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Stories about Sport

5 February 2016

Afghan Five-Year-Old Murtaza Ready to Meet Argentine Football Star Messi

"We do not have any personal desires but what we expect is opportunities for our children to have a better future."

20 January 2016

Caribbean Social Media Dissects the Tangled Outrage Surrounding Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On

"The global condemnation of Chris Gayle’s flirting seems over the top [but] the controversy is a welcome reminder that there are lines of propriety that should not be crossed."

15 January 2016

A Male and Female Take on Cricketer Chris Gayle's Display of Sexism

"Sexism is part of how our society was structured [but] culture and language systems evolve and change. There is no reason we cannot."

12 January 2016

Is the Level of Vitriol Against Cricketer Chris Gayle Justified?

"The problem for us in the Caribbean is not Chris Gayle and his outlook per se. It’s the casual sexism of Caribbean masculinity in general that needs taking in hand."

5 January 2016

Was Caribbean Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On Sexist or Silly?

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has landed himself in a firestorm of criticism after he hit on Australian sports reporter Melanie McLaughlin during a live television interview.

17 December 2015

Worldwide ‘Paddle Outs’ Pay Tribute to Australian Surfers Murdered in Mexico

Mexican authorities say Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were killed in a robbery gone wrong. Their bodies were discovered in their burnt-out van.

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.

15 July 2015

From Village Girl to World Ultramarathon Champion: The Inspiring Story of Nepal's Mira Rai

"As a young girl I...used to carry a bag of rice to the market to sell and bring money home. I grew up running."

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."

3 July 2015

Thousands of Ethiopian Americans Gather to Celebrate Being Ethiopian Around Washington DC

Every summer, Ethiopia’s diaspora community in the US and Canada meet for the largest Ethiopian sports and cultural festival hosted outside of Ethiopia.

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