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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 May 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 Kyrgios plays down injury concerns Just days before the French Open, Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Nice Open Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn injured from the Nice Open, just days before the French Open. Kyrgios is racing the clock to be fully fit for the claycourt showpiece after retiring from his second-round match at the Nice Open with right elbow soreness. The two-time grand slam quarter-finalist was trailing Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-3 when he called it quits, refusing to take any risks three days out from the start of the year's second major in Paris. Kyrgios played down the injury, posting on social media that it was tough to retire, and describing it as "nothing major" and just a precaution ahead of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. "I've played a lot of tennis recently and need to look after myself ahead of [Roland Garros]," he wrote on Facebook. Thiem goes on to face thirdseeded defending champion Ernests Gulbis , who beat Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets. "I expected a very tough match and I'm really sorry for Nick," Thiem said. "But I have to take it like this and of course I'm happy to be in the quarter-finals." It was a day of mixed fortunes for Australia's French Open hopefuls, James Duckworth cashed in on the withdrawal of top seed Gilles Simon to reach the quarter-finals for just the second time at an ATP event. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Paralympians need your help Ahead of the 2015 Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships in Victoria, the Greek Paralympian team is asking for help The Greek sailing Paralympian team is asking for some assistance in setting themselves up in Victoria before the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships on November 24 to December 3. The event is one of two qualifying events for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition and will be crucial in securing Greece's place in the world event. The highly-experienced team is hoping to secure some accommodation and access to two sonar yachts to help them train and compete while in Australia. Already the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is constricted by the competition and is all out of yachts, which is why the team is hoping any members of the Greek Australian community might be able to come to the rescue. One of the Paralympian's family members in Australia has been trying to garner support for the team, and is taking any offers of assistance, whether it be accommodation or access to loan yachts. People who would like to contribute can contact Thalia Kioussis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Nick Kyrgios says his injury is “nothing serious”. PHOTO: AAP/DAVID VINCENT. Poor shooting costs Olympiakos the Euroleague trophy Real Madrid win ninth championship GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Olympiakos challenged host Real Madrid for the first three quarters of the Euroleague final but eventually succumbed with a 78-59 score to the might of the Spaniards, who clinched their record-extending ninth European crown on Sunday. The fascinating final at the Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid had the lead change hands time and again in a very entertaining game in front of thousands of travelling Greeks as well as the King of Spain. The early Real Madrid lead was answered by Olympiakos, that went on to advance 2115 despite having an anonymous Vassilis Spanoulis on the night. The second quarter saw Real Olympiakos’ Greek Vassilis Spanoulis (C) vies for the ball against K.C Rivers (R) and Sergio Rodriguez of Real Madrid. PHOTO: EPA/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO. strangle the Olympiakos attack, that also had a very poor record in free throws (46 percent), and with a partial 20-7 score it went to the half-time rest with a 35-28 advantage. The hosts' supremacy through fast-breaks and offensive rebounds stretched their lead to 11 points (4029), but the Reds came back again to lead 41-40 through 12 unanswered points, before three consecutive three-pointers by Jaycee Carroll restored the order in the final (49-43). The great defensive work of the Greeks was cancelled out by their poor shooting rates in attack, as Real pulled away during the last period to add insult to injury for the Piraeus club. A disappointing Spanoulis, two days after his heroics in the semifinal against CSKA Moscow, scored just three points in the final with one in five field goals, being reminiscent of his showings in the Greek play-off finals of the last few years, as his marking by a taller and more energetic forward appeared to handcuff the Olympiakos captain. His frustration in the end tussling with Rudy Fernandez was quite telling for the man that Real Madrid had feared most. Olympiakos's Matt Lojeski was the top scorer of the final notching up 17 points, while among the new European champions is Real Madrid's Greek centre Yiannis Bourousis, a former Olympiakos player. The Greek team is looking to borrow two sonar yachts and find some accomodation in Victoria. PAO, PAOK and Aris through GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Panathinaikos, PAOK and Aris have advanced to the semifinals of the Greek league after their home wins this week that saw them all win their series with a 2-1 score. Panathinaikos strolled to a 100-70 home win over Kolossos Rhodes behind closed doors, with young Giorgos Papayiannis getting the opportunity to shine, scoring 14 points. PAOK shook off an early AGO Rethymnou lead to win 75-62 in Thessaloniki, led by JR Bremer, scorer of 19 points. However the blackand-whites are sweating over the injury to Julian Vaughn. Aris eliminated AEK after an eventful game in Thessaloniki. AEK led in the first quarter (24-19) and the match was interrupted due to fan action. Part of the stands was evacuated for safety reasons, but the tide of the game changed as AEK was unrecognisable after the restart. Eventually Aris won 79-68 after leading by as many as 20 points. In the semi-finals Panathinaikos will face PAOK and Aris will meet the winner of the Olympiakos vs Korivos Amaliadas pair. Panathinaikos advances to the Greek league final.
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