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FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into soccer stadiums

FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into soccer stadiums

The ban on women attending soccer matches in Iran is “unacceptable” and must be lifted, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The head of football’s world governing body said in a statement that FIFA’s position is “clear and firm” and that women “have to be allowed” into football stadiums in the country. Iran’s ban on women…MORE

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand ‘is still the team to beat’

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand ‘is still the team to beat’

There’s been no shortage of twists and turns in the buildup to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which makes the task of predicting a tournament winner more difficult than ever before. Japan and Russia kick off the tournament in Tokyo on Friday, six weeks — or 48 matches — before a champion is crowned at…MORE

‘I don’t see this as a personal issue,’ says Seb Coe on Caster Semenya case

‘I don’t see this as a personal issue,’ says Seb Coe on Caster Semenya case

He was a double Olympic gold medalist, but Sebastian Coe’s legacy in athletics will perhaps be defined by his handling of the two great modern issues in the sport — the case involving Caster Semenya and doping. As president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Coe’s actions and those of the organization could…MORE

Chasing $20M in horse racing’s battle of riches

Chasing $20M in horse racing’s battle of riches

When Diomed pipped Boudrow to victory in the original Derby in 1780, owner Sir Charles Bunbury pocketed a little over $1,000. Britain’s richest race offers more than $1 million to the winner these days, but even that bumper pot is dwarfed by some of the riches on offer around the world. And it seems horse…MORE

19-year-old Håland scores hat-trick on Champions League debut

19-year-old Håland scores hat-trick on Champions League debut

Erling Braut Håland received a standing ovation from the Red Bull Salzburg fans after scoring a first-half hat-trick on his UEFA Champions League debut Tuesday, where he became the third youngest player to score a Champions League treble — behind only Raul and Wayne Rooney. The 19-year-old’s heroics helped Salzburg thrash Belgian side Genk 6-2…MORE

‘The biggest show in town’ — how rugby united a divided Ireland

‘The biggest show in town’ — how rugby united a divided Ireland

During “The Troubles” — the 30-year sectarian conflict that left more than 3,600 people dead — tensions between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were at an all-time high. But throughout this period, Ireland’s rugby team continued to play under a single flag. In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement helped bring peace to Northern…MORE

Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League

Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League

Champions League holder Liverpool was brought crashing back down to earth, as it started the defense of its title with a 2-0 defeat away to Napoli. Dries Mertens’ penalty and Fernando Llorente’s late goal following an uncharacteristic Virgil van Dijk error consigned the Reds to a fourth successive defeat on the road in the Champions…MORE