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Reuters first to report on Belarusian sprinter’s defection at Olympics

Reuters first to report on Belarusian sprinter’s defection at Olympics

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Sports01 August 2021, 2:13 pm. 1 minute Reuters was the first to report how a Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her wishes to board a flight back home after she publicly complained about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women’s 200 metres, told Reuters she did not plan to return to her country and that she had sought the protection of Japanese police at Tokyo’s Haneda airport so she would not have to board the flight. The 24-year-old athlete was granted a humanitarian visa from Poland. Speaking in Poland, Tsimanouskaya said her family had been afraid that if she had returned to Belarus she would be sent to a psychiatric ward. Article TagsTopics of Interest: Sports...
Nets turn back Wizards behind Kevin Durant’s 39 points

Nets turn back Wizards behind Kevin Durant’s 39 points

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Comment on this storyCommentNEW YORK — The chants started in the first quarter and drifted down from the Barclays Center rafters: M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!The Brooklyn Nets had one on the floor Wednesday night; the Washington Wizards didn’t. And that was the difference in the Nets’ 113-107 win.Kevin Durant was cooking from the opening tip-off, scoring 16 points in the first quarter and finishing with a game-high 39 to go with five rebounds and five assists as Brooklyn’s primary playmaker. The effort followed a 45-point outburst on Monday that was a season high.Outside of Durant, the Wizards (11-11) kept nearly every other member of the Nets in relative check. Kyrie Irving was quiet for three quarters before heating up in the fourth and finishing with 27 points and five assists.Washington was...
NCAA volleyball tournament 2022 – bracket breakdown and preview

NCAA volleyball tournament 2022 – bracket breakdown and preview

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Texas is seeking its first college volleyball championship since 2012, and if the Longhorns are to win it all, they will do so as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.Two other 1-seeds, Stanford and defending champion Wisconsin, have combined for four of the last six NCAA titles.The fourth No. 1 seed, Louisville, reached the national semifinals for the first time in program history last year and could make history as the first ACC team to win it all, but the Cardinals might have to go through second-seeded Nebraska, which would be no small task.With this year's final four (Dec. 15-17) returning to CHI Health Center in Omaha, the Huskers are aiming for their sixth national title and their first in their home state since 2015.Meanwhile, San Diego is 27-1 and hasn't lost since fal...
Argentina advance, Germany deja vu, Thursday’s best bets

Argentina advance, Germany deja vu, Thursday’s best bets

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Group C and D have come to a close on Wednesday, providing jam-packed drama, heartbreak and comeback stories. Thursday promises to be full of more surprises and we wait to see who steps up for Germany, and whether Japan and Costa Rica can add to the upsets of the 2022 World Cup.Be sure to check in with ESPN throughout the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Here's what you might have missed from Wednesday's World Cup happenings, and a look ahead to what's next on Thursday.- World Cup news, features, previews and more- Stream FC Daily and Futbol Americas on ESPN+Another day of drama, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting soccer was on show to conclude Group C. In the end, it was heartbreak for Mexico and Saudi Arabia who are headed home, and joy for Argentina and Poland who are th...
West Virginia expected to hire Wren Baker as AD, sources say

West Virginia expected to hire Wren Baker as AD, sources say

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10:07 AM ETPete ThamelESPN West Virginia is expected to hire Wren Baker as its next athletic director, sources told ESPN.A deal has not been signed but is expected to be finalized in the next 24 hours, according to sources.Baker is the athletic director at North Texas and emerged as one of the most respected young administrators in college sports since arriving there in 2016. Sources told ESPN he's agreed in principle to a six-year deal to become the Mountaineers' new athletic director.Baker oversaw North Texas' impending transition to the American Athletic Conference from Conference USA and helped build North Texas' facilities to some of the best at the Group of 5 level.During Baker's tenure there, North Texas has reached the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament and gon...
How every team can reach the round of 16

How every team can reach the round of 16

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The group stage at the 2022 World Cup draws to a close, as 16 teams look to win a place in the knockout bracket.Here we take a look at what every nation needs to do to get out of their group and keep the dream alive in Qatar.QUALIFIED (8/16): Brazil, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Senegal, England, United States, AustraliaELIMINATED (7/16): Qatar, Canada, Ecuador, Iran, Wales, Denmark, TunisiaTIEBREAKERSIf two or more teams are level on points, they will be separated in the following order:1) Overall group goal difference2) Overall group goals scored3) Head to head (H2H) result4) H2H goal difference in all matches between the teams still level5) H2H goals scored in all matches between the teams still level6) Fair play points7) Drawing of lots- Explained: How the World Cup tiebreakers wo...
Billie Jean King’s ‘pet peeve’ is Wimbledon’s ‘horrible’ all white uniform policy

Billie Jean King’s ‘pet peeve’ is Wimbledon’s ‘horrible’ all white uniform policy

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CNN  —  Clothes aren’t just items to keep you warm or cool – they also indicate status, showcase defiance, and even alleviate anxieties. For tennis legend Billie Jean King, clothes allow female tennis players to express their individuality through colors and prints – a right she and the embryonic Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) fought for in the 1970s when white was ubiquitous as the sport’s color. Wimbledon still employs this rigid all-white dress code – first implemented to camouflage sweat stains. These days it also helps the SW19 grand slam retain a sense of uniqueness in relation to the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open, but arguably it also curtails players’ individuality. ...
Amir Malik is on a drive to make golf more inclusive for Muslims

Amir Malik is on a drive to make golf more inclusive for Muslims

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CNN  —  Amir Malik is a man in love with golf. Yet golf has not always loved him back. A devoted sports fan since his childhood in Kingston upon Thames, London, he was fascinated with golf long before he took his first swing. But knowing nobody else who played, Malik settled for a sideline view. That all changed in 2012, when his former boss invited him to try his hand at a driving range. “From the first ball I thought, ‘This is it. This game is incredible,’” Malik, now aged 38, told CNN. “I’ve played a lot of sports, but there aren’t too many when you go to bed thinking about it and you can’t wait to get up to go back and play again.” Eventually, Malik was re...
United States Women’s National Team earns more money from men’s World Cup than its previous two women’s tournaments

United States Women’s National Team earns more money from men’s World Cup than its previous two women’s tournaments

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CNN  —  The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) earned more money from its male equivalent reaching the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar than it did from winning its own tournaments in 2015 and 2019. As a result of the equal pay agreement forged earlier this year between the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), the men and women’s teams split all World Cup earnings. Under the landmark agreement, US Soccer became “the first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money” awarded to the teams for participating in ...