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Australian Open turmoil raises questions for Tokyo Games

The quarantine controversy over tennis’ Australian Open has raised questions about whether large-scale international sporting events can take place in the middle of a pandemic and could offer a preview of the difficulties facing this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Players arriving in the Australian state of Victoria have been placed into a 14-day quarantine ahead of…

America’s Cup: Patriot ‘flying yacht’ capsizes in gusty conditions

Emergency management plans were put into operation during the America’s Cup challenger series on Sunday when American Magic’s Patriot yacht dramatically capsized in gusty conditions in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. The team’s AC75 “flying” yacht was damaged in the incident during the Prada Cup race and began taking on water, with American Magic receiving help from…

Australian Open: Quarantining tennis players voice ‘unequal practice’ frustrations

Instead of training for up to five hours a day as they prepare for the Australian Open, 72 players find themselves unable to leave their hotel rooms under quarantine rules — and a number of them are vocally expressing their frustrations. Some are not only frustrated. Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria Commissioner Emma Cassar said on Sunday…

Sofia Bekatorou: Olympic medalist’s decision to speak out over alleged 1998 sexual assault sparks public outcry in Greece

Greek Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou’s very public detailing of her alleged sexual assault in 1998 by a high-ranking Hellenic Sailing Federation (HSF) official has sparked an outcry in the Mediterranean country over the way her revelations were initially dealt with. Bekatorou did not name the person she is accusing. On Saturday, Aristides Adamopoulos —…

Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights

Preparations for the Australian Open hit a major stumbling block on Saturday after 47 players were told they couldn’t train or practice after some passengers on two charter planes arriving in Melbourne returned positive Covid-19 test results. Twenty-four players on a charter flight from the US to Melbourne are required to quarantine for two weeks…

Ralph Lauren cuts ties with golfer Justin Thomas for using anti-gay slur

The Ralph Lauren Corporation is cutting ties with golfer Justin Thomas over his use of a homophobic slur. Thomas apologized for the incident, which occurred at a PGA Tour tournament in Hawaii last Saturday. “There’s no excuse,” Thomas told the Golf Channel in an on-air apology immediately after his round. In a statement, the company…

Two-time golf major winner Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil

Federal Police in Brazil have arrested golfer Angel Cabrera on an Interpol red notice for alleged crimes committed in Argentina. In a statement by Federal Police in Rio de Janeiro, an unnamed 51-year-old Argentine was arrested Friday. A Rio de Janeiro Federal Police official who doesn’t want to be identified confirmed to CNN that the…

James Naismith: Basketball inventor is celebrated with Google Doodle

James Naismith, the Canadian-American who invented the game of basketball, was celebrated with a Google Doodle on Friday. Naismith, who invented the sport in 1891, was born 30 years earlier, near the town of Almonte in Ontario, Canada. He didn’t invent the game in Ontario, that would come when he was a physical education teacher…

Dakar Rally rider Pierre Cherpin dies after sustaining injuries in crash

Dakar Rally rider Pierre Cherpin has passed away from injuries sustained in a crash on January 10, race organizers announced on Friday. Cherpin, 52, was competing in the seventh stage of the iconic rally from Ha’il to Sakaka in Saudi Arabia when he crashed at the 178-kilometer mark. According to a statement from race organizers,…

Russian woman who swam under Siberia’s ice may have broken the world record

Wearing nothing but a bathing suit, a swimming cap and an underwater mask, the 40-year-old woman plunged into a carved-out section of a frozen Siberian lake, before diving under the ice to swim in water estimated to be around 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Footage tweeted by the English language Siberian Times shows the 40-year-old woman from…

Houston Rockets trade James Harden to Brooklyn Nets in blockbuster three-team deal

The Houston Rockets are moving on from franchise superstar James Harden. They have traded the 31-year-old to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a three-team deal, the Nets announced on Thursday. In return for Harden, Houston is acquiring Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs from the Nets, Dante Exum from the Cleveland Cavaliers, three first-round picks…

Chapecoense earns promotion back to Brazil’s top division

Brazilian football club Chapecoense, which lost almost its entire first-team squad in a plane crash in 2016, has earned promotion back to Serie A. Chapecoense beat Figueirense 2-1 on Tuesday to guarantee a top four place in Serie B and an immediate return to the country’s top division following last season’s relegation. On November 28,…

2021 Masters to allow return of limited number of fans

The 2021 Masters will allow a limited number of spectators in attendance, Fred Ridley — chairman of Augusta National Golf Club — announced Tuesday in a statement. “While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who…

Megan Rapinoe condemns US Capitol rioters as ‘White supremacy mob’

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has denounced last week’s riots in the US Capitol as “a huge stain on the country.” Rapinoe, who has returned to US Women’s National Team (USWNT) duty for the first time in nearly a year, spoke to reporters at length about the insurrection on January 6 that saw a pro-Trump mob…

R&A has no plans to stage future championships at Trump-owned Turnberry Golf Course

The R&A on Monday announced that it has no plans to stage any future championships at the Trump Turnberry golf course and resort in Scotland. The organization oversees The Open Championship, which is the world’s oldest men’s major golf championship, as well as the Women’s British Open, among others. “We had no plans to stage…

Take a deep breath…freediver swims 662 feet underwater

Danish freediver Stig Severinsen has broken the world distance record for swimming with fins on just one breath — making it 202 meters (662 ft 8.7 in) underwater, Guinness World Records has confirmed. Guinness said Severinsen, 47, completed the swim on November 26 in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The previous record of 177…

Fans ejected from Sydney Test as cricket launches probe into alleged racist abuse

Six people were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday as the third Test between Australia and India was overshadowed by allegations of racist abuse. The Indian team lodged an official complaint after bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary rope on Saturday, the third…

Justin Thomas apologizes for using ‘inexcusable’ anti-gay slur

World No. 3 golfer Justin Thomas has apologized for using a homophobic slur that was caught by television microphones at a PGA Tour tournament in Hawaii on Saturday. The incident occurred after Thomas missed a par putt during the Sentry Tournament of Champions’ third round in Hawaii. “There’s no excuse,” Thomas told the Golf Channel…

After 30 league games without a win, Schalke stops the rot with 4-0 victory

Having last won a German Bundesliga game just under a year ago, Schalke ended that dismal record in some style on Saturday — comfortably beating Hoffenheim 4-0 on Saturday. Matthew Hoppe was the star of the Schalke show as he became the first-ever American player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Armine Harit, assisted…

‘They’re not f**king protesters, they’re f**king terrorists,’ says NBA star Draymond Green on US Capitol insurrection

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says those involved in the insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday were not “protesters” but “terrorists.” The 30-year-old was speaking to reporters after his side lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday and gave an impassioned response when asked about the DC riots. “Stop describing those people…

Football player Alex Apolinario dies aged 24

Brazilian football player Alex Apolinario has died at the age of 24, his club FC Alverca said in a statement Thursday. Alverca said Apolinario collapsed in the 27th minute of the club’s Portuguese third division match against UFC Almeirim on Sunday, after apparently suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest. “It is with deep sadness that we report,…

Karim Benzema to face trial over alleged involvement in blackmail scheme

French striker Karim Benzema is set to face trial for his alleged involvement in a scheme to blackmail his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena in 2015, the prosecutor of the Versailles Tribunal confirmed to CNN. The case relates to the existence of a sex tape which features Valbuena. Benzema is accused of pressuring Valbuena, who played…

Sports world sees two Americas in policing of DC riot and Black Lives Matter protests

After rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday to protest Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, players and coaches across American sports leagues voiced their concerns about what they witnessed in Washington. “This is what’s going on. It has been incited. People can’t be surprised at what’s happening, because it’s kind of been provoked for a…

After ‘life-changing’ major win, Collin Morikawa says fame won’t change him

After the RBC Canadian Open in June 2019, Collin Morikawa was ranked 1039th in the world having finished tied for 14th. A little over a year later, in August 2020, he was golf’s fifth highest-ranked player. His shock victory that month at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco — finishing two…

Lionel Messi scores twice to help resurgent Barcelona move to third in La Liga

After a turbulent summer, Lionel Messi has had an atypically slow start to the season. However, with the calendar having flipped to 2021, the Barcelona forward looks to have kicked into another gear, showing glimpses of his best. On Wednesday night, Messi scored twice and hit the woodwork twice in Barcelona’s 3-2 victory over Athletic…

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Juventus win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Juventus’ 4-1 win over Udinese on Sunday to start the year in typical ruthless goalscoring style. The Portuguese forward’s brace took him to 758 career goals, edging ahead of Pele’s total by one, according to Juve’s official website. The late Czech striker Josef Bican is reportedly the all-time record holder…

Steph Curry scores career-high 62 points in Golden State Warriors victory

In his three-time NBA title winning career, Steph Curry has put in some dominant performances. However, he might have eclipsed them all on Sunday night in the Golden State Warriors’ 137-122 win over the Portland Trailblazers. Curry scored a career-high 62 points in his 36 minutes on the floor, finishing 18-for-31 from the field, 8-for-16…

Covid-hit Manchester City cruises to win at struggling Chelsea

Manchester City shrugged off the loss of six players to Covid-19 to beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to reignite its English Premier League title challenge. Pep Guardiola’s team has made, by its own high standards, a faltering start to the campaign, not helped by the disruption of recent positive coronavirus tests among squad members, with…

Petra Vlhova crowned ‘Snow Queen’ as Mikaela Shiffrin takes fourth

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova was crowned “Snow Queen” of Zagreb for the second straight year after claiming the World Cup slalom event as four-time winner Mikaela Shiffrin finished back in fourth. Vlhova powered down the second of her two runs under the floodlights for a combined time of 1 minute 59.05 seconds, edging out second-placed Katharina…

Paul Westphal, NBA player and coach, dies at 70

NBA player and coach Paul Westphal died on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the University of Southern California. He was 70 years old. Westphal died after a battle with brain cancer, according to USC, where he played from 1969 to 1972. He’s survived by his wife Cindy, two children and grandchildren. In a statement,…

Floyd Little, NFL running back and Hall of Famer, dies at 78

Former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little died Friday at the age of 78, according to his family. “After nearly a year of confronting, even battling cancer, the beloved hero, brother, uncle, grandfather, father and husband, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Denver Bronco, and Syracuse #44 Legend, Floyd D. Little ran his last mile, gracefully…

Mauricio Pochettino takes charge at French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain

Mauricio Pochettino was officially confirmed as the new coach of French champion Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. The news had been widely expected since the departure of Tuchel, who was relieved of his duties in December despite leading PSG to the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League final last…

Premier League stars condemned for Covid lockdown breach

Tottenham Hotspur has publicly criticized three prominent first team players for flouting coronavirus rules after they attended a Christmas party with their families. Photographs that circulated on social media showed Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso at the party in London, with West Ham player Manuel Lanzini also in attendance. Restrictions by the…

Manchester United draw level with Liverpool as Fernandes penalty sees off Villa

Manchester United drew level with archrival Liverpool on points at the top of the English Premier League as a sweetly struck Bruno Fernandes penalty secured a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Fernandes’ 15th goal of the season settled a high-quality New Year’s Day encounter after Bertrand Traore had canceled out Anthony Martial’s…

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani handed three-match ban by FA over social media post

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has been handed a three-match ban and fined £100,000 ($136,594) by the English Football Association in relation to a social media post. The Uruguayan thanked a follower on his Instagram story last month using the phrase “gracias negrito,” which translates to “thank you, little Black one.” The phrase is seen…

LeBron James celebrates scoring milestone on 36th birthday

As if there was any doubt, LeBron James celebrated his 36th birthday in style. Not only did he top score for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 121-107 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, but his 26 points marked another milestone for James. He has now gone 1,000 consecutive games with a personal score of…

Lewis Hamilton knighted in UK’s New Year Honours List

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton capped a remarkable year on and off the track after he was awarded a knighthood in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List which was announced on Wednesday. This year, Hamilton won his seventh F1 driver’s championship title, equaling the great Michael Schumacher’s record. Off the track, the 35-year-old became a…

Atlético Madrid and Diego Costa agree termination of striker’s contract

Atlético Madrid and Diego Costa have agreed to an early end of the 32-year-old striker’s contract, the Spanish club said on Tuesday. “The striker, who asked to leave the club for personal reasons, signed the termination of his contract that ran until June 30, 2021,” said Atlético on its website. Costa played 215 matches and…

LeBron James and the LA Lakers yet to click in early days of NBA season

Only two NBA teams have played four games so far this season: the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. Both are talked up as potential championship contenders. Both have started the season a vanilla 2-2. Glimpses of championship quality alongside the growing pains of a team filled with new faces. For the Lakers, LeBron…

‘Like a chisel going through your head’: Greg Norman delivers graphic account of dealing with Covid-19 symptoms

Golf great Greg Norman has graphically described his struggle dealing with Covid-19 symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. Over the Christmas period, the 65-year-old delivered three updates on Instagram after he twice went to hospital. Former world no.1 Norman first posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed on Christmas Day, writing: “This…

Dallas Mavericks blow out LA Clippers by 51 points

Having lost their first two games of the season, the Dallas Mavericks stormed to a statement victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, winning 124-73. The team’s young talisman Luka Doncic, 21, led the way with 24 points, eight assists and nine rebounds. The Clippers were without star player Kawhi Leonard, but even with…

Roger Federer withdraws from 2021 Australian Open

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the 2021 Australian Open, the tournament announced on Monday. The 20-time major champion has not played in a tournament since reaching the semifinals at the 2020 Australian Open after getting arthroscopic surgery in his right knee. “In the end Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the…

West Brom stuns Liverpool with late equalizer

Reigning Premier League champion Liverpool missed the chance to go five points clear at the top of the table as West Bromwich Albion salvaged a precious point for new manager Sam Allardyce in a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday. It looked an unlikely outcome after Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead after only 12 minutes…

Tom Brady lifts Buccaneers into playoffs with record-breaking performance

Tom Brady marked his 300th regular season game with a stellar performance to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a 47-7 rout of the Detroit Lions. The 43-year-old quarterback threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the first half Saturday as the Bucs improved…

Female jockey makes history in famous Boxing Day steeplechase

Bryony Frost made horse racing history as she became the first woman jockey to win the prestigious King George VI Chase with a “dream” Boxing Day success on 20-1 outsider Frodon. The 25-year-old Frost led from start to finish to give trainer Paul Nicholls his 12th success in the race at Kempton Park on the…

Manchester United denied record-equaling Premier League away win by late Foxes equalizer

Leicester City came from behind twice to deny Manchester United a record-equaling 11th straight English Premier League away win in a 2-2 Boxing Day draw at the King Power Stadium. United looked set to move to within two points of leader Liverpool after man-of-the-match Bruno Fernandes put them 2-1 ahead in the 79th minute. But…

For the first time all season, an NFL coach will miss a game due to Covid-19 protocols

Players, assistant coaches and coordinators have all missed National Football League games this season under league Covid-19 protocols, but never has a head coach been absent from the sidelines. But — according to a statement from the Detroit Lions Thursday — that will change this weekend when the team’s interim head coach Darrell Bevell will…

Tokyo Olympic Games: Opening and closing ceremonies to be pared back

The opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo’s Olympic Games will be carried out with a “simpler, more restrained approach,” the Organizing Committee announced on Wednesday. The ceremonies will be designed to “reflect the overall simplification of the Games” with Covid-19 countermeasures in place. Tokyo’s Organizing Committee made no announcements about how the opening and closing…

How animals invaded the world of sport in 2020

A bit like cats meowing and dogs barking their way across the Internet, 2020 was a bumper year for animals in sport. Back in September, a blue macaw decided to join in on Brazil’s women’s team scrimmage, landing on defender Bruna Benites’ head at the start of the second half. The parrot is known as…

Using a fitness tracker could get you to walk an extra mile a day

People walk almost an extra mile each day if they have an activity tracker on their smartphone or watch, a study has found. Researchers analyzed dozens of studies comparing people’s exercise activity with and without a tracking app, and found that being able to keep tabs on progress boosted how far people walked or ran.…

New NBA season to test LeBron James’ ability to defy expectations of age

The opening day of the 2020-21 NBA season is unlike any other. It has been just 71 days since the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship. The Lakers will take on the crosstown rival Clippers in one of the two opening night fixtures on Tuesday. In the other opening day game, the Golden…

Blink and you’ll miss it — Rafael Leao scores fastest goal in Serie A history

There are fast starts, and then there are fast starts. It took just six seconds for AC Milan to lead against Sassuolo on Sunday — the quickest goal in the history of Serie A. Rafael Leao wrote his name into the record books when Hakan Calhanoglu drove into the Sassuolo half straight from kickoff and…

Manchester United fires six goals past Leeds to continue impressive Premier League run

Manchester United continued its imperious run of form in the Premier League with a 6-2 demolition of Leeds United. Since the insipid defeat to Arsenal at the start of November — following which many fans had called for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked — United is unbeaten in the league, winning six of…

Canada’s Trudeau congratulates L.P. Ladouceur of Dallas Cowboys on pending NFL record

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Dallas Cowboys long snapper L.P. Ladouceur ahead of his 251st NFL game, which will set a record for a Canadian-born player. When Ladouceur takes to the field against the San Francisco 49ers at Arlington Sunday, he will surpass the 250 games of Canadian-born former kicker Eddie Murray, who…

Liverpool makes history with thumping seven-goal victory over hapless Crystal Palace

Defending champion Liverpool laid down a marker to the Premier League’s chasing pack with a thumping 7-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. It’s the first time in the club’s history that Liverpool has won by seven goals away from home in the English top flight, adding yet another record to this side’s illustrious…

Wayne Rooney’s son Kai signs for Manchester United’s academy

Football talent clearly runs in the genes of the Rooney family. Wayne Rooney’s son, Kai, has followed in his father’s footsteps by signing for English Premier League club Manchester United. The 11-year-old was pictured on social media holding a United shirt with ‘Rooney 10’ on the back, the same number his father wore during his…

Tiger Woods warms up with his son Charlie, 11, and the similarities are striking

He may only be 11, but Tiger Woods‘ son Charlie is clearly a chip off the old block when it comes to golf. The pair were a mirror image of each other when warming up on Thursday ahead of the PNC Championship — an end-of-season event where professionals line-up with a family member of their…

Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze named players of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards

Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze were respectively named the men’s and women’s player of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Thursday. Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski saw off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned the best men’s player. The forward has been in frightening form over the last year,…

Russia’s doping ban reduced to two years, Court of Arbitration for Sport rules

Russia’s ban from major international sporting events has been halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the country will still not be represented at next year’s Olympics or the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The original ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance was announced last year. An appeal to CAS…

Liverpool defeats Tottenham as Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho disagree on the touchline

Roberto Firmino scored a wonderful bullet-header in the dying moments of Wednesday’s match to stun Tottenham Hotspur and move Liverpool to the top of the English Premier League. With the game seemingly heading to a 1-1 draw after goals from Mo Salah and Son Heung-Min, Firmino produced a moment of real quality in the 90th…

Zinedine Zidane hails Karim Benzema as the greatest French striker in history

France has a knack for producing some of football’s greatest forwards. Just Fontaine, Raymond Kopa, Jean-Pierre Papin, Eric Cantona, David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry are some of the most prolific and talented strikers to have graced the game. However, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane — himself a World Cup-winning legend with the French national team…

Florida Gators basketball player breathing on his own and talking after collapsing on court

Keyontae Johnson, the University of Florida men’s basketball player who collapsed mid-game on Saturday, is now breathing on his own, talking with family and in stable condition, according to his parents. In a Tuesday statement, Nika and Marrecus Johnson revealed that their son made a FaceTime call with his teammates. “We feel so much love…

2023 Rugby World Cup draw confirmed as New Zealand face host France in pool stage

Three-time winner New Zealand will face host France at the 2023 Rugby World Cup after the pool stage draw was made on Monday. Both the All Blacks and France, which last hosted the tournament in 2007, will be confident of progressing through to the knockout stages after also drawing Italy in Pool A. Meanwhile, reigning…

Champions League draw: Barcelona faces Paris Saint-Germain in pick of round of 16 ties

After six thrilling match days, the Champions League group stages are over and we now look forward to the knockout stages of Europe’s most prestigious competition. The pandemic has meant the vast majority of the games have been played behind closed doors, but the intensity and quality has remained high despite the absence of fans.…

Gérard Houllier, former Liverpool and France manager, dies aged 73

Former Liverpool and France manager Gérard Houllier has died aged 73, according to the English Premier League club. Houllier coached the French national team between 1992 and 1993, as well as leading club sides Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon to French league titles. In his six-year stint at the helm of Liverpool, Houllier won the FA…

Max Verstappen storms to victory in season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen produced a flawless display to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. The Red Bull driver led from start to finish in the race, ending Mercedes’ run of six consecutive wins at the Yas Marina Circuit circuit. The 23-year-old held off Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton with ease, with the Mercedes…

Anthony Joshua welcomes blockbuster fight with Tyson Fury after beating Kubrat Pulev

Anthony Joshua says he welcomes “the challenge” of facing Tyson Fury after comfortably beating Kubrat Pulev in London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday. The heavyweight champion produced a devastating knockout in the ninth round to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA belts but attention quickly turned to the possibility of a unification bout with Fury. Joshua…

Columbus Crew beats Seattle Sounders to win a second MLS championship

The Columbus Crew beat the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night to win its second Major League Soccer Cup. The Crew won 3-0, with Lucas Zelarayan marking two goals and Derrick Etienne scoring one. This is the second MLS Cup crown for the Crew, which also won in 2008. Crew head coach Caleb Porter described Zelarayan’s…

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