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Serena Williams takes to the tennis court with daughter Olympia

Sorry Venus, Serena has found a new doubles partner. The 23-time grand slam champion took to the court with daughter Olympia, who turns three in September, as the pair sported matching purple outfits. In photos posted on Williams’ Instagram, the pair are seen celebrating, sharing a high five and walking off court — where Olympia…

Jack Johnson: The Black boxer who sparked race riots after world heavyweight win

Global protests sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis are likely never to be forgotten, but less well known are the race riots that flared across the US 110 years ago. Those riots weren’t sparked by police brutality, but by a boxing match. In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first…

The NFL plans to play the Black national anthem before Week 1 games

The NFL plans to have the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — known as the Black national anthem — performed live or played before every game in Week 1 of the NFL season, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told CNN on Thursday. The news was first reported by The Undefeated, which is…

West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies aged 95

The cricket world is in mourning after West Indies cricket legend Everton Weekes died at the age of 95. He was one of the “Three Ws” — along with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott — who put Barbados and West Indies cricket on the map in the 1950s. It is expected that he will be…

Fans flout social distancing rules at Bulgarian Cup final

Thousands of football fans attended the Bulgarian Cup final between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and CSKA Sofia on Wednesday, where social distancing measures appeared to be ignored in the stands. Officials relaxed rules for Wednesday’s final, which Lokomotiv won 5-3 on penalties, by increasing the number of fans allowed into the stadium from 4,000 to 12,000. Visit…

Former Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone becomes a father at 89

Former Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone, 89, and wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, have announced the birth of their son. The baby boy was born on Wednesday and is named Ace, a spokesperson for Ecclestone confirmed to CNN. The new arrival will be the billionaire’s first son, and his first child with Flosi, joining daughters Tamara,…

Lewis Hamilton, Formula One’s voice and conscience

On a karting track in southeast England, an eight-year-old Lewis Hamilton has the measure of his rivals. He is flying around the course. He is quicker than the other boys and, though these are supposed to be carefree years, is racing with the intensity of someone who is eager to make an impression. “There’s a…

Statue campaign launched for pioneering Black footballer Jack Leslie

A campaign has been launched to build a statue for an English footballer who was supposedly denied the chance to play for his country because he was Black. The Jack Leslie campaign hopes to raise £100,000 ($124,000) for a statue to honor Leslie, a striker for English club Plymouth Argyle in the 1920s and 1930s.…

New study reveals ‘evident’ racial bias in TV football commentary

There is “evident” racial bias in the way football commentators refer to players of different skin colors, says a new study published on Tuesday. More than 2,000 statements made by commentators across 80 televised matches in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 were analyzed by Danish research organization RunRepeat, with the…

Derby County footballer Andre Wisdom hospitalized after assault

Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is recovering in hospital after an “unprovoked assault and robbery,” according to a statement from the club. Reports say that Wisdom, who joined the the Championship club in 2017, was visiting relatives in Toxteth, Liverpool, when the incident took place. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features “Andre Wisdom…

Barcelona slaps $448 million buyout clause on new signing Miralem Pjanić

Barcelona has slapped an eye-watering buyout clause of nearly $450 million (400m euros) on new signing Miralem Pjanić. The midfielder will head to the Catalan club from Juventus at the end of the current season with the move costing more than $67m (60m euros). The 30-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the reigning La…

Mercedes to race in black cars for 2020 in stand against racism

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has announced that their cars will don a black livery for the 2020 season as a statement that the reigning champions “stand against racism and all forms of discrimination.” Team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will also wear all-black overalls, as opposed to their usual all-white. Six-time world…

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup ‘Diamond in the Desert’ stadium completed

Qatar’s third venue for the 2022 World Cup — the Education City Stadium — has been completed. Dubbed the “Diamond in the Desert,” the 40,000-seat ground is one of eight stadiums to be used in the competition. The stadium features a triangular-design with complex, diamond-like patterns and, as the sun moves across the sky, the…

FA Cup: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal reach semifinals

The FA Cup semifinals feature a familiar quartet. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal — the last four winners of football’s oldest cup competition — advanced to the penultimate round with away victories this weekend in England. After Manchester United beat Norwich 2-1 in extra time Saturday, Arsenal downed Sheffield United 2-1, Chelsea overcame…

Andy Murray predicts tennis will be ‘one of the last sports to get back to normality’

As tennis tournaments are forced to push back their starting dates because of the coronavirus pandemic, Andy Murray says tennis will be “one of the last sports to get back to normality.” The tennis calendar has been severely disrupted by the spread of Covid-19, with Wimbledon canceled, the French Open postponed until September, and US…

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