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Football Association asks UEFA for extension on venue confirmation

25.09.20 ... The governing body of European football, UEFA, gave Estonia until September 24 to confirm the venue for home matches in the European Championships qualifying rounds. The government did not reach a decision on quarantine-free travel for athletes on Thursday however, leading the Estonian Football Association (EJL) to apply for an extension.

Kontaveit and Kanepi could meet in third round of French Open

25.09.20 ... This year's French Open, set to begin on Monday, will see Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 21st) face off against French Caroline Garcia (WTA 45th), who she recently beat in the Italian Open, in the first round.

Video: Flora thorugh in Europa League qualifier on penalties

25.09.20 ... Reigning Estonian football champions Tallinn FC Flora advanced to the final qualifying play-off round of the UEFA Europa League, notching a 4:2 penalty shootout win over Maltese club Floriana after things were goal-less in regular time.

Kristjan Port: Are we interested in finding next doping cases?

24.09.20 ... Sports biologist and board member of the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EADA) Kristjan Port has said in light of Mati Alaver's doping case that while the past can not be changed, in future it must be possible for parents to have the courage to bring their children to play sports.

FC Flora to continue Europa League odyssey Thursday evening

24.09.20 ... Reigning Estonian football champions Tallinn FC Flora will continue their Europa League season on Thursday evening, traveling to Malta to face Floriana. The match will be broadcast live on ETV2.

Sports journalists: Doping penalties in Estonia far too lenient

24.09.20 ... Punishments for sports doping activities in Estonia are ridiculously light, sports journalests Peep Pahv of news portal Delfi, and director of ERR's sports portal Maarja Värv, said Wednesday, following the fall from grace of former national ski coach Mati Alaver.

Penal Code amendment allows blood doping athletes to be tried for fraud

24.09.20 ... The ski doping scandal that enveloped Estonia's national ski team from last year also tested the Penal Code in seeing if sufficient investigation, and punishments for offenses connected to blood doping, would be carried out. A section of the Penal Code does specify doping cases, but can only be used to try distributors or producers. As a result, the code is to be amended.

Judge: Doping abuse a matter of strong public interest

24.09.20 ... Top athlete blood doping cases are a matter of great public interest, said Janek Laidvee, a judge from the third-tier Tallinn administrative court, whose decision led to the disclosure of disgraced ski coach Mati Alaver's criminal file to the public.

Olympic committee president: Alaver guided by more than self-interest

23.09.20 ... Mati Alaver did not participate in the doping scheme only out of self-interest, he also felt proud when Estonians achieved something, President of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) Urmas Sõõrumaa told Vikerraadio's "Uudis+" program.

Ski coach Alaver arranged 2017 mystery package drop at Tallinn Airport

23.09.20 ... A former ski coach and Estonian ski association director has said that, at ski coach Mati Alaver's request, he met a foreign citizen at Tallinn Airport in February 2017, and was handed a package to be forwarded to skier Karel Tammjärv. Alaver is at the center of an international ski doping ring as revealed by recently declassified court materials; Tammjärv was one of three active skiers charged with blood doping activities at the world championships in Austria in 2019.

Two Estonian footballers join major European club youth academies

22.09.20 ... Monday saw two signings of young football players from Estonia, with 17-year old players Maksim Paskotši and Oliver Jürgens signing with Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan respectively.

Football Association wants entry exemption for players from third countries

22.09.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) will apply for a government exemption allowing third country football national teams to enter Estonia for UEFA European Championships qualifying matches without the 14-day coronavirus isolation requirement.

Saints lose to Raiders in historic game in Las Vegas, Hunt gets a tackle

22.09.20 ... Estonian defensive lineman Margus Hunt and his home club New Orleans Saints travelled to Las Vegas for the first ever NFL regular season game there in NFL history after the Oakland Raiders were relocated this season, falling to the home team 24:34.

Video: Nõmme Kalju sets Estonian record for fastest substitution

21.09.20 ... The 21st round of the Estonian Premium League saw the fastest-ever substitution made in Estonian football history, as Lauri Suup (Nõmme Kalju) came off the pitch after 13 seconds of action.

Cagliari draws with Sassuolo in Serie A opener, Klavan suffers injury

21.09.20 ... The Italian Serie A season kicked off on Saturday with Estonian national football team captain Ragnar Klavan's Cagliari Calcio starting the new season with a 1:1 draw against Sassuolo. Klavan was taken off after the first 45 minutes after suffering an injury.

Two Esiliiga football matches postponed due to positive tests

21.09.20 ... Two matches in the Esiliiga, second strongest football league in Estonia, were postponed on Monday due to positive coronavirus tests.

Basketball fans across Estonia set Guinness record for free throws

21.09.20 ... For the 100th anniversary of Estonian basketball, the Estonian Basketball Association organized a nation-wide free throw shooting event on Saturday, aiming to hit 100,000 shots on 71 courts across the country for a Guinness world record.

Ott Tänak takes four points from Rally Turkey

20.09.20 ... Elfyn Evans wins Rally Turkey for Toyota (2:43:02.7), followed by Thierry Neuville (Hyundai; +35.2) and Frenchman Sebastien Loeb (Hyundai; +59.4). Ott Tänak who was left on the side of the road by a steering failure on Saturday takes four points from the final stage.

Tänak out of Rally Turkey Saturday, hopes to rejoin Sunday

19.09.20 ... Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja's luck in WRC Rally Turkey showed no signs of changing for the better Saturday, when an accident took the Hyundai pair out of the race for the rest of the day.

Tänak struggles going into day two of Rally Turkey

19.09.20 ... Day two of WRC Rally Turkey started off badly for reigning champion and recent Rally Estonia victors Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja (Hyundai) after a steering system fault cost the pair valuable time on Friday, the opening day, causing them to pull out. Tänak also expressed his dissatisfaction to race organizers over the amount of dust thrown up by the cars.

WRC Rally Turkey: Tänak looking to repeat his victory from 2018

18.09.20 ... After the World Rally Championship (WRC) season relaunched in Estonia, the series continues with WRC Rally Turkey. The rally started on Friday morning with a shakedown stage and the official start is at 5.08 p.m. Estonian time.

FC Flora advances to next round of UEFA Europa League

18.09.20 ... Reigning Estonian football champs FC Flora have advanced to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday after a 2:1 victory over Icelandic club KR Reykjavik, who were down to 10 men for much of the second half.

Kontaveit out of Italian Open, picks up injury

17.09.20 ... Anett Kontaveit has lost her second round Italian Open encounter in Rome, against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in three sets, 6:4, 5:7, 6:3, in a game which lasted two hours and 45 minutes and saw Kontaveit picking up an injury ahead of next week's French Open.

Estonian sports teams could play home games in other countries

17.09.20 ... The Estonian women's national football team is scheduled to face Russia on September 22 at home, but due to government coronavirus restrictions, the match will instead be played in Jurmala, Latvia. Mihkel Uiboleht of the Estonian Football Association (EJL) said the men's team and Estonian clubs could face a similar fate.

FC Flora's Europa League journey continues at 7.45 p.m. on Thursday

17.09.20 ... Reigning Estonian champion FC Flora will face off against Icelandic club KR Reykjavik at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. Estonian time. The match will be broadcast by ETV2 and ERR's sport portal.

Trial of doctor at center of Estonian ski doping scandal begins

16.09.20 ... The doping doctor at the center of a scandal which enveloped Estonia's national ski team is to go on trial in the German city of Munich Wednesday.

Kontaveit beats Caroline Garcia in straight sets at Rome tournament opener

16.09.20 ... Tennis star Anett Kontaveit defeated Caroline Garcia (France, WTA 45th) in straight sets, 6:3, 7:6 (7:1) in round one of the Rome tennis tournament Tuesday.

Jüri Vips makes Mugello podium, finishes seventh in feature race

15.09.20 ... Estonian Formula 2 driver Jüri Vips (DAMS) finished the race at the Mugello circuit in Italy with his first-ever podium finish, coming in third in the sprint race. His seventh-place finish in the weekend's feature race gave him a total of 16 points for the round in Italy.

Head of EJL on Estonian football: It would be silly to be depressed

14.09.20 ... President of the Estonian Football Association (EJL) Aivar Pohlak spoke of the losing skid of the men's national football team and other problems regarding Estonian football on ETV's sports news show "Sport" on Sunday night.

WTA rankings: Kontaveit maintains position, Kanepi falls out of top 100

14.09.20 ... After reaching the round of 16 in the US Open women's singles tournament, Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit retains her 21th place in the newest WTA world singles rankings.

New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hunt blocks field goal

14.09.20 ... Estonian defensive lineman Margus Hunt and his home club New Orleans Saints started their NFL season with a victory as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home 34:23.

Jüri Vips bounced down to 10th on Mugello F2 grid after infringement

12.09.20 ... Estonian Formula 2 driver Jüri Vips (DAMS) has had a slight shadow cast on his career-best seventh-place qualification spot at the Feature Race, a supporting race for this weekend's Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Italy, after a penalty has pushed him three places down to 10th on the grid.

Tänak: Rally Turkey is hardest of WRC season

11.09.20 ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) season will continue next weekend in Turkey, which reigning world champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai) considers the most difficult round of the season.

Coronavirus-stricken Nõmme Kalju knocked out of Europa League

11.09.20 ... Estonian football club Nõmme Kalju's UEFA Europa League season came to an end in Slovenia, where the side lost four-nil to NŠ Mura. The match had been initially set to take place in Estonia, but after positive COVID-19 tests for both teams, Estonia's Health Board (Terviseamet) canceled that meeting, depriving the team, which is now at the center of its own coronavirus outbreak, of home-field advantage.

Spectator fell ill with COVID-19 while at Rally Estonia

09.09.20 ... A race-goer at last weekend's WRC Rally Estonia has contracted COVID-19, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reports. The event applied stringent coronavirus regulations, including separating spectators into batches and requiring mask-wearing, which the individual followed, but they still fell sick while the race weekend was in progress.

Gallery: Estonian national football team loses 0:1 at home to Georgia

08.09.20 ... The Estonian men's national football team remains winless over their past nine matches, as they suffered a one-nil defeat against Georgia in Tallinn on Saturday, in the restarted UEFA Nations League.

New Orleans Saints 'fire' Margus Hunt, reinstate him, ahead of new season

07.09.20 ... Estonia's sole representative in the National Football League, defensive linesman Margus Hunt, was temporarily "fired" from his new team, the New Orleans Saints, only to be later reinstated. The development happened as teams scramble to get their squads cut down to 53, the maximum permitted, ahead of the new season starting on Sunday.

Kontaveit out of US Open after straight-set loss to Osaka

07.09.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is out of the US open women's singles after losing in straight sets in her round of 16 encounter with former world number one Naomi Osaka of Japan, 6:3, 6:4, the second loss the Estonian has endured to the same opponent in less than a fortnight.

PM: Repeat of WRC event in Estonia will not be stuck behind government

06.09.20 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who attended Rally Estonia on Saturday, said that the government supports future WRC events in Estonia.

Tänak and Järveoja win WRC Rally Estonia

04.09.20 ... Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja have won their home rally and the inaugural full-calendar WRC event in South Estonia. The pair took an early lead Saturday and did not let up through the course of Sunday with a time of 1:59:53.6, despite a strong challenge mounted by Irish driver and fellow Hyundai teammate Craig Breen and his co-driver Paul Nagle, who were 22.2 seconds behind with a time of 2:00:15.8. Veteran driver Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia were third for Toyota (2:00:20.5)

Photos: Thierry Neuville out of Rally Estonia after suspension damage

05.09.20 ... Hyundai started Saturday's WRC Rally Estonia stages well, holding all podium positions until the seventh stage, when Belgian pair Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul were forced to cut their rally short after sustaining significant damage to the suspension of their Hyundai i20.

Gallery: 1,600 athletes start Ironman Tallinn 2020 triathlon

05.09.20 ... Early on Saturday morning, almost 1,600 competitors in the Ironman Tallinn and Ironman Tallinn 70.3 started the 2020 event.

Kontaveit through to US Open round of 16, will face Naomi Osaka

05.09.20 ... Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 21st) reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Open for the second time in her career after defeating Polish player Magda Linette (WTA 37th) in straight sets. Kontaveit will face off against Naomi Osaka (WTA 9th) for the second time in two weeks.

Triathlon to disrupt Tallinn traffic, public transport over weekend

05.09.20 ... Traffic and public transport will be disrupted around Tallinn over the weekend due to two triathlon events - the Ironman Tallinn (September 5) and Škoda Laagri 4:18:4.

Prime Minister: Thanks to all who made Rally Estonia a reality

04.09.20 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has wished all competitors of the inaugural WRC Rally Estonia success and thanked organizers for making the international event become a reality.

Tänak: WRC Rally Estonia won't break any average speed records

04.09.20 ... Estonian rally driver and reigning WRC champ Ott Tänak (Hyundai) says that he does not think this weekend's Rally Estonia, underway from Friday, will end up the fastest WRC race in history to date.

Kaia Kanepi out of US Open in straight sets

04.09.20 ... Kaia Kanepi's US Open tournament comes to a close after losing in straight sets in her round of 64 match against Tunisian player Ons Jabeur (WTA 31st).

WRC Rally Estonia 2020: General competition info and safety measures

03.09.20 ... The first ever World Rally Championship (WRC) event to be held in Estonia will begin on Friday, September 4, with the first stage of the event starting at 7.08 p.m and conclude on Sunday with a final ceremony at 3.30 p.m. ERR News has brought together all the information about the event and the safety measures.

Anett Kontaveit advances to third round of US Open

03.09.20 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit reached the round of 32 in the US Open after defeating Slovenian Kaja Juvan (WTA 113th) in straight sets, 6:4, 6:1.

Kaia Kanepi through to US Open second round

02.09.20 ... Tennis star Kaia Kanepi won her first round US Open clash with off-form Czech player Katerina Siniakova in straight sets, 6:1, 6:2.

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