Ruthless Warriors, Les Bleues in Wales, Bardet in the final: the news on a set from Friday April 22

What you may have missed between last night and this morning

  • 1. Football – La Liga: Barça and Sevilla delay the coronation of Real
As in France on Wednesday evening, the leader of the Spanish championship (Real Madrid) could be crowned ahead of Thursday if his pursuers did less well than him on this day. But FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC both won on this 33rd day. The Andalusians of a striker Jules Koundé overcame Levante (3-2), while the Blaugrana ensured a precious success on the lawn of Real Sociedad (1-0) and kept their second place. Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid will have another opportunity to be officially crowned the next day.

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  • 2. Basketball – NBA: Ruthless Golden State, Dallas and Memphis steal an away victory

The Golden State Warriors are approaching a “sweep” against the Nuggets, after a third victory in as many games, including the last on the floor of Denver (118-113). After being surprised on their floor in Game 1, the Grizzlies and the Mavericks corrected the situation on the outside to take the lead in their respective series. Memphis dominated Minnesota on its floor (104-95) and Dallas blew up Utah (126-118), enough to put their series “tied” before game 4. Rudy Gobert unfortunately cashed the dunk of the night for him facing Spencer Dinwiddie.

  • 3. Handball – Coupe de France: PSG in the last four, Vincent Gérard disgusting
In a gala quarter-final against Montpellier, the Parisians left nothing to the Héraultais in a white-hot room. In the wake of an exceptional Vincent Gérard (19/39) and a formidable attack, PSG easily dominated MHB (41-24) in what turned into a demonstration of handball. Nikola Karabatic’s partners therefore climb to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France, inflicting a humiliation on their main rival in France in recent years. They find Toulouse, Chartres and Nantes in the last four of the competition.

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What you will be sure to follow today

  • 1. Cycling – Tour of the Alps: The final explanation promises to be tough!
After the frustration of Thibaut Pinot yesterday on the 4th stage, the Tour of the Alps will give its final verdict this Friday and a tricolor satisfaction could burst. Indeed, Romain Bardet (DSM) is only two seconds behind the leader Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious), while Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) and Mikel Landa are also on the lookout. On this last short stage but strewn with great difficulties, the ground will be perfect for an explanation between leaders and attacks galore. A last step to follow from 2 p.m. on Eurosport!

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  • 2. Rugby – Women’s VI Nations Tournament: France wants to continue its faultless

After three victories in as many matches, the Bleues want to continue their good series during this 4th day against Wales (9 p.m.). With the same perfect record as the English, the French can hope for a decisive “final” against the XV de la Rose on the 5th and final day of this 2022 tournament. Before that, it will be necessary to overcome the Welsh on their ground from this evening.

  • 3. Tennis – The final table is becoming clearer in Barcelona
Start of the round of 16 today at the Barcelona tournament, with several enticing posters during the day. The duel between Carlos Alcaraz and his compatriot Munar will be worth the detour, as will the North American duel between Frances Tiafoe and Félix Auger-Aliassime. Finally, the Dimitrov-Tsitsipas shock will conclude a big day of tennis in Catalonia. On the side of Belgrade, another tournament of the week to follow on Eurosport, Andrey Rublev will try to obtain a place in the semi-final against the Japanese Taro Daniel, the day after his accusations against the ban on Wimbledon involving Russian players at his tournament.

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  • 4. Basketball – EuroLeague: Monaco must correct the situation

Faced with the ogre Olympiakos, seeded number 2 in the EuroLeague play-offs, Monaco must catch up after a failed first match against the Greeks (71-54). Again on the opposing floor, Team Roca must create the feat this Friday (6:00 p.m.), at the risk of seriously complicating the task in this round of 16.

  • 5. Football – Ligue 2: In the shadow of Téfécé, the contenders for the rise clash

Toulouse only plays on Monday, but will be able to know from this evening what result it must obtain to officially validate its rise in Ligue 1 against Niort. Between Auxerre, Ajaccio, Sochaux and Paris FC, the race for 2nd place promises to be very tight and tough, while at the bottom of the table, AS Nancy-Lorraine can ratify its relegation to National this Friday.

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