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FIFA punishes Hungarian Football Federation following racist behavior of ‘numerous’ fans

The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) will play its next FIFA-sanctioned home match without supporters and has been handed a “substantial fine” by football’s world governing body for “numerous” fans’ racist behavior during a recent World Cup qualifier against England. “After analysing and taking into consideration … the seriousness of the incidents (racist words and actions,…

Lamar Jackson shows nerves of steel with gutsy, fourth-down call to beat Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

“Lamar! Do you want to go for this?” Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh could be seen shouting from the sideline. With just 1:05 left and leading Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs by just a point, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was left with a crucial fourth down in his team’s half. And rather…

Climber Johanna Farber receives apology after inappropriate images were aired during World Championships

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has apologized to Austrian climber Johanna Farber after inappropriate images of her were broadcast during the World Championships in Moscow. Multiple media outlets reported that the event’s broadcaster aired a close-up replay of Farber’s bottom during the boulder semifinals last week, prompting the sport’s governing body to post…

‘Imagine how good it could be’: Northern Ireland women’s footballers ready to seize their moment

Nadene Caldwell doesn’t want to be called an underdog anymore. Life has changed for the midfielder since scoring the winning goal that catapulted her side to their first major tournament — the upcoming Women’s Euro 2022. It’s an incredible achievement for the Northern Ireland team, who, hampered by a round of injuries to key players,…

Jimmy Greaves, England World Cup winner and Tottenham legend, dies aged 81

Jimmy Greaves, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and one of the most prolific goalscorers in English football history, has died at the age of 81, his former club Tottenham said. A Tottenham legend and the club’s all-time record goalscorer, Greaves scored a remarkable 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961 and 1970,…

Bayern Munich puts seven goals past hapless VfL Bochum

When Bayern Munich is in this kind of mood, very few teams in world football can keep up. Unfortunately for VfL Bochum, Saturday was one of those days. Bayern scored four goals in the first half and three in the second against the newly-promoted side — in truth, it could have been a lot more…

‘I think it’s a yes:’ Tom Brady says he could play in the NFL until 50

Tom Brady has already cemented his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play the game but the legendary quarterback says he’s got many more years left in him. In a video alongside friend and long-term teammate Rob Gronkowski, the 44-year-old has admitted wanting to stave off NFL retirement for another six years. On…

Members of Afghan women’s youth football team arrive in Pakistan

Members of Afghanistan’s women’s football team have arrived in neighboring Pakistan, the information minister in Islamabad said on Tuesday. Former Afghanistan women’s team captain Khalida Popal says she helped with the evacuation process, tweeting: “I am happy to announce that once with the great support I managed to get more than 79 youth female footballers…

Man identified by Chelsea FC charged by Met Police after investigation into racist, anti-semitic and hateful tweets

A man who was identified by Chelsea Football Club for tweets posted in late 2020 has been charged by the London Metropolitan Police on seven counts of sending “hateful” messages on social media. The Met Police said in a statement: “A man has been charged after a Met Police investigation into racist, anti-semitic and hateful…

Late Young Boys winner stuns Manchester United on Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Champions League debut

It took Cristiano Ronaldo less than 13 minutes to score on his second Champions League debut for Manchester United, opening the scoring against Swiss team Young Boys. With practically his first touch of the match, the Portuguese forward turned home a stunning ball from international teammate Bruno Fernandes to open his account in this season’s…

Carl Nassib makes NFL history as Las Vegas Raiders beat Baltimore Ravens in thriller

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib savored a “special night” Monday as he became the first openly gay NFL player to feature in a regular season game. Nassib starred in the Raiders’ thrilling 33-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens — the first game with fans at Allegiant Stadium — and produced a decisive strip…

Marathon organizers apologize for making course 500 meters too long

The organizers of a marathon in southern England have apologized after the course for Sunday’s race was more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) too long. The Brighton Marathon returned to the streets of the coastal city after a pandemic-enforced break, but participants were forced to run further than the regulation 26.2 miles. “We would like…

Novak Djokovic’s tears, booing during sets and history denied: A US Open final for the ages

Atmosphere and emotion may well be a guarantee for any grand slam title match, but this year’s men’s US Open final had both in abundance. Daniil Medvedev battled through the boos in New York to crush Novak Djokovic’s dreams of an historic calendar grand slam in straight sets, the Serb overcome with emotion in the…

US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic in men’s final

Daniil Medvedev won his first grand slam title Sunday, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final and ending the world No. 1’s hopes of completing a calendar grand slam. The 25-year-old Medvedev, playing in his third grand slam final, became the third Russian man to win a major singles title and…

Maia Chaka makes history as first Black woman to officiate an NFL game

Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, as she became the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game. “This historic moment to me is an honor and it’s a privilege that I’ve been chosen to represent women and women of color in the most popular sport in America,” said Chaka in a video tweeted by…

Billy Horschel wins BMW PGA Championship, becoming only the second American to win the famous event

US golfer Billy Horschel won the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, becoming just the second American player to win the famous event. The 34-year-old shot a brilliant seven-under final round 65 to finish on 19-under and a shot ahead of Jamie Donaldson, Laurie Canter and Kiradech Aphibarnrat at Wentworth Golf Club. Playing in the penultimate…

Lewis Hamilton ‘fortunate to be alive’ after drama-filled Italian Grand Prix

The Italian Grand Prix was full of drama on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided and were both subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the race. The pair, who sit atop the Formula 1 driver’s championship standings, were locked wheel to wheel in the 26th lap and with Hamilton looking to squeeze…

2 Milwaukee Brewers combine to throw MLB’s record 9th no-hitter this season

There have been nine no-hitters thrown in the 2021 Major League Baseball season — breaking its all-time record for a single season. The latest came Saturday, when the Milwaukee Brewers combined to no-hit the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Brewers’ pitcher Corbin Burnes went eight innings, striking out 14 batters and walking…

Britain’s Emma Raducanu defeats Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in all-teen US Open final

British teenager Emma Raducanu won her first grand slam title by defeating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the US Open final Saturday, completing a spectacular run at Flushing Meadows’ first all-teen final since 1999. With her straight-set victory, Raducanu did not drop a set in the entire tournament. “It was an incredibly difficult match,…

Cristiano Ronaldo scores two goals on his return to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals during his first game back at Manchester United on Saturday against Newcastle United in the Premier League. The Portuguese superstar rejoined the club from Juventus this summer. He scored 118 goals in 292 games during his previous six-year stint with Manchester United before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for…

Novak Djokovic is one win away from a calendar grand slam and 21st major title

Novak Djokovic is one win away from a record-breaking 21st major title and the first calendar grand slam in men’s singles since 1969. He needed the full five sets to do it, but the world No. 1 from Serbia defeated No. 4 Alexander Zverev of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the US Open…

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez to meet in first all-teen US Open final since 1999

The US Open women’s final will be a battle of the teens as Britain’s Emma Raducanu advances to her first major final by defeating No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals on Thursday night. Raducanu, 18, will face 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium…

North Korea barred from participating in Beijing Winter Olympics

North Korea has been barred from competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as part of its punishment for its “unilateral decision” to drop out of the Tokyo Games this summer, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday. Pyongyang chose not to send its athletes to the Summer Games due to concerns its athletes…

Jordan Spieth and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele among USA’s Ryder Cup captain’s picks

The USA’s Ryder Cup team was finalized on Wednesday as Steve Stricker announced his six captain’s picks, which included three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and recently crowned Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele. The other four captain’s picks for golf’s biennial tournament, which gets underway at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 24, were Harris English,…

‘I will face this match with a smile’: Brazilian football hero Pele announces surgery to remove tumor

Brazilian football hero Pele underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his right colon last Saturday, he announced on social media on Monday. The news of the surgery follows Pele’s denial of reports that he had fainted last week, when he said that he was in good health and receiving routine examinations. The 80-year-old sports…

Former footballer Jean-Pierre Adams dies following 39-year coma

Jean-Pierre Adams, an ex-footballer who fell into a coma in 1982 following a botched knee operation, has died at the age of 73, his former clubs Nimes Olympique, Paris Saint-Germain and Nice said. Adams, an imposing central defender, started his career in Fontainebleu, where he helped the local side win its amateur championship, before moving…

Max Verstappen wins Dutch Grand Prix to the delight of home fans

Max Verstappen regained the top spot of the Formula One championship standings as he won the Dutch Grand Prix in front of raucous home support. A sea of fans dressed in orange roared loudly as Red Bull’s Verstappen took the checkered flag at Zandvoort, while orange flares were also set off from the stands following…

Tokyo Paralympics comes to an end with colorful and vibrant closing ceremony

The Tokyo Paralympics officially came to an end on Saturday as the closing ceremony took place at the Olympic Stadium. While the ceremony — which included singing, dancing, and a parade of nations — drew to its conclusion in the Japanese capital, the Paralympic flag was formally passed on to Paris and accepted by the…

Sloane Stephens says she received more than 2,000 messages of ‘abuse and anger’ after US Open defeat

American tennis player Sloane Stephens revealed harassing and threatening messages she received following her third-round loss to Angelique Kerber at the US Open on Friday. Stephens wrote on her Instagram story Saturday: “I am human, after last night’s match I got 2K + messages of abuse/anger from people upset by yesterday’s result. It’s so hard…

Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty stunned at US Open

American tennis player Shelby Rogers rallied to upset No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia, the top-ranked woman in the world, in the third round of the US Open in New York on Saturday night. The final score was 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). Rogers, ranked 43rd in the world, took the first set, but Barty…

The Baylor women’s basketball team is dropping ‘Lady’ from its name and will be known as the Bears

Baylor University’s women’s basketball team will no longer be known as the Lady Bears. The team announced Friday that it’s dropping “Lady” from its moniker, and going forward it will be referred to as the “Bears,” like the university’s other sports teams. “Baylor Women’s Basketball has solidified itself as one of Baylor’s most remarkable and…

From hospital bed to Paralympic champion in two-and-a-half months, Oksana Masters savors the latest medal of her extraordinary sporting career

For athletes preparing for the biggest event of their lives, it would usually be a cause for celebration. But 100 days out from the Tokyo Paralympics, Oksana Masters was confined to a hospital bed recovering from surgery on her leg. At the time, thoughts of winning a medal at the upcoming Games were far from…

Naomi Osaka considering taking another break from tennis after US Open loss

In a stunning result, US Open defending champion Naomi Osaka lost her third-round match to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in three sets, as the world No. 3 and four-time major champion uncharacteristically showed signs of frustration on the court and expressed doubts after the match. “I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next…

England’s players allegedly racially abused by Hungary fans during World Cup qualifier, according to FA

Some of England’s players were reportedly racially abused by Hungary fans during the team’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Hungary. ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke, who was at the stadium, says he heard monkey chants directed at Raheem Sterling, as well as at substitute Jude Bellingham as he was preparing to come on. England’s players…

US Open match suspended amid heavy rainfall despite stadium roof

The US Open tennis championship was battered by remnants of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday, causing one match to be suspended as rain poured through the stadium roof. Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman’s second-round singles match was halted early in the second set as water came through multiple openings of the roof on Louis Armstrong Stadium.…

Stefanos Tsitsipas is booed at the US Open after taking another lengthy toilet break

Stefanos Tsitsipas was booed by the crowd during his second-round US Open win over Adrian Mannarino after taking another extended toilet break. The world No. 3 angered Andy Murray, his opening-round opponent, during their five-set epic on Monday with two long trips to the bathroom, leading the Scot to call out Tsitsipas after the match.…

‘The possibilities are endless on how fast we can go,’ says Paralympian David Brown, the world’s fastest blind athlete

It was in the stands of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium that David Brown’s dreams of a career in track and field started to take hold. Brown, who has been blind since the age of 13, remembers taking in the “spots and colors” of the Paralympic Games in Beijing as his friends dictated what was happening…

Tennis’ governing bodies continue to urge players to get vaccinated ahead of US Open

Some of the world’s best tennis players are congregating in New York for the US Open, the season’s final grand slam. They do so at a time when there appears to be a sense of vaccine hesitancy among some of the sport’s leading stars. Men’s world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has been the latest high-profile…

Jacques Rogge, former IOC president, dies at 79

Former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79, the organization announced Sunday. Rogge served as president from 2001 to 2013, overseeing three summer Games and three winter Games, as well as creating the Youth Olympics. “First and foremost, Jacques loved sport and being with athletes — and he transmitted…

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley fight: What you need to know

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has found his way back into the ring, this time to fight former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. Paul previously defeated fellow YouTube personality AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former MMA fighter Ben Askren. The pay-per-view event, which includes five fights, is scheduled to start Sunday, August 29 at 8…

Tennis star Andy Murray says players ‘have a responsibility’ to get vaccine

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray says he hopes more tennis players decide to get a Covid-19 vaccine in order to keep the “wider public” safe. The 34-year-old said he was happy he had got the vaccine but is aware not everyone on the tennis tour is as keen. “Ultimately I guess the reason why…

Meet the 17-year-old swimmer and TikTok star who just won Paralympic gold

Anastasia Pagonis is, in many ways, a typical teenage girl. The New Yorker loves trying out TikTok dance trends and is obsessed with her dog. But Pagonis is far from average. She’s a record-breaking swimmer who made it to the Tokyo Paralympics. She has more than 2 million followers on TikTok. And her pup, Radar,…

NBA requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for referees and others who work with players

Less than two months ahead of the regular season tip-off, the NBA says it’s requiring referees and other personnel who work with players during the 2021-22 season to be fully vaccinated. “All referees must be fully vaccinated unless they have a religious or medical exemption. The referees have also agreed to take any recommended boosters,”…

Manchester City smashes Arsenal 5-0 as Gunners drop to bottom of Premier League

Manchester City put on a stunning display to thrash Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, dropping the Gunners to the bottom of the Premier League table with their third consecutive loss. Ilkay Gundogan scored within the first ten minutes of the match thanks to a cross from teammate Gabriel Jesus, putting an unchallenged…

Manchester United set to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo after reaching agreement with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to re-sign for Manchester United subject to personal terms, visa and a medical assessment, the club announced on Friday. The Premier League giant said an agreement had been reached with Juventus for the 36-year-old, who scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell at Old Trafford. “Everyone at the…

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy remanded in custody for two weeks

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on Friday, charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Chester Magistrates Court verbally confirmed the news to CNN and said Mendy will remain in custody until the next trial date on September 10. Mendy, 27, spoke…

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus, says manager Massimiliano Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave Juventus this season, manager Massimiliano Allegri said in a news conference on Friday. The Portuguese forward joined the Italian club on a four-year deal for a reported $117 million transfer fee in 2018 but has less than one year left on his current contract. “Yesterday, Cristiano told me that…

‘Every risk that I took, it’s all worth it’: Abbas Karimi fled Afghanistan at age 16, now he’s representing the Refugee Paralympic Team at Tokyo 2020

Bringing a child into the world should be the happiest day of any parent’s life. But Abbas Karimi said that when his mother gave birth to him in Afghanistan, his parents were riddled with anxiety. Karimi was born without arms, diagnosed with congenital limb deficiency. “They cried so much […] and they got really upset…

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged by the Cheshire Constabulary with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says the alleged events took place in Cheshire, northwest England, between October 2020 and August 2021 and relate to three complainants over the age of 16. “Mendy,…

She lost her legs in a terror attack. Now, she’s competing in the Paralympics

Beatrice de Lavalette was 17 years old when she was at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport, heading back to the US for spring break. The next thing she remembers is darkness, and the feeling of being lifted off the ground. By chance De Lavalette had been standing next to a suicide bomber and was one of the…

The US Open will offer mental health services to athletes this year

The US Open will offer athletes mental health support during this year’s tournament, in addition to typical health services, US Open officials said in a statement Tuesday. Mental health care providers will join sports medicine experts from the Mount Sinai Health System at this year’s US Open in New York, scheduled to begin next week.…

Both of the Williams sisters will miss the US Open

Twenty-three-time grand slam singles champion Serena Williams and her sister, seven-time major singles champion Venus Williams, will miss the final tennis major of the year, the US Open, the two announced on social media on Wednesday. Serena Williams announced she would not be playing because of a hamstring injury, writing on Instagram, “After careful consideration…

Australia’s Paige Greco wins first gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as Japan battles Covid increase

Australian cyclist Paige Greco won the first gold of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Wednesday with the Games, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, finally underway as new coronavirus cases surge in Japan’s capital. Greco crossed the line first in the women’s C1-3 3,000 meters individual pursuit at the Izu Velodrome ahead of…

US Justice Department awards FIFA and other football governing bodies more than $200M following corruption investigation

A six-year corruption investigation into bribery schemes in multiple world football organizations ended Tuesday. The US Department of Justice awarded $201 million to FIFA, international football’s governing body; CONCACAF, the confederation overseeing football in North and Central America along with the Caribbean countries; CONMEBOL, the governing confederation in South America, and other affected entities. The…

How does the Paralympic classification system work?

Sixteen days after the closing ceremony of the Olympics, Japan is hosting its next global sporting event as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games get underway. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics are taking place a year after originally planned because of the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), there…

The Tokyo Paralympics may see a record-high number of LGBTQ athletes

At least 30 athletes competing in the Tokyo Paralympics identify as LGBTQ — a new high for LGBTQ representation at the Paralympic Games, by one count. That’s more than double the amount of athletes who publicly identified as LGBTQ in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, according to the SB Nation blog Outsports, which conducted a similar…

What is RPC? Here’s what to know about Russia and the Paralympics

If you’re watching the Paralympic Games, you may notice an unfamiliar abbreviation, RPC. It stands for the Russian Paralympic Committee, and it’s a way of allowing Russian athletes to compete in the Paralympics while their country is banned from the Games because of one of the biggest doping scandals in sport history. “All public displays…

Afghanistan flag to feature in Paralympic opening ceremony as a show of ‘solidarity’

The flag of Afghanistan will be used as a symbol of “solidarity and peace” as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games kicks off on Tuesday night in Japan. The 16th Summer Paralympics — delayed by a year due to the pandemic — will take place amid Japan’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, with spectators banned from the…

Nice vs. Marseille: French top-flight league match abandoned after fans invade pitch and clash with players

A top-flight French league game between Nice and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday after fans invaded the pitch and a mass brawl broke out, involving players and staff. “The game between Nice and Marseille on Sunday evening ended prematurely as — following disturbances on the pitch involving home fans and players that led to an…

Hall of Fame hockey player Rod Gilbert, also known as ‘Mr. Ranger,’ has died

Hall of Fame hockey player Rod Gilbert, fondly known as “Mr. Ranger,” died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. His death was confirmed by the National Hockey League in a press release mourning Gilbert’s loss and highlighting his impact. The cause of his death was not revealed. Gilbert, who earned the nickname “Mr. Ranger”…

Miguel Cabrera becomes the 28th baseball player to join the 500 home run club

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday to become the 28th member of the exclusive 500 home run club. Playing in his 19th season, Cabrera hit a 400-foot solo shot off Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz in the sixth inning to…

Anna Nordqvist holds her nerve to win a dramatic Women’s Open

Anna Nordqvist held her nerve on the final hole to win this year’s Women’s Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, on Sunday. The Swedish golfer was all smiles as she was crowned champion after a nerve-wracking end to competition. Nordqvist was tied on 12 under with playing partner Nanna Koerstz Madsen coming into the 18th hole but…

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah runs second-fastest women’s 100 meters of all time

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah posted the second-fastest women’s 100-meter time in history at the Eugene Diamond League competition Saturday. The Jamaican, who defended her 100-meter and 200-meter Olympic titles at Tokyo 2020, ran a world lead time of 10.54 seconds as she continued to flirt with breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 seconds, set…

Harvey Elliott: ‘Everybody wants to talk’ about the 18-year-old, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s goals in the 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley, but it was the performance of teenager Harvey Elliott that really caught the eye on Saturday. The 18-year-old midfielder was making his first Premier League start for Liverpool and he didn’t look out of place alongside the likes of…

Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘told me that he’s staying,’ says Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo has “never wanted to leave Juventus,” according to the club’s coach Massimiliano Allegri. Ronaldo, who has 12 months remaining on his Juve contract, has been the subject of much recent transfer speculation with Spanish TV show El Chiringuito suggesting a return to Real Madrid could happen. There was also talk of a return…

Hideki Matsuyama: Ball hit by 2021 Masters champion lands in spectator’s shirt

It’s par for the course for a golfer’s shot to occasionally land in a water hazard or the rough, but Hideki Matsuyama’s drive ended up in a spectator’s shirt at The Northern Trust tournament on Friday. “It went between my legs, hit my knee, and somehow rolled up into my shirt,” the spectator explained on…

Jacksonville Jaguars release Tim Tebow after brief experiment at tight end

Tim Tebow’s brief stint as a Jacksonville Jaguar is over after the NFL team announced Tuesday morning that it had waived the quarterback-turned-tight end. The move comes a little less than three months after the team signed the former Heisman Trophy winner, reuniting him with his former University of Florida coach Urban Meyer, who now…

Las Vegas Raiders will require fans to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination at home games

The NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders announced Monday that the franchise will require fans to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination to attend home games this season at their gleaming new Allegiant Stadium. The vaccine mandate will go into effect September 13, the date of the team’s first regular season home game, a Monday night showdown with…

Naomi Osaka pauses press conference in tears after exchange with reporter

Naomi Osaka, preparing to compete in her first tennis tournament since the Tokyo Olympics, briefly took a break during a pre-tournament news conference on Monday after she started crying. The Western & Southern Open news conference in Mason, Ohio, began with Osaka answering questions regarding mental health and doing press conferences — subjects she sparked…

Carli Lloyd: United States Women’s National Team great to retire from football

Carli Lloyd, who is one of the most successful players in the history of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), is to retire from professional football. Over an illustrious international career which began in 2005, Lloyd earned 312 caps — the second all-time record in US and world history behind only Kristine Lilly (354)…

Connor Fields says he suffered brain shearing and bleeding after BMX crash

American BMX rider Connor Fields says he is “progressing nicely” after he suffered brain shearing and bleeding, intubation, a broken rib and a collapsed lung following his crash at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 28-year-old rider, who won the final BMX racing event at Rio 2016, was one of the favorites to clinch gold in…

Muhammad Ali’s grandson marks professional boxing debut with a victory

The continuation of a legacy was how Nico Ali Walsh — the grandson of Muhammad Ali –– described making his professional boxing debut in the sport on Saturday. Wearing a pair of his grandfather’s white trunks, the 21-year-old Walsh won his his middleweight bout against Jordan Weeks with a first-round stoppage at the Hard Rock…

Son Heung-Min: No Harry Kane, no problem as Tottenham Hotspur stuns Manchester City in Premier League

No Harry Kane? No problem. Tottenham Hotspur stunned Manchester City on Sunday, grinding out a gritty 1-0 win, despite the absence of the London’s club star striker, who has been linked with a move to the reigning Premier League champion. The 28-year-old Kane was missing from Spurs’ squad for the match, but Tottenham did a…

Gerd Müller: Legendary Bayern Munich striker mourned after death, aged 75

German soccer great Gerd Müller, who scored a remarkable 566 goals in 607 competitive appearances for Bayern Munich, died on Sunday at the age of 75, according to the Bundesliga club. “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans,” said Bayern President Herbert Hainer in a statement on the club’s…

Homophobic chanting mars Liverpool’s win against Norwich City in Premier League

Hundreds of thousands of fans attended English Premier League matches this weekend for the first time in nearly 18 months, though one game was marred by homophobic chanting and another by “isolated incidents of disorder” ahead of kick off. Norwich City midfielder Billy Gilmour, who was playing for the newly promoted club on loan from…

MLB pitcher Tyler Gilbert throws a no-hitter in his first career big league start

The modern-era record in Major League Baseball for most no-hitters thrown in a season was broken on Saturday in a sensational way, as a pitcher achieved the feat in his first career big league start. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert tossed the no-hitter as the team defeated the San Diego Padres 7-0 at Chase Field…

Rwanda President Paul Kagame says ‘we must not excuse or accept mediocrity’ after Arsenal beaten by Brentford

The reviews are in for Arsenal’s performance against Brentford in the English Premier League’s opening match on Friday and they make for grim reading if you’re a Gunners fan. “Weak and bullied,” was how Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher described Arsenal’s defending when Brentford scored its second goal in the newly promoted team’s 2-0 victory.…

Manchester United signs Raphaël Varane; thumps Leeds United as Bruno Fernandes scores hat-trick

Manchester United paraded new signing Raphaël Varane before its match against Leeds United at Old Trafford on Saturday and then treated the French international to an impressive win in its first match of the new Premier League season. Varane, who has joined the Manchester club from Real Madrid until June 2025 in a deal reportedly…

Lionel Messi: Paris Saint-Germain now has ‘no excuses’ in quest for Champions League domination after signing superstar

Not since Real Madrid’s famous ‘Galácticos’ squad of the 2000s has a single club boasted so much individual talent. Paris Saint-Germain’s dramatic capture of Lionel Messi — which will undoubtedly go down as one of the most shocking in football history — capped off what had already been an incredible summer of talent accumulation. But…

Olympics to replace Japanese athlete’s gold medal after mayor bites into it

The medal-bite is a familiar photo opportunity for winning athletes at the Olympic Games. But one Japanese mayor took it a step further after he bit a softball player’s gold medal without permission, causing widespread public outrage. Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura was shown removing his covid-mask and biting into the medal during an event intended…

An Olympian got lost, nearly missed his race, and won gold. Now he’s tracked down the volunteer who helped him out

It’s a situation we can all relate to: You get on the wrong bus, lose track of time and come close to missing an important appointment — or in the case of Hansle Parchment, almost don’t make your semifinal in the 110 meters hurdles at the Olympic Games. Jamaica’s gold medal-winning hurdler narrowly avoided embarrassment…

Australian Olympians forced to undergo ‘double quarantine’ of almost a month on return home

Australian Olympic athletes returning from Tokyo to South Australia via Sydney will be forced to undergo a double quarantine of 28 days, a mandate that has been described as “cruel and uncaring” by the country’s Olympic Committee. The athletes are currently undergoing two weeks of quarantine in Sydney as part of the country’s travel rules.…

Lionel Messi signs two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi has officially signed for French club Paris Saint-Germain, bringing his long-term association with FC Barcelona to an end. The French giants said in a statement that the Argentine superstar is signing a two-year deal “with an option of a third year.” “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at…

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson noncommittal about Covid-19 vaccine after contracting virus twice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has now had Covid-19 twice, but when asked by reporters Monday whether the Ravens have spoken to him about getting vaccinated, he was noncommittal on vaccines. “I just got off the Covid list, so I’ve got to talk to my team about this and try to see how they feel…

Barbie condemned after releasing ‘inclusive’ Tokyo Olympics collection without visible Asian representation

America’s most popular fashion doll Barbie has received widespread criticism on social media for not featuring an Asian Barbie in their collection dedicated to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Mattel, the toy company that manufactures Barbie dolls, collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers to release a new line of dolls…

Colorado Rockies backtrack and say fan did not yell racial slurs at Sunday’s game

Following an investigation, the Colorado Rockies have backtracked after accusing a fan of saying a racial slur, concluding the man instead was calling out the name of the team’s mascot. “After a thorough investigation that included calls, emails and video clips from concerned fans, media and broadcast partners, the Colorado Rockies have concluded that the…

From Simone Biles to skateboarding, these are the notable moments of the Tokyo Olympics

When history looks back on this year’s Tokyo Olympics, images of masked athletes and empty stadiums will likely be the defining feature. But look beyond the Covid-19 protocols and it will be clear this was a Games with more than one story to tell. Much will be made of the moment Simone Biles stepped away…

NBA Wizards-Pacers Summer League game postponed due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols

The NBA Summer League game between the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers has been postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols. “Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team does not have enough available players to proceed with tonight’s game against the Pacers,” the league said in a press release Sunday.…

Lionel Messi says PSG move is a ‘possibility’ as he bids tearful farewell to Barcelona

As he bid a tearful farewell to Barcelona on Sunday, football superstar Lionel Messi said a move to Paris Saint-Germain was “a possibility.” It’s been widely reported that Messi has been offered a two-year contract by PSG, though the 34-year-old Argentine said no arrangements had been made with the Parisian giant, nor with any of…

Bobby Bowden, legendary Florida State University football coach, dies at 91

Bobby Bowden, the famed college football coach who led Florida State University for over 30 years and transformed the Tallahassee team into a powerhouse, died Sunday, the school said in a statement. He was 91. Bowden “passed peacefully” at his home, according to a statement from his daughter given to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. In…

Closing ceremony wraps Tokyo 2020 after Team USA tops medal table

The final medals are being awarded in the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, wrapping two weeks of competition overshadowed by Covid-19. Team USA won more gold medals — and more medals overall — than any other country in the Games. A total of 626 athletes competed for the USA at the Tokyo 2020 games,…

Eliud Kipchoge is the ‘greatest of all time … in any sport,’ says leading performance coach

After winning the men’s Olympic marathon at Tokyo 2020, Eliud Kipchoge disarmingly remarked that he’d “wanted to test my fitness” and gauge how he was “feeling.” With around 12 kilometers of the race remaining, Kipchoge pulled clear of the lead pack to cross the line in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 38…

Athletes enter ‘Faustian bargain’ over track and shoe tech developments

A fast track and new developments in running shoe design have seen a number of records broken at the Tokyo Olympics, but a leading sports scientist has warned athletes that they could be entering into a “Faustian bargain.” Among the record breakers were Norway’s Karsten Warholm, who set a world record time in the men’s…

Neeraj Chopra’s javelin victory delivers India its first Olympic gold medal in track and field

“Unbelievable,” was how Neeraj Chopra described his victory in the men’s javelin on Saturday as he became the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. Chopra’s throw of 87.58m secured the top spot on the podium, as India also won its first gold medal at Tokyo 2020. “In athletics…

What’s next for gymnastics great Simone Biles after Tokyo?

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles left Tokyo on Wednesday with her fame intact, but changed from the person she had been before the games. Suffering from the twisties — a mental condition in which gymnasts lose the sense of where their bodies are in midair — Biles stunned the world by withdrawing from some Olympics events.…

Allyson Felix becomes most decorated US track and field athlete in Olympics history

Allyson Felix became the most decorated US track and field athlete in Olympics history after helping Team USA win the women’s 400m sprint relay on Saturday. It was Felix’s 11th Olympic medal and her seventh gold, overtaking sprint legend Carl Lewis’ haul of 10 medals. She remains one short of Finland’s Paavo Nurmi all-time track…

Kim Raisner: Germany’s modern pentathlon coach disqualified from Olympics for hitting horse

Germany’s modern pentathlon coach Kim Raisner has been disqualified from Tokyo 2020 for hitting a horse, the Modern Pentathlon Federation (UIPM) said in a statement on Saturday. The incident occurred as Raisner was trying to assist German modern pentathlete Annika Schleu on Friday, ahead of her show jumping round in the women’s event. Schleu was…

Eliud Kipchoge: Marathon world record holder has ‘the qualities of an ascetic monk’

When filmmakers were invited to document Eliud Kipchoge’s second attempt to run a marathon in under two hours, it was the runner, rather than the run, that captured their imagination. Amid the bluster and noise that often surrounds professional sport, they found that Kipchoge’s quiet, contemplative demeanor was unique — the calm at the eye…

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