Sports News Review begins with the report from tennis, and the first tennis player of the world Novak Djokovic, today won the Australian Open, defeating Andy Murray in the finals with 3:0 in sets (6:1, 7:5, 7:6), after 2 hours and 56 minutes of the match. Novak Djokovic thus reached his 11th Grand Slam title and sixth trophy at the Austalian Open to equal the record of the legendary Roy Emerson. On the eternal list of Grand Slam title winners in front of Djokovic are mentioned Roy Emerson with 12 titles, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal with 14 and Roger Federer, who has won 17 Grand Slam trophies in his career. The best player in the world has caught up with Andre Agassi in second place of the eternal list with 46 trophies on hard surfaces.
Today was completed and the European Handball Championship in Poland and the new European champion is the German national team, which has in the final beat Spain with 24:17. This is the second gold medal of Germany at the European Championships, and the first was won in 2004. Before the final encounter was played and the match for the bronze medal between Croatia and Norway, and the bronze medal was won by Croatia which triumphed with 31:24. The Croats won the third bronze medal at the European Championships and it has brought and the direct placement to the World Cup in France next year.
In Krakow was held the draw for the play-off for the placement on the World Cup in France. Play-off matches are scheduled for June, and the couples are: Serbia-Hungary, Sweden-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic-Macedonia, Poland-Netherlands, Russia-Montenegro, Iceland-Portugal, Slovenia-Norway, Belarus-Latvia and Denmark-Austria.
In the Italian Serie A today were played 7 matches of the 22nd round, and following results were achieved: Juventus on away convincingly beat Chievo with 4:0, Bologna on home ground defeated Sampdoria with 3:2, Napoli at home outclassed Empoli with 5:1, home Genoa and Fiorentina played a match without goals, and the goals were not seen and on the matches between Torino and visiting Verona and between Udinese and Lazio. In the evening was played a big city derby between AC Milan and Inter, and in a very interesting match, triumphed the team of AC Milan, who celebrating with 3:0.
Today were played two matches of the 19th round of the German Bundesliga, in which the domestic Wolfsburg and Koln ended the match without a winner, with the result 1:1, while the reigning champion Bayern in front of their fans beat Hoffenheim with 2:0.
Several interesting matches were played within the 22nd round of the Spanish Primera. Sevilla at home beat Levante with 3:1, Gijon has prepared a surprise by beating Valencia away with 1:0, Las Palmas pleased its fans and overcame Celta with 2:1, while Real Madrid humiliated Espanyol with 6:0.
Today was completed 23rd round of the French Ligue 1, and following results were achieved: Caen at home beat Nice with 2:0, Bordeaux in front of their fans was convincing and beat Rennes with 4:0, while PSG on away was better than St. Etienne and triumphed with 2:0.
Today were played the two matches of 1/16 finals of the English FA Cup, and the favorites have fulfilled the expectations – Everton beat Carlisle on away with 3:0, while the local Milton Keynes was convincingly defeated by Chelsea with the result 5:1.
Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the team from Stamford Bridge next summer, because the management decided not to offer him a new contract.
In the night between Saturday and Sunday were played 7 matches in the NBA, and the following results were achieved:
Philadelphia 76ers – Golden State Warriors 105:108
Toronto Raptors – Detroit Pistons 111:107
Indiana Pacers – Denver Nuggets 109:105 (OT)
New Orleans Pelicans – Brooklyn Nets 105:103
Houston Rockets – Washington Wizards 122:123
Memphis Grizzlies – Sacramento Kings 121:117
Cleveland Cavaliers – San Antonio Spurs 117:103