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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)


Rui Silva 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."



Angel Edo 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.

David Muñoz 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.


Cândido Barbosa 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.

Portugal 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.


Adolfo Garcia of Spanish team iBanesto won the first stage of the Volta a Portugal Friday. iBanesto is the first leader of the team competition.


The 64th 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 infordesporto.


The Volta a Portugal in cycling will not now enter Spain. The 11th stage was meant to be from Portalegre to Badajoz, but the Spanish police have put a block on it.


José Azevedo finished the Tour in sixth place in the overall standings. The position makes him unofficially the second best Portuguese cyclist ever after the legendary Joaquim Agostinho, who got two third places in 1978 and '79. It is widely felt that Azevedo could have done even better if he hadn't had to drop back in some stages to support ONCE teammates. With a fifth place in last year's Giro d'Italia also under his belt, local hopes are that Azevedo, 28, can go on to even greater things. ( A Bola On-line)

Portugal's volleyball team lost 2-3 to Argentina in the second of their Group A World League games. Portugal are out of the competition, but still have to visit Poland.


José Azevedo dropped to sixth place in the overall standings after Saturday's 50 km timed stage of the Tour, from Regnié-Durette to Macon. He finished 3m 36secs behind the fastest on the day, Lance Armstrong. (A Bola On-line)

Portugal are out of the final stage of the World Volleyball League after going down 0-3 to Argentina Saturday. The other game in their group saw Poland beating Brazil, which means that the Group stands like this: Brazil 17 pts, Poland 16, Argentina 12, Portugal 12.


José Azevedo maintained fifth place in the overall standings after Friday's stage of the Tour, from Cluses to Bourg en Bresse. (A Bola On-line)


Portugal's volleyball coach, the Cuban Juan Diaz, was refused entry into Argentina Thursday evening because his visa was out of date. Portugal face Argentina in the fifth round of the World League, Group A. (A Bola On-line )

José Azevedo came in 25th in Thursday's stage of Le Tour (Aime-Cluses) and fell to fifth place in the overall standings. (A Bola On-line)


José Azevedo came in 8th in Wednesday's stage of Le Tour (Les Deux Alpes-La Plagne) and rose to fourth place in the overall standings. (A Bola On-line)


Sporting have decided to disband their Roller Hockey team, which last weekend failed in the play-offs to gain promotion to the First Division. The inability of the section to pay its way is cited as the reason for the fold. (A Bola On-line)

José Azevedo came in 14th in Tuesday's stage of Le Tour (Vaison La-Romaine e Les Deux Alpes) but maintains sixth place in the overall standings. (A Bola On-line)


Cyclist José Azevedo, who came 12th in Sunday's stage of Le Tour, climbed to sixth in the overall rankings, from eighth.


The draw was made Saturday for the 2003 World Cup in Handball, to be staged in Portugal between 20/01 and 02/02 next year. Portugal are in Group B and will play in Viseu in the North of Portugal. The Groups are like this:

GROUP A: Tunisia, Spain, Yugoslávia, Kuwait, Morocco, Poland

GROUP B: Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Quatar, Australia, Greenland

GROUP C: France, Russia, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Argentina

GROUP D: Sweden, Denmark, Algeria, Egypt, Slovenia, Brazil

Carlos Sousa and Vítor Jésus climbed to second behind French rival Schlesser in the four-wheel drive World Cup after they finished second behind the same Schlesser in the Baja España Saturday.


On the day that Lance Armstrong hit the front of the leader board in the Tour de France, Portuguese rider José Azevedo had good news for the Portuguese: he rose to sixth overall.


Portugal beat Argentina 3-1 Saturday in the fifth game of Group A of the World Volleyball League , being held in Lisbon. In the sixth game Sunday, also against Argentina, Portugal won 3-2 and climbed to second in the group, behind Brazil.

Portuguese José Azevedo, riding for Spanish team ONCE, is 8th in the overall standings in the Tour after finishing in the pelotón Sunday.

Naide Gomes beat her own national long-jump record at the Portuguese Championship Sunday with an effort of 6m57.


Portugal are through to the final of the Roller Hockey European Championship in Florence after beating France 4-2 Friday. They will meet Spain, who beat the hosts Italy 7-2, in the final.

Portugal are 0-2 down in their Euro-African Group I Davis Cup match against Belarus, Bernardo Mota and Hélder Lopes both losing their singles matches.

The International Motorcycling Federation has announced that the Portuguese Grand Prix for 125 cc, 250 cc and GP will be held at the Estoril track on September 7th.


Portugal thrashed Germany 8-0 in the Roller-Hockey Euros Thursday. This follows yet another victory Wednesday, 4-2 against the hosts Italy. Portugal go through with ease to the semi-finals with four wins, no defeats, 46 goals for and two against.

Portugal's first qualifier for the Olympic Games in Athens is João Calvet Costa for 50 metre pistol (free). Costa qualified during the World Championship in Finland. (A Bola On-line)

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Portugal continued their good start to the Roller Hockey Euros by beating Holland 12-0 Tuesday. They meet the hosts Italy Wednesday, which will be a different proposition.

Portugal started the Roller Hockey European Championship in Florence on the right foot Monday, beating Austria 22-0. Ricardo Pereira scored seven of the goals.


Portugal Telecom clinched the national basketball league Thursday, beating Oliveirense, 95-94 and winning the play-offs 3-0.


Formula One will be absent from Estoril for at least one more year after the Grand Prix venues for 2003 were announced Wednesday.


Benfica won the Taça de Portugal in roller hockey Sunday when they beat Óquei de Barcelos 6-1.

Meanwhile, Águas Santas beat ABC 27-21 to take the Taça de Portugal in handball.


FC Porto won their 11th handball title Monday when they beat ABC of Braga 27-19 in the third game of the final play-off, played in Varzim.


Sporting clinched both the masculineand feminine national Athletics club titles Sunday.


The State became the full owners of the Autódromo do Estoril Friday when the Grão-Pará group signed over their 49% share in the track to the State bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos, in lieu of debts to the bank of 35 million euros. The State already owned 51% of the track. The way is now clear for negotiations to be taken up again to have the Formula One Grand Prix back at Estoril.

Portugal´s best known motor racing driver, Pedro Lamy, will take part in the 24 hour Le Mans race on June 15/16th. He will be driving for the Playstation-Oreca team

Portugal became World Champions in basquetebol para deficientes Saturday when they beat Poland 93-63 in the final in Funchal, Madeira.

Benfica drew 5-5 with FC Porto in the final game of the Roller Hockey league Saturday. FC Porto had already been crowned this year's Champions.

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