SPORTS

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Heavy sanctions for Reds’ basketball club A sports judge yesterday issued a heavier-than-expected penalty for Olympiakos basketball club, which will have to play the new season’s first nine home games behind closed doors because of the riots that led to the abandonment of the last game of the finals with Panathinaikos in June. While it will also have to pay a fine totaling 111,000 euros, it escaped having any points deducted from the new season. Olympiakos, which had expected a penalty of five to six matches without its fans, is entitled and intends to file an appeal. The Piraeus club will stay at the Peace and Friendship Stadium despite its efforts to secure the Elliniko court instead. The draw for the new league will take place on September 13. Tennis championship winds up this weekend The third National Tennis Championship is set to conclude this weekend at the Filothei Tennis Club in northern Athens. In the semifinals scheduled to take place today, the pairs appear balanced. In the men’s draw, Alexander Jakupovic will face Manolis Glezos and Paris Gemouchidis will go up against Haris Kapoyiannis, while in the women’s, the country’s top seed Anna Gerasimou will play Agni Stefanou and Aphroditi Latinopoulou will compete against Eva Roussi. ET1 will provide live television coverage. The finals are scheduled for tomorrow. Windsurfing hopeful Greek windsurfing champion Byron Kokkalanis is in fifth position in the World RSX Championship taking place in Denmark after the first six races. The competition is close and the Greek’s chances of winning a medal are quite high. Cyprus’s Andreas Kariolou currently lies ninth. Handball cup Doukas and Vrilissia are set to compete for last season’s Greek handball cup in Vyronas next Saturday. The final had been suspended due to riots by AEK and PAOK fans before their semifinal. Cuper deal Aris intends to offer its soccer coach Hector Raul Cuper a new three-year contract, according to reports from Thessaloniki.