Umtiti, Nets series stopped, 86% victory for Djokovic, Manchester City in danger: the plateau of January 5, 2023

What you may have missed between last night and this morning

1. Football – Serie A: Umtiti, victim of racist cries but adored by Lecce

Facing Lazio Rome, Lecce was able to rebel to snatch victory (2-1). She had even more of a taste of revenge for Samuel Umtiti, victim of racist cries which momentarily stopped the meeting. But it was the Frenchman, encouraged by his supporters, who asked to resume the match to finally win it after a magnificent performance in central defense.

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2. Basketball – NBA: The Nets stopped in their tracks

They were on a streak of twelve straight wins but the Nets stop there. Despite a Kevin Durant appointment (44 points), Brooklyn was overthrown by Chicago (121-112). As a result, Brooklyn (3rd) is overtaken by the Bucks (2nd), who came close to corrections at the Raptors, squandering a 21-unit lead, to be pushed into overtime, during which Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 pts, 21 rebounds, 10 assists) was decisive in snatching the victory (104-101).

3. Tennis – Djokovic still quiet against a Blue

After Constant Lestienne, it was Quentin Halys who rubbed shoulders with Novak Djokovic in Adelaide. And guess what? The Djoker did not really hover over this match, being pushed twice in the tie-break by a catchy Halys (7-6, 7-6). Enough to inflate his crazy numbers against the French contingent: in 118 matches, he won 101 times (86% wins). Better: since 2010, only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Benoît Paire and Michaël Llodra have been able to bring down the Djoker for the French camp. Djoko will face Shapovalov in the quarter.

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American Football – NFL : Damar Hamlin, still hospitalized in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest following a shock suffered during an NFL game on Monday, has shown encouraging signs of progress in recent hours. “Damar remains in critical condition, with signs of improvement noted (Tuesday) and tonight. He should stay in intensive care“, tweeted his franchise.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has therefore arrived in Saudi Arabia where he was presented on Tuesday by his new club Al-Nassr. The Portuguese will be a king in the land of the Islamic monarchy. He will, despite everything, have someone to give him instructions. Saudi club coach Rudi Garcia will have to manage the CR7 case. Is he an easy player to manage? What should we expect from their relationship? Response items.

It’s a rumor that gained weight just after Christmas in Catalonia: what if N’Golo Kanté joined Barça free next summer, at the end of his contract with Chelsea? In Wednesday Mercato, to find in full in podcast, Cyril Morin and Glenn Ceillier look into the file.

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It’s Thursday, it’s Great Stories. In our podcast of the day, immerse yourself in the crazy story of Jiro Sato. “Rather die than play the Davis Cup”: this is the title of our episode of the day. And, promised, Gérard Piqué has nothing to do with the case.

Finally, two appointments to note for lovers of white sports on Eurosport. At 2:20 p.m., on Eurosport 2, the biathlon restarts with the women’s sprint in Pokljuka. At 3 p.m., it is the women’s slalom that will have to be watched with Mikaela Shiffrin still hungry for records.

The question: Will City keep up?

Usually, the question applies to his pursuers rather than to himself. But this season, Manchester City has changed its costume: from being hunted, it has become a hunter. Second in the Premier League eight points behind Arsenal, the Citizens must not leave points en route against Chelsea this Thursday (9 p.m.). “We have to close the gap by playing good games and winning. But they will get over 100 points if they maintain that average and we won’t catch them.“, acknowledged, almost fatalistic, Pep Guardiola at a press conference. The Premier League may be at a turning point in its season.

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