Sports notes | Pair of good wing men

Two Danes have made planet.com’s world handball team of the year. Both players – left winger Hans Lindberg and right winger Anders Eggert – play their club handball in Germany. Some 145,000 votes were cast worldwide and then collated with the selections of a panel of journalists. Mikkel Hansen, along with Niklas Landin and Hans Lindberg, would have made the team had the panel’s votes not been counted – at Eggert’s expense.

Kabbadi ladies shine

Denmark is currently competing in both the men’s and the women’s versions of the Kabaddi World Cup, an annual tournament that this year is once again being held in India, the dominant powerhouse of the sport. The men have so far played once, losing 89-9 to Canada, while the women, who finished third last year, top their group after edging Pakistan 45-39. The finals take place on December 14.

A shuddering 79

Morten Orum Madsen, the surprise winner of the South African Open last month, continued where he left off in that country to lead after each of the first two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but was halted in his tracks on Saturday by a 79. Madsen eventually finished 16th equal, 13 shots behind the winner, Charl Schwartzel, and four adrift of compatriot Søren Hansen, who came sixth. 

Curling disappointment

Both the men’s and the women’s team have bowed out of the European Curling Championships in the final stages to finish fourth – just outside the medals. The men had already beaten Scotland twice before losing 6-7 to them in the bronze play-off after finishing the group with a record of seven wins and two losses. The women, with a record of six wins and three losses, were denied by the Swiss. 

Cornelius and Bendtner make EPL comebacks

Andreas Cornelius has confirmed his return to full fitness from an ankle injury with two substitute appearances for Cardiff City against Manchester United and Arsenal. However, the 20-year-old did not feature in Cardiff’s last English Premier League game at Stoke City on Wednesday night. Nevertheless, most pundits concur that the £7.5 million striker will soon force his way into a team sorely missing a targetman. Meanwhile, in other EPL news, Nicklas Bendtner was given a shock start against Hull City on Wednesday night and duly scored after just two minutes. His manager Arsene Wenger told a shocked media that Bendtner has a part to play in Arsenal’s season after all.