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Football legend passes – Triathlete changes coach – Golfers stumble on Hainan – Badminton juniors win again

Danish great dies | Danish football is in mourning following the passing of one of its best ever forwards, Carl Aage Præst, at the age of 89. Præst scored 17 in 24 games for Denmark, helping them to a bronze medal at the 1948 Olympics, before his international career was cut short when he turned pro to move abroad – Denmark at the time had a strict amateur-only selection policy. Praest played 232 games for Italian giants Juventus from 1948-1956, scoring 51 goals and picking up two Serie A medals. After retiring he worked for a brewery in Denmark. In a letter to the Danish FA, FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed his “deepest condolences”.

New coach for triathlete | Jimmy Johnsen, the Danish triathlete who finished runner-up at Challenge Copenhagen this year, has joined the Australian team Aeromax in a bid to take his career to the next level ahead of the 2012 Olympics under Aussie coach Grant Giles. He previously trained under the Danish national team’s Michael Kruger.

Golfers disappoint | Denmark’s pairing of Anders Hansen and Thorbjørn Olesen finished 13th in the 28-team World Cup of Golf at the Missions Hills club in Hainan Island, China, which concluded on Sunday with a win for the United States. The Danes shot a first round 65 to start the second day in sixth, but slumped thereafter.

Eleven heaven for ladies | The national ladies football side beat Armenia 11-0 in a Euro 2013 qualifier last week to top their group with maximum points. They have now scored 22 goals in just four games, conceding none. However, they have not yet played the Czech Republic, who are currently second on seven points with a game in hand.

Badminton juniors excel | Denmark has won its fourth junior badminton title in a row following a 3-1 defeat of England in the final. Julie Finne-Ipsen in the ladies singles, men’s doubles pairing Viktor Svendsen and Mads Sørensen, and women’s pair Finne-Ipsen and Isabella Nielsen all won their matches to seal the win.