Sports news in brief (Nov 2-8)

Bendtner brings it: Juve striker Nicklas Bendtner marked his first Serie A start on Sunday with an assist in a 1-0 away win at Calcio Catania. His low effort in the 57th minute was parried into the path of Arturo Vidal, who duly scored. “I’m happy with my display,” Bendtner told Tuttosport. “I missed a decent chance but Vidal scored. Usually I don’t miss easy opportunities.”


World class … kabaddi: Ahead of Denmark competing in its first ever Kabaddi World Cup (December 1-15), the head of the South Asian sport’s Danish governing body, Allan Bo Jakobsen, is confident Denmark can host a future World Cup, providing the main sports bodies help develop and promote the sport. The World Cup will be the sport’s third – India won in 2010 and 11. Italy, Norway and Scotland are also sending teams.


FCK astray away: FC Copenhagen lost their first game of the season on Monday, losing 0-1 away at AC Horsens. The result was Horsens’ first home win of the season and sees them climb to seventh in the Superliga table, ten points below FCK, who lead AaB by three points thanks to eight wins from 14 games. There are six more rounds of the Superliga to be played ahead of the start of the winter break on December 10.


First ride for Kev: Kevin Magnussen, 20, the son of former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen, continues to make progress at McLaren-Mercedes, where he’s part of the Young Driver Programme. The F1 team on Friday confirmed that Magnussen would be one of their three drivers in the ‘Young Driver Test’ in Abu Dhabi from November 6-8 – the Dane’s first ever chance to drive a contemporary F1 car.


Eriksen on shortlist: Christian Eriksen is in contention to win the Premio Golden Boy Award, an annual prize handed out to the continent’s best under-21 player by Italian newspaper Tuttosport. He is one of 39 nominees and will face stiff competition from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) and last year’s winner, Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund). Founded in 2003, its previous winners include Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney.


Saxo status doubt: Danish cycling team Team Saxo-Tinkoff is in danger of not retaining its UCI ProTeam status for next season. An International Cycling Union assessment of the prospective teams’ sporting values ranked it 20th. Only the top 15 are guaranteed one of the 18 places, so the team will now face another assessment. A final decision is expected from the UCI Licence Commission on December 10.