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Rafael Nadal concerned about his left foot, the Miami Heat qualified, big piece on the Giro: the news on a plate

What you may have missed between last night and this morning

1. Tennis – ATP Rome: Nadal, a defeat… and more than that

Rafael Nadal finds neither rhythm nor confidence before Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5). Worse, the state of his left foot worries. The Majorcan first lost in the round of 16 in Rome, this Thursday evening, against Denis Shapovalov (1-6, 7-5, 6-2). Then he explained how the chronic pain he suffers from, on this famous foot, is difficult to manage: “I’m not injured…I live with an injury (…) There will come a time when my head will say stop.

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Shapovalov didn’t give up and Nadal was overtaken by pain

2. Football – Liga: Benzema up to Raúl… just that

323 goals with Real Madrid. This is a hook that makes you dizzy, isn’t it? Karim Benzema joined Raúl in second place in the “White House” scorers’ rankings on Thursday evening, in a wide success at home in La Liga: 6-0 against Levante. Benzema, author of a goal for Madrid already assured of the title, only has Cristiano Ronaldo in his sights. But he has to zoom in to see it: with 450 achievements for the “Merengue”, CR7 has room on KB9.

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3. Basketball – NBA: The Heat finishes the Sixers, Dallas has not said its last word

Miami finished the job on the outside. Jimmy Butler’s Heat (32 points) won in Philadelphia on the night of Thursday to Friday, French time, thus composing their ticket for the Eastern Conference finals. Success 90-99, 4-2 on aggregate, for Erik Spoelstra’s men, the first to qualify at this stage of the competition this season.

Joël Embiid missed a lot for the Sixers (20 points at 7/24, with 12 rebounds) while James Harden was very discreet (11 points, including… none after halftime, 9 assists). In the other game of the evening, Dallas managed to push Phoenix to play a “game seven”: 113-86 victory for the Mavs of a Luka Doncic in sight (33 units, 11 rebounds, 8 assists) and, therefore, 3-3 in the series.

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  • Handball : Montpellier lost big on Thursday. Beaten at home in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League by Kielce, the Montpellier team were three goals down halfway: 28-31 (12-16 at halftime of the match).
  • Soccer : A derby won hands down and Tottenham (5th) came within one point of their neighbor Arsenal (4th). Spurs won 3-0 in a late game on Thursday in the Premier League. The race for the Champions League rages on.
  • Soccer : This is the transfer window rumor for this Thursday and it comes from referenced media: Robert Lewandowski has decided not to extend his contract with Bayern Munich, which runs until 2023. We tell you more here.
  • Rugby : Thursday evening was the last day of the Pro D2 regular season. Here is the balance sheet, with the maintenance of Rouen or the qualification of Bayonne for the semi-finals, without going through the “dam” box.
  • Soccer : FIFA announced overnight from Thursday to Friday the date of the draw for the 2023 World Cup (F), which will be held in Australia and New Zealand. The draw will take place on October 22 in Auckland.

The power of Kielce made the difference: the summary of the defeat of Montpellier

The catch-up video

Who says Thursday, says Tour of Europe on Eurosport. This week, it’s Glenn Ceillier who invites you to travel from England to Germany with Erling Haaland as the red thread, before ending with a visit to the world of sports image rights.

What you will not fail to follow this Friday

1. Cycling – Giro: Medium mountain, big stakes

4510 meters of elevation gain. It is worthy of a high mountain stage. Friday, the seventh day of racing of the 105th Tour of Italy, between Diamante and Potenza, promises to be sporty. This “hilly” stage could smile on the adventurers and will require the vigilance of the candidates for the final victory. Show to follow on our antennas.

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Giro 2022 | 7th step

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2. Tennis – Rome: Djokovic-F2A in the “main event” of the quarterfinals

Let’s go for the “roller coaster” in Italy. The quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Rome are on the program this Friday on Eurosport, from 11 a.m., with Cristian Garin – Alexander Zverev to start. Last poster, in the evening: Novak Djokovic vs Felix Auger Aliassime. In the WTA tournament, there is notably an Iga Swiatek – Bianca Andreescu on the menu.

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Roma | Quarterfinal

11:00-13:00

But also… the first test sessions for the French Grand Prix, in MotoGP, the launch of the Diamond League in athletics, in Doha, where Mondo Duplantis will be scrutinized, and your Friday football meeting on our website: the FC Stream Team, to listen to in the afternoon. Are you more video than podcast? The pictures are here.

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