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Zahkna and Oja take second place in single mixed relay

26.01.20 ... Estonian biathletes Regina Oja and Rene Zahkna took second place in the single mixed relay at the Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia after a brilliant competition.

Kelly Sildaru wins gold medal at X-Games

26.01.20 ... Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru won a gold medal at the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado on Saturday.

Tänak says Friday's Monte Carlo Rally accident due to high speed

25.01.20 ... Rally driver Ott Tänak said the reason for his crash on Friday, which ended his hopes at the Monte Carlo Rally, was because the car was going too fast.

Anett Kontaveit races past world number eight in Australian Open

25.01.20 ... Anett Kontaveit has pulled off a shock victory against world number eight Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 in the Australian Open in Melbourne, to go through to the fourth round.

Portal: New X Games regulations confusing, says Kelly Sildaru

24.01.20 ... Freestyle ski star Kelly Sildaru says new scoring rules just rolled out ahead of this weekend's X Games in Aspen, Colorado are confusing, and may require a different approach.

Ott Tänak crashes out of season-opening Monte Carlo rally

24.01.20 ... Ott Tänak's 2020 WRC season as defending champion has gotten off to an inauspicious start in Monte Carlo, after crashing out Friday morning.

Tänak third in Monte Carlo after WRC 2020 season opener first day

24.01.20 ... WRC reigning champion Ott Tänak is in third place after Thursday night's testing, on the opening day of the WRC 2020 season at Monte Carlo, ERR's sports portal reports.

Kontaveit through to Australian Open third round

23.01.20 ... Anett Kontaveit has won her Australian Open second round encounter against Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) in Melbourne in three sets, 6:2, 4:6, 6:1, setting herself up with a third round face-off with world number six Belinda Bencic (Switzerland).

Kontaveit cruises through to Australian Open second round

22.01.20 ... Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit won her opening game at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday, in straight sets, 6:0, 6:2, against local player Astra Sharma.

Archer Lisell Jäätma wins France round to go top in world rankings

21.01.20 ... Archer Liisell Jäätma won first place in the women's compound class at the indoor world championship stage held in Nimes, France, making her current overall leader of the women's compound series after five stages, ERR's sports portal reports

Anett Kontaveit Australian Open first round match postponed to Wednesday

21.01.20 ... Anett Kontaveit's first round Australian Open clash has been postponed to Wednesday, due to scheduling issues as a previous game lasted close to four hours.

Cross-country ski marathon postponed to March due to warm winter

21.01.20 ... This weekend's Estoloppet cross country skiing stage has been postponed to March due to the lack of snow, ERR's sports portal reports.

Gallery: Invictus Games preparations begin, 12 Estonian vets to compete

21.01.20 ... A sports camp for wounded veterans of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) was held in Rakvere last week, where preparations for competition in the 2020 Invictus Games also began. A total of 12 veterans of the EDF will be competing in the 2020 Games in The Hague this May.

Kanepi out of Australian Open in round one

20.01.20 ... Kaia Kanepi lost her opening round encounter at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday, to Czech player Barbora Krejcikova. The match went to three sets, with Krejcikova winning 7:6, 2:6, 6:3.

Kanepi faces Czech Republic's Krejcikova in Australian Open first round

19.01.20 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi faces Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the Australian Tennis Open, which starts Monday.

Kelly Sildaru wins gold medal at Youth Winter Olympics

18.01.20 ... Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has won gold in the freeski slopestyle event at the Youth Winter Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, ERR's sports portal reports.

Mati Alaver legal fate in Germany still not known

17.01.20 ... The fate of former national ski coach Mati Alaver, so far as German authorities go, is still unknown. Alaver was convicted by Harju County Court to a one-year suspended prison sentence, with an eighteen-month probation period, in mid-November, for his involvement in blood doping activities with the Estonian national ski team.

Kontaveit to face Astra Sharma in Australian Open first round

16.01.20 ... Tennis player Anett Kontaveit has been drawn against Astra Sharma in the first round of the Australian Open, with Kaia Kanepi meeting a qualifier yet to be announced.

Tartu ski marathon still hanging in balance with a month to go

16.01.20 ... While nearly 3,000 people have registered for this year's Tartu ski marathon's main events, with one month to go and no snow at all on the ground, organizers are concerned, but say it is still too early to fret too much.

Ott Tänak confident about new season as Hyundai unveils car

14.01.20 ... Ott Tänak's new WRC team, Hyundai Motorsport, has unveiled its 2020 car ahead of the season starting at the Monte Carlo Rally later this month.

Women's epee team takes step toward Olympic qualification

13.01.20 ... The Estonian women's epee team reached the final of a world championship fencing stage in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, losing to Italy. The result is a big step towards the Summer Olympics, ERR's sports portal reports.

Kontaveit out of Adelaide tennis tournament in first round

13.01.20 ... Tennis player Anett Kontaveit lost her first round encounter with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Adelaide International tennis tournament in straight sets on Monday. The Estonian, who recently recovered from an illness which cut short last season, had to have attention due to an injury while on court, during the second set.

Kontaveit: Brisbane match tough in coming so close, but I fought well

10.01.20 ... Speaking about her close-fought defeat to world number nine Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) at the Brisbane Brisbane Tennis Open, Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit said that she felt the loss hard, bt was satisfied she had played well.

Kontaveit loses to Kiki Bertens in Brisbane second round clash

09.01.20 ... Anett Kontaveit has lost her second round encounter at the Brisbane Tennis Open in Australia in three sets, 3:6, 6:2, 6:7, in a closely-fought contest with world number nine Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands.

Anett Kontaveit: I feel on the same form as before my sickness

07.01.20 ... Tennis player Anett Kontaveit says she is happy about the way she played in her straight sets victory over Taiwanese player Su-wei Hseih at the Brisbane Tennis Open in Australia on Tuesday, adding that her form doesn't seem to have dipped following the illness which cut short last season and forced her to withdraw from the United States open in early September.

Kontaveit wins singles first round in Brisbane

07.01.20 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit won her first round singles encounter at the Brisbane Tennis Open in Australia on Tuesday, defeating Su-wei Hsieh of Taiwan in straight sets, 6:4, 6:1.

Kontaveit out of Brisbane doubles

07.01.20 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit lost her doubles encounter at the Brisbane Tennis Open in Australia on Monday, in straight sets, 7:6 (8:6), 3:6, 8:10 ERR's sports portal reports.

Gallery: Kelly Sildaru, Magnus Kirt and other sports stars of 2019 winners

06.01.20 ... Winners of the sports stars of 2019 ("Spordiaasta tähed 2019") were announced on Saturday, with the victors picking up their awards at a gala event, ERR's sports portal reports. Votes were decisive in all categories.

Andrus Veerpalu under FIS scrutiny for Estonian championships activities

06.01.20 ... Former olympic and world championship skiing gold medalist Andrus Veerpalu's activities at the recent Estonian cross-country ski championships are being investigated by the international regulatory body, the FIS, ERR's sports portal reports.

Konstantin Vassiljev awarded goal of the year prize

03.01.20 ... Estonian national team footballer Konstantin Vassiljev won the Silver Ball (Hõbepall) award for goal of the season for the sixth time, and was presented his award on Thursday, ERR's sports portal reports.

Jüri Vips third in sports portal's young driver rankings

02.01.20 ... Estonian Formula Three driver Jüri Vips has risen two places on the Formula Scout portal rankings to third.

Ott Tänak: 'I'm happy at Hyundai'

02.01.20 ... WRC drivers' champion Ott Tänak says he is settling in well at Hyundai, following December's test drive session in the French Alps.

Tänak and Järveoja WRC Catalunya win bags sporting moment of the year

31.12.19 ... The Estonian public has voted Ott Tänak's victory at Rally Catalunya, in late October, as sporting moment of the year.

Raido Ränkel and Tuuli Tomingas crowned Estonian biathlon champions

30.12.19 ... Raido Ränkel and Tuuli Tomingas clinched the men's and women's biathlon champion titles respectively at Otepää on Saturday.

ERR News looks back at 2019 in Estonia

30.12.19 ... The last year of the 2010s has almost drawn to a close, and turned out to be as eventful a year in Estonia as it has been elsewhere.

Hunt's Colts lose final game of the 2019 season

30.12.19 ... In a game which almost sums up their entire season, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, which features the league's one and only Estonian player, Defensive Tackle Margus Hunt, lost 38-20 at lowly Jacksonville in the last game of the regular season, after squandering an early lead.

Paper: Veerpalu's trackside actions bothering skiers

30.12.19 ... The Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EAD) is investigating skier and ski coach Andrus Veerpalu's trackside actions at his children's ski competitions and will be submitting its observations to the anti-doping ethics committee for consideration, as according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codex, Veerpalu is prohibited from training his skier children, and behavior suggesting as much is bothering other skiers, writes daily Eesti Päevaleht.

Jüri Vips Spa overtaking move voted best in 2019 Formula Three championship

28.12.19 ... Estonian Formula Three driver Jüri Vips' maneuver at Spa-Francorchamps was selected as the best overtaking move of the season by the FIA Formula 3 Championship's official body, ERR's sports portal reports.

Ragnar Klavan: No regrets about the leaving of Liverpool

27.12.19 ... Estonian footballer of the year Ragnar Klavan appeared on ETV's Christmas charity drive Jõulutunnel on Christmas day, where he said he had no regrets about leaving English premier league team Liverpool.

Hunt's Colts roll over Carolina Panthers

23.12.19 ... The NFL's Indianapolis Colts, which features Estonian Defensive Tackle Margus Hunt, managed a consolation victory in the final home game of the 2019 season at the Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, dominating the lowly Carolina Panthers 38-6.

Ott Tänak third in top British motorsport publication's drivers of 2019

20.12.19 ... Prestigious British motorsport weekly Autosport has placed WRC driver's champion Ott Tänak third in its top 50 drivers for 2019.

Magnus Kirt and Kelly Sildaru voted sportspeople of the year

20.12.19 ... Javelin thrower Magnus Kirt and freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru have been chosen Estonian athletes of 2019 by the country's sports journalists, ERR's online sports portal reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian tennis player Lesia Tsurenko gets Estonian coach

19.12.19 ... Silver Karjus, former coach to Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi, is to coach Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko from the new season, ERR's sports portal reports.

Kaia Kanepi out of Limoges tennis tournament in first round

18.12.19 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi lost in straight sets, 6:2, 6:3 to Jennifer Brady of the United States in the opening round of the Open de Limoges tournament in France, ERR's sports portal reports.

Hunt's Colts lose to Saints, putting playoffs out of reach

17.12.19 ... Margus Hunt's Indianapolis Colts lost their Week 15 encounter at the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on Monday night, the fourth loss in a row, and putting an end to their playoffs hopes for this season.

Jana Teder wins world masters in bikini fitness

12.12.19 ... Estonian Jana Teder came first in the bikini fitness masters category at the International Federation of Body Building & Fitness (IFBB) World Championships in Tarragona, Spain earlier this week, ERR's sports portal reports.

Tallinn sportspeople of the year are Anett Kontaveit and Heiki Nabi

12.12.19 ... Tallinn sportspeople of the year are tennis player Anett Kontaveit and wrestler Heiki Nabi, ERR's sports portal reports.

Austrian criminal investigation into ski coach Mati Alaver terminated

09.12.19 ... A criminal investigation in Austria into former Estonian national ski coach Mati Alaver has been terminated, ERR's sports portal reports.

Margus Hunt's Indianapolis Colts in another narrow defeat

09.12.19 ... A missed Field Goal cost the Indianapolis Colts, the one and only NFL team with an Estonian player, at least a draw on Sunday as the team suffered another narrow defeat at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, putting their playoff hopes further into doubt.

Tänak and Järveoja pick up championship trophies at Louvre ceremony

07.12.19 ... The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's governing body, presented WRC drivers' champion Ott Tänak with his trophy, in a ceremony held at the Louvre, Paris, Friday evening. Tänak, 32, from Saaremaa, who clinched his maiden title with a race to spare at Rally Catalunya in late October, was joined on the stage by co-driver and fellow Estonian Martin Järveoja, who was also presented with his trophy.
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