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Stunning long range goal lights up Euro 2020 as Czech Republic beats Scotland

Have we already seen the best goal of Euro 2020? Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick scored a stunning long range effort on Monday to inspire his side to a 2-0 win over Scotland in the teams’ first game of the tournament. Having already given his country a first-half lead, Schick doubled his tally with a…

Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite criticizes UEFA for resuming game following Christian Eriksen’s collapse

Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite has criticized UEFA, European football’s governing body, for forcing the players to continue their Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday after teammate Christian Eriksen’s collapse. The match was suspended following prolonged efforts from the medical staff to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator. Players from both teams were visibly…

Copa America moves ahead despite backlash from fans and players

The Copa America, South America’s premier football competition, due to kick off June 13 in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, is triggering a wave of strong reactions for a sporting event. The tournament was originally to be joint-hosted by Argentina and Colombia, but the organizers decided to pull it first from Colombia, due to the…

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in thriller to reach French Open final

Novak Djokovic dethroned Rafael Nadal in an all-time classic encounter to reach the French Open final, winning 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted more than four hours. The men’s world No. 1 became the first player to beat the ‘King of Clay’ in the semifinals at Roland Garros and also the first…

Italy cruises to victory with dominant performance against Turkey in Euro 2020 opener

Italy laid down an early marker on the opening night of Euro 2020 with a dominant 3-0 victory over Turkey. Few had Roberto Mancini’s side among the favorites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy, but bookmakers may well be adjusting their odds as the Italians looked several leagues above their opponents on a humid night…

Brisbane set to host 2032 Olympics after IOC endorsement

Brisbane, Australia is set to host the 2032 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) endorsed its unopposed bid for the future Games. “This unanimous decision by the Executive Board is a credit to the years of work carried out by Brisbane 2032, the Australian Olympic Committee, and their partners, to test every aspect of…

Hungary PM Orban: Taking knee is ‘provocation’, ‘has no place on pitch’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday said kneeling to protest against discrimination before sporting events was a custom related to slavery and alien to the central European country, adding that pressuring athletes everywhere to follow suit was “provocation.” Hungary, one of 14 host nations to the upcoming Euro 2020 soccer championship, has been ruled…

Euro 2020: How to watch and everything you need to know about European tournament

It has been delayed by a year, but that seems to have only ramped up the excitement levels for the 2020 European football championships. Still called Euro 2020 despite now being held in 2021, the all-European tournament was postponed from last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. It all kicks off on Friday, June 11…

Letesenbet Gidey breaks Sifan Hassan’s two-day-old 10,000m world record

The previous women’s 10,000-meter record was only set on Sunday, but Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey has already bettered it. Gidey’s time of 29:01.03 in the Dutch city of Hengelo on Tuesday took five seconds off the record set by the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan on the same track last week. Competing in the Ethiopian Olympic Trials, Gidey…

Tokyo 2020: Australian baseball team pulls out of Olympic qualifiers, citing Covid fears

Australia’s baseball team has pulled out of Olympic qualifiers, citing the “insurmountable” challenge of traveling to Mexico during COVID-19. “Attending the Final Olympic Qualifier in a COVID world was always going to present significant challenges,” Baseball Australia chief executive Glenn Williams acknowledged in a press release Wednesday. The late-June qualifying event was to be held…

Brazilian players and staff criticize Copa America in a public letter

Brazilian national team players and staff published a letter on their social media accounts Wednesday criticizing the organization of the Copa America tournament, but assuring they would still participate should the tournament go ahead. The championship, South America’s biggest international football tournament, is set to start on June 13 in Brazil. “We are a cohesive…

Euro 2020: Ukraine’s new football shirt irks Russia over Crimea map

Ukraine plays its first European soccer championship group game against Netherlands on June 13 and the players will be wearing shirts that feature a map of their country that includes Crimea — a region annexed by Russia in 2014. It’s a move that has irked Russia. Andrii Pavelko, president of the Ukrainian football association, released…

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul box for eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view fight

Floyd Mayweather says “he had fun” exchanging blows with Logan Paul during their eight-round exhibition match Sunday. “I had fun … He’s better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said after the fight Sunday, saying Paul knew how to use his weight to his advantage. “He’s a tough, rough competitor … I was surprised by…

Simone Biles wins record seventh national women’s all-around title

USA Gymnastics star and world champion Simone Biles took home her record seventh national women’s all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Biles, who is expected to be the linchpin of the USA Women’s Gymnastics team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, won with a score…

Serena Williams stunned by Elena Rybakina at French Open

Serena Williams was surprisingly beaten by Elena Rybakina in two sets as the 39-year-old American exited the French Open at the last-16 stage on Sunday. Williams’ defeat means her quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slams continues. The American, who lost 6-3 7-5 to Rybakina, hasn’t made it past the fourth round…

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen suffers tire blow out as Sergio Perez claims win

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez experienced wildly different emotions in a dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen had been four points clear of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton at the start of Sunday’s race and had looked on course to win the 13th win of his career but suffered a dramatic…

Roger Federer withdraws from French Open over knee concerns

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open as he seeks to protect his knee following two operations in 2020. “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said in a statement in Sunday. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation…

Golfer Jon Rahm forced to withdraw from Memorial Tournament after positive Covid-19 test

Spanish golfer Jon Rahm was withdrawn from the Memorial Tournament Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19, the PGA Tour announced. Rahm was leading the tournament after the third round with a 6-stroke cushion over his closest competitors. “I’m very disappointed in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament,” he said in a statement posted on…

Football’s coming home, but taking a knee divides England fans

Twenty five years ago, when England hosted Euro 1996, the nation was in thrall to a team that reached the European Championship’s semifinals playing an exciting brand of soccer to the soundtrack of fans singing “Football’s Coming Home,” the chorus to the “Three Lions” song. Ahead of Euro 2020’s start on June 11, England plays…

Essential Quality wins the Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality, trained by Brad Cox and ridden by jockey Luis Saez, won the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The horse was the early betting favorite to win the 1.5-mile race and finished ahead of Hot Rod Charlie and the 146th Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer,…

Floyd Mayweather will box YouTuber Logan Paul. Here’s how you can watch

Retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to the ring in a “super exhibition” against YouTuber Logan Paul at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. The pay-per-view event, which includes four fights, is scheduled start Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EST, according to the event’s website. The event was originaly scheduled for…

‘Let’s talk at the right time,’ says Casemiro on Brazil hosting Copa America

Brazil might be hosting the Copa America, but whether the Brazilian soccer squad wants to participate in the tournament due to the uncontrolled state of the pandemic in the country remains to be seen. Brazil coach Tite said on Thursday during a media conference that his players asked for a meeting with Brazilian Football Confederation…

Juggling a pro golf career when you’re a Mom

Arms and hips not in sync? Struggling with your game? Try carrying an unborn child while you plot your way around the course. Twenty years ago, this is exactly what amateur Brenda Corrie-Kuehn — eight months pregnant — did at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club alongside playing partner Jennifer…

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul: Boxing’s bastardization continues apace

It’s hard to tell whether it’s pantomime or a canny marketing ploy as the YouTuber fighter’s brother steals the undefeated professional boxer’s hat and they get into a heated pre-press conference fight. Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Logan Paul looks like the ultimate mismatch, but it’s the latest in a number of lucrative exhibition fights featuring…

Serena Williams powers into French Open fourth round as she aims for history

Serena Williams put in an impressive display on Friday to qualify for the French Open fourth-round with a chance at entering the history books on the horizon. The 39-year-old defeated fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier, as the women’s draw opened up with some high-seed, early-round knockouts already. After No. 3…

Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova arrested for sports corruption and fraud

Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova was arrested in Paris on Thursday evening for sports corruption and fraud in an organized group, two French law enforcement sources have told CNN. She was arrested and taken into custody on Thursday for “sports corruption and fraud in an organized group, concerning acts that may have been committed in…

About 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have quit with Games closing in

Thousands of volunteers have pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in recent weeks, organizers said, fueling concerns Japan may not be ready to host the rescheduled Games as the country struggles to rein in a new wave of Covid-19 cases. About 10,000 of the 80,000 registered volunteers supporting athletic events had quit as of…

Imran Sherwani: Olympic hockey gold medalist reveals early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Olympic hockey gold medalist Imran Sherwani has revealed he has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, after first noticing symptoms while in his early 50s. Sherwani, who won gold with Great Britain at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, said he expects to eventually be unable to remember his sporting achievements. He scored two…

How boxing is changing the way society looks at women in Gaza

“I don’t like violence,” says Reema Aburahma, “I’m so girly!” But the 22-year-old from Gaza City quickly goes on to explain why she has become a fighter, “I like how it feels when I punch,” she told CNN Sport. “I feel stronger, more brave, more powerful. That’s what I love about boxing,” adds Aburahma, who…

Carlo Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid to become manager for the second time

Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Real Madrid to become the club’s new manager for the second time in his career. He succeeds Zinedine Zidane at the helm of the club, after the former Real player left as manager for the second time last week. Ancelotti previously managed Real Madrid for two years between 2013 and…

The Naomi Osaka fiasco is a sign that we’re nowhere near finished with work on mental health

It’s the modern day equivalent of the Roman Empire’s gladiatorial shows. After playing for several hours, often in hot and humid conditions, with their emotional reserves ebbing and stress levels sky rocketing, tennis stars enter the media’s ice cold inner sanctum — the post-match press conference. And Naomi Osaka has had enough. She has faced…

Sergio Aguero to join FC Barcelona as Spanish club begins squad overhaul

After a season of relative underachievement, five-time European Cup winner FC Barcelona has embarked on the process of overhauling its squad. Sergio Aguero will move from Manchester City to Barca when his current contract expires on July 1, the Spanish club announced Monday. The 32-year-old, considered to be one of the greatest players in Premier…

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna granted bond in domestic violence case

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna posted a $20,000 bond on Monday after being arrested on charges of domestic violence against his wife. Ozuna, 30, appeared virtually for a bond hearing before a Fulton County, Georgia, judge to answer to the charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery. Video from CNN affiliate WSB-TV showed Ozuna…

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, citing her mental health

Tennis star Naomi Osaka said Monday she is withdrawing from the French Open after refusing to speak to the media at the grand slam. The four-time major winner posted a statement on Twitter saying she was pulling out so that “everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” adding that…

Brazil in ‘negotiations’ to host Copa América — just 13 days before start date

Brazil has cautioned that it is still in “negotiations” with South America’s Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, and the Brazilian Football Confederation, shortly after CONMEBOL announced Monday that Brazil would host the Copa América championship — in just 13 days. “The CONMEBOL 2021 Copa América will be played in Brazil!” CONMEBOL said on Twitter. “The start and…

Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, 19, dies after crash in qualifying

Jason Dupasquier, a 19-year-old Swiss Moto3 rider, has died after being involved in a serious crash during Saturday’s qualifying session at the Italian Grand Prix, MotoGP announced on Sunday. “Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between Turns 9 and 10, with the session Red Flagged thereafter,” the statement read. “FIM Medical Intervention Vehicles arrived…

Naomi Osaka fined for avoiding media after straight sets victory at the French Open

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for not talking to the media after her straight set victory at the French Open on Sunday, Roland Garros announced in a statement. On Wednesday, citing mental health reasons, the four-time major champion posted on social media that she will not participate in any press conferences during the…

The French Open just immortalized Rafael Nadal with a statue

It’s hard enough to beat defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal on the red clay courts of Roland Garros, where he has won a record 13 singles titles. But imagine the psychological hurdle of competing against a player so dominant that he is immortalized in a statue outside the stadium? That’s the challenge Novak Djokovic,…

Chelsea beats Manchester City to win Champions League title

Chelsea clinched the Champions League title on Saturday after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the all-English final. A first-half goal from summer signing Kai Havertz, the most expensive player in Chelsea’s history, was enough to earn Thomas Tuchel’s side victory in front of thousands of fans at Porto’s Estadio Dragao in Portugal. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s…

With Olympics nearing, Japan considers extending coronavirus state of emergency

Japan’s government will decide Friday whether to extend a state of emergency across much of the country, nearly two months before the planned start of the delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics. The country reintroduced emergency measures in April as it grappled with a fourth wave of coronavirus cases — one that has yet to diminish. Japan’s…

Naomi Osaka says she won’t do press conferences during the French Open

Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion and the No. 2-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, announced on Twitter and Instagram that she will not be participating in press conferences during the French Open. “I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a…

Villarreal defeats Manchester United in dramatic penalty shootout to win Europa League

Villarreal won its first major European trophy after defeating Manchester United in a marathon penalty shootout in the UEFA Europa League final. With the game poised at 1-1 after extra-time, United goalkeeper David de Gea missed the decisive penalty after all previous 21 penalties had been scored, including by De Gea’s opposite number, Gerónimo Rulli.…

Canceling Tokyo Olympics is ‘essentially off the table,’ says IOC member Dick Pound

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he believes the Olympic Games will go ahead this year and says the option of canceling the event is “essentially off the table.” Speaking to CNN’s Selina Wang, Pound insisted that all indications suggest a “bubble” around those participating in Tokyo can be maintained but he stopped short…

Former motor racing boss Max Mosley dies aged 81

Max Mosley, the former president of motorsport’s world governing body, FIA, has died at the age of 81, an FIA spokesperson told CNN on Monday. Mosley became FIA President in 1993 and served four terms before standing down in 2009. His successor and current FIA President Jean Todt tweeted on Monday: “Deeply saddened by the…

Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner as he wins enthralling PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson minted golf history on Sunday, becoming the oldest winner of a major tournament with his victory at the 2021 PGA Championship. He finished two shots ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, following an excellent final round performance, finishing six-under for the tournament. In winning at aged 50,…

Max Verstappen wins Monaco Grand Prix to take drivers’ championship lead

Max Verstappen produced an assured performance at the Monaco Grand Prix to move to the top of the Formula One drivers’ championship standings for the first time in his career. The Red Bull driver finished almost nine seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in second place to claim his second win of the 2021 season.…

Henrik Stenson snaps club in calmest manner you’ll see during PGA Championship

We’ve all been there: You think you’ve picked out the best club for the shot, you think you’ve judged the conditions perfectly and you prepare like you would any other shot. But then, the ball just doesn’t go where you wanted it to. The rage, frustration and anger that flows through you is almost bursting…

Atletico Madrid wins La Liga title for the first time since 2014 in a dramatic final day

After a drama-filled final day of the La Liga season, Atletico Madrid was eventually crowned champion for the first time since 2014. Needing to better city rivals, Real Madrid’s result, Atletico won 2-1 away at Real Valladolid while Real won 2-1 at home to Europa League finalists Villarreal. It wasn’t plain sailing for Diego Simeone’s…

Robert Lewandowski breaks 49-year goal-scoring record with 41st goal of the season

He would’ve liked to have done it earlier in the day, but eventually, Robert Lewandowski was a history maker. In the final minute of Bayern Munich’s 5-2 victory over Augsburg on Saturday, the Polish striker collected the rebound of Leroy Sane’s shot to tap home his 41st goal of the season. In doing so, he…

Phil Mickelson sets early lead at PGA Championship, and a chance at history

Sixteen years after winning his PGA Championship title, Phil Mickelson is roaring back — with a chance at history. The five-time major winner carved out a two-shot lead for himself on Friday at the 103rd edition of the competition. And, annoyingly for Mickelson, it could have been even better. The 50-year-old birdied six of his…

Colombia will no longer co-host Copa América, CONMEBOL rejects request for postponement

The 2021 Copa América will no longer feature games in co-host Colombia after CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation, announced on Thursday it would move games away from the country. The tournament, delayed by a year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was due to be jointly hosted for the first time its 105-year history, with matches…

Conners waves Canadian flag from top of gusty PGA leaderboard

Canada’s Corey Conners tamed a windswept Ocean course on Thursday, carding the round of the day to lead by two shots after the opening of the PGA Championship, with former winners Brooks Koepka and Keegan Bradley giving chase. Trying to join Masters champion Mike Weir as the only Canadians to win one of golf’s four…

Tim Tebow is back in the NFL after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars

The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the team announced on Thursday. The 2007 Heisman Trophy award winner will reunite with his former college coach Urban Meyer in Jacksonville, where he will transition to tight end. “I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn…

Karim Benzema recalled to French national team for Euro 2020 despite upcoming trial

Karim Benzema has been recalled to the French national team for the first time in almost six years for the upcoming European Championships. The 33-year-old striker has not played for his country since 2015 after he was suspended by the national team for his alleged involvement in a scheme to blackmail his former teammate Mathieu…

WNBA: Liberty’s Ionescu records first career triple-double to down Lynx

New York Liberty point guard Sabrina Ionescu tallied 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to record her first career triple-double in Tuesday’s 86-75 win over the Minnesota Lynx in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Ionescu, a one-time protege of the late Kobe Bryant and the number one pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, completed…

What could happen if the Tokyo Olympics get canceled?

With a little over two months until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the possibility of a cancellation looms large over the Games. As Japan battles a fourth wave of coronavirus infections and a state of emergency in Tokyo and other prefectures remains in place until the end of the month, there is mounting pressure…

IOC chief says Olympics will be held safely despite Japan’s Covid surge

Less than 10 weeks out from the postponed start to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, organizers have promised athletes they are doing everything they can to ensure the Games take place safely. Japan is struggling with a renewed outbreak of coronavirus, with only about 1% of the population vaccinated — renewing calls for the Olympics to…

Barcelona thrashes Chelsea to win first Women’s Champions League title

Barcelona scored four first-half goals to defeat Chelsea 4-0 and capture the Women’s Champions League on Sunday for the first time. After taking the lead inside the first minute of the game in Gothenburg, Sweden, through Melanie Leupolz’s own goal, Barcelona never looked back and had all but wrapped up the title by halftime with…

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson scores stoppage-time winner against West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson swapped saving goals for scoring one as his stunning stoppage-time header helped Liverpool defeat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Sunday. It’s the first time in the club’s history that a goalkeeper has scored a competitive goal, according to data site Opta, and the header sparked wild celebrations from Liverpool’s players. Alisson came…

Kobe Bryant among Class of 2020 officially inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Kobe Bryant was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020 on Saturday night. “I wish my husband was here to accept this incredible award,” Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, said at the ceremony, as she was joined onstage by basketball legend Michael Jordan. “He and Gigi…

Leicester City defeats Chelsea to win first FA Cup after late VAR drama

Leicester City won the FA Cup for the first time thanks to a sensational strike from Youri Tielemans as a dramatic, late video assistant referee decision denied Chelsea an equalizer at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. It looked like Chelsea had leveled the scores with minutes left to play when Ben Chilwell’s cross bounced off defender…

Sabrina Ionescu honors Kobe Bryant, hits game-winning 3 to start the WNBA season

Sabrina Ionescu had a dream that this was coming. On Friday, her first game back since a sprained ankle sidelined her for most of her rookie season in 2020, Ionescu hit a game-winning three with less than one second remaining to give the New York Liberty a 90-87 win over the Indiana Fever in the…

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