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Stories about Sport

21 November 2015

Women Recognized for Their Contributions to Sports

The International Olympic Committee recognized public figures and organizations that have promoted the participation of women in all areas of sports.

19 November 2015

China and Hong Kong's 0-0 Draw in World Cup Qualifier Is Steeped in Symbolism

Some Hong Kongers silently booed during the Chinese national anthem. Others saw a parallel between their football team's performance against China and efforts to combat Beijing's increasing intervention.

3 November 2015

Australia's Michelle Payne Becomes First Female Jockey to Win Melbourne Cup

"But I gave it everything I got. I want to say to everyone else get stuffed, they think women aren't strong enough but we just beat the world."

29 October 2015

A Tale of Two Presidents, an Audacious Kidnap Attempt and Misogyny in Turkish Football

"If we will die, we will die like a man, we will not live like a woman. Nobody has the power to make us live like a woman."

16 October 2015

Did Pelé Stop the Bloodiest Civil War in Nigeria's History for 48 Hours?

Is it true that the Brazilian king of soccer ushered in a 48-hour ceasefire in Nigeria's bloody civil war? One writer did the research and has reason to doubt.

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

4 September 2015

Why Some Consider ‘Brand Jamaica’ a Problematic Idea

"It’s a matter of some irony that despite this history of inhumane servitude...Jamaica would develop in the 21st century into a country that fetishizes brands and branding."

26 August 2015

Dismissal of Mexico Coach Sparks Debate Over Freedom of Speech

A dispute between a Mexican football coach and a sports reporter who criticized him has resulted in physical assault and sparked a debate about the freedom of speech.

7 August 2015

“They Can't Take Our Flag!”: Madagascar Outraged at 2015 Indian Ocean Games

The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.

22 July 2015

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

16 July 2015

Politics Overshadows Trinidad & Tobago Footballers in CONCACAF Gold Cup

Trinidad and Tobago's national football squad secured a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but the country's politicians seem determined to spoil the celebration with politicking.

11 July 2015

Following FIFA Ban, Indonesian Football Association Tells Government to Butt Out

"If the government wants Indonesian football teams to win more international games, then it should follow what other countries are doing."

23 June 2015

Matildas’ Awesome Advance to Women's World Cup Quarter Finals: Australia 1 Brazil 0

Australia's Matildas gave a stunning performance against Brazil (1-0) to reach the quarter finals of football's Women's World Cup in Canada.

19 June 2015

‘The Outsiders': Hungarian Photographer Tamas Paczai Captures Football Fever at Kyrgyzstan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier

Some fans perched on light towers, others scaled fences. An estimated 10,000 more fans crowded outside the gates. Then there was the mob on the rooftop of an adjacent building.

The Tweet That United Government and Opposition Supporters in Venezuela

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón learned that you shouldn't insult Venezuelan football.

18 June 2015

Radio Ambulante Roundtable on Copa América 2015: FIFA Corruption, Team Analyses and Predictions

Daniel Alarcón, executive producer of Radio Ambulante, talks to other journalists about the latest FIFA scandal and its effect on Copa América, the most important football tournament in South America.

17 June 2015

Australia's Matildas Waltz Into the Women's World Cup Knockout Round

"I can see #AUS going far in this World Cup. They're playing some of their best ball and I love it. "

‘The Worst Crowd Control I Have Ever Seen': Football Match Versus Australia Highlights Kyrgyzstan's Public Order Problems

"Here we observe the elemental lawlessness, disorganisation and all-out anarchy in this country."

15 June 2015

John Oliver 2, Jack Warner 0: Trinidad & Tobago Is #ROTFL

The comedy keeps on coming as funny man John Oliver challenges beleaguered ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to a game of one-upmanship in "shit-talking videos".

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