatment internationally
Groundbreaking research by scientists at the University of Copenhagen could...
Danish aid continues to flow to Pakistan despite death penalty (photo: iStock)
Denmark aid continuing to Pakistan despite death penalty return
Denmark continues to give aid geared to the fight against drugs in Pakistan...
Organisers insist, despite the location, that the programs are no holiday (photo: iStock)
Young Danish drug abusers sent on two-year Caribbean ‘cruises’
Since 2010, Frederiksund Municipality has spent almost 8 million kroner on ...
Copenhagen shot past Amsterdam to top its namesake list (photo:  Copenhagenize Design Company)
Copenhagen claims title as world’s most bicycle-friendly city
Copenhagen has surpassed Amsterdam to be named the most bicycle-friendly ci...
Finger-licking good (The Donut Shop Facebook page)
Don’t miss out on this one, yer donut!
Think of round, fried, sweet, glazed, mouthwatering donuts ... and now imag...
The award ceremony took place at PWC's offices in Hellerup (photo: Pwc.dk)
TDC wins accounts prize: Disappointing year but well reported
It may have been a difficult year for TDC, marked by a price war with compe...