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Sports news and briefs
The sports world was not immune to April Fool’s with sporten.dk running a story that boxer Mikkel Kessler intends to have his troublesome finger amputated. The injury led to the eventual cancellation of Kessler’s planned title shot against Robert Stieglitz. However, the story has a precedent: Norwegian boxer Ole Klemetsen removed a troublesome finger in the 1990s.
After some poor performances in February and March, Caroline Wozniacki will take heart from an improved showing at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where she eventually succumbed to Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, losing 6-4, 2-6, 4-6. But while the result is a welcome rankings boost (in 2011 she bowed out in the last 16), she will be disappointed to lose a match that ended in controversial fashion when the umpire over-ruled a call despite no appeal from Sharapova – a decision that led to Little Miss Sunshine refusing to shake his hand. In earlier rounds, Wozniacki performed well: her 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Serena Williams in the quarters was widely commended as her best of 2012.
Heading into badminton’s biennial European Championship in Sweden on April 16, Danish players are top-seeded to win all five of the categories, four of which they are the defending champs. While Russia lifted the 2010 women’s doubles, Denmark last failed to win the women’s singles and mixed doubles in 2008, the men’s doubles in 1998 and the men’s singles in 1990.
Team Saxo Bank has retained its World Tour licence for 2012 by the narrowest of margins, sports media concur. Flemming Fjeldgaard, the sports editor of Berlingske, called the team’s captain Bjarne Riis a “yo-yo, a cork stopper and a bag of air in the mud”. “Despite the non-stop media pressure, every year he returns with his crooked smile to take on the world,” he added.
Ladies handball team Viborg HK remain in contention in their European Cup Winners Cup semi-final after losing the first leg 29-30 to German outfit HC Leipzig away from home. The return leg is in Denmark on April 9. Meanwhile, KIF Vejen lost the first leg of their EHF Cup semi with Lada 16-21 – the return leg is in Denmark on April 8.