Category : Sports

(BBC) More than football for these Man Utd fans in Iraq

In Iraq, football is the country’s most popular sport, but a room full of Manchester United supporters in Baghdad is not what you would expect to see.

BBC Persia’s Nafiseh Kohnavard visits the official Manchester United Fan Club in Baghdad, where members say football is used as an escape from violence which is part of their everyday life.

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Posted in England / UK, Iraq War, Men, Sports, Violence

(SC Featured) Jackie Robinson’s Daughter Narrates the Moving Story of Claire Smith, Sports Journalist soon to be honored at Cooperstown

Posted in America/U.S.A., History, Media, Sports, Women

Congratulations to Jordan Spieth who Wins the British Open, His Third Major Title

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Sam Querrey wins and becomes the first American in the Wimbledon Semifinals Since 2009

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Gilles Mueller upsets Rafael Nadal in a classic 5 set match today at Wimbledon

Posted in England / UK, Men, Sports

Must not Miss True Story of an Adventure Racing Team and a Dog–Arthur

Posted in Animals, Ecuador, Sports, Sweden

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins, winner of back to back Stanley Cups

Posted in America/U.S.A., Sports

Congratulations to Rafa Nadal for Winning his tenth French Open Title

Posted in France, History, Spain, Sports

ESPN: Whats in a Name: This is a must not miss story–deeply touching

Posted in Children, Death / Burial / Funerals, Sports, Violence

(NBC) Heartwarming and Encouraging–Amputee Andrew Montgomery Gives a Stunning Acrobatic Performance On Prosthetic

Posted in * General Interest, Health & Medicine, Sports

By the Narrowest of Margins, Manchester United defeat Celta Vigo and head to the Europa League Final

Posted in England / UK, Sports

(NPR) Wearing A Hijab, A Young Muslim Boxer Enters The Ring

In November, young boxer Amaiya Zafar traveled from Minnesota to Florida to fight her first competitive bout.

But before Zafar even had her gloves on, officials called off the fight – they told the 16-year-old she had to remove the hijab she wore or forfeit the match. A devout Muslim, Zafar refused, and her 15-year-old opponent was declared the victor.

USA Boxing, the sport’s national governing body, has dictated that athletes fight in sleeveless jerseys and shorts no longer than the knee. Zafar adds long sleeves, leggings, and a sporty hijab to the uniform.

The organization appears to be shifting its policy, and…[later] it granted Zafar a religious exemption to compete wearing the hijab so she…[could] fight…in Minneapolis.

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Posted in America/U.S.A., Islam, Religion & Culture, Sports, Teens / Youth

(Bloomberg) Champions League Final Police to Scan Soccer Fans’ Faces

Security at this year’s Champions League final will be aided by facial recognition technology.

Police will be able to match soccer fans’ faces against a database of known offenders in real-time, according to a contract worth 170,000 pounds ($210,000) posted on the U.K. government’s website.

“The UEFA Champions League finals in Cardiff give us a unique opportunity to test and prove the concept of this technology in a live operational environment,” South Wales Police Chief Superintendent Jon Edwards said in an emailed statement, adding that it should provide a basis for further use of the technology by police.

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Posted in --Wales, Police/Fire, Sports, Terrorism

Masters 2017: Sergio García Finally Wins His First Major Title

The Arnold Palmer of Europe was Seve Ballesteros, who was very, very good when he hit his drives straight and even better when they went crooked. In 1980, three months after Sergio García was born, Ballesteros won the first of his two Masters titles.

Like generations of American players who loved Palmer, García grew up wanting to be like the swashbuckling Ballesteros, whose influence on García’s golf and his life was immense. Nearly six years after Ballesteros died of brain cancer, on what would have been his 60th birthday, García conquered Justin Rose, Augusta National Golf Club and his demons — not necessarily in that order — to win the 81st Masters.

It was García’s first major title in his 74th start, and perhaps fittingly, he had to go an extra hole to secure it after missing a seven-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would have ended the tournament in regulation. When his ball steered clear of the hole, it might have conjured memories of the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie, where García also had a putt for victory at the 72nd hole, missed it and then lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington.

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With my Son Nathaniel this past Wednesday at Anfield

Posted in England / UK, Sports, Travel