SPORTS


Fourth seed Sakkari admits to stress in opening win over Burel
FRENCH OPEN

Fourth seed Maria Sakkari admitted she suffered a small bout of nerves in her first round 6-2 6-3 win over Clara Burel at the French Open on Sunday but promised to improve so her parents will get to see her in the later stages of the tournament.


Misic buzzer beater ends Olympiakos’ dream
BASKETBALL

A buzzer-beating triple by Vasilije Misic two tenths of a second before the end condemned Olympiakos to a semifinal loss to Anadolu Efes at the Euroleague Final Four in Belgrade on Thursday, ending the Reds’ dream for a fourth European crown.


Aris and Panathinaikos snatch European tickets
SOCCER

Panathinaikos and Aris have sealed their tickets to next season’s Europea Conference League qualifiers, but while the Greens did so easing to an emphatic home win over PAS Giannina, Thessaloniki’s Yellows did it the hard way, producing a rare comeback to beat AEK.

Iraklis went down from the Basket League
BASKETBALL

Iraklis was relegated from the Basket League on Saturday, as it could not beat Panathinaikos, while Peristeri snatched the last play-off spot with its win over Lavrio.



Derby triumphs for Panathinaikos, Aris
SOCCER

Panathinaikos and Aris won the local derbies in Athens and Thessaloniki on Wednesday, showing they wanted victory more than their respective opponents, Olympiakos and PAOK, as they chase European spots.


Group of Ukrainian athletes train in Albania, miss home
SOCIETY

After fleeing from a war zone, a group of young Ukrainian track and field athletes have made their way to safety in Albania. Their minds are still between the two countries. “I miss my mother’s food and grandmother’s advice,” said 17-year-old Maria Lariva, who throws the shot put.


Athens derby stalemate favors Panathinaikos
SOCCER

Panathinaikos edged closer to its return to Europe snatching a goalless draw from AEK on Sunday, and combined with Aris’ home loss to Olympiakos it is the favorite for the third spot.

Promitheas sends Iraklis closer to relegation
BASKETBALL

Barring a huge upset, i.e. a win over champion Panathinaikos, Iraklis is heading down from the Basket League to the A2 division, following its loss at Promitheas in Patra on Saturday.