Monday Sports Notes: Leaders drop points as Superliga spring kicks off

Football fans rejoice as hunt for FC Midtjylland begins

Superliga kicks off

The second half of the Superliga football season kicked off over the weekend with the top four all dropping points. Leaders FC Midtjylland saw their four-point cushion cut to three points after they lost 1-2 in Odense, while Aalborg and FC Copenhagen both failed to capitalise with draws against Brøndby and AGF Aarhus. SønderjyskE thrashed FC Vestsjælland 4-0 on Saturday, while Esbjerg will attempt to jump from the relegation zone against FC Nordsjælland tonight. Looking ahead, FC Copenhagen will take on FC Midtjylland at home at Parken next Sunday in a championship showdown.

KIF claim second place

The men’s handball team, KIF Kolding København, finished second in Group B of the EHF Champion League after beating French outfit Dunkerque 26-24 at home on Sunday. The win over the last-placed Frenchmen means that the Danes will take on a third-placed team from one of the other groups in the last 16 and will play at home in the second leg. Their opponents will be revealed in the draw tomorrow.

Esbjerg to show the (speed)way

The defending Danish champions in speedway, Esbjerg, will take part in the inaugural Speedway Champions League, which pits the champions of Denmark, England, Poland and Sweden against each other. English team Poole, Piraterna of Sweden and Zielona Gora of Poland will take part in the long-awaited face-off, with the Poles hosting the event scheduled for August 31.

Wozzie ousted in Dubai semis

Caroline Wozniacki’s bid to reach her first final of the year was left in tatters after she lost in straight sets to Venus Williams in the semis of the Dubai Championships on Friday. The eighth-seeded Dane fell 3-6, 2-6 to the American, who went on to win the final of a tournament that she also won in 2009 and 2010. Wozniacki has yet to beat Williams, having lost all five matches.

Tinkoff-Saxo gearing up

Alberto Contador finished second overall in the Volta ao Algarve as Team Tinkoff-Saxo look to be hitting their stride in this year’s World Tour bicycle season. The Spaniard, who was disappointing last year, finished just 19 seconds behind the Polish winner Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega-Pharma Quick Step. Elsewhere, Michael Mørkøv finished fifth in the final stage of the Tour of Oman.

Dane wins Olympic award … for Finland

The Danish Olympic team didn’t manage to win any medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but half-Dane Michelle Karvinen was nominated as the best forward in the women’s ice hockey for her performances for Finland. Karvinen, who was born and raised in Rødovre with a Danish mother, finished as the tournament's top scorer with five goals, while adding two assists.