US Announces Diplomatic Boycott Of China’s 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

US Announces Diplomatic Boycott Of China’s 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The United States Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, a calibrated rebuke of China’s human rights record that stops short of preventing US athletes from competing. The decision comes after Washington spent months wrangling with what position to take on the Games, hosted in February next year by a country it accuses of perpetrating “genocide” against Uyghur Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, but the Chinese foreign ministry had earlier threatened “resolute countermeasures” to any such boycott. The…

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EU lawmakers oppose Super League-type breakaway competitions

EU lawmakers oppose Super League-type breakaway competitions

European lawmakers voted their opposition to breakaway competitions on Tuesday following the aborted Super League project that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are still backing. Some of Europe’s biggest football clubs wanted to break away from the Champions League and run their own competition called the Super League, but it quickly collapsed within 48 hours of launch in April following protests by fans and governments. With 597 votes to 36 and 55 abstentions, members of the European Parliament said they want European sporting culture “to be aligned with EU values…

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Cricket: Australia conquer T20 World Cup

Cricket: Australia conquer T20 World Cup

Kane Williamson’s innings deserved the Cup. But a Mitchell Marsh-led Australian assault ensured that the New Zealand bowlers blew it up. Imperiously, the men in Green and Gold chased down the victory target of 173 at the cost of just two wickets with seven balls to spare. The Blackcaps suffered another final heartbreak, this time to a better team. New Zealand actually lost the T20 World Cup final in the first 10 overs, when they scored 57/1, batting first. A fifth-gear switch in the next 10 overs made their total…

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European Qualifiers for 2022 World Cup: all the fixtures and results

European Qualifiers for 2022 World Cup: all the fixtures and results

The European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup resumed on 11 November. Seven teams have now won their groups to secure World Cup qualification: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Serbia and Spain. How qualifying works The ten group winners qualify for the 2022 World Cup which runs from 21 November to 18 December in Qatar. For the play-offs from 24 to 29 March 2022, the ten group runners-up will be joined by the two best group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall ranking that have neither qualified…

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Handball federation changes uniform rules after pressure over ‘sexist’ bikini rule

Handball federation changes uniform rules after pressure over ‘sexist’ bikini rule

The International Handball Federation has responded to widespread accusations of sexism by changing its rules around women’s uniforms to allow bike shorts and tank tops instead of bikini bottoms and crop tops. The sport’s global governing body has been the subject of international pressure since July, when the European Handball Federation made headlines for imposing a €1,500 fine on the Norwegian women’s beach handball team for wearing shorts like their male counterparts during the Euro 21 tournament in Bulgaria. At the time, the EHF described the shorts as “improper clothing”….

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Djokovic could miss Australian Open due to anti-vaxx stance

Djokovic could miss Australian Open due to anti-vaxx stance

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence is in doubt after a government official said that it is unlikely that unvaccinated players will get visas to enter the country. “I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country and if they did get a visa, they’d probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was quoted as saying by Reuters. “I don’t think that the person you indicated (Djokovic) or any other tennis player, let’s not personalise…

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Dallas Cowboys Top List of Most Valuable U.S. Sports Franchises: Data Viz

Dallas Cowboys Top List of Most Valuable U.S. Sports Franchises: Data Viz

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the NHL’s most valuable franchise at $2 billion, according to Sportico’s report, released last Thursday. It’s a price that few individuals in the world could pay. That said, the least valuable NFL franchise, the Cincinnati Bengals, is still worth 20% more than the Maple Leafs, which is only the 59th most valuable team in a North American sports league. In fact, all 32 NFL franchises are among the top 50 in both value and revenue. Every NFL team benefits from the league’s lucrative media rights…

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Danica Patrick joins Sky Sports F1 team for United States GP

Danica Patrick joins Sky Sports F1 team for United States GP

Motor racing icon Danica Patrick is joining Sky Sports F1 for her home United States GP this weekend. Patrick, widely renowned as the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, will be part of our bumper punditry team providing analysis on all the action from Austin, Texas. “I’m really excited,” said Patrick, one of motorsport’s greatest-ever female drivers, who called time on a remarkable career in 2018. “I love the fact that we’ve got Lewis trying to be the GOAT with most wins, most poles and most…

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Female athletes stand up for abortion rights

Female athletes stand up for abortion rights

Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are among more than 500 U.S. female athletes who have petitioned the Supreme Court. The state of Mississippi wants to ban the right to abortion in the U.S. More than 500 female athletes, coaches and sports associations have written to the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the U.S., in support of the right to abortion. Without the right to terminate a pregnancy, “the physical stresses of forced pregnancy and childbirth would undermine athletes’ ability to reach their full potential,” the letter…

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Football: France win Nations League against Spain with a late goal from Mbappe

Football: France win Nations League against Spain with a late goal from Mbappe

Kylian Mbappé scored late as world champion France came from behind to win the Nations League with a 2-1 victory over Spain in the final. Mbappé netted with 10 minutes remaining as France was again forced to fight back, just as it had done in the semifinals against Belgium. There were few chances in a cagey final in Milan but the match burst into life shortly after the hour mark. Moments after France hit the woodwork, Mikel Oyarzabal fired Spain in front but its lead lasted less than two minutes…

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