Sports notes | Creditable 12th in volleyball

Denmark bowed out of the European Volleyball Championships after a 0-3 drubbing by Serbia on Tuesday to finish 12th in the 16-team tournament that it was co-hosting. A 3-2 defeat of Belarus, ranked 15 places above them in the world, had given the Danes a sniff of the quarter-finals, but they were no match for the defending champions. But at least they didn’t, as was feared, finish last.

Lasse loses it late on

Lasse Norman Hansen took home the bronze medal in the Under-23 UCI Road World Championships in Italy on Monday. The 21-year-old from Faaborg – who won a gold medal in the omnium at the 2012 Olympics – finished the 43.6km course through Florence 70 seconds behind winner Damian Howson. Hansen led early on, before Howson and silver medallist Yoann Paillot reeled him in.

Winning is standard procedure

Esbjerg continued its sensational run in European football by beating Standard Liege 2-1 away in the Europa League last week. New signing Mushaga Bakenga scored the winner just minutes from time as the Jutland club stunned a Belgian side that has won all seven of its league games this season. The win means Esbjerg sit at the top of Group C alongside Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg. 

Terrific in Pacific

Following a disappointing third-round exit at the US Open, Caroline Wozniacki needed some time off from tennis. But it looks like the three-week break has helped as Wozniacki has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Wozniacki is looking for a strong close to a 2013 season littered with disappointing results. Up next for Woz is Lucie Safarova, the world No. 35.   

A tweet by a twit

It wasn’t the best social media moment for Brøndby’s Lukas Hradecky. The Finnish goalkeeper took to Twitter after his club’s 3-1 win over AGF last weekend with a message for the “haters and idiots” after failing to keep a clean sheet. Hradecky later explained his reasoning on the team’s official website. “It perhaps wasn’t the wisest tweet, but football is emotional, which is why I wrote as I did.”

Camilla comes out of coma

Camilla Pedersen, who had been in a coma since September 3, has woken up according to news reports. The Danish triathlete was seriously injured in a cycling accident in Esbjerg that left her with a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain. Prior to the accident, Pedersen was in the midst of a standout season, having won the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt.