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Great Run VII.

Race cars, motorbikes and trucks in the heart of Budapest?

Yes, this is the Great Run, which apart from being a fantastic and spectacular event for the spectators, has the explicit aim of bringing the motorsport closer to the people. This event has become a tradition in the Hungarian capital, allowing fans as close to the race cars, motorbikes, trucks and drivers as could never come true in a closed circuit.

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How to catch the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships

Day 1 of the biggest Table Tennis event of the year starts on 21st of April (Saturday) at the Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary!

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957.

Five individual events, which include men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. In 2019 Budapest will be the host of the event. The world’s best table tennis athletes will compete at Budapest during Easter. This is going to be the fourth time when the Hungarian capital hosts the most important event of the year in this sport. Almost 70 years later after the last rendez-vous the “Pearl of Danube” will be the home of the sport that everyone loves. Table tennis is for everyone. The Organising Committee planned to follow through the dream of the best world championships ever, therefore they will provide side-programs for the families and the exhibitors. The Fun zone and the exhibition stands will be waiting for their visitors, exhibitors and table tennis supporters, at HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center.

A total of 8 tables of LIVE streaming on itTV will satisfy your every table tennis need.

Kicking things off will be the Mixed Doubles action at 8 am GMT with 4 tables coming to you from the main hall and 4 more from the second hall. The action does not stop as qualification continues until the top 128 Men & Women’s Singles and the top 64 pairs in Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Doubles events emerge on 22nd April. TV production will commence at 4 pm GMT on the same day.

Fans can expect the best viewing experience from the 22nd – 28th of April as the 2019 World Championships is broadcasted all over the world. Wondering where to catch it all?

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Barcelona 3 Manchester United 0 (4-0 agg): Messi magic and De Gea howler leave Red Devils humbled

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-0 defeat of Manchester United on Tuesday and a 4-0 aggregate triumph in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

With a 1-0 advantage from the first meeting at Old Trafford, the Catalans took command inside the first 20 minutes thanks to a double from their number 10, the second of which owed plenty to a dreadful mistake from David de Gea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named an attacking line-up featuring Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, but the blow of those first-half goals seemed to drain any hope of repeating the kind of performance they produced to stun Paris Saint-Germain in France in the last 16.

The tie was firmly put to bed by a sublime goal from Philippe Coutinho, who may get the chance to face old club Liverpool in the semi-finals if they see off Porto on Wednesday.

Rashford prodded a shot against the bar in a positive start from United, but they engineered their own downfall within the space of four minutes.

Ashley Young dithered in possession and lost the ball near his own box, allowing Messi to step into space and drill a shot beyond De Gea and into the bottom-left corner.

The United keeper could do little about it, but he endured a calamitous moment 20 minutes in, allowing Messi’s tame right-foot shot to squeeze beneath his body and into the net.

De Gea denied a certain Sergi Roberto goal after Messi left Phil Jones chasing shadows, but he was again helpless as Barca struck a third on the hour mark, Coutinho sending a stunning strike beyond his outstretched right hand.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a magnificent 90th-minute save from substitute Alexis Sanchez, but United were well beaten and must now fight to turn around their recent form after a fifth defeat in seven games in all competitions.

What does it mean? Messi just warming up as United’s season falls apart

The optimism Solskjaer brought back to United appears to have run dry. They started positively but gifted Barca the tie with mistakes, making it eight years now without a semi-final appearance. A return to next year’s competition is no guarantee, either.

As for Barca, they might have looked short of their best at times across the two legs, but Messi looks like a man on a mission this season. With him in such form, a treble is very much on the cards.

Messi the master of ceremonies

The entire game seemed to dance to Messi’s tune. His second goal – his 45th of the season – might have been fortunate, but he deserves all the plaudits that come his way. He appears determined to get his hands on this trophy again.

De Gea is becoming a problem

There is simply no reason a goalkeeper of De Gea’s calibre should have allowed Messi’s second to go in. Solskjaer denied a recent suggestion from Gary Neville that De Gea has perhaps become distracted by ongoing contract talks, but the continued errors in his performances are difficult to ignore.

Key Opta Facts

– Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique.
– United have now been eliminated at the quarter-final stage on seven occasions – more than any other side.
– Messi scored his first Champions League quarter-final goals since April 2013, ending a run of 12 matches and 50 shots without a goal in last-eight matches.
– This was United’s heaviest aggregate defeat (0-4) in a two-legged European tie; their previous heaviest was 2-5 vs Milan in the 1957-58 European Cup semi-final and 1-4 vs Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the 1991-92 Cup Winners’ Cup.
– United have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 1999 – current manager Solskjær featured in all four of those 1999 defeats.
– Messi has scored 45 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season – 10 more than any other player in the top five European leagues.
– Spanish teams have lost just one of their last 24 Champions League knockout matches against English sides (W16 D7 L1), with Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Sevilla in March 2017 the only victory for an English team in that time.

What’s next?

Barca host Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Saturday, while United head to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

 

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Juventus 1 Ajax 2 (2-3 agg): Van de Beek, De Ligt complete incredible comeback

Ajax dumped Juventus out of the Champions League as a stunning 2-1 second-leg victory at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday completed a famous 3-2 quarter-final triumph.

Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt scored either side of half-time to overturn Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener and send the Eredivisie side through to the last four of the competition for the first time since 1997.

The Bianconeri appeared on course to progress after Ronaldo, on target in last week’s 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, nodded them ahead in contentious circumstances.

But Erik ten Hag’s thrilling young side took command thereafter and collected another high-profile scalp having already ended Real Madrid’s reign in the previous round.

Ajax lost Noussair Mazraoui, deputising for suspended left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, to an early ankle injury and fortune further abandoned them in the 28th minute.

Leonardo Bonucci’s arm to the face of a stumbling Joel Veltman went unpunished despite a VAR review, meaning Ronaldo’s thumping header from Miralem Pjanic’s corner was allowed to stand.

The equaliser arrived in quick time, however. Van de Beek cushioned Hakim Ziyech’s shot and, kept onside by Mattia De Sciglio, tucked away the one-on-one opportunity.

Wojciech Szczesny made two excellent saves, first from Ziyech and then Van de Beek, in a one-sided 20 minutes after the interval, yet the goalkeeper could do nothing about De Ligt’s commanding header, the teenage defender soaring above Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani.

David Neres fluffed a golden chance to put the tie beyond doubt and the influential Ziyech had a stunner disallowed for offside as Ajax continued to dominate, with Juve’s late appeals for handball against Daley Blind going unheard as the Serie A champions were sensationally knocked out on home turf.

What does it mean? Ronaldo investment fails to pay European dividends

Juve’s intention was clear when they paid Madrid a €112million fee for Ronaldo – to win the Champions League for the first time in 23 years.

However, the competition’s all-time leading scorer will instead have to wait if he is to lift the trophy for a sixth time in his career.

De Ligt continues to deliver

Such a commanding performance from 19-year-old De Ligt – he made a game-high 10 clearances – has become commonplace despite his tender age. It was fitting that a player seemingly bound for the top of the game scored the winner on such a grand stage.

De Sciglio undermines Juve defence

Ajax’s equaliser – and the confidence that coursed through them for the remainder of the contest – might never have eventuated had right-back De Sciglio, starting ahead of Joao Cancelo, not sauntered away from a corner in the first half.

He sleepily kept scorer Van de Beek onside, laying the platform for the away side to build on the equaliser.

What’s next?

Ajax will meet either Tottenham or Manchester City in the semi-finals, the first leg of which is scheduled for either April 30 or May 1.

They will first look to continue their push for Eredivisie glory – they sit level on points with PSV after 30 games – away at Groningen on Saturday, while Juve have the chance to console themselves by wrapping up the Serie A title when they host Fiorentina on the same day.

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Hertha BSC and Pál Dárdai to end 22-year association

 Hertha BSC head coach Pál Dárdai will leave the club at the end of the season.
 Dárdai, who played for the club from 1997-2011 before becoming a youth team coach, has been in charge of the first team since 2015.

However, he and the club have reached a mutual agreement that a change would benefit all parties.

The news comes off the back of a run that has seen Hertha lose five consecutive Bundesliga games.

“These were very intense and eventful years for me as head coach at Hertha BSC,” Dárdai said in an official statement.

“I am grateful for the opportunity I received here and very proud of what we have achieved together during this time, but the time has come for a change.

“I have always emphasised that I care about what is best for Hertha BSC, because Hertha is and always will be my home.”

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Clippers complete biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to stun Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers produced a record-breaking postseason rally to shock the Golden State Warriors 135-131 and level the Western Conference first-round series.

Los Angeles overturned a 31-point deficit as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA history at Oracle Arena on Monday.

The Clippers – who trailed by 31 points with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter – eclipsed the previous record set by the Los Angeles Lakers, who rallied from 29 points down to top the Seattle Supersonics in 1989.

Los Angeles cut into the deficit and eventually tied the score on a jumper by Lou Williams with a little more than a minute to play in Game 2.

Warriors star Stephen Curry answered with a three-pointer on the next possession before Williams knocked down another jumper and Landry Shamet connected on a clutch three-pointer to put the Clippers ahead by two with 15.9 seconds to play.

Montrezl Harrell followed with a pair of free throws to seal the victory and even the series at 1-1.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers levelled their Eastern Conference series with the Brooklyn Nets thanks to a 145-123 win at home in Game 2.

The 76ers used a 51-point quarter to beat the Nets – which tied the NBA playoff record for most points ever scored in a quarter.

Ben Simmons produced a triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming just the third 76ers player to record multiple triple-doubles in the playoffs.

The 76ers also set a franchise record for points in a postseason game – eclipsing the previous mark of 141 against San Francisco in 1967.

Williams sparks stunning comeback

Williams led the Clippers with 36 points and 11 assists away from home.

Joel Embiid totalled a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia amid his knee problems.

Iguodala headlines Golden State’s woes

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was two-of-six shooting and missed four of his five three-point attempts in his team’s loss. He was a minus-1 for the game.

Ed Davis followed up his double-double showing from Game 1 with two points and one rebound in just six minutes of playing time.

Beverley with the dunk!

Patrick Beverley with the steal leading to a dunk from Danilo Gallinari.

 Jarrett Allen reached up high to catch this pass and finish an emphatic alley-oop slam.
 Magic at Raptors

The Orlando Magic secured an unexpected win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. The Raptors have been one of the favourites to win the Eastern Conference all season, so they will need to respond and play at a much higher level on Tuesday.

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Chinese Grand Prix driver ratings

 

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton struggled throughout the weekend, but when it mattered in qualifying, he produced a strong lap to secure a front row start. With starts being arguably his weakest area, he was on top of it this weekend, and after taking the lead into the first turn, controlled proceeding unchallenged thereon in.

Rating: 9.0

Valtteri Bottas

It was a more on form Bottas this weekend after a poor showing in Bahrain. Taking his seventh pole position, Bottas’ chance of a win slipped away mere metres into the Grand Prix. However, he kept Hamilton in his sights throughout to secure another 1-2 finish for Mercedes.

Rating: 8.0

Sebastian Vettel

After a disastrous outing in Bahrain, Vettel was gunning for the win in Shanghai. However, as Mercedes was simply in a class of its own, a podium finish was probably the best he could have achieved.

Rating: 7.5

Max Verstappen

Verstappen did well to split the Ferraris in the race after heavily outperforming teammate Pierre Gasly in qualifying. He had a go on Sebastian Vettel, but just didn’t have the pace in the car to keep up with the German.

Rating: 8.0

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc ended up getting hit hard by Ferraris strategy call. It seemed he lacked a little pace compared to Vettel throughout the weekend, but still should have finished in at least fourth place.

Rating: 7.0

Pierre Gasly

Heading into the season, Red Bull probably expected Gasly to pick up mostly sixth place positions. That he managed in China but was still a long, long way off Verstappen. Nevertheless, it was an improvement from Australia and Bahrain.

Rating: 6.0

Daniel Ricciardo

It was the race that Ricciardo was hoping for. After two consecutive DNF’s for Renault, picking up the ‘best of the rest spot’ and his first points of the year was exactly what he needed as he continues to acclimatise himself in his new team.

Rating: 8.0

Sergio Perez

Typical Sergio Perez. After missing out on a spot in Q3, the Mexican perfected a one-stop strategy, doing what he does best. Obtaining more points for Racing Point, it was a smooth and successful race for the 29-year-old.

Rating: 9.0

Kimi Raikkonen

Like Bahrain, Raikkonen had a pretty quiet weekend. After ending his streak of Q3 appearances, he too drove a one-stop strategy and picked up more points for Alfa Romeo.

Rating: 8.0

Alexander Albon

Albon was the popular choice for Driver of the Day after the race, as he drove to a solid P10 finish after starting from the pit lane. It was a great race drive, but his wreck in FP3 which put him out of qualifying can’t go unmentioned. It remains to be seen if his Honda power unit can be used again going forward.

Rating: 7.5

Romain Grosjean

Grosjean was unlucky to not be able to set a time in the final stage of qualifying, as Haas came from having no pace in Friday practice to getting both cars in Q3 when it mattered. Even though they did not show the pace that they had at the first race of the season in Australia, it was strategy which was the limiting factor that meant Grosjean couldn’t score any points.

Rating: 7.0

Lance Stroll

Stroll has continued his seven-race streak of being eliminated in Q1 (although four of these were for Williams), and he did not show the same pace that his teammate Perez had in his Racing Point during the race. A late pitstop prevented him from a possible P11 finish, but this would still not have earned the Canadian any points.

Rating: 6.0

Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen had a similar strategy to his teammate Romain Grosjean, a strategy that ultimately didn’t work. However, the Dane did not have the speed of Grosjean in the race.

Rating: 6.0

Carlos Sainz

Sainz suffered yet another blow in what has been a horrible start to the season for the Spaniard, as he lost a lot of time in his first lap collision with Kvyat. He extracted all he could from the car in qualifying, where he was comfortably faster than his teammate Norris, and then had good race pace in his comeback drive.

Rating: 6.5

Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi is had another weekend to forget, where he was unlucky to not be able to complete a timed lap in qualifying. However, he also was quite far off the pace of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen during the race. The Italian also managed to be beaten by Sainz, which should never have happened given the gap between the pair after lap one.

Rating: 5.0

George Russell

Yet again we do not feel that it would be fair to give the Williams’ drivers a rating, as they can only be compared against themselves. It was still a relatively good performance from Russell, who made a two-stop strategy work to beat his teammate Kubica for the third race running.

Rating: N/A

Robert Kubica

Kubica had a much better weekend than the previous two rounds of the season, as he was much closer to his teammate George Russell both in qualifying and the race. He is still suffering from issues with his Williams car that aren’t apparrent on Russell’s FW42.

Rating: N/A
Lando Norris

Norris had his first retirement in Formula 1 at the Chinese Grand Prix, which came after a disappointing qualifying meant he was caught up in the first lap incident with Kvyat and his teammate Sainz. He didn’t have much pace in the race up until his retirement, due to heavy damage to the floor, sustained during the incident.

Rating: 5.0
Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat performed well in qualifying to miss out on a Q3 appearance by only 0.022s, the stewards deemed the Russian to be the cause of the first lap incident with the two McLarens. This meant he was awarded a drive-through penalty, which effectively ruined his race. Toro Rosso later retired the car to reduce the engine and gearbox mileage.

Rating: 6.0

Nico Hulkenberg

After losing out by a small margin in qualifying to Ricciardo, Hulkenberg was unfortunate to have to retire his RS19 after only 15 laps due to yet another MGU-K problem for Renault.

Rating: N/A

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Giro d’Italia to start in Budapest in 2020

The Italian Grand Tour will begin in Hungary for the first time.

The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in Budapest, Hungary – a first, with no other Grand Tour yet to visit the central European country.

This will be the 14th Grande Partenza to take place outside of Italy, with the first three stages of this year’s edition taking place on Hungarian soil.

Budapest follows a progressive international push by RCS Sport. In recent years, it has begun its three-week Italian Grand Tour in Jerusalem, Amsterdam and Belfast. The first ever foreign Giro start was in 1965, when the race began in San Marino.

The 2021 Giro d’Italia is already due to start in Sicily, Italy’s southern island. This year’s Giro, starting May 11 with Egan Bernal leading Team Sky, will begin in Bologna.

France’s Marseille had been in the running to host the 2020 start before the organiser decided on Budapest.

The race should begin on Friday, as other recent Giros have done when beginning abroad. It will allow an extra rest day when returning home to the Bel Paese.

The Giro caravan faces a 550km drive to the nearest city, Trieste in Italy’s far northeast, or alternatively it could take a flight to the very south in the heel of the country. In 2014, the Giro left Dublin for Bari in the south east – a 2700 kilometre journey.

No distance appears too far for the Italian organiser, however, after its 2018 start in Jerusalem. The race flew three hours to Sicily, with the hour’s time difference, to begin the race 48 hours later. Chris Froome went on to win the race overall.

The Giro/Budapest deal could be linked to Hungarian sponsor Kométa. The Italian-owned meat processor has invested millions in Hungary in recent years.

The announcement comes one month after the European Union’s center-right leaning coalition, the European People’s Party, suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, which has led an aggressive anti-European Union campaign and has been accused of eroding judicial independence and press freedoms.

The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in the capital, Budapest, with two more stages in Hungary before transferring to Italy. The Giro d’Italia has had a previous 13 starts outside Italy.

Other foreign starts in the Giro d’Italia:
1965 San Marino (Republic of san Marino)
1966 Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco)
1973 Verviers (Belgium)
1974 Vatican City
1996 Athens (Greece)
1998 Nice (France)
2002 Groningen (the Netherlands)
2006 Seraing (Belgium)
2010 Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
2012 Herning (Denmark)
2014 Belfast (Northern Ireland)
2016 Apeldoorn (the Netherlands)
2018 Jerusalem (Israel)

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Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss

Ben Simmons hit out at the boo-boys after he was the target of the fans’ jeers in the Philadelphia 76ers shock loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

The Sixers fell to a 111-102 defeat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference round one playoff series despite being heavy favourites on home court.

It was a particularly tough evening for Simmons, who had just nine points and seven rebounds, and was loudly jeered after a missing a three-throw in the third quarter.

After the disappointing setback, a frustrated Simmons took aim at the dissenting voices.

“If you are going to boo, then stay on that side,” he said.

“That is how you feel. If you are a Sixers fan and going to boo, stay on that side.”

Team-mate Joel Embiid was reluctant to criticise the fanbase but says he can understand why some players would take exception.

“I love the fans and I never say anything about them. They show us love. It’s understandable. They come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining. They want to watch us win so I understand why they boo,” Embiid said.

“But the fact that it’s after every single miss, when shots aren’t going to fall. Tonight they didn’t fall, but for me, I’m fine. I’ll play through anything.

“But for some guys it’s annoying. It can be annoying. It’s like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it’s kind of like, ‘should I shoot it or should I not because I’m about to get booed?’ I don’t know. Some guys are like that. It’s hard. I think we all got to do a better job.”

Jimmy Butler had no qualms with Simmons’ comments but can understand the fans’ discontent.

“He’s [Simmons] a grown man,” he said. “If that’s the way that he feels, that’s the way that he feels.

“They want to see us win – I want to see us win, too. In the end, I think we just gotta do better.

“I guarantee if we’re winning, they’re not booing, so that’s the way to change it.”

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MLS Review: Vela extends LAFC´s winning run

Los Angeles FC defeated Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday to remain top of the Western Conference in MLS, as DC United took advantage of a slip up from Columbus Crew.

Mark-Anthony Kaye headed home Carlos Vela’s corner in the 32nd minute at Banc of California Stadium to put LAFC ahead against their fellow expansion franchise.

And Vela sealed all three points in second-half stoppage time, receiving a pass from Eduard Atuesta before advancing into the area and firing a low finish past Spencer Richey.

The result leaves LAFC three points clear of second-placed Seattle Sounders, who had Will Bruin’s brace to thank for a 3-2 win over Toronto, Jozy Altidore netting a double in vain for the visitors to CenturyLink Field.

LA Galaxy are a point further back in third after winning their fourth match in succession as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pair of first-half strikes earned a 2-0 victory at home to Philadelphia Union, who had Auston Trusty sent off for committing a second bookable offence with 14 minutes to go.

In the Eastern Conference, DC United came from a goal down to win 3-2 away to Colorado Rapids and go top of the standings.

Columbus Crew dropped to second following a 1-0 loss at Montreal Impact, who are now just two points behind them in third place.

There were five goals inside the first 32 minutes of Minnesota United’s match at home to New York City, who had Ismael Tajouri to thank for rescuing a point in a 3-3 draw and sparing the blushes of Sean Johnson, the goalkeeper having conceded a comical own goal to gift the hosts the advantage.

MLS Cup holders Atlanta United claimed their first league win under Frank de Boer thanks to Ezequiel Barco’s double in a 2-0 victory at New England Revolution.

In other matches, there were 2-1 wins for Real Salt Lake, Dallas and Houston Dynamo against Orlando City, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes respectively.