SPORTS

In Brief

Double loss for local teams in water polo Greek water polo teams failed to register a single point on Saturday in the first round of games for the Euroleague, the top club competition in the continent. Champion Olympiakos suffered a 12-10 loss to Honved in Hungary due to a terrible last period, while a depleted Panionios succumbed to the might of holders Primorac Kotor in Montenegro, going down 10-6. In the LEN Trophy, NE Patras will have a very tough task on its hands in the second leg, as it will have to overturn a 10-5 loss at Kataro in Montenegro on Saturday. Vouliagmeni, on the other hand, has taken an 8-6 lead over Germany’s Spandau after its home win in the round of 16 for Europe’s second-tier tournament. Tsatoumas lucky to avoid operation Long jump star Louis Tsatoumas, who has suffered an injury to his left foot, found out last week during his visit to doctors in Munich that he will not need surgery, which would have put his career at risk. The 27-year-old, who went to Germany last Thursday, returned to Athens on Saturday and will continue his treatment with the aim of being ready for the indoor season, according to statements by his coach. Table tennis Greek table tennis champion Kalinikos Kreanga will be among the eight players to take part in the European Super Cup in St Petersburg, Russia, this week. This third version of the event will be held tomorrow and Wednesday and Kreanga said he will aim at entering the semifinals, although he is not among the favorites. Weightliting Atlas Kallitheas won the national championship in weightlifting yesterday, wresting the title from Iraklis Kavalas in men, during the competition held at Litochoro in Pieria, northern Greece. Atlas maintained its title in the junior men’s category. Spartakos Ioanninon won both the women’s and the junior women’s categories.