Monday Sports Notes: Young Dane the unlikely Belgian Cup hero
Scholz Belgian cup hero
Alexander Scholz enjoyed the best moment of his footballing career over the weekend, netting the winner as his club Lokeren beat Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Cup final. The rather unknown 21-year-old former Esbjerg and Vejle player, half headed, half shouldered home the only goal of the game from a corner kick in the 57th minute to book Lokeren’s place in next year’s UEFA Europa League. Scholz’s unusual rise to his status as Belgian cup hero included a stint in the Icelandic football league before moving to Belgium.
Wozzie heating up in Miami
Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the fourth round of the WTA Sony Open in Miami after destroying her US opponent, the 17th seed Sloane Stephens, 6-1, 6-0 in just 55 minutes last night. Stephens committed 37 unforced errors and hit just 12 winners. The 11th seed Dane, who last week fell to number 18 in the world (two below Stephens), will take on another US player, Vavara Lepchenko, in the fourth round.
Dwindling handball hopes
Both Danish teams are teetering on the brink of elimination in the last 16 of the men’s handball Champions League after KIF Kolding København and Aalborg Håndbold both suffered big losses on Sunday night. KIF lost 17-23 to Macedonian side HC Metalurg Skopje away while Aalborg need a miracle to overturn a 22-29 home loss sustained against favourites Barcelona.
Lion blow opportunity
FC Copenhagen wasted a golden opportunity to make up some lost ground in the Superliga over the weekend after drawing Randers at home 1-1. Earlier on leaders FC Midtjylland has lost at home to Nordsjælland 0-1 and second placed Aab Aalborg had gone down 2-3 to SønderjyskE away. The lions remain in third six points behind FCM and four behind Aab.
The boy got game
Vancouver Canucks' Danish rookie Nicklas Jensen has made a scintillating start to his career in the NHL after being called up from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League a couple of weeks ago. The 21-year-old winger from Herning has kept his Canucks in play-off contention thanks to two goals and three assists in eight games.
Axelsen makes a jump
Viktor Axelsen has jumped eight spots to 18 in the international badminton rankings after winning the Swiss Open last week. The 20-year-old talent is just one place behind countryman Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, who dropped two places to 17, while Jan Ø Jørgensen remains Denmark’s top male badminton player in fifth place.