begins today in Portugal. The hosts are not exepected to win the competition, although home advantage may be enough to take them into the top seven, which will mean immediate qualification for the next Olympic Games. Portugal's first game is against
Portugal's basketball team lost 106-99 at home to Slovenia Wednesday and look certain to miss out on qualification to the 2003 European Championships
to be held in Sweden.
Benfica and FC Porto drew 3-3 Saturday on the eighth day of the Roller Hockey league. The game was played in the pavilion of the Luz stadium.
Portugal Telecom crushed FC Porto 109-67 on the third day of the National Basketball Championship. The hero was American Marcus Norris with 23 points and eight assists.
Portugal lost 2-3 to Greece in their last game at the volleyball World Cup in Argentina, a result that left them in eighth
place. Even so, it was the best result ever in Portuguese men's volleyball.
Portugal were knocked out by Brazil (0-2 on penalties) at the semi-final stage of the Women's
Roller Hockey World Cup, being played in the North of Portugal.
Portugal lost 0-3 for the second time in a row Thursday in the Volleyball World Cup
in Argentina, this time to Italy, second in the world rankings. Scoring went 25-23, 25-19 and 25-17. Portugal are left to play for 7th place.
Portugal's Volleyball World Cup
came to an abrupt end when they lost Wednesday to reigning champions Yugoslavia 0-3
(20-25, 23-25 and 16-25) in the quarter finals. It was a predictable end to a marvellous run, in which the Portuguese beat China, Australia, Spain and Poland. Portugal can still come fifth if they win their remaining games.
Portugal's volleyball team lost 0-3 to Russia Sunday but still go through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, being played in Argentina, where they will meet
Yugoslavia on Wednesday.
The quarter finals beckon for Portugal after they beat Poland 3-1
in the second game of the second phase of the volleyball World Cup in Argentina. Scoring went 25-22, (32-34), 25-20 and 25-22. Portugal play Russia on Sunday.
Rui Silva won Newcastle's
Great North Run (mile) Saturday, beating the Russian Vyacheslav Shabunin in the sprint. In the Women's event, Carla Sacramento was sixth in a race won by the Turkey's Sureyya Ayhan.
Portugal came from two sets down to beat Spain 3-2 Friday in the first game of the second phase of the volleyball World Cup, being played in Argentina. They play Poland on Saturday.
Benfica beat historic rivals FC Porto 91-79 Saturday on the first day of the Portuguese Basketball League.
Benfica crushed eternal rivals FC Porto 12-4
in the final of the SuperTaça António Livramento in Roller Hockey at the Luz Sunday. It was Benfica's fifth SuperTaça title.
Francis Obikwelu won the 200 metres in the
Athletics World Cup in Madrid Saturday, setting a new Portuguese national record in the process. His time of 20.18 seconds was two hundredths of a second better than the second-placed African record-holder
Frankie Frederiks of Namibia.
Portugal Telecom beat Oliveirense 81-73 Saturday to win the basketball Supertaça, the first trophy of the new season.
The 14th Edition of the Estoril Open in tennis will take place next year from 07/04 - 13/04. The tournament has been arranged for a week after the second round of the
Davis Cup, which may dissuade some of the top players from participating. (A Bola On-line)
The Estoril racing circuit will host the 11th Motorcycling Grand Prix
of the season at the weekend. The event needs 1,500 people behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly, and 250 TIR trucks to transport all the equipment. The racing will be covered by over 250 journalists from all round the world.
Two Cuban fencers, Elvis Gregory and Ivan Trebejo, did not return with the Cuban national team after the World Fencing Championships, held recently in Lisbon. Gregory was World
vice-champion in 1998, while Trebejo won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The two men are missing, but the Portuguese authorities cannot launch a search for them because they are for the moment in
the country legally. It is believed that they may seek political asylum. (A Bola On-line)
was the best European when he came third in the 1500 metres at the athletics meeting in Zürich Friday. The Morrocan Hicham el Geurrouj
won the race with the best time of the year for the distance: 3.26,89 minutes.
The World Fencing Championship begins in Lisbon Saturday. 754 fencers will compete in the various classes.
On a thrilling final day of the Volta a Portugal, it was a Dane, Claus Möller, who pipped his teammate, the Catalan Joan Horrach, to the individual
title. Going into the final stage (23.9 kms, time trial, Queluz-Sintra), Möller was 48 seconds behind Horrach, but he bettered him on this final stage by 53 seconds, winning the Volta by five seonds!
Their team, Maia-Milaneza-MSS, scooped most of the prizes: the team trophy, the first three places in the individual competition (Möller, Horrach and the Portuguese Rui Sousa), the green jersey (Angel Edo), the
mountain (Gonçalo Amorim) and six of the thirteen stages. It's the second year running that the team has won the Volta.
Möller said: "The Vuelta de España
is my next objective", while crestfallen Horrach said: "I don't know if I'll ever be that close to winning again."
of Maia Milaneza-MSS won the 12th and penultimate stage (167.9 kms, Elvas-Beja) of the Volta a Portugal Wednesday. Joan Horrach
still holds the yellow jersey. Portuguese cyclist Cândido Barbosa took part in the stage after threatening not to; he had been disqualified in Tuesday's race for an infringement during the sprint. He was placed last in the Peloton, and the stage given to Joan Horrach. Horrach has a 45 and 48 second advantage respectively over Maia Milaneza-MSS teammates
Rui Sousa and Claus Moller.
The final stage on Thursday (a national holiday in Portugal) is a 23.9 km time trial between Queluz and Sintra on the outskirts of Lisbon.
The Bulgarian Daniel Petrov of the Porta da Ravessa team won the 10th stage (161.5 kms, Covilhã-Portalegre) of the Volta a Portugal Monday. The Spaniard Joan Horrach still has the yellow jersey.
Dane Claus Moller of Milaneza-MSS won the ninth stage of the Volta a Portugal
Sunday. The stage (181 kms) ran through the highest point in Portugal, Torre (1,900 metres). The Spaniard Joan Horrach still has the yellow jersey. Milaneza-MSS leads the team table.
Alexis Rodriguez of Spain and Kelme won the eighth stage of the Volta a Portugal Saturday (181.1 kms, Gandara to Castelo Branco). The yellow still belongs to Joan Horrach, of Milaneza-MSS.
Francis Obikwelu won his second silver in two days in the 200 metres
at the European Championship in Munich. His time of 20.21 was a national record. The greek runner Kenteris got the gold with a time of 19.85.
of Kelme won the seventh stage of the Volta a Portugal Friday (182.4 kms, Cantanhede-Alcobaça). Juan Horrach of Spain came in with the pelotón 49 seconds after the winner and maintains the yellow jersey.
Rui Silva won bronze in the 1500 metres in the European Championships in Munich Thursday. Baala of France won the race.
Portuguese cyclist Cândido Barbosa
won the sixth stage of the Volta a Portugal Thursday (206 kms, Mondim de Basto-Cantanhede). Joan Horrach of Spain maintains the yellow jersey.
The (Nigerian) naturalised Portuguese runner Francis Obikwelu won silver in the men's 100 metres at the European Championships in Munich. He set a new Portuguese record
of 10.06 seconds.
Wednesday was a rest day in the Volta a Portugal.
Spain's Juan Horrach is the new yellow jersey in the Volta a Portugal
after winning Tueday's tough fifth stage (160.8 kms, Favaios-Mondim de Basto). Horrach rides for Milaneza MSS, who also go to the top of the team rankings.
Spain's Aitor Osa
of iBanesto won the fourth stage of the Volta a Portugal Monday (166.4 kms, Penafiel-Favaios). Portuguese cyclist Cândido Barbosa rode in with the peloton and so maintains the yellow jersey.
Cândido Barbosa of LA Pecol won Sunday's stage of the Volta a Portugal (169.2 kms,Gaia-Gaia) and so maintains the yellow jersey.
of LA Pecol takes on the yellow jersey after finishing second in Saturday's stage of the Volta a Portugal (171.9 kms, Fafe-Fafe). The stage was won by Angel Edo of Maia Milaneza-MSS.
bowed out of the World Volleyball League Group A with a 1-3 defeat to Poland
in Wroclaw. The League gives qualification for the World Championship in Argentina in September/ October; Brasil and Poland qualified from Portugal's group.
of Spanish team iBanesto won the first stage of the Volta a Portugal Friday. iBanesto is the first leader of the team competition.
Volta a Portugal in cycling begins Friday with an 11.7 km team time trial in Maia, near Oporto. The Volta
ends on August 15th with the 13th stage from Queluz to Sintra, near Lisbon. For detailed day-to-day coverage (in Portuguese), go to