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Sports news in brief (Sep 28-Oct 4)
Can Magee make it three?: Mikkel Kessler will fight Ireland’s Brian Magee for the WBA world interim super-middleweight title at the Jyske Bank BOXEN in Herning on December 8, it has been confirmed by promoter Sauerland Event. It will be Magee’s third fight in Denmark in two years, following previous defeats of Rudy Markussen and Mads Larsen. Tickets will go on sale on October 1.
Ladies advance to finals: The national ladies football side have qualified for Euro 2013 in Sweden. In their final game at home, they only needed to claim a point to top the group, but found their Portuguese opponents in no mood to accommodate them. In the end, it took two goals in the final 25 minutes to secure their qualification for the 12-nation tournament, which will be contested from July 10-28.
Top triathlete calls time: Rasmus Henning, regarded by many as Denmark’s greatest ever triathlete, will retire following the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on October 13. Over the course of his 13-year career, the 36-year-old has won five ITU World Cups, the prestigious Hy-Vee twice and this year’s Abu Dhabi International. However, at the Olympics, he never finished better than seventh (2004).
Woz ends title wait: Caroline Wozniacki has won her first tournament in over a year, claiming the KDB Korea Open with a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi – her first title since the New Haven Open in August 2011. Wozniacki is currently involved in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, a premier event that carries more ranking points, where she has won two matches to advance to the third round.
Just one minute away: The national Aussie rules football side, the Danish Vikings, came within a minute of claiming the European title, the AFL Euro Cup, on Saturday. Leading the Irish Warriors by eleven points heading into the final of the game’s 24 minutes, they conceded two late goals to lose 4.5-5.0, a 29-30 cumulative points defeat. Denmark’s Aksel Bang was player of the tournament.
Riis adds two more: Bjarne Riis has added another two cyclists to his Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for the 2013 season: Australian all-rounder Jay McCarthy, 20, and Swiss climber Oliver Zaugg, 31. McCarthy, who has signed a two-year deal, recently won the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir. The experienced Zaugg, who won last year’s Giro di Lombardia, was described by Riis as “smart” and “loyal”.