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Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open
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Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open

Three judges who unanimously rejected Novak Djokovic’s bid to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open have revealed their reasons for the ruling. In a written statement, the judges said it was not irrational for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to eject the Djokovic due to concerns the unvaccinated Serbian star could pose a risk…

Tiger Woods names Aaron Beverly as recipient of Charlie Sifford exemption to play PGA Tour event
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Tiger Woods names Aaron Beverly as recipient of Charlie Sifford exemption to play PGA Tour event

Tiger Woods has named Aaron Beverly as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption which will grant him entry to the 2022 Genesis Invitational. The Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption is awarded annually and represents “the advancement of diversity in the game of golf.” Woods is the host of the Genesis Invitational, where Beverly will…

‘The Rock’: Dwayne Johnson says he isn’t the anonymous buyer of T-Rex skull
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‘The Rock’: Dwayne Johnson says he isn’t the anonymous buyer of T-Rex skull

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson isn’t the anonymous T-Rex skull buyer. In October 2020, a 39-foot T-Rex fossil — nicknamed “Stan” in acknowledgement of its discoverer Stan Sacrison who excavated the remains in 1992 — was sold to an anonymous buyer at a Christie’s live auction for a $31,847,500 fee, according to the National Geographic. On…

Pita Taufatofua: GoFundMe set up by Tonga’s Olympic flagbearer raises over $310,000
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Pita Taufatofua: GoFundMe set up by Tonga’s Olympic flagbearer raises over $310,000

A fundraising campaign set up by Tonga’s Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has raised over $310,000 after Saturday’s massive volcanic eruption. Widely known for bearing his oiled up chest during the opening ceremonies at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Taufatofua established a GoFundMe fundraising page, which CNN has verified, on Monday following the disaster. According…

Cleveland Browns player Malik McDowell arrested on charges of attacking an officer, public exposure
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Cleveland Browns player Malik McDowell arrested on charges of attacking an officer, public exposure

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested Monday in Florida on charges of public exposure, battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice with violence for resisting arrest, according to an incident report. A Broward County sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a naked man walking near a school in Deerfield…

Boston Bruins retire number 22 in honor of Willie O’Ree, the first Black NHL player
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Boston Bruins retire number 22 in honor of Willie O’Ree, the first Black NHL player

The Boston Bruins on Tuesday retired the jersey of the first Black player in the NHL, Willie O’Ree. The Bruins honored O’Ree’s legacy by retiring his number 22 before the game Tuesday night — 64 years after he took the ice for the first time, according to a statement from the team. O’Ree is the…

US basketball player Sonny Weems racially abused by fans in China
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US basketball player Sonny Weems racially abused by fans in China

American basketball player Sonny Weems has been subjected to racial abuse from fans while playing in China. In a video circulating on social media, fans can be heard repeatedly shouting the “N” word and “get out of China” at 35-year-old Weems, who plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. The incident…

Golden State Warriors distance themselves from team investor who said: ‘Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs’
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Golden State Warriors distance themselves from team investor who said: ‘Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs’

The Golden State Warriors have distanced themselves from comments made by Chamath Palihapitiya, a part owner who said that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs.” Palihapitiya made the comment on the “All-in Podcast” on Saturday, after co-host Jason Calacanis brought up US President Joe Biden’s “very strong” stance on the alleged human rights…

Australian Open: Tennis Australia says it deeply regrets impact that Novak Djokovic saga had on players
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Australian Open: Tennis Australia says it deeply regrets impact that Novak Djokovic saga had on players

The organizer of the Australian Open says the organization deeply regrets the impact that the Novak Djokovic saga has had on players competing in the first grand slam of the tennis season. Djokovic arrived back in Serbia’s capital Belgrade on Monday after his deportation from Australia ended the world No. 1 tennis player’s hopes of…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to Arsenal from AFCON for ‘in-depth exams’
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to Arsenal from AFCON for ‘in-depth exams’

Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is returning to Arsenal from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for further medical tests having been diagnosed with “cardiac lesions” following a positive Covid-19 test. Striker Aubameyang and Gabon teammate Mario Lemina, who plays for French club Nice, both tested positive for Covid-19 on January 6 upon arrival in Cameroon…

Yao Ming: Chinese basketball legend says Peng Shuai in ‘pretty good condition’ during December meeting
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Yao Ming: Chinese basketball legend says Peng Shuai in ‘pretty good condition’ during December meeting

Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has for the first time addressed his encounter last month with tennis star Peng Shuai, describing her as in “pretty good condition.” Peng’s well-being has become a global concern after she made allegations of sexual assault against a former national leader. “I’ve known Peng Shuai for almost 20 years,” Yao…

Novak Djokovic arrives back in Belgrade after deportation from Australia
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Novak Djokovic arrives back in Belgrade after deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic has arrived back in Serbia’s capital Belgrade after his deportation from Australian ended the world No. 1 tennis player’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open. Djokovic travelled to Belgrade from Melbourne via Dubai after losing a court challenge on Sunday against the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa on public health…

Dallas Cowboys fans throw trash at the refs after heartbreaking NFL playoff loss; Dak Prescott says ‘credit to them’
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Dallas Cowboys fans throw trash at the refs after heartbreaking NFL playoff loss; Dak Prescott says ‘credit to them’

The Dallas Cowboys’ 2021 season couldn’t have ended in a more heartbreaking manner for fans, and they wasted no time in expressing that frustration. Shortly after the Cowboys’ 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card game, video captured fans throwing trash at players and referees as they ran…

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka cruises to first-round victory; Rafael Nadal record bid off to perfect start
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Australian Open: Naomi Osaka cruises to first-round victory; Rafael Nadal record bid off to perfect start

Reigning Australian Open women’s champion Naomi Osaka said she’s been keeping a journal to document how she’s been feeling before defending her title. The 25-year-old couldn’t have hoped for a better script for any potential entry she pens for January 17 as she won her opening match 6-3 6-3 against Colombian Camila Osorio on Rod…

Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after court rejects visa challenge
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Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after court rejects visa challenge

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has left Australia without contesting the Australian Open after losing a legal challenge against a decision revoking his visa for the second time. Djokovic departed on an Emirates flight from Melbourne on Sunday, bound for Dubai. In a virtual hearing earlier on Sunday, three Federal Court judges unanimously dismissed Djokovic’s application…

Virat Kohli steps down as India’s cricket Test captain
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Virat Kohli steps down as India’s cricket Test captain

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has announced he will step down as the country’s Test captain, following a series defeat against South Africa. In a statement posted to social media on Saturday, the batsman said his seven-year tenure had been comprised of “hard work, toil and relentless perseverance to take the team in the right direction.”…

‘This could have been avoided, by getting vaccinated:’ Tennis stars react to Novak Djokovic saga
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‘This could have been avoided, by getting vaccinated:’ Tennis stars react to Novak Djokovic saga

With the year’s first tennis grand slam fast approaching, the saga surrounding Novak Djokovic‘s visa looks set to continue right up to the moment play is scheduled to start on Monday. While players have been putting together their final preparations ahead of the Australian Open, all the questions have been about the 20-time grand slam…