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World Athletics finds female athletes target of 87 percent of online abuse at Tokyo Olympics
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World Athletics finds female athletes target of 87 percent of online abuse at Tokyo Olympics

World Athletics has found that female athletes were the target of 87 percent of all online abuse at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. The findings come from a study conducted during the Games and published on Thursday. It follows the launch of World Athletics’ new safeguarding policy last month, which highlights the concern that social media…

Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United set to appoint pioneering German coach as interim manager — reports
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Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United set to appoint pioneering German coach as interim manager — reports

Ralf Rangnick is set to be been named as Manchester United’s interim manager, the Athletic and other media outlets reported on Thursday. Rangnick would replace the recently sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team’s coach for the rest of the season, while they seek a full time replacement. The 63-year-old joins the English Premier League…

Tom DeBlass: How MMA fighter overcame childhood abuse and father’s addiction to become a champion
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Tom DeBlass: How MMA fighter overcame childhood abuse and father’s addiction to become a champion

Even as a three-year-old, Tom DeBlass noticed that his father sometimes looked different when he returned home. He was too young at the time to truly understand that this was the result of alcohol addiction, but his family tried to explain it to him anyway, referring to those nights he would arrive home looking disheveled…

IOC member Dick Pound ‘puzzled’ by reaction to Peng Shuai video call
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IOC member Dick Pound ‘puzzled’ by reaction to Peng Shuai video call

Long-time International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound has said that he is “puzzled” by the reaction to a video call between three-time Olympian Peng Shuai and IOC president Thomas Bach. The video call comes after Peng, one of China’s most recognizable sports stars, publicly accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into…

French court says Real Madrid star Karim Benzema used ‘subterfuge and lies’ in sex tape case
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French court says Real Madrid star Karim Benzema used ‘subterfuge and lies’ in sex tape case

It all started with a broken cell phone. In 2014, French footballer Mathieu Valbuena was looking to get some data off his old phone when his life changed forever and he fell into a blackmail plot. More than seven years later, Valbuena’s ex-France teammate Karim Benzema, who plays for Real Madrid, was handed a one-year…

Manchester City defeats Paris Saint-Germain as both teams qualify for Champions League knockout stages
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Manchester City defeats Paris Saint-Germain as both teams qualify for Champions League knockout stages

Manchester City came from behind to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Wednesday as both teams qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Having been on the back foot throughout the first half, PSG took the lead at the start of the second period when Lionel Messi’s deflected cross was finished by Kylian Mbappe.…

Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting test positive for Covid-19 as club grapples with virus
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Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting test positive for Covid-19 as club grapples with virus

Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have tested positive for Covid-19, the German club said on Wednesday. “The FC Bayern forward is self-isolating at home in accordance with the relevant health authorities and doing well under the circumstances,” said the German club on its website, referring to Choupo-Moting.Later on Wednesday, Bayern confirmed…

Famous basketball announcer Dick Vitale, who is battling cancer, emotional upon return
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Famous basketball announcer Dick Vitale, who is battling cancer, emotional upon return

Famous college basketball announcer Dick Vitale could not hold back the emotion as he returned to commentating on Tuesday night. Last month, Vitale announced that he has lymphoma and would undergo six months of chemotherapy. And on Tuesday night, an emotional Vitale returned to the commentary booth for ESPN’s coverage of the college basketball game…

Karim Benzema: Real Madrid star found guilty of complicity in attempted blackmail in sex tape case
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Karim Benzema: Real Madrid star found guilty of complicity in attempted blackmail in sex tape case

Soccer star Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined 75,000 euros ($84,000) over his involvement in the attempted blackmail against former French national teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, the Olympiacos player’s lawyer confirmed to CNN. The court went further than the prosecutor in its ruling on Wednesday, which…

Manchester United qualifies for Champions League knockout stages with 2-0 victory against Villarreal
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Manchester United qualifies for Champions League knockout stages with 2-0 victory against Villarreal

Manchester United started life without Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-0 victory against Villarreal on Tuesday courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. The win means United, which parted with manager Solskjaer at the weekend after a poor string of results, qualifies for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Michael Carrick stood…

Peng Shuai: Human Rights Watch accuses IOC of sportswashing in case of Chinese tennis star
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Peng Shuai: Human Rights Watch accuses IOC of sportswashing in case of Chinese tennis star

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of sportswashing serious human rights violations in the case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. During a virtual press conference Tuesday, HRW China Director Sophie Richardson denounced the IOC’s role in collaborating with Chinese authorities on Peng Shuai’s reappearance. “In 2008 we were hopeful…

AS Roma footballer says there was ‘no racist intent’ in banana comment captured in video
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AS Roma footballer says there was ‘no racist intent’ in banana comment captured in video

AS Roma player Felix Afena-Gyan says he believes there was “no racist intent” in a comment made by an unidentified person while the Ghanaian forward unboxed a new pair of shoes given to him by manager Jose Mourinho. In a video posted on social media Monday, the 18-year-old forward is seen unwrapping the gift after…

Coach of NWSL soccer team resigns, a day before report alleges verbal and emotional abuse of players
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Coach of NWSL soccer team resigns, a day before report alleges verbal and emotional abuse of players

The coach of the Chicago Red Stars resigned Sunday, a day after leading his team to the National Women’s Soccer League title game and a day before a Washington Post report alleged that players had accused him of verbal and emotional abuse. Rory Dames’ resignation was announced in a press release dated Sunday from the…

Alexander Zverev: After victory at the ATP Finals, is 2022 the year German tennis star can finally claim his first grand slam title?
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Alexander Zverev: After victory at the ATP Finals, is 2022 the year German tennis star can finally claim his first grand slam title?

Alexander Zverev capped the best season of his career so far with an eye-catching 6-4 6-4 win over Daniil Medvedev to capture his second ATP Finals title, but there still remains one lingering doubt about the world No. 3’s credentials. Despite also winning Olympic gold, two more Masters 1000 titles and finishing with a tour…

LeBron James suspended for one game after a strike to an opposing player’s face leads to an on-court scuffle
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LeBron James suspended for one game after a strike to an opposing player’s face leads to an on-court scuffle

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was ejected during a game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday after making contact with Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart in the face. The ejection is only the second in James’ career — the first coming in 2017 for comments made to a referee. Sunday’s altercation occurred with 9:18 remaining in…

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells International Olympic Committee she is ‘safe and well’ in video call
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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells International Olympic Committee she is ‘safe and well’ in video call

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach held a video phone call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, the Olympics governing body announced on Sunday, amid a wave of global concern about Peng’s wellbeing and whereabouts. The two were accompanied on the video call by a Chinese sports official, Li Lingwei, as well as the Chair of…

Lewis Hamilton wins Qatar Grand Prix to cut Max Verstappen’s championship lead
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Lewis Hamilton wins Qatar Grand Prix to cut Max Verstappen’s championship lead

Lewis Hamilton put in a faultless drive to win Sunday’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix and cut Max Verstappen’s championship lead to just eight points. Verstappen finished almost 30 seconds behind Hamilton in second, but was impressive in clawing his way back from seventh, having been being given a grid penalty after qualifying. The Red Bull…

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explains fiery clash with Jurgen Klopp during defeat to Liverpool
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explains fiery clash with Jurgen Klopp during defeat to Liverpool

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta played down his furious touchline row with Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp during the Gunners’ 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday. The Spaniard was incensed after a 30th-minute clash between Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sadio Mane left the Arsenal defender on the turf, with Arteta’s assistant coaches having to physically restrain him…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out as Manchester United manager after string of poor results
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out as Manchester United manager after string of poor results

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one day after the club suffered a humiliating 4-1 Premier League defeat at Watford. Solskjaer has overseen a disappointing start to the season, with the club sitting in seventh place in the Premier League. They have lost four of their past five league matches,…