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Even while playing at UCLA, I heard the same slurs and even threats. But it wasn’t just the overt racism that polluted the purity of the sport. I started playing for UCLA in 1966, and a year later, the NCAA banned the slam dunk. The ban, which lasted until 1976, was popularly known as the […]

Newcastle are a new super power – Klopp Newcastle United are a new “super power” in football following the club’s £305m takeover, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The Premier League approved the Saudi-led takeover last week after receiving “legally binding assurances” the Saudi Arabian state would not be in control. There are many human rights […]

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Black and Hispanic people are at least twice as likely to die of Covid-19 as non-Hispanic White people and nearly three times more likely to be hospitalized. Both Black and Hispanic people are more likely than White people to be infected with Covid-19, […]

Christian Streich has long been a coach who follows his own path. And the long-serving Freiburg boss lived up to that reputation when he became one of relatively few prominent figures active in football to publicly question the morality of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) acquiring a controlling interest in Newcastle United. “There are always things […]

In the book “One Heartbeat, A Philosophy of Teamwork, Life and Leadership,” Mack Brown’s final words are about coaching, and this is what he said: “When it’s all over, your career will not be judged by the money you made or the championships you won.  It will be measured by the lives you touched. “And […]

On 30 January, Rutgers basketball player Geo Baker wrote on Instagram in response to a post by US college sports’ governing body, the NCAA: “I have to sign a paper that says my name and likeness belongs to the school. Modern day slavery. u realize we are playing in a pandemic being told to stay […]

The International Olympic Committee has admitted that its current guidelines for transgender athletes are not fit for purpose – and says it plans to release a new one within the next two months. In a notable shift, the IOC’s medical and science director, Dr Richard Budgett, said the science had moved on – and stressed […]

TOKYO — The U.S. women’s national team and other soccer teams knelt before kickoff of their Olympic openers on Wednesday, the first demonstrations under slightly relaxed restrictions on protest at the Games. The demonstrations were pre-planned, as they have been before various international soccer matches for over a year now . . .

“I think NIL is just to keep kids from going overseas, especially in basketball, to keep them in college. They’re still not getting the cut they deserve. I think it’s still a slave mentality.” That’s how CJ Watson, a former University of Tennessee and NBA player, characterized the 1 July move by the NCAA, the […]

Shakeel Abbasi remembers the times he donned the Pakistan national hockey team jersey. Once a prolific striker of the men’s side, Abbasi now feels he made a “big mistake” in taking hockey on as a career when, he says, many options were open to him as a promising athlete. “I made a big mistake by […]


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