A boiling derby in basketball, Meaux will ignite for the Top 12 of gym… Your sports weekend in Ile-de-France

Basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby… For several weeks and before every weekend, “Le Parisien” offers a selection of problems and events not to be missed in Île-de-France. Overview.

The poster for the weekend: a heck of a derby between Boulogne-Levallois and Nanterre

BASKETBALL. A Parisian elite derby is sure to make you salivate. This Friday’s will be no exception to the rule, even if the stakes aren’t the same for the two clubs that face-to-face this Friday. Betclic Elite leader, Boulogne-Levallois, in battle with Monaco and Asvel, has been following a rhythm of very high level since the start of the season. It remains to be seen if the Metropolitans have recovered from Wednesday’s defeat at Valencia in the EuroCup quarter-finals

Nanterre, for its part, is competing to finish in eighth at the end of the regular season and thus participate in the play-offs. Pascal Donnadieu’s players, currently ninth just behind Le Mans, must absolutely erase from their memories the abuse their neighbor inflicted at home in the first leg (76-104). It will always be without his point guard, Nick Johnson. The 29-year-old American saw his season end ten days ago with an injury.

The attraction: Paris Basketball has its Africa Game

This Sunday, at 3 pm, Paris will welcome Orleans in the Halle Carpentier. An event competition on the theme of Africa Game will be announced shortly before that, on a day that combines entertainment, information and promotion of basketball in Africa.

From 12.30pm to 1.15pm, following the first NBA game that took place on African soil in 2015, a gala match will see two teams of personalities compete against each other: Team Africa, led by Jok’Air, rapper and emblematic figure of Paris Basketball and the Rest of the World team of Kévin Seraphin, the former Washington Wizards player. For every ticket sold for the gala match, €1 is donated to the “Enfants du Benin Debout” association, an association according to the 1901 law that works in Benin for education and personal development through basketball.

The event: the gym prodigy Astria Nelo in front of her audience

GYMNASTICS. After two years of lack due to the health crisis, the girls of Meaux will be able to find their supporters. This Saturday (4 pm) in the gymnasium of Frank-Leboeuf, the protégés of Patrick Andréani Colomiers will challenge during the 2nd day of the Top 12, the highest national division. After their easy win (36-12) in Rouen, the Meldoises hope to continue. For this, they can count on Marine Boyer, who resumed training in early 2022, after a break following her participation in the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Spectators will also have the chance to discover the future prodigy of French gymnastics, the very young Astria Nelo (12 years old). Last weekend, during her first international match in Budapest (Hungary), the native of Chelles won three silver medals in the vault, the uneven bars and especially the all-round. Salsabil Tounan, Cypriane Pilloy and Lucie Henna complete the Seine-et-Marnais group.

The usual meeting: Sénart goes to the Semi

ROAD RACING. For 19 years, the Sénart Marathon has marked this place every May 1, between Combs-la-Ville (Seine-et-Marne) and Tigery (Essonne). Tens of thousands of courageous people have braved the wind through the plains there, and it even served as support for the French Championships in 2008. This year, if the date remains unchanged, the format for a half marathon will change according to organizers of the Grand Paris Sud agglomeration .

The new format was conceived and developed with the help of associations, volunteers and runners to make it an event for as many people as possible: more comfortable facilities for runners, and a departure village (09:30) and arrival at the Carré Sénart, where sports and health, adapted sports and mixed sports will be central. The participants will receive, in addition to a medal, a sprig of lily of the valley to celebrate May 1 and the emblematic bottle of apple juice produced by the Servigny harvest. There is also a 10 km on the program (9:15 am).

THE PROGRAM

BASKETBALL. Division 1. Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX (1st) – Metz (4th) (Jean-Maréchal Stadium).

BASKETBALL. BetClic Elite (31st day). Friday, 8.30 pm: BOULOGNE-LEVALLOIS (1st) – NANTERRE (9th) (Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan). Sunday, 3:15 pm: PARIS (13th) – Orléans (16th) (Halle Georges-Carpentier).

GYMNASTICS. WAG Top 12 (3rd day). Saturday, 4 p.m. : MEAUX – Colomiers (Franck-Leboeuf gymnasium), Saint-Etienne – COMBS. Top 12 GAMs (3rd day). Saturday, 3.30 pm : NOISY-LE-GRAND – VELIZY (Butte-Verte Gym).

HANDBALL. Liqui Moly Star League (24th day). Friday, 8 p.m.: CRETEIL (10th) – Saint-Raphaël (8th) (Sports Hall R. Oubron). Sunday, 5 p.m.: Dunkirk (12th) – PSG (1st)† proleague (27th day)† Friday, 8.30 pm: TREMBLAY (6th) – IVRY (1st) (Palais des sports), MASSY (8th) – Caen (10th) (Sports Center Pierre-de-Coubertin), Cherbourg (2nd) – PONTAULT (3rd). Butagaz Energy League (23rd day) Friday, 8 p.m. : Chambray (6th) – PARIS 92 (3rd).

RUGBY. Top 14 (24th day)† Saturday, 5 p.m.: Pau (10th) – Racing 92 (5th), Clermont (9th) – Stade Français (11th).

VOLLEY-BALL. League A, playdowns (6th day)† Saturday, 6 p.m.: Cannes (6th) – Le Plessis-Robinson (1st).