Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. Today, the technical director of FC St. Pauli is committed to climate protection, and not only on the pitch. Lienen shows like none other in Germany that football and social commitment go together. “I’ve always been a rebel” is how the professional footballer titled his biography. Since the beginning of his career, Lienen has used his celebrity status to draw attention to societal issues – right up until today. Lienen, now 66, fights for climate…

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World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

The Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus is urgently brought under control. With the virus still spreading, World Athletics will make a decision in the next 10 days as to whether the event, which is due to take place between 13-15 March can go ahead. However, the Great Britain team is expected to pull out regardless of its decision after the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to China. Meanwhile, both F1 management and the…

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Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as late double spares Barcelona blushes

Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as late double spares Barcelona blushes

Antoine Griezmann struck two late goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat third-tier UD Ibiza 2-1 and avoid an embarrassing Copa del Rey last-32 exit. Javi Pérez put Ibiza ahead at the Can Misses municipal stadium after nine minutes and the hosts had a second goal disallowed before Raí Nascimento hit the post with Barcelona floundering. Quique Setién’s side dominated the ball, as they did on the coach’s debut against Granada last weekend, but failed to create chances until Griezmann fired home in the 72nd minute. The French forward…

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I would leave if I knew about Alberto Salazar, says Mo Fara

I would leave if I knew about Alberto Salazar, says Mo Fara

Sir Mo Farah has claimed he would have been the “first one out” of the Nike Oregon Project if he had known about Alberto Salazar’s dubious practices – despite sticking with his former coach for two years after serious allegations were made against him in 2015. Farah had previously refused to be overly critical of Salazar after he was banned by the US Anti-Doping Agency for four years last October, instead turning his crosshairs on reporters when they asked him whether he felt let down by his former mentor. But…

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Pat Cummins takes five before Australia breaks ahead over New Zealand

Pat Cummins takes five before Australia breaks ahead over New Zealand

Australia will ask New Zealand to attempt a world-record run chase after their pace attack, led by Pat Cummins, gave the hosts a seemingly unassailable lead in the Boxing Day Test. The Aussies went to stumps at 137-4 on day three, leading the Black Caps by a mammoth 456 runs after they rolled them for just 148 at the MCG on Saturday. No team has ever chased more than 418 in a Test, with the Aussies having set a similar target of 468 in Perth just a fortnight ago in…

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Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency has voted unanimously to ban Russia from international sport for four years for doping offences. Russia now have 21 days to appeal against the sentence, which would see the country banned from participating at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo and the Qatar 2022 World Cup. They will, however, still be able compete in next year’s European football championships, where they will also be one of the host countries. Individual Russian athletes will furthermore be able to compete under a neutral banner at the Olympics, providing they…

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IOC calls for “toughest sanctions” due to deleted doping tests in Russia

IOC calls for “toughest sanctions” due to deleted doping tests in Russia

The International Olympic Committee has demanded the “toughest sanctions” against those responsible for deleting Russian doping tests in data handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency – calling it “an attack on the credibility of sport and an insult to the sporting movement worldwide”. However, the IOC left the door open for Russian athletes to compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics – provided they can show that they are clean. That provoked a hostile reaction from the US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart, who urged Wada to ban all…

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Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

Diego Maradona has left his latest club after three months in charge. The former Argentina forward and World Cup winner, who became the manager of Gimnasia in September, said he would continue only if the club’s president, Gabriel Pellegrino, stayed on following club elections but he withdrew when an electoral pact fell apart. Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986, took over the club from La Plata, just outside Buenos Aires, charged with helping them avoid relegation. He lost his first three Primera Division games and, although he has…

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Rafael Nadal pushes off the edge of the abyss to defeat Medvedev in thrilling style

Rafael Nadal pushes off the edge of the abyss to defeat Medvedev in thrilling style

Rafael Nadal arrived in London with a new wife and an old abdominal injury, his mood turning angry and dark when he had to deny that either were in any way linked to each other or his form on the court, a suggestion that hovered on the outer edges of good taste and credulity. He was not a happy Spaniard. However, the boyish smile returned with interest when he came from 5-1 down in the third set to defeat the languid young Russian Daniil Medvedev in one of the great…

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Johnny Barstow and Chris Jordan are in line for the return of early England to New Zealand

Johnny Barstow and Chris Jordan are in line for the return of early England to New Zealand

It was in Napier, the art deco-styled coastal city on the North Island playing host to Friday evening’s fourth T20 between New Zealand and England, that Alan Mullally once left a dead shark in Mike Atherton’s bed as a prank. On his first tour with England in the winter of 1996-97, the left-armer was ribbing his captain for a lack of fishing success and was then left out of the next match. Even if there were chiefly cricketing reasons at play, a bloodied 90kg mako with a note attached to…

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