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7 Days, 7 Good News: Bearded Protection, Woman Power and Mini Fan

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We think: Every now and then you need good news. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood, that's our motto in this news format. And we start right away. With the "great" Timo Boll, a beard as jellyfish protection, and with female world class versus male grouchiness at the "Ballon d'Or".


The Older, the Boll

The older, the Boll, we will probably soon say as a proverb. Because it's hard to get any "older" than what Timo Boll showed at the table tennis world championships. Almost 41 years old, his abdominal muscle injured, and yet in the end only a razor-thin defeat in the World Championship semi-finals against a Swede only half his age. That's great! And for us aging amateur athletes, Germany's table tennis legend has left behind a piece of wisdom that we want to apply in a modified form in the future. Boll said, "when you're in a World Cup semi-final, you just go for it, give it your all and then look afterwards to see where your body parts are". That can be modified - to district league football, the fight against winter fat, the race with the children.


The Jellyfish Beard Is Trimmed

If it weren't for Jonas Deichmannthe barber might have thrown him out: As shaggy as a man looks after 14 months without a shave and haircut, he entered a Munich hair salon after returning from his first triathlon around the world. The hairdresser brought back to normal what was allowed to grow during one of the greatest adventures of recent times. What this wild beard could tell: Deichmann reported that the beard kept the jellyfish away from his mouth while swimming, or the snow while cycling through Siberia. The beard is trimmed - but now the 34-year-old is allowed to tell his story everywhere. About a tour that took him over 120 Ironman distances, a good 450 kilometres through the water, 21,000 kilometres on the bike and more than 5,000 kilometres running around the world. And about his plans for the future. Because allegedly he has already cooked up another adventure, writes the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".


Luxury and Sporty Lightness

Luxury and sporty lightness - does that go together? At least it is worth the now launched attempt. The company Moncler from the French Alps, which stands for luxurious fashion products, has now launched a sports shoe together with Hoka. The label, founded by athletes - also in France - aims to improve their speed. The joint Mafate Speed 2 trail running shoe is now an exciting combination of the two corporate mentalities.


Davis Cup Says Hello to Servus!

Where on TV is the Davis Cup again? Finally, finally, after many, many years, there is reason for German tennis fans to ask this question again. Even without superstar Alexander Zverev, the German team made it back to the semi-finals of the legendary team competition after 14 years. Well, a fever like in the days of Michael Stich, Michael Westphal or Boris Becker has not yet gripped the country. But Jan-Lennard Struff and the doubles team of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz also impressed in their victory over Great Britain. If you want to tune in in the future: Austrian Servus TV now shows the former street sweeper. Perhaps with success comes a return to the big TV stage.


The “Ballon D’Or” Enchants with Female World Class

Whether or not she'll be able to handle the male bickering over the "Ballon d'Or" amused her? For us, Alexia Putellas, the winner of the "Ballon d ' Or", was a real eye-opener.'Or Feminin", was the beaming queen of the gala for the world footballers' award. While Robert Lewandowski's fans were going after Lionel Messi's supposedly unfair choice like amateurs from the county league, the 27-year-old exuded feminine class. "This is an individual award, but it wouldn't have been possible without my team," said the FC Barcelona player. She is likely to have touched more than just other fathers with her thanks to her late father: "I hope you are proud of your daughter. That's why this is for you too, dad."


A Little FC Bayern Fan with a Big Heart

He is only a small fan of the supposedly great FC Bayern. But in the dispute over the Qatar sponsorship, Michael Ott has shown the club's officials what a club should stand for: for honesty, passion and greatness in interpersonal dealings. Because while the Bayern officials still had to sort themselves out after the turbulent AGM, the fan was already holding out his hand. "This can't be a permanent state now, that the fronts harden so much," Ott told the "Sportschau". The Bayern bosses around Herbert Hainer, Oliver Kahn and Co. are to be wished that they understand this.


The Tiger Returns

The golf world has been waiting for this news: Superstar Tiger Woods announces his comeback - on a part-time basis. Nine months after his serious car accident, the 15-time Major winner in steel blue shirt and black pants gave an interview to the magazine "Golf Digest". The 45-year-old's right leg is still not fully fit, which is why he wants to return to the golf course part-time. In the future, Tiger Woods will play a few tournaments throughout the year. "I think that's how I'm going to have to play from now on. It's an unfortunate reality, but it's my reality. I understand that and I accept that," the pro said.