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Copa America moves ahead despite backlash from fans and players

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 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…

Brisbane set to host 2032 Olympics after IOC endorsement

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’

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…

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

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

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 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

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…

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

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 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…

Roger Federer withdraws from French Open over knee concerns

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

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…