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Nadhim Shaker, former Iraqi soccer star, dies from Covid-19

Nadhim Shaker, former Iraqi soccer star, dies from Covid-19

Nadhim Shaker, one of Iraq’s most famous soccer stars in the 1970s and ’80s, has died from Covid-19, health officials told CNN on Saturday. He was 63. Shaker died Friday in a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, officials said. Shaker was one of the greatest defenders in Iraqi soccer history and a…

Nelly Korda leads at halfway in pursuit of maiden major title

Nelly Korda leads at halfway in pursuit of maiden major title

Nelly Korda is closing on her first major golf title as a five-under 67 saw the young American take a two-shot halfway lead at the ANA Inspiration in California. The 22-year-old, the daughter of Czech tennis legend Petr Korda, the 1998 Australian Open champion, has shown remarkable consistency for the 36 holes at the sun-baked…

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz, according to IRNA. He had been sentenced to death in relation to the…

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite international campaign

Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The 27-year-old was executed at a prison in Shiraz, according to IRNA. He had been sentenced to death in relation to the…

Two-time golf major winner John Daly reveals bladder cancer diagnosis

Two-time golf major winner John Daly reveals bladder cancer diagnosis

Two-time golf major winner John Daly has revealed he’s been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 54-year-old underwent a procedure to remove the cancer, but said there is a high probability of it returning. “[The doctor] said there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back,” Daly told the Golf Channel. “I’ve got to go back and…

Nelly Korda takes ANA Inspiration lead as temperatures soar in California

Nelly Korda takes ANA Inspiration lead as temperatures soar in California

The temperatures might not have yet hit the heights expected later this weekend, but the California heat tested Nelly Korda as she fought for the lead at the ANA Inspiration. Battling temperatures exceeding 93 degrees (F) — they are expected to surpass 100 degrees as the second women’s golf major of the year progresses —…

These were the Black victims Naomi Osaka honored on face masks at the US Open

These were the Black victims Naomi Osaka honored on face masks at the US Open

She said earlier this year that she was “done being shy,” and tennis star Naomi Osaka duly found her voice at the 2020 US Open. Osaka, 22, won the tournament on Saturday by coming from behind to beat the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a thrilling three-set final. Having produced some of the best tennis of…

Sebastian Vettel will join Aston Martin Formula One team from 2021

Sebastian Vettel will join Aston Martin Formula One team from 2021

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will remain in Formula One after signing a deal with the Racing Point team, which will rebrand itself as Aston Martin from next season. There had been some doubt as to whether the German would continue in F1 after Ferrari announced in May that McLaren’s Carlos Sainz would be taking…

Brooks Koepka withdraws from US Open because of injury

Brooks Koepka withdraws from US Open because of injury

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka has pulled out of next week’s US Open because of injury. Koepka called an end to his PGA Tour season after failing to make the cut at the Wyndham Championship in August but reportedly had planned to take part in the US Open, which starts September 17 at Winged Foot…

Iran urged not to execute champion wrestler Navid Afkari

Iran urged not to execute champion wrestler Navid Afkari

The World Players Association (WPA) has called for the head of the Iranian judiciary to grant an immediate stay of execution to Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari, who faces the death penalty. Afkari has been sentenced to death in relation to the murder of the Iranian government’s water and sewage department’s security agent Hasan Turkman…

Caster Semenya loses appeal in Swiss court over restriction of testosterone levels

Caster Semenya loses appeal in Swiss court over restriction of testosterone levels

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against the restriction of testosterone in female athletes, it was announced Tuesday. Under World Athletics guidelines introduced last year, Semenya would have to take testosterone-reducing drugs in order to compete in races from 400m to a mile, which the 29-year-old has chosen not to do. Switzerland’s…

Marcelo Bielsa aims to bring whole new ball game to Premier League

Marcelo Bielsa aims to bring whole new ball game to Premier League

“The Damned Utd” was the title of author David Peace’s novel about Leeds United and Brian Clough, who managed the club for just 44 days in 1974. Leeds is a club with a proud tradition, not least in having appointed two of English football’s clubs most influential managers. Clough, who went on to win two…

Cristiano Ronaldo scores landmark 100th international goal for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scores landmark 100th international goal for Portugal

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th international goal on Tuesday, becoming just the second man in history to reach the milestone. The evergreen 35-year-old reached the landmark with a stunning free kick just before half time in Portgual’s Nations League match against Sweden and went on to score his 101st goal for his country…

Jennifer Brady reaches US Open semifinals after a trip to Germany

Jennifer Brady reaches US Open semifinals after a trip to Germany

An unusual step is paying big dividends for Jennifer Brady, who surged to her first Grand Slam semifinal on Tuesday at the US Open. Brady overpowered Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-2 in just over an hour in New York, a continuation of her outstanding form since tennis restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 28th seed…

Novak Djokovic is ‘in pain’ after US Open incident, says former coach

Novak Djokovic is ‘in pain’ after US Open incident, says former coach

The US Open normally marks the end of the grand slam season. But the coronavirus pandemic changed that and having another major just around the corner could be exactly what Novak Djokovic needs to overcome the lowest point of his career. That is the thought of his friend and former coach Radek Stepanek, and former…