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Panathinaikos takes lead in volleyball finals Panathinaikos has taken the lead in the final series of the volleyball league after beating visiting Olympiakos 3-2 in game 1 on Monday at Glyfada. Despite playing without Costas Christofidelis (who is being investigated for a doping offense) and missing skipper Sotiris Pantaleon during the match due to injury, Panathinaikos won 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 16-25, 15-12. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at Olympiakos’s home court at Renti, with Pantaleon likely to miss the rest of the series. Baghdatis into Munich tournament second round Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis had to come from a set down to book his place in the second round of the Munich ATP tournament on Tuesday. The 24-year-old made a slow start to the game with seven double faults in the first set alone, but rallied for an ultimately comfortable 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk. The fifth-seeded Cypriot will play Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli in the second round today. (AFP) Itandje leaves French goalkeeper Charles Itandje will not continue his career at soccer Super League side Kavala next year, as his one-year loan from Liverpool is coming to an end. The Macedonian club decided against entering negotiations on a renewal despite the very good season the experienced keeper had with Kavala, emerging as one of the league’s top goalies. He has already left Greece, according to reports. Swimming The national swimming championship is starting tomorrow and running until Sunday on Corfu, with live television coverage (on ET1) after a number of years. Perennial champion Olympiakos will be present, aiming at its 51st title, as its swimmers who had threatened to abstain due to the money the club owes to them agreed on Tuesday to take part after all.