Basketball, NBA: The vaccination requirement for professional athletes in New York City is scheduled to drop on Thursday. Basketball player Kyrie Irving can play at home for the Brookyln Nets on Sunday for the first time this season. As an opponent of vaccination, the 2016 NBA champion has so far dispensed with the corona injection. US media such as The Athletic and ESPN independently report that Mayor Eric Adams will overturn the rule. This could also allow unvaccinated New York Yankees and New York Mets players to play at home in the postponed opening of Major League Baseball (MLB) in April.
The Nets can use Irving well, the eastern team is currently only eighth, direct qualification to the play-off round of 16 is in jeopardy. The 30-year-old, who is currently only allowed to play away from home, has a seasonal average of 27.7 points. Irving was absent from the club’s squad at the start of the season because of his refusal to receive the crown vaccination. The Nets later brought him back as a “part-time employee” and he made his debut in early January. More recently, Brooklyn was fined $50,000 for being in the locker room at their home game against the New York Knicks. As a spectator, he was allowed to sit in the front row (without a mask), but not to play.
Football, Champions League: Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg laid the groundwork for the jump to the semi-finals of the Champions League. In the first leg of the quarter-finals at Arsenal’s home, the two-time premier-class champion only conceded the goal in the 89th minute to make it 1-1 (1-0). Tabea Waßmuth (19) seized Wolfsburg’s first scoring chance with a header at the Emirates Stadium, after which the guests withdrew. Arsenal continued to improve and had several great chances right after the break, but manager Tommy Stroot’s VfL reacted with passion and struggle.
Waßmuth and former Arsenal player Jill Roord hit the post in quick succession (61′). Carlotte Wubben-Moy finally managed to equalize. The second leg will be played on March 31 (6:45 pm/DAZN) at the VW Arena in Wolfsburg, where the VfL men’s team usually plays. On Tuesday, German champions Bayern Munich lost the first leg against Paris St. Germain at Allianz Arena by 1:2. Juventus defeated Olympique Lyon 2-1 (0-1) on Wednesday.
Formula 1, Corona: Sebastian Vettel threatens to miss the second race of the Formula 1 season because of his corona infection. The 34-year-old also failed to test negative for the trip to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, his Aston Martin team said. Therefore, the racing team postponed the decision on whether the four-time world champion will compete in the weekend’s Grand Prix until Friday. If Vettel pulls out, as he did in the season opener in Bahrain, he would again be represented by his compatriot Nico Hulkenberg.
The Rhinelander has already traveled to Jeddah and could be in the car again for Friday’s practice. Vettel had tested positive for the virus the week before and had self-quarantined at his foster home in Switzerland. For the Heppenheim man, it’s the worst possible start to his second season with the British private team. In the new year of racing with heavily changed rules and completely new cars, the former champion wanted to reach the top again after the previous season had been quite worrying.
Bundesliga, beer mug pitch: VfL Bochum demand a replay after the cup-throwing scandal in the Bundesliga match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. VfL lawyer Horst Kletke told the German press agency on Wednesday. First, the “image” reported on the climber’s demand. “The offender bought his drink completely legally and the club was not to blame for the crime. That’s why the game has to be replayed. That’s in paragraph 18, the fourth point of the DFB’s legal and procedural rules,” Kletke said.
There it says: “If a national game is canceled prematurely through no fault of either team, it must be replayed at the same venue.” According to Kletke, Bochum was only to blame if the criminal had smuggled the cup into the football stadium and VfL security had forgotten about him. According to a joint statement from the police and prosecutors on Tuesday, there is a suspect. He is a 38 year old male from Bochum. The game against Gladbach was stopped on Friday night when the score was 2-0 for the visitors in the second half after assistant referee Christian Gittelmann was hit by a glass.
Basketball, NBA: Maximilian Kleber won the German duel with teammate Dennis Schröder. Kleber contributed six points, nine rebounds and two assists to the Dallas Mavericks’ 110-91 victory over the Houston Rockets. Schröder had 11 points (one assist) for the Rockets. Dallas is now in fifth place in the Western Conference with 45 wins and 28 losses and is still on track for the playoffs. Schröder and Houston, bottom of the table in the West, have no chance of reaching the postseason. Daniel Theis scored his fifth straight win with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz 125-97 and are also on their way to the playoffs with fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Theis contributed eleven points, three rebounds and an assist to Boston’s success. Brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner, meanwhile, suffered a loss to the Orlando Magic after two straight wins. Despite Franz Wagner’s 15 points and Moritz Wagner’s 13, Orlando lost 102:118 at the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic are also out of the play-off at the bottom of the table in the East.
Cycling, Colbrelli: Italian professional cyclist Sonny Colbrelli is conscious and doing well under the circumstances after collapsing at the end of the first stage of the Tour de Catalunya. The announcement was made by his Bahrain Victorious team on Tuesday. All tests carried out at the University Hospital of Girona overnight would not have given worrying results. Further investigation revealed that a cardiac arrhythmia led to the collapse, which the team said required defibrillation.
The cause of the cardiac arrhythmia is now being determined. For that, the Italian will have to undergo more tests on Wednesday. Colbrelli, 31, winner of Paris-Roubaix, lost consciousness the Monday after the final in Sant Feliu de Guixols. Colbrelli was taken to hospital in stable condition, but his staff said he had already contacted his family.