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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…

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