Syrian footballer and ‘singer of revolution’ killed in conflict

Goalkeeper Abdul Baset al-Sarout dies of wounds sustained in battle with government troops A Syrian footballer who became a symbolic figure in the rebellion against the countrys president, Bashar al-Assad, has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces. Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, who rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs, joined peaceful protests against Assad in 2011 and was known as the singer of the revolution. He later took up arms as the country slid into civil war. Four of his brothers and his father have also been killed in the fighting. Sarouts life and his role in Syrias uprising and conflict was the subject of Original Article : HERE ; This …

How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US womens national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squads victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their boss forever On the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continued. While the players were off to do a victory parade at Disneyland, officials from the US Soccer Federation opened the sports pages of local newspapers, eager to see the coverage of the victory. The Los Angeles Times used the headline America the Bootiful alongside a large photo of Briana Scurrys penalty-kick save. Some of the US Soccer brass probably cracked a smile at the pun. But when they turned to page 5, they saw a different headlineone that …

England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson was up for the fight in Guimares on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influence Back in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally frightening place, a group of Leeds United supporters noticed that the National Front had gained a small but significant foothold around Elland Road. Football was seen as a fertile seeding ground for far-right politics. On matchdays the NF had begun to sell its magazine, Bulldog, outside the ground. They became a visible presence, gained a little traction, took a share of the day. Eventually there was a reaction. Rob Conlon Sign up to The Recap, our weekly …

MVP chants broke out during Game 2 of the NBA Finals — for Barack Obama

(CNN)Chants of “MVP” breaking out in an NBA arena are pretty common this time of the year. Former President Barack Obama received a standing ovation and heard the MVP chants from the crowd when he was shown on the arena’s video screen and later introduced during the game. Obama, who was seated next to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, briefly stood up and waved. Obama is a noted basketball fan, and his love for the game was on full display during his two terms in office. His picks for the NCAA’s basketball tournaments became something of a yearly televised ritual. He delighted in meeting championship basketball teams at the White House. That even continued after he left office. In January, Obama …

Golf coach Hank Haney apologizes for racially charged remarks on radio show

Famed golf instructor Hank Haney apologized on Wednesday for racist, sexist remarks he made about LPGA tour players on his daily SiriusXM radio show Famed golf instructor Hank Haney apologized on Wednesday for disparaging remarks he made about LPGA tour players on his daily SiriusXM radio show. Haney, who rose to fame as Tiger Woods swing coach, made a series of tone-deaf jokes when asked by co-host Steve Johnson about the US Womens Open that starts on Thursday at the Country Club of Charleston. Im gonna predict a Korean [will win], Haney said. Thats a pretty safe bet, Johnson replied. Thats gonna be my prediction. I couldnt name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour, Haney said, before adding: …

Preakness Stakes 2019: Anticipation builds after Kentucky Derby drama

(CNN)It’s dubbed the “middle jewel”, the second-leg of the prestigious Triple Crown where dreams of a rare treble are made. READ: Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended 15 days Dramatic Derby The dust still hasn’t settled on the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby — which even caused US President Donald Trump to weigh into the debate. It all began when Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home. Officials decided that Maximum Security impacted the progress of War of Will, which in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress. Second-placed Country House was subsequently awarded the …

Liverpool stun Barcelona: Where does Champions League ‘classic’ rank in competition’s great games?

(CNN)Few gave Liverpool a chance against Barcelona ahead of their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona on Tuesday. “We played against maybe the best team in world,” Klopp told BT Sport. “Winning is difficult, but winning with a clean sheet, I don’t know how they did it. “Divock and Shaq didn’t play a lot. Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice. “I saw James Milner crying on the pitch after the game. It means so much to all of us.” But how does Liverpool’s remarkable victory rank against the competition’s greatest and most memorable matches? Here’s a look back at some of the best. Obviously, the …

Arsenals Lacazette-Aubameyang double act puts Valencia on back foot

Alexandre Lacazette scored two and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a crucial late third as Arsenal came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 in their Europa League semi-final first leg What a difference a week makes. Arsenal rediscovered their verve to give themselves a tantalising chance of reaching the Europa League final in Baku at the end of May. Attack has to be their best form of defence and their two shining lights up front delivered to give them a 3-1 advantage to take to the Mestalla next week. What a difference a late goal makes, too. Going into stoppage time they were entitled to feel fretful about a 2-1 lead, a scoreline that felt fraught with danger going into an away leg. …

Caster Semenya ruling redefines what it means to be female in sport

(CNN)A landmark ruling concerning one of the most contested issues in sport — gender identity — has sent shockwaves through track and field in setting out new parameters for female athletes. Under the IAAF’s policy, which will now come into effect on May 8, all DSD athletes, who are usually born with testes, would have to reduce their blood testosterone levels to below five nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months, and maintain those levels continuously for the rest of their athletic career, if they want to compete internationally at middle-distance events. Hyperandrogenism is a medical condition estimated to occur in 5% to 10% of women. An excess of testosterone has been found to increase muscle mass …

Indians ace Corey Kluber breaks forearm after being hit by line drive

The struggling Indians star pitcher broke his right forearm when he was hit by a comebacker during a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night Corey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt. The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm when Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber left Wednesdays game with a fractured forearm. The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings, which left his ERA at 5.80. The Indians were already without starter Mike Clevinger, who is sidelined until at least June by a back injury. Caleb Smith struck out eight in seven innings to help Miami …