Saving Beirut’s destroyed climbing wall

When I first heard of the Beirut blast on August 4 that killed nearly 200 people and injured more than 6,000 others, I immediately messaged climbing friends in Lebanon. “Are you okay?” I asked Charlie Sifri. “Yes we’re all safe but the climbing gym is destroyed. We’re lucky Flyp was closed or we’d have perished,” […]

US Open: Djokovic disqualified after hitting line judge with ball

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from his fourth-round match at the US Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball. It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season. Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, […]

Has Lionel Messi been forced into a U-turn?

Star footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to back down in his attempt to leave his lifelong football club FC Barcelona. The Argentine ended weeks of speculation by announcing he would reluctantly stay for one more season. Messi said he would see out his contract until next year to avoid taking the club to court. […]

Trial opens for accused Football Leaks mastermind

Rui Pinto, the Portuguese man behind the Football Leaks website, said at the start of his trial that he was proud to be a whistle-blower on European football clubs’ big-money dealings. A 31-year-old former history student and self-taught computer mastermind, Pinto faces 90 charges – from unauthorised access to data and violation of correspondence to attempted […]

‘Club of my life’: Messi to stay at Barcelona for another year

Lionel Messi has confirmed he is staying at Barcelona until the end of the 2020-2021 season. The Argentine ended intense speculation about his future by saying he will remain with the Spanish club for another year – but only because he did not want to enter into a court battle with the club about his […]

Messi’s Barcelona future ‘difficult’, says footballer’s father

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future looks “difficult”, according to the footballer’s father. Jorge Messi, who is also Lionel Messi’s agent, landed at Barcelona-El Prat Airport on a flight from Argentina on Wednesday. He is expected to sit down with club president Josep Bartomeu and other team officials to discuss his son’s future, but it is unclear […]

NBA to resume games after protest, turn arenas into voting places

National Basketball Association (NBA) players who boycotted games as part of a protest against racial injustice have agreed to resume the playoffs on Saturday in a deal that includes increased access to voting in the United States presidential election, the league and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have said. The decision ends a three-day halt […]

NBA players will continue season after racial injustice boycott

National Basketball Association (NBA) players agreed on Thursday not to boycott the rest of the season after forcing the postponement of a slate of play-off games in a protest against racial injustice and police brutality. US President Donald Trump on Thursday said the NBA has become “like a political organisation” after its boycott in solidarity […]

NBA postpones Wednesday’s play-off games after Bucks boycott

The NBA has postponed three play-off games scheduled for Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5 of their series against Orlando Magic in protest against racial injustice. The action comes on the heels of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. “We’re tired of the […]

Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave the club

Captain Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wishes to leave the club immediately, deepening the turmoil within the Catalan side less than two weeks after their humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Barcelona confirmed to The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that Messi sent the club a document expressing his […]

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire found guilty of assault

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been found guilty of assault and handed a 21-month suspended sentence following his arrest after a brawl last week on the Greek island of Mykonos. Two other defendants – including Maguire’s brother, Joe – were also found guilty on similar charges and handed 13-month sentences, court officials in Greece […]

Coronavirus catches up with Usain Bolt, world’s fastest man

World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at his home in Jamaica a week after celebrating his 34th birthday with a big, mask-free party. Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed late on Monday that Bolt, who holds world records in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints, […]

Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain to win Champions League

German giants Bayern Munich have won the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in the club’s history after beating French side Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the final in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. A goal by French winger Kingsley Coman was enough for the Munich side on Sunday to dash the Parisians’ dreams of winning for […]