Sports news in brief (Oct 19-25)

NHL Danes flock to Finland: The ongoing NHL labour dispute has forced the league’s Danish players to ply their trade elsewhere. The New York Islanders’ Frans Nielsen, Philip Larsen of the Dallas Stars and Mikkel Bødker of the Phoenix Coyotes have all choosen to play for Finnish outfit Lukko Rauma, while the four other NHL Danes have also settled in other leagues.

Adios to Under-21 team: Denmark’s under-21 national team failed to qualify for the Under-21 Euros on Tueday after being spanked 1-8 by Spain over two games in the playoffs. After losing 0-5 in Spain last week, Denmark lost 1-3 at home on Tuesday evening in Aalborg, despite an admirable performance. The Danes, however, can console themselves in knowing that they ended Spain’s eight-game streak without conceding.

Futsal gains foothold in DK: On September 22, The Danish Football Association hosted a FIFA futsal seminar aimed at further developing the sport in Denmark. Futsal has been the official indoor football version in Denmark since 2008, but it has proven a difficult task to incorporate the sport in some regions because of the historical perception of indoor football in Denmark – an issue that the seminar addressed.

Andreas wins Czech Harts: Danish golfer Andreas Hartø won his third European Challenge Tour title by finishing top of the leader board at the inaugural D+D Real Czech Challenge Open. Hartø birdied the final four holes for a seven under par final round of 65, finishing three strokes ahead of his nearest challenger and fellow Dane, Joachim B Hansen, in the overall standings.

A Cult following: Denmark will soon have another cycling team, named Cult Energy, after the Danish energy drink. Ambitions for the new project are high and Cult energy drink founder Brian Sørensen boldly predicted that his team will win the Tour de France three years in a row. Cult will announce the details of the venture in a press release at the end of the week.

Saying bye to Lars: When Denmark take on Argentina in early November, handball fans will be able to bid farewell to legend Lars Christiansen. The former Flensburg-Handewitt and KIF star played for over two decades for the national team, winning two gold and three bronze European Championship medals and a silver and a bronze World Cup medal. He also has the records for most games (338) and most goals (1503).