On Saturday, the young Latvian speed riders won bronze medals in the European Junior Team Championship in Lodz. Content will continue after the ad Advertising After 21 races, the title with 27 points was secured by Poland, but 21 points each for Denmark and Latvia, which fought for a silver medal in the additional race.Latvia was represented in the last race by Oleg Mikhailov, but Denmark entrusted the fight for silver to Mads Hansen. After the first bend, Mikhailov took the lead, who successfully defended his position, but in the third lap Hansen took the lead and held until the finish. Thus, the Danes won silver and the Latvians won bronze.The most productive in the Latvian team with nine points was Mihailovs, who won the main competition in all three races. Richard Ansviesulis and Francis Gust had six points, but Ernests Matjušonoks was left without points.The young Polish speed drivers triumphed in the European Junior Team Championship for the tenth time in history.The Latvian national team left behind countries such as Sweden, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition to these six teams, a team of three different European speed riders also started.It was raining in Lodz in the morning and there were fears that the track would be prepared for the race, but in the second half of the day the weather improved. Next weekend, young Latvian speed riders in Denmark will take part in the final of the world team championship.
Ghana midfielder Andre Dede Ayew is among the five candidates for the 2011 BBC African Footballer.The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Gervinho as well as Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o and Mali’s Seydou Keita also made the shortlist.The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 9 December to vote for their choice.Voting for the award will take place via text and online.The winner will be announced a week later on 16 December on the BBC’s Sport Today programme.Both Manchester City striker Yaya Toure and Arsenal midfielder Gervinho starred for Ivory Coast as they qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations by winning all their matches. Toure scored the winner for Manchester City as they won the FA Cup while Gervinho was instrumental in Lille’s double in France before he moved to Arsenal.Ayew, who is one of Ghana’s key players, helped Marseille to win the French League Cup and Super Cup while Mali’s Seydou Keita was part of Barcelona’s historic Champions League winning team.Eto’o netted 21 goals for Italian side Inter Milan before leaving for Russian Anzhi Makhachkala in August and has scored seven goals in eight matches so far this season.The shortlist was determined by a panel of experts across Africawho took into consideration individual skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency, impact on results and fair play.“This shortlist reinforces the importance of African footballers to Europe’s top clubs. It will be intriguing to see who triumphs in the end,” the BBC’s African Football blogger Piers Edwards said. Last year’s winner Asamoah Gyan narrowly missed out on the shortlist.
Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a campaign which saw them only lose on three occasions in another dominant league campaign.However, in a disappointing European run, Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to reach the later stages of the Champions League losing to Manchester United in the last 16.PSG now have eight French championships since their maiden victory in 1986 although they squandered three earlier chances to secure this season’s trophy by failing to beat Strasbourg, rivals Lille and Nantes in the space of 10 days.Tuchel, in his first year as boss, has complained about not having enough players as the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar, Argentinian Angel di Maria and defender Marquinhos have missed large parts of the season through injuries. The German has had to call on youngsters Colin Dagba, Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku to fill gaps but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has proved his 180 million-euro pricetag ($202 million) with 27 goals in 26 league appearances.The Parisians host Monaco, the only other outfit two lift the trophy since 2013, later on Sunday with Neymar set to return from a foot problem which has kept him sidelined since January.