Sports Round-Up: Latvia Comes Second ({{commentsTotal}})


Estonia won its last game of the U20 Basketball European Championships in Tallinn on Sunday, claiming 19th place in the 20-team competition and dropping to a lower division for next year.

The final was played between Italy and Latvia, with the latter winning 67-60. Lithuania also played well, winning six out of nine matches, before losing to Italy in the quarterfinals.

The southernmost Baltic nation ended the tournament in seventh.


FC Flora, which won the Estonian Football Cup in May, sacked head coach Marko Lelov after a run of bad results.

The news was delivered after Flora lost 2:1 to Sillamäe Kalev and now lies in third place behind Nõmme Kalju and FC Levadia.

Norbert Hurt, the team's sports director, will take over until a new head coach is found.

Aivar Pohlak, Flora's president, said he will look abroad for a new coach, probably from Scandinavia or Holland.


Tour de France ended on Sunday, with Estonian Rein Taaramäe completing the competition but coming 102nd (out of 170), losing to the winner, Christopher Froome, by nearly three hours.

It was the third year Taaramäe took part in the race, placing 36th last year and eleventh in 2011.

Commentators said Taaramäe is suffering from several health issues, including asthma, and should take some time off to gather strength.


Sumo wrestler Kaido Höövelson aka Baruto will not feature in the top division of the sport in Japan at the next tournament, having dropped to a lower league.

Due to a knee injury, Baruto decided not to compete on the last day of the tournament, when he still had a chance of staying in the top division.

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