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Cancellation of WRC Belgium makes Tänak's title defense near impossible

30.10.20 ... The organizers of the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), Ypres Rally Belgium, announced on Friday that the event will be canceled due to surging Covid-19 figures across the country.

Estonian gymnasts participate in nine-team virtual contest

30.10.20 ... On Thursday, Estonian gymansts participated in an international virtual competition with gymnasts from nine countries, including top-flight competitors from Russia.

Kanepi through to finals in ITF Istanbul in straight sets

30.10.20 ... Kaia Kanepi (WTA 105th) continues her good form in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) series, reaching the finals in Istanbul after a straight set victory over Romanian player Jaqueline Adina Cristian (WTA 169th).

Karl Jakob Hein a substitute for Arsenal's Europa League triumph

30.10.20 ... 18-year old Karl Jakob Hein, a goalkeeper for the Estonian men's national football team, was among the substitutes for home club Arsenal's 3:0 victory against Dundalk in the UEFA Europa League.

Klavan and Tunjov's teams progress in Italian domestic football trophy

29.10.20 ... Estonian football national team captain Ragnar Klavan's home club Cagliari Calcio passed to the next round of the Italian domestic football cup, the Coppa Italia, after defeating Cremonese 1:0 in the third round. Estonian player Georgi Tunjov's club, SPAL, is also through.

Kanepi through to ITF Istanbul quarterfinals after straight set victory

29.10.20 ... Veteran Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi (WTA 105th) captured a win in two sets in the second round of the ITF tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey, and is through to the quarterfinals.

Kanepi through to round two of ITF Istanbul tournament

27.10.20 ... Veteran tennis star Kaia Kanepi is through to round two of the ITF tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, after defeating Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain in straight sets, 6:1, 6:3.

Anett Kontaveit to finish season at WTA tournament in Linz

27.10.20 ... Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) is set to finish her 2020 season at a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Linz, Austria, in November. Kaia Kanepi (WTA 105th) will continue her season on Tuesday in Istanbul.

19-year-old Ott Eric Ottender looking to make it in American football

27.10.20 ... Perhaps the most hopeful Estonian American football player, aside from NFL defensive lineman Margus Hunt, is 19-year old Ott Eric Ottender, who currently plays for the Tallinn Kings but is looking to make it in the United States college football ranks in the coming years.

Klavan and Cagliari grab second consecutive victory, defeat Crotone

26.10.20 ... Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan's home club, Serie A's Cagliari Calcio took their second consecutive victory Sunday, winning an away match against Crotone 4:2.

Tanel Kangert comes in 32nd at Giro d'Italia

26.10.20 ... The annual Giro d'Italia top cycle race concluded on Sunday with British cyclist Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) winning after 21 stages. Estonian racer Tanel Kangert (EF Pro Cycling) finished 32nd, after a 64th-place finish at the last stage.

Hunt's first game with Bengals ends in a heartbreaking loss

26.10.20 ... Estonian defensive lineman Margus Hunt's first game with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals this season ended in a tough loss as divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns marched down the field for a game-winning drive with 11 seconds left on the clock, giving Cincinnati a 34:37 loss.

Women's football match canceled as Slovenians test positive for COVID-19

25.10.20 ... The Estonian women's football team was scheduled to host Slovenia for a UEFA Women's Championship qualifier on Tuesday but the match has been canceled as almost the entire Slovenian team has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Reinvigorated Sports and Olympic Museum to open for visitors on Saturday

23.10.20 ... ETV's morning show "Terevisioon" spent Friday at the Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum in Tartu, where recent reconstruction has modernized the largest sports museum in the Baltics.

Saaremaa Volleyball Club advances after opponents forfeit due to COVID-19

23.10.20 ... Saaremaa Volleyball Club (VK) advanced to the next round of the CEV Challenge Cup after scheduled opponent Lausanne UC were forced to forfeit the series due to complications stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Tänak finds quick replacement for canceled South Belgian Rally

23.10.20 ... The South Belgium Rally, a warm-up event for WRC Ypres Rally, originally scheduled to take place this weekend, was canceled on Thursday. Reigning world champion Ott Tänak and his Hyundai team will reportedly instead travel to Koekelare, Belgium, to participate in the Hemicuda Rally.

Hyundai presents next season's i20 World Rally Car

22.10.20 ... The reigning world champion pair of Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja will sit behind the wheel of the new Hyundai i20 N Rally2 starting next season, presented by the manufacturer on Wednesday.

Gallery: Kalev/Cramo returns to action after COVID-19 scare

22.10.20 ... Estonian top basketball club BC Kalev/Cramo played their first match after a two-week self-isolation period after guard Tanel Kurbas tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Cramo defeated Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ 98:88 in the Estonian-Latvian Basketball League.

Kontaveit crashes out of Ostrava tournament

22.10.20 ... Anett Kontaveit is out of the Ostrava tennis tournament in the Czech Republic, after losing her second-round encounter to Spanish player Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets, 6:1, 6:4.

Margus Hunt rejoins Cincinnati Bengals

20.10.20 ... Estonia's sole current representative in the National Football League, defensive linesman Margus Hunt, has returned to his first professional team, the Cincinnati Bengals, ending a brief spell as a free agent for the man from South Estonia.

Kontaveit starts WTA Ostrava with victory

20.10.20 ... Estonian tennis star Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd) came from behind to beat Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova (WTA 33rd) in three sets (4:6, 6:2, 7:6) in the opening round of the Ostrava tennis tournament in the Czech Republic. The Estonian headed off two matchpoints going against her in the third set tie-breaker.

Kaia Kanepi wins Cherbourg-en-Cotentin ITF tournament in straight sets

19.10.20 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi (WTA 105th) dominated in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France, over the previous week, winning her 16th career ITF circuit tournament without dropping a single set in the process.

Hunt visits his first home team Bengals for try-out

16.10.20 ... Estonian defensive lineman Margus Hunt, now a free agent for the fourth time in his career after his release from the New Orleans Saints on Monday, visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.

Kaia Kanepi through to quarterfinals in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

16.10.20 ... Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi (WTA 109th) is through to the quarterfinals in ITF Cherbourg-en-Cotentin after two straight-set victories.

Estonian figure skater Eva-Lotta Kiibus currently second in Budapest

16.10.20 ... Estonian figure skater Eva-Lotta Kiibus put up a personal record 65.37 points for the short program at the ISU Challenger series in Budapest and is currently second in the ladies rankings ahead of the free skating discipline.

Kalev/Cramo players test negative for coronavirus

15.10.20 ... Estonian reigning champion basketball club BC Kalev/Cramo found out the results of their coronavirus testing conducted on Tuesday, all players, aside from previously infected Tanel Kurbas, were negative for the virus.

Armenian national team disobeyed UEFA isolation regulations in Estonia

15.10.20 ... The Armenian men's national football team, who travelled to Estonia in the beginning of the week for Wednesday's UEFA Nations League match, directly disobeyed isolation and safety regulations established by the governing body of European football, UEFA.

Estonia settles with draw against Armenia after solid showing

15.10.20 ... The Estonian men's national football team played to a 1:1 draw against Armenia in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday evening.

Previous week a mixed bag for Estonian ladies in European football

13.10.20 ... Many Estonian women's national team members played in club matches in different European leagues over the previous week with Lisette Tammik's Santa Teresa taking its first points of the Primera Division season.

Kotsar and Hamburg continue preseason with fifth straight victory

13.10.20 ... Maik-Kalev Kotsar's home club Hamburg Towers remain undefeated in their preseason test matches as they defeated domestic rival Löwen Braunschweig 95:86 on Monday.

New Orleans Saints release Margus Hunt

13.10.20 ... Estonian defensive lineman Margus Hunt was released by the New Orleans Saints hours before the team's Monday night meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers. Hunt is now a free agent for the fourth time in his career.

National team center-back Karol Mets to join Saudi Arabian Ettifaq FC

12.10.20 ... Mets' current home club Stockholm AIK confirmed on Sunday that the Estonian national team center-back will leave the team and join Saudi Permier League side Al Ettifaq FC.

Kalev player diagnosed with COVID-19, team forfeits United League match

12.10.20 ... On Saturday, Estonian reigning champion basketball club BC Kalev/Cramo decided against traveling to Krasnodar for their originally scheduled VTB United League match after guard Tanel Kurbas was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Puck dropped for Estonian hockey season start on Saturday

12.10.20 ... The highest level Estonian ice hockey league Coolbet Hokiliiga began on Saturday with reigning champion Tartu Välk falling to Kohtla-Järve HC Everest after a shootout.

WRC Rally Italia: Tänak finishes Sardinia in sixth place, wins point stage

11.10.20 ... Ott Tänak (Hyundai) finished WRC Rally Italia Sardegna in sixth place, 2:27.4 behind winner Dani Sordo (Hyundai). Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) took second place and Sebastien Ogier (Toyota) third. Tänak won the rally's power stage to take five additional points.

Estonia scores three goals, draws with North Macedonia in Nations League

12.10.20 ... The Estonian men's national football team received its first UEFA Nations League point of the season after a 3:3 draw against North Macedonia at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn on Sunday.

Tänak finishes sixth on Saturday

11.10.20 ... Estonian rally driver Ott Tänak (Hyundai) is in sixth place after day two of WRC Rally Sardinia, 2:25 behind leader and last year's winner Dani Sordo. Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville are locked in a battle for second going into day three.

Rally Estonia included in 2021 WRC calendar

10.10.20 ... FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Friday confirmed the 2021 WRC calendar and Rally Estonia as one of its official stages, the organizers of Rally Estonia said.

Tänak languishing in 9th place after four Sardinia rally stages

09.10.20 ... Ott Tänak lies in 9th place in the WRC Rally Italia Sardegna as of Friday afternoon, after four speed tests.

Tallinn gets 'bubble' host status for European basketball qualifiers

09.10.20 ... The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced Thursday that Tallinn would be the host city for a closed, NBA-style "bubble" environment ,set up to host European championships group B qualifying matches in November.

53rd Saaremaa Rally to start Friday evening

09.10.20 ... Saaremaa Rally starts Friday evening, with two stages set to take off on the opening day.

WRC Rally Italia: Tänak, Evans share fastest time through shakedown stage

09.10.20 ... The penultimate round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) 2020 season started on Thursday in Sardinia, with a warm-up shakedown stage. Reigning world champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai) and season leader Elfyn Evans (Toyota) shared the fastest time ahead of Friday's competition.

WRC Rally Italia Sardegna: Tänak running out of time to defend title

08.10.20 ... WRC Rally Italia Sardegna 2020, the third round of the relaunched World Rally Championship (WRC) season, will begin on 1.01 p.m. Estonian time on Thursday with a test shakedown stage. The official first stage will begin on Friday at 8.50 a.m., Estonian time.

Video: National team ends goalless streak, not enough to beat Lithuania

08.10.20 ... While the Estonian men's national football team managed to end their run of games without a goal Wednesday night, the same could not be said for their losing streak, which now stands at 11 defeats following a 3:1 loss at home to Lithuania.

Kalev/Cramo game off after earlier opponents' players contract COVID-19

07.10.20 ... Thursday's domestic basketball cup game between Kalev/Cramo and the University of Tartu has been canceled due to fears that players may have contracted the coronavirus.

National football team preparing for three October home games

06.10.20 ... As the Estonian men's national football team is preparing for three home matches in the span of seven days, they have to do so without many mainstay players, due to injury.

Kalev/Cramo falls to corona-stricken BC Khimki in VTB United League

06.10.20 ... Basketball team BC Kalev/Cramo continued its VTB United League season with a 74:92 (24:28, 22:23, 10:19, 18:22) loss to Russian team BC Khimki.

Basketball association applies to host EuroBasket qualifiers in 'bubble'

05.10.20 ... The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced in September its plam to continue with European championships qualifying matches in a closed "bubble" environment, similar to that used by the National Basketball Associaton (NBA) in North America. The Estonian Basketball Association in turn applied to host group B matches in Estonia.

Ken Torn comes in second at ERC3 Rally Fafe Montelongo

05.10.20 ... The overall season leaders in the European Rally Championship ERC3 class Ken Torn/Kauri Pannas (Ford) came in second at the third round of the season held in Portugal.

Cyclist Kangert eighth overall after first two Giro d'Italia stages

05.10.20 ... After finishing in the leading group of the second stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia cycle race, Estonian cyclist Tanel Kangert (EF Pro Cycling) shares eighth spot with Briton Simon Yates (Team Mitchelton-Scott)

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