Races in European mode, the coronation of PSG in hand … Your sports weekend in Ile-de-France

Basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby … “Le Parisien” has been offering an overview of events in the Ille-de-France for several weeks and before every weekend.

The following poster: Racing rugby players aim for a place in the last four Europeans

RUGBY. It’s time for the truth! After a first phase of groups and round of 16 with round-robin matches, which left the possibility of recovering after a misstep, serious things begin for the eight clubs that are still in the race for the European Cup. Four French representatives are among the latest survivors, including Racing 92.

After destroying their neighbor Stade Français on the eighth day (55-31 in both games), Ciel et Blancs face Sale’s English for a place in the half. Laurent Travers’s players will have the advantage of receiving and leaving with the favorites tag. While the English have never made it to the quarter-finals of the continental test (in 2006), the French have already played three finals. Three painful memories because they never managed to lift the big cup. To hope to defeat the Indian sign, they will have to get rid of Sale this Sunday.

The event: the PSG – Montpellier clash in Coubertin

HANDBALL. This is the shock of this 25th day of the championship. This Friday evening (8.30 pm) in Coubertin, PSG will be crowned champions of France if they beat Montpellier. The Parisians are leaving with a huge amount of confidence after their demonstration (41-24) against the same rival, just under a month ago in the French Cup. In the first leg, Montpellier had clearly hit the Parisian ogre and lost by a goal (33-34) to the bell.

The challenge, with this 9th national title (the 8th in a row) coming to them, is threefold. The first effect will be to approach the club de l’Herault (14) and pass solo 2nd ahead of Ivry in the history of the French Championship. The 2nd is to continue the incredible series of victories in this competition. PSG aims for a 30 out of 30, unpublished. The last is to be in the best conditions before receiving the Germans from Kiel on Wednesday (20.45 h) in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This is the main goal of Nikola Karabatic and his teammates at the end of the season.

The phrase, “It’s essential to win,” warns Chris Singleton

BASKETBALL. Sceaux players no longer have the right to make mistakes. Overcome by Monaco (57-67) last week during the first day of the final phase of the National Women’s 1, Olga Maznichenko’s teammates must win this Saturday against Feytiat to hope to win one of the two tickets in play to access the women’s League 2.

“Everything will happen on Saturday,” said coach Chris Singleton. Before the start of the playoffs we were two seconds behind, it’s still like that, but we blew the joke. It is essential to win against Feytiat, otherwise we know that the situation will be seriously compromised before playing the last two away games. »

An even more complicated challenge as Sceaux will evolve without his leader Aminata Konaté (injured). “She is the best player in the league in her position, she is a serious handicap but we will do everything to win,” according to Singleton.

Sceaux is the last Ile-de-France team to play at the highest level in France, the Women’s League, during the 2001-2002 season. 20 years ago …

The place to go: an MMA evening at the Accor Arena

The second world organization in the discipline behind the UFC, Bellator settles for the second time in its history at the Accor Arena in Paris on Friday evening (from 8.30pm). During the first edition, in October 2020, the Parisian sports pavilion was unfortunately only able to accommodate 1,000 spectators due to the health situation and the pandemic. This time at least 10 times more are expected.

One of the most anticipated fights of the evening, which will award the title of world heavyweight champion, will pit veteran Frenchman Cheick Kongo (46) against American Ryan Bader, the belt holder. Fighter Lucie Bertaud, also known for her participation in the program Koh Lanta: the secret weapons which will end as a finalist, is also on the agenda of the meeting.

The best advice: the Blitz Society Bar

CHESS. This Friday, at 6.30 pm, the Blitz Society (4, rue du Sabot in the 6th arrondissement), the first chess bar in Paris, organizes a France-Ukraine match. Four great French players will face in public and “online” four Grand Masters of Ukraine, live from their country.

The French players who will be present are: Laurent Fressinet, French multi-champion, coach of Magnus Carlsen; Marie Sebag, one of the few women in the world to hold the prestigious title of Grand International Chess Master; Yovann Gatineau, champion of France under 20 and already International Master; and Vincent Riff. The conditions for organizing such a meeting, being more than delicate, the names of the Ukrainian representatives will be revealed at the last minute.

Finally, it should be noted that all donations and contributions collected during this night will be used entirely for the benefit of Ukraine.

The epic to follow: Cergy-Pontoise basketball players dream of Pro B.

BASKETBALL. Show, play and bet. The Maradas complex should be full and vibrating like few times in the next few hours. Tombeur de Chartres – one of the aspirants for promotion – last weekend in the round of 16, Cergy-Pontoise hosts Lorient this Saturday for their first leg of the quarterfinals of the playoffs of the National 1. Match historical for the Spartans, nicknamed players.

“It’s unheard of,” said Manuel Muñoz, the club’s coach. This is the first time a promoted player has reached the quarterfinals of this competition. It’s amazing when you remember where you came from. We only found out about our promotion in July and had to build our team at the last minute last summer. It’s a great experience for our players and the club, but now that we’ve tasted their emotions, we want to go all the way. »

By the end of April, 1,300 fans had already gathered in the stands to cheer on the Cergy-Pontoise players against Chartres in the round of 16 – “a club with a budget four times higher than ours”, estimates Muñoz -, should be even more numerous and boiling for the arrival of Lorient. The club chaired by Amara Sy has also scheduled many activities throughout the evening.

Also ranked for the Eighth Grade National 1, Rueil hosts the Stade Rochelais. The winner of these playoffs will join Angers, first of the season at the end of the season, in the Po B next season.

The athlete to watch: Paralympic table tennis champion Fabien Lamirault in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

FOR TABLE TENNIS. A four-time Paralympic champion, Francilien will be one of the main headliners of the event. From Thursday to Sunday, the Saint-Quentin International Velodrome in Yvelines hosts the 2nd edition of the International Table Tennis Tournament. A spectacular and prestigious meeting, belonging to the world circuit and qualifying for the World Championship which will take place in early November in Granada (Spain).

The best table tennis players in the world from 33 countries will be present. Among them, the Tokyo Paralympic medalists including Fabien Lamirault. One of the stars of the discipline. Paraplegic from a car accident at the age of 17, the Francilien, a native of Longjumeau and accustomed to the Hall of Issy-les-Moulineaux where he regularly trains, won two gold medals at the last Games. Two more precious metal charms in addition to those not tested in 2016. This meeting will also serve as a prelude to the two years of the Paris Paralympic Games.

The discovery: an introduction to chess boxing, a mix of chess and boxing

CHESS BOX. Since 2019, the discipline imagined by Enki Bilal in his comic strip Cold Ecuador he saw his practice take shape in France. After the creation of a French federation and a French team (8 gold medals at the 2019 World Championships) as well as the organization of official fights in Paris, this sport that combines chess and boxing saw its development slowed by the health crisis.

To prepare for the 2022-2023 season, the Chessboxing Club Paris is offering a free discovery day this Sunday from 2pm to 6pm in the Apollo Sporting Club (3, quai du Lot, 19). A unique day to discover this atypical sport that combines physical performance and brain mastery, in the company of the champions who give life to the discipline. In the program: introduction to boxing and chess, workshops and exhibition fights.

The workshops, led by accredited boxing coaches and Grandmaster Chess Masters, are accessible to everyone (from 12 years old, adult guide required for children under 14), whatever the level of one or the other discipline. The 226 m2 room equipped with a central ring can accommodate about fifty participants. The equipment (chess and boxing) is provided by the Chessboxing Club Paris. Participants will only need to show up in sportswear.


BASEBALL. Division 1. Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m .: MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX – SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE (Jean-Maréchal stadium), La Rochelle – SÉNART.

BASKETBALL. National 1. Quarterfinals (to go) : RUEIL – Stade Rochelais Rupella (Saturday, 8 pm, Stadium); CERGY-PONTOISE – Lorient (Saturday, 8 pm, Marades Complex).

National 1 Women’s (playoffs, day 2). SCEAUX – Feytiat (Saturday, 8 pm, Clos Saint-Marcel room).

HANDBALL. Liqui Moly Star League (day 25). PSG – Montpellier (Friday, 8.30 pm, Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium), Nancy CRETEIL (Friday, 8:30 p.m.).

Proliga (day 28). Billiards – TREMBLAY (Friday, 8 p.m.). IVRY – Sélestat (Friday, 8.30 pm, Auguste-Delaune gymnasium), PONTAULT – Valence (Friday, 8.30 pm, Espace Roger-Boisramé), Villeurbanne – MASSY (Friday, 8.30 pm).

Butagaz Energy League (day 24). PARIS 92 – Plan-de-Cuques (Sunday, 5 pm, Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier in Issy).

RUGBY. European Cup (quarterfinals): RACING 92 – Sale (Eng) (Sunday, 16:00, Paris La Défense Arena) National (day 26). MASSY – Valence Romans Drome (Sunday, 3 p.m., Jules-Ladoumègue Stadium); Nice – SURESNES (Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Elite 1 Women (day 14). STADE FRANÇAIS – Stade Rennais (Sunday, 3 p.m., Christophe Dominici Stadium, Paris XVI); BOBIGNY – Grenoble (Sunday, 3 p.m., Henri Wallon Stadium); CHILLY-MAZARIN – Lyon (Sunday, 3 p.m., Jesse Owens Stadium).

VOLLEYBALL. League A, playdowns (7th day): Toulouse – LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON (Saturday, 8 pm).

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