Castres tough, Ferrari and Leclerc grimace, half on "grass": the news on a set of Saturday June 18

Castres tough, Ferrari and Leclerc grimace, half on “grass”: the news on a set of Saturday June 18

What you may have missed between yesterday and today

1. Rugby – Top 14: Castres bends the champion

Castres Olympique won 24 to 18 in this first semi-final, in Nice, against Stade Toulousain. The Castrais therefore find the Stade de France after 2018, and deprive the Toulouse of a third final in a row and the possibility of snatching a third Brennus in a row. At the end of a hell of a fight, completed in the very last minutes in a hot and suffocating atmosphere. The CO will know their opponent in the final tonight, after the other half UBB – Montpellier.

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Top 14 – Benjamin Urdapilleta, opening half of Castres during the semi-final against Toulouse

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2. Formula 1 – Montreal Grand-Prix: Leclerc already penalized 10 places on the grid

The inevitable happened. Charles Leclerc did indeed receive a penalty of 10 places on the starting grid, Friday after the first free practice sessions and after Ferrari decided to install a third electronic control unit on its single-seater, against two allowed. After that, the Scuderia could also introduce a new turbo. Which would push the Monegasque back to the back of the grid.

3. Basketball – French Championship: ASVEL slaps Monaco to equalize

+37! After being dominated on their floor in Match 1, ASVEL reacted in the best possible way in the final of the Betclic Elite against an unrecognizable Roca Team (91-54) and equalized at 1-1 in the series (at best of five games). The Villeurbannais defense stifled Monaco’s attack, crushed by 37 points. The next two matches will be played in the Principality.

4. Football – Transfers: PSG in the process of signing its first recruit

This is information that fell quite late in the evening, but PSG are close to offering the services of FC Porto Vitinha midfielder according to the Portuguese press and Fabrizio Romano. The Ile-de-France club would be willing to pay the amount of its release clause, set at 40 million euros, while an agreement has already been reached with the player.

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Tennis – WTA Birmingham : The Romanian Simona Halep, 20th in the world, easily qualified for the semi-finals of the grass tournament in Birmingham, but will not face the Italian Camila Giorgi (26th) victim of the unstoppable Beatriz Haddad (32nd).
Golf – US Open : The long-awaited return of American Phil Mickelson to competition in the United States after four months of absence was short-lived as the six-time winner of a major tournament failed to pass the cut on Friday at Brookline.

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The catch-up video

The 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse will have been marked by the abandonment of around thirty riders before the race, and by a beautiful finale! See instead:

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This weekend is the Parisian stage of the world high-flying diving circuit Red Bull Cliff Diving, Friday and Saturday in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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What you will be sure to follow today

1. Tennis – ATP Halle and Queen’s: Place for the semi-finals on grass

It’s time for the last squares at the ATP 500 tournaments in Halle and Queen’s, to follow live and in full on Eurosport. Medvedev-Otte and Kyrgios-Hurkacz for the German tournament, while the London turf will see Van De Zandschulp-Berrettini and Krajinovic-Cilic. Sunday’s finals already have something to make you want.

Solid behind, spectacular on the fly: Hurkacz sickened Auger-Aliassime

2. Handball – Champions League: The Final Four starts this weekend on Eurosport

No French clubs, but magnificent posters on the program for the Final Four of the Champions League, also to follow this afternoon on Eurosport. After the first half Vezprem-Kielce, it is another huge shock that will take place in the evening on the side of Cologne in Germany: Barça, defending champion faces the German club of Kiel at 6 p.m. A match not to be missed!

3. Swimming – World Championships: Start of the Worlds this Saturday, Marchand headlining

This Saturday marks the start of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest. On the French side, hopes are placed on the young Léon Marchand, who keeps his feet on the ground despite his great ambitions. The 20-year-old swimmer will compete in the 200m medley, 400m medley and 200m butterfly. What to show his talent on the big stage, and perhaps push a little more the first comparison with the ogre of the discipline Michael Phelps.

Leon Marchand

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Also to follow in the news this Saturday : The European Fencing Championships on Eurosport, the second semi-final of the Top 14, the rest of the transfer window in football, the US Open in golf and the rest of the Tours of Switzerland, Belgium and Slovenia in cycling, all to follow on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.

(With AFP)

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