The holidays broke this weekend, but good habits don’t change and the sport continues to delight young and old. Le Parisien offers a range of issues ahead of each weekend and details the not-to-be-missed events in Ile-de-France. Overview.
Players to watch: Doucouré and Mc Callum as reinforcements at Nanterre
BASKETBALL (1). Unreal black series! Since the beginning of the season, Nanterre has had to deal with an incredible carnage of injured people. Eight players (out of 10) of the professional workforce have already been suspended for various periods of time for physical impairments. The final three on that long list, winger Rion Brown (finger), inside linebacker Hans Vanwijn (ankle) and point guard Justin Bibbins (wrist), who are suspended until March, are centerpieces and out until “at least April 7.” according to the club.
Nanterre, just two steps ahead of the red zone at the start of the comeback, brought in two players this week to fill those gaps: veteran American defenseman Ray McCallum (31), drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2013. , signed until the end of the season. After a successful training session at Gravelines last season, he has been playing since the start of the season in Poland.
Malian winger Sadio Doucouré (30) will play for Nanterre for 2 months as Rion Brown’s medical freelancer. The Corbeil-Essonn native, who has been without a club since his contract at Foss expired last summer, returns to the Ile-de-France region in 2019 after a quick stint at Les Metropolitans 92. Two players will debut in their new teams. Saturday colors during Dijon reception.
Poster of the weekend: Paris Basketball takes on Asvel at the Accor Arena
BASKETBALL (2). This weekend is one of the main events combining sports and entertainment. Three days after the stars of the NBA and the match between Detroit and Chicago, it is the turn of Paris Basketball players to dribble under the lights of the Accor Arena. The capital club, which is a candidate for Euroleague qualification, welcomes Asvel, one of the two ambassadors of French basketball in the prestigious European competition, with the shock of the 18th day of Betclic Elite. A great opportunity for fans of the big orange ball to see the prowess of Nando de Colon against the firepower of the Parisians, led by a trio of French internationals (Toupane, Kamagate and Begarin).
In addition to the sports duel, the capital club will offer many animations (cheerleaders, DJ, etc.) around American culture. A way to celebrate an NBA game that marks the week. The grandstand contest — where spectators are invited to come dressed in jerseys from 30 NBA teams — will be offered to the public with “gifts on the turn,” the club said.
VOLLEYBALL. As the number of consecutive defeats against Tours in the A League of Paris Volleyball before the meeting between the two holy monsters of French volleyball at the Salle Charpy this Friday. We have to go back to the 2018-2019 season to find the trace of the last victory of the Parisians during the “classic” of the French championship. Club clubs have collected 17 French championship titles since the turn of the century. Unbeaten on home soil since November, the Parisians can rely on the firepower of the sharp Ibrahim Lawani, who scored 32 points against Nice last Saturday, to buck the trend.
Weekend challenge: The race will require a feat
RUGBY. An impossible feat or door. The “unfavorable draw” means Racing 92 still have a slim chance of reaching the Champions Cup play-offs, according to coach Laurent Travers. But for that he will have to win on Saturday (4.15pm) on Leinster’s turf in Dublin. The Irish, the reigning European runners-up, are averaging seven tries per game in the competition and outplayed the Racingmen (42-10) in their first game in December. In short, Racing’s first European qualification in the pool since 2019 looks very close. On the contrary, Stade Français is close to the round of 16 of the European Challenge. The Parisians go to Italy on the Treviso lawn to ratify the case.
Discovery: war cane
Want originality? Do you like fencing and/or boxing? A war stick might be for you. If you want to know more, go to the 19th edition of Titis Parisiens, the main mixed team competition, at the Léo-Lagrange sports center in the 12th arrondissement this weekend (9am to 6pm).
Born in France two centuries ago, originally aimed at self-defense, this discipline brings together several thousand licenses, France is part of Savate Boxe Française and the Federation of Associated Disciplines. It’s a cross between fencing and French boxing, a two-way sport in which shooters combine kicks, jumps, lunges, spins, runs and passes in creative sequences.
Competitions are conducted in several rounds in the form of an attack, where two shooters face each other, wearing protective clothing in a circle with a diameter of 9 meters, and try to win by hitting the opponent the most. Shooters use 95 cm conical and blunt chestnut wood guns for a mass of about 110 grams. He holds one hand.
Les Titis Parisiens is the only competition where the results of the attacks are shown in real time on giant screens. In this way, the public can better understand the evolution of the conflict in 3 or 4 simultaneous attacks. This is finally the 1st edition including wheelchair shooters (trustworthy or not). On this occasion, all participants will be offered wheelchair cane training.
Next stars to see: NBA Academy on display
BASKETBALL (3). The NBA Academy U-16 qualifying team, comprised of NBA Academy Latin America, NBA Academy Africa and NBA Global Academy prospects, is in Paris and the region to participate in exhibition matches against teams from European clubs. As part of the competition program, the NBA Academy team will face the U17 team of Le Mée (France) this Saturday (Gymnasium Albert-Camus, 17:30) and the U18 team of Nanterre on January 23.
BASKETBALL. Betclic Elite (Day 18): NANTERRE – Dijon (Saturday, 8 p.m., Maurice-Thorez gym); PARIS BASKETBALL – Asvel (Sunday, 17:00, Accor Arena). Metropolitans won the advanced match on Wednesday in Foz (82-83)..
ICE HOCKEY. Magnus League (Day 34): Furies – CERGY-PONTOISE (Friday, 20.30).
VOLLEYBALL. League A (Day 17): PARIS – Tours (Friday, 8pm, Salle Charpy); LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON – Narbonne (Saturday, 19:00, Omnisports field). Women’s A League (Day 16): Saint-Raphaël – STADE FRANCAIS PARIS SAINT-CLOUD (Saturday, 19.00). Levallois – Chamalier will be played on February 1.