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Sport in brief: November 21, 2023

MEN’S CYCLING: While Jumbo-Visma’s all-conquering team led the way with 38 wins in World Tour events during 2023, the French Arkea-Samsic squad finished bottom of the rankings after not managing a single victory throughout the year.

Astana-Kazakhstan only managed one success, Mark Cavendish’s stunning win on the Giro D’Italia’s last stage in Rome. UAE Team Emirates were second with 28 wins and Soudal-Quick Step third with 23.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Champions League group stage action resumes on Wednesday evening with champions Barcelona at Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Germans are the second-most successful team in the competition’s history having won the trophy four times, although their last success was in 2015.

Elsewhere, tomorrow night Benfica face Sweden’s Rosengard, Brann stage the first ever group game in Norway when they take on Slavia Prague and Lyon meet Austria’s St Polten.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: Guildford host Glasgow on Wednesday night in a return of last Friday’s Elite League fixture that the resurgent Scots won 3-2 after Zach Vinnell had flicked home the winner in overtime.

Glasgow went on to beat table-topping Sheffield 2-1 on Sunday evening. In tomorrow night’s Challenge Cup action struggling Coventry host high-flying Cardiff, who won 1-0 in Grenoble on Sunday night to qualify for the final round of the European Continental Cup.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Argentina are at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday morning for a World Cup qualifying tie against Brazil with both teams looking to hit back from defeats in their last outings.

The World Champions lost for the first time in 15, going down 2-0 at home to a Darwin Nunez fired Uruguayan team, while Brazil lost their second qualifying match in a row, 2-1 against Colombia.

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