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Pope recalls his youth playing football, dubs Maradona "poet"

Rome - With a ball made from rags and surging adrenaline, the young Jorge Bergoglio and his friends pulled off "miracles" playing football in the street, Pope Francis recalled on Saturday.

Year of athlete activist as sport embraces protests

Los Angeles - A wave of activism swept across the sporting world in 2020 as a new generation of increasingly confident athletes found their voices to champion social justice initiatives on an unprecedented scale.

McAvoy's road to redemption: from prison cell to Ironman

London - Former armed robber John McAvoy is acutely aware he could have become just another statistic -- a criminal shot dead by police on the streets of London after a failed heist in 2005.

Olympic swimmer helping dissident Belarus athletes

Vilnius - A few weeks ago, Aliaksandra Herasimenia was a retired Belarusian Olympic swimmer with a stellar career.

Black gymnast says career derailed by racism in Brazil

S - Brazilian gymnast Angelo Assumpcao still wonders how far he could have gone if not for the decision he says derailed his career: speaking out against the racism he was subjected to by his white teammates.Could he have made the Olympics? Won a medal?

Review: Fine Guard Sport Mask is a highly effective mask for athletes Special

The Fine Guard Sport Mask is a highly effective anti-viral face mask for athletes. It is designed by health and wellness experts at Fine Hygienic Holding. Digital Journal has the review.

Defying virus, Latvian ocean rower plans next adventure

Riga - After spending 140 days rowing across the ocean without seeing another human being, Latvian adventurer Karlis Bardelis has some valuable tips for those learning to cope with coronavirus lockdowns.

Sports Illustrated uses transgender model in swimsuit issue for first time

New York - Sports Illustrated is featuring a transgender model for the first time ever in its swimsuit issue this year, the US magazine said Friday.

Fifagate: appeals denied for two key former LatAm officials

New York - A US court on Monday dismissed appeals by two former leaders of Latin American football who were convicted over their roles at the heart of the "Fifagate" corruption scandal.

Rubber bones and road crossing: Commentators get creative during lockdown

London - Dogs chasing rubber bones, "competitive" road crossing and the thrills of grilled chicken have become the new currency for sports commentators looking to entertain fans during the coronavirus lockdown.

Taiwan bucks virus sports cancellations with new baseball season

Taichung - Taiwan swung into a new baseball season on Sunday -- with one team planning to place robot mannequins in their crowdless stands -- as the island bucked the global trend for scrapping sports events during the coronavirus.

Point of contagion: Mass gatherings and the coronavirus

Paris - Congregations of a secretive South Korean sect, an assembly of French evangelists and major European football matches: as the new coronavirus radiated across the planet it seeded clusters of infections at mass gatherings that helped magnify its spread....

Turkmenistan holds mass exercises, defies coronavirus concerns

Ashgabat - Authoritarian Turkmenistan gathered thousands of citizens for mass exercise events to mark World Health Day, state media said, ignoring the global trend for social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mbanda jumps from the back row to the coronavirus front line

Rome - Italian international Maxime Mbanda has leapt from the back row on the rugby pitch to the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, becoming a volunteer ambulance driver in Parma, and bears witness to a frightening reality on the pandemic.

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

Paris - AFP looks at the effects on sport of the coronavirus, which by Saturday had killed over 5,400 people while infecting more than 143,000 in 135 countries and territories.

Worldwide sports collapse piles pressure on Olympics

Apo - The collapse of sports events worldwide over the rapidly spreading new coronavirus heaped pressure on the Tokyo Olympics on Friday as US President Donald Trump suggested delaying the Games by a year.

Moscow-linked hackers hit anti-doping agencies: Microsoft

Paris - A hackers group linked to Moscow has targeted sporting and anti-doping organisations across the world with "significant" cyberattacks as anti-doping authorities mull new allegations against Russia.

In search of glory, Yemen athlete drowns in Med trying to reach Europe

Dubai - Slim and with a tight-trimmed beard, Yemeni Kung Fu champion Hilal al-Haj dreamed of finding athletic glory in Europe, but a risky sea journey to get there ended in tragedy.

Drone Racing League is headed to Orlando, Florida, this October

Orlando - On October 8, 2019, the Drone Racing League will be holding an event in Orlando, Florida, at the Addition Financial Arena .

Austrian football stadium turned into a forest

Vienna - The rustling of the wind through trees has replaced the referee's whistle at a football stadium in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt after an unusual art installation was revealed there on Thursday.

Aztec ballgame returns to Mexico City after 500 years

Mexico - Five centuries ago, newly arrived in what is now Mexico, the Spanish conquistadors banned an indigenous game involving a heavy ball, circular stone goals and human sacrifice.

Wave hello to Italy's surf park, one of the world's biggest

Milan - The sea isn't visible even from the roof of Milan's towering cathedral, but enthusiasts can now ride waves near the Italian city at one of the world's biggest surf parks.

WADA chief to be picked amid Russia doping controversy

Paris - Authorities meet on Tuesday to strike an agreement on who will take over from the current head of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie as the body faces intense scrutiny over the Russian doping scandal.

En garde! France embraces the lightsaber — as sport

Lyon - It has for decades been the dream of the young and the young-at-heart -- to be like Luke Skywalker from Star Wars and vanquish foes with a lightsaber.

Gaza skaters battle blockade and conservatism

Gaza - Gaza City is a noisy place: street vendors holler and drivers blare their horns incessantly, but at the city’s port an unfamiliar sound can be heard -- the rumble, grind and clatter of skateboards.

WADA collects 2,200 samples from disgraced Moscow lab: statement

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Tuesday it had retrieved 2,262 samples from Moscow's former drug-testing laboratory which will be subjected to further analysis.

Drone racing is one of the fastest new sports in the world

What do the world’s fastest hockey slap shots, baseball pitches, and football passes all have in common? Their top speeds pale in comparison to the world's new fastest sport: drone racing.

Disabled Kazakhs fight for rights amid Paralympics push

Almaty - In a gym in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, Paralympic weightlifter Alina Solodukhina's slight shoulders are feeling the strain under more than 60 kilogrammes of cast iron.Solodukhina, who has dwarfism and is 125 centimetres (4.

India hosts first 'yoga on a pole' world championships

Mumbai - Wearing only underpants, Pavel Kalina twists his body up a wooden pole before performing a handstand at the top in the first world championships of an ancient Indian sport.

Footballer Sala's body arrives in Argentina

Progreso - The coffin of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff, arrived in Argentina on Friday ahead of his funeral in his hometown of Progreso.
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