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Dutchman Willems ruled out of World Cup

(Reuters) - Netherlands fullback Jetro Willems will miss the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in PSV Eindhoven's league defeat by Feyenoord at the weekend, his club said on Tuesday. The 20-year-old, the youngest player to appear at a European Championship tournament two years ago, suffered a cartilage tear, PSV said in a statement on their website (www.psv.nl). A scan on the knee revealed damage that will keep him out for "several months," the statement added.

Football: Van Persie out for 4-6 weeks - Man Utd

Manchester United announced on Friday that last season's leading scorer, Robin van Persie, will be out for up to six weeks with a sprained knee. The Dutch striker, 30, sustained the injury in the latter stages of United's 3-0 win at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, in which he scored all of his side's goals. "Following further investigation, Robin van Persie has a sprained knee, which will keep him out for around four to six weeks," United said in a statement on their official Twitter account.

Speed skating: Double Dutch delight in team pursuits

By Patrick Johnston SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The flying Dutch men and women wrapped up the Sochi speed skating competition by cruising to both Olympic team pursuit titles on Saturday. The two golds, both won in Olympic record times, took the Dutch tally to eight out of a possible 12 at the Adler Arena, which included four medal sweeps in the 10 individual events. It was a show of power like no other at a Winter Olympics.

Olympics: Dutch speed skaters seal fourth podium sweep in 10,000m

Dutch speed skater Jorrit Bergsma took gold in the men's 10,000m on Tuesday as the Netherlands swept the podium at the Sochi Olympics for the fourth time. In yet another statement of Dutch dominance, Bergsma crossed the line in a new Olympic record time of 12min 44.45sec, ahead of Sven Kramer (12:49.02) and Bob de Jong (13:07.19) Speed skating powerhouse the Netherlands had already dominated the podiums in the men's 500m, 5,000m and women's 1,500m. They have now won 19 of 27 medals up for grabs at the Adler Arena, with six gold medals out of nine events so far.

Olympics: Dutch seal fourth podium sweep in 10,000m speed skate

Dutch speed skater Jorrit Bergsma took gold in the men's 10,000m on Tuesday to seal the Netherlands' fourth podium sweep at the Sochi Olympics. Bergsma crossed the line in a new Olympic record time of 12min 44.45sec, ahead of Sven Kramer (12:49.02) and Bob de Jong (13:07.19) jw/sjw

Olympics: Who's winning what at the Winter Olympics

Who's winning what at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday (Five golds to be decided): MEN Snowboard - Slopestyle Sage Kotsenburg of the United States claimed the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics when he won the men's snowboard slopestyle at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Kotsenburg, 20, had squeezed into the final but scored 93.50 in the medal showdown. "I'm really excited. It feels awesome. This is the craziest thing that ever happened," he said.

Football: Barca's Afellay gets green light

Barcelona's Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay has been given the green light to play again five months after undergoing thigh surgery, the club confirmed on Friday. "(Coach) Gerardo Martino has admitted he likes Afellay's game and that he could call on him for the remainder of the season," a club statement read. The 27-year-old's time with Barcelona since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2011 has been plagued by injuries, including cruciate ligament damage in September 2011 that kept him out for the majority of the 2011-12 season.

Football: Barca's Afellay gets green light

Barcelona's Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay has been given the green light to play again five months after undergoing thigh surgery, the club confirmed on Friday. "(Coach) Gerardo Martino has admitted he likes Afellay's game and that he could call on him for the remainder of the season," a club statement read. The 27-year-old's time with Barcelona since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2011 has been plagued by injuries, including cruciate ligament damage in September 2011 that kept him out for the majority of the 2011-12 season.

Football: Israeli defender Mori to miss Arnhem's Emirati camp

Vitesse Arnhem's Israeli defender Dan Mori will miss his Dutch club's winter training camp in the United Arab Emirates after being refused an entry visa, media reported Monday. The UAE does not recognise the state of Israel and the 25-year-old Mori, capped seven times for the Israeli national team, was forced to stay in the Netherlands after his clubmates flew into Abu Dhabi on Sunday. "I'm proud of what I am," Mori wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm training in the Netherlands. I wish you all a great week."

Football: Ajax fans stabbed before Milan clash

Three fans of Ajax are in hospital, one in a serious condition, after being stabbed prior to the Dutch side's Champions League clash with AC Milan on Wednesday, according to reports. Domestic news agency ANSA said the fans had been stabbed in separate incidents close to the San Siro stadium and were being treated in the city's San Carlo Hospital. One fan, who had been stabbed in the buttocks, is not in danger while the other was in a "serious" condition after being stabbed in the stomach, according to the report.
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