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Two of four Estonian women épée stars through to world championship last 32

18.07.19 ... In what has become something of a four musketeers Estonian lineup in recent years, women's épée competitors Katrina Lehis, Kristina Kuusk, Julia Beljajeva and Irina Embrich have been competing in the individual category at the FIE World Fencing Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Scottish football legends Celtic FC coming to Tallinn

18.07.19 ... Scottish Premiership football club Celtic F.C. plays against Estonian team Nõmme Kalju in Tallinn on Jul. 30 in the second leg Champions League qualifying, ERR's online sports portal reports.

Rally Estonia reaction: Tough, but fun, say Tänak and Märtin

15.07.19 ... Ott Tänak, winner of Sunday's Rally Estonia, and veteran driver Markko Märtin, gave their reactions to Rally Estonia to ERR's online sports portal. Tänak won the race, with Märtin finishing sixth.

Tänak dominates Rally Estonia Saturday stages

14.07.19 ... Estonian driver Ott Tänak has dominated his home rally so far, winning seven out of nine speed tests on Saturday, taking him into the lead as Rally Estonia enters its final day.

Gallery, Video: Welshman Evans tops Rally Estonia qualification, Tänak 4th

13.07.19 ... Rally Estonia takes place over the weekend, in South Estonia. Local hero Ott Tänak put in the fastest test time on Friday morning, though Welsh driver Elfyn Evans in the Ford Fiesta was top qualifier in the afternoon.

Kontaveit out of Wimbledon

06.07.19 ... Anett Kontaveit is out of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships after losing her third round clash to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in straight sets on Friday afternoon. This means the Estonian, seeded 20th, only equalled her record career progress at the grand slam event.

Kanepi out of Wimbledon, Kontaveit out of ladies' doubles

05.07.19 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi is out of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships after losing her second round encounter with Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) in straight sets, 6:3, 6:1 on Thursday evening.

Anett Kontaveit reaches Wimbledon third round

04.07.19 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the third round of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships after defeating Heather Watson (United Kingdom) in straight sets, 7:5, 6:1.

Kaia Kanepi through to Wimbledon second round

02.07.19 ... Kaia Kanepi is through to the second round of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, after beating Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in three sets, 7:5, 5:7, 6:4 on Tuesday, in a very closely fought match, ERR's online Estonian sports news reports.

Anett Kontaveit through to Wimbledon second round

01.07.19 ... Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit launches her 2019 Wimbledon campaign on Monday, beating American Shelby Rogers, ranked 298th in the world, in the first round of the ladies' singles in three sets.

Epp Mäe clinches wrestling bronze at European Games

29.06.19 ... Estonian women's freestyle wrestler Epp Mäe picked up a bronze medal at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus on Friday, after defeating Natalja Vorobieva of Russia 5:3.

Kontaveit through to Eastbourne second round

23.06.19 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the Eastbourne Nature Valley International Tennis Tournament, after beating Harriet Dart of the United Kingdom in three sets, 3:6, 6:4, 6:2.

Women's épée team loses in European quarter finals

22.06.19 ... The Estonian women's épée team lost to Italy in the quarter finals of the European Championship in Düsseldorf, Germany, Saturday, meaning there will be no repeat of the bronze won at last year's competition. They also won't be matching the clean sweep achieved in the individual category last year.

Kristo Galeta sets personal best in shotput

19.06.19 ... Estonian shotputter Kristo Galeta set a personal best in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday.

Mart Poom not currently interested in national side manager role

18.06.19 ... Former Estonian national team goalkeeper Mart Poom has said that he currently has no interest in the manager's job, though says he would like to coach the team again in the future.

Kontaveit out of Birmingham tournament in first round

18.06.19 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit has been knocked out of the Nature Valley Classic tennis tournament in Birmingham, England, by British player Johanna Konta, in straight sets.

Estonian women's fitness competitors bag five medals in Luxembourg

17.06.19 ... Three Estonian women's fitness champs brought home five medals between them, after a competition in Luxembourg over the weekend.

Video: Steering issues in final stage cost Ott Tänak Rally Sardegna win

16.06.19 ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja were on track to win Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday, heading into the final speed test with a significant lead over his competitors, when a problem with the steering wheel in their Toyota Yaris just seconds into the stage cost them more than two minutes, leaving the Estonian team in fifth place overall.

Ott Tänak in second place in WRC table coming into Sardinia rally

14.06.19 ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak is in action at the WRC Rally Italia Sardegna, scene of his maiden victory in the series in 2017. Tänak currently lies in second place in the drivers' table.

Euro qualifiers: Estonia 8-0 loss to Germany could have been worse

12.06.19 ... Estonia's national football team lost 8-0 to Germany at the Opel Stadium in Mainz on Tuesday evening, in its group C qualifying match for the 2020 European Championships. Had Estonian keeper Sergei Lepmets not pulled off some solid saves, the German scoreline could have reached double figures.

Tennis rankings: Kanepi rises, Kontaveit and Zopp fall

10.06.19 ... The latest World Tennis Association (WTA – womens') and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP – mens') rankings have seen Kaia Kanepi rise up the rankings, while top player Anett Kontaveit, and top mens' player Jürgen Zopp, have both fallen, according to ERR's Estonian sports portal.

Kaia Kanepi out of French Open

03.06.19 ... Kaie Kanepi was knocked out of the French Tennis Open at Stade Roland Garros Sunday in three sets, against Croatian player Petra Martić.

Kaia Kanepi through to French Open last 16

31.05.19 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi is through to the last 16 of the French Open, after beating Russian player Veronika Kudermetova in three sets.

Estonian journalist remembers Niki Lauda

22.05.19 ... Sports journalist Are Eller appeared on ERR's Vikerraadio, reminiscing about his personal experience with Austrian triple Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, who died on Monday. One anecdote saw Eller and his Estonian companions, involved in one of the lower formulae, hitching a ride with Lauda in a jet run by his own airline.

Tänak wins inaugural WRC Rally Chile

13.05.19 ... Ott Tänak won the inaugural WRC Rally Chile on Sunday, bringing him up to second place in the driver standings.

Ott Tänak finishes eighth in Argentina

29.04.19 ... Rally driver Ott Tänak finished eighth in the WRC Rally Argentina on Sunday, after an up-and-down race which he had led in the early stages, only to drop out on Saturday with a flat battery.

Anett Kontaveit loses in Stuttgart final

28.04.19 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit lost in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6(2), bringing to an end a run which had seen the world no. 15 rapidly progress through the tournament as opponents dropped out of the preceding two matches.

Kontaveit into Stuttgart final without playing single semi-final point

27.04.19 ... If international tennis were a board game, then Estonian star Anett Kontaveit has landed on a ladder, rather than a snake, catapulting her into the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Ott Tänak leads Rally Argentina going into weekend

26.04.19 ... Rally driver Ott Tänak is currently leading the WRC Xion Rally Argentina, in the Córdoba Sierras – the name of the mountainous venue of the event, not a car – though his Toyota team mate is hot on his heels going into the weekend, ERR Sport reports.

Kontaveit through to Stuttgart quarter finals

25.04.19 ... Tennis star Anett Kontaveit has booked a place in the quarter finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, after defeating Russian player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, according to ERR's sports portal.

Kontaveit through to Stuttgart second round

25.04.19 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, after beating French player Caroline Garcia in straight sets on Wednesday afternoon.

Anett Kontaveit in action in Germany on Wednesday

24.04.19 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit is in action on Wednesday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, where she will meet French player Caroline Garcia in the opening round.

Hundreds participate in Veterans Day charity run in Narva

19.04.19 ... The Blue Hepatica Run, a charity run organised in honour of veterans of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit), was held in Narva for the first time this year, and hundreds of adults and children turned out for the 3.2km event along the Narva River.

Kelly Sildaru takes 6th Junior World Championships gold

14.04.19 ... Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru ended her season with a gold medal at the FIS Freeski and Snowboard Junior World Championships in Klappen, Sweden on Saturday, where she won her career's first gold in Big Air jumps with a score of 175.40 points, the sports portal of daily Postimees reported.

Kelly Sildaru wins fifth world championship gold

09.04.19 ... Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has won a Junior World Championship gold medal for the fifth time, in Kläppen, Sweden, on Tuesday.

Kontaveit surpasses Kanepi as top-ranked Estonian tennis player of all time

01.04.19 ... Top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit, 23, jumped five spots to 14th in the latest WTA rankings, marking a new career as well as overall Estonian best.

Kontaveit through to Miami semi and Estonian major tournament record

27.03.19 ... Anett Kontaveit has reached the semi-finals of the Miami Open, with a three set defeat over Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan, on Wednesday, her furthest progress in a top-level WTA event to date.

Kontaveit through to fourth round in Miami

25.03.19 ... Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit is through to the last 16 of the Miami Open tennis tournament, where she will face Canadian Bianca Andreescu, on Monday.

Paper: Olympic committee considering replacing president

22.03.19 ... Daily Õhtuleht wrote on Friday morning that Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) President Urmas Sõõrumaa might soon be facing attempts to replace him. Part of the committee's executive board decided on Thursday that a meeting with Mr Sõõrumaa is needed to discuss his future, the paper wrote.

Anett Kontaveit reaches new career high in WTA rankings

18.03.19 ... According to the fresh rankings released by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Monday, Estonia's top tennis player Anett Kontaveit, 23, has risen to 19th place, marking a new career high.

Kontaveit out of Indian Wells tournament

13.03.19 ... Anett Kontaveit lost her quarter finals game at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open in the US on Tuesday, to Karolína Plíšková.

Opinion: The ski doping case and ethical choices in sport

13.03.19 ... The principles of ethics in sport are clearly set out in the Estonian Sports Charter, and therefore sportspeople involved in the recent doping scandal cannot plead ignorance of the rights and wrongs of sporting activity, says Joe Noormets, lecturer in sports sociology at Tallinn University (TLÜ).

Kazakh ministry clears skier involved with Veerpalus, Alaver of doping

12.03.19 ... Kazakh skier Alexei Poltoranin has been effectively cleared of blood doping by his country's government. Poltoranin was seized by Austrian police on 27 February at around the same time as two Estonian skiers were detained, all under suspicion of blood doping.

Ski trainer Alaver released after prosecutor office doping probe detention

11.03.19 ... The Prosecutor's Office has opened criminal proceedings to investigate whether three Estonia skiers were swayed into the use of doping, and if so, if this was under the influence of trainer Mati Alaver.

Anett Kontaveit through to Indian Wells third round

10.03.19 ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the third round of the Indian Wells Masters in the US, having defeated Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in straight sets, 6:3, 7:6.

Doping scandal continues: EOK chief calls on Veerpalu to come out of hiding

06.03.19 ... Since the doping scandal implicating a number of Estonian skiers and ski coach Mati Alaver broke last week, skier and Olympic medalist Andrus Veerpalu hasn't been seen in days. President of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) Urmas Sõõrumaa is now calling on Mr Veerpalu to come out and speak, adding that he still has the chance to right his wrongs.

Skier Algo Kärp next to admit to doping

05.03.19 ... Estonian skier Algo Kärp confessed on Monday that he, too, had used blood doping after being given the contacts for German sports doctor Mark Schmidt by ski coach Mati Alaver.

Andreas Veerpalu: I wasn't running away

03.03.19 ... ERR has received a statement from skier Andreas Veerpalu, issued by his mother, Angela, admitting his guilt in doping activities at the world championship in Seefeld, Austria, and apologising for the incident.

Olympic chief disappointed in Alaver, Veerpalu senior

01.03.19 ... President of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) Urmas Sõõrumaa has spoken of his shock and confusion after the ski doping scandal broke in the latter half of the week.

Ski chief on doping mediation: The biggest mistake of my life

01.03.19 ... Ski trainer and head of Estonia's skiing union Mati Alaver has taken full responsibility for facilitating doping supplies for skiier Karel Tammjärv.
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