James, Antetokounmpo to captain NBA All-Star Game teams in Feb

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo will captain the NBA All-Star Game teams in February after final voting that saw Philadelphia star Joel Embiid fail to earn a starting spot.

Winds of destiny

American Sam Ryder defied gusting winds at Torrey Pines on Thursday to fire a four-under par 68 and push his lead to three strokes in the US PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open.

  • Sadio Mane's smile a motivation booster for struggling Bayern Munich

    It might have been the explicit intention of Sadio Mane to let pictures send out a convincing message of hope.

    By Xinhua | 2023/1/27 17:39:03
  • Biggest hitters go toe-to-toe

    Two of the biggest hitters in women's tennis go toe-to-toe when Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina clash in Saturday's Australian Open final in Melbourne.

    By AFP | 2023/1/27 17:35:13
  • Australian Open sees talented 17-year-old claim historic win for China

    Tennis prodigy Shang Juncheng made history on Monday by becoming the first male Chinese player to win an Australian Open main draw singles match.

    By Global Times | 2023/1/16 23:08:17
  • Messi guides PSG to victory on return after World Cup 2022 triumph

    Lionel Messi scored in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 win over Angers in Ligue 1 on Wednesday on his first appearance since leading Argentina to victory in the World Cup in Qatar.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 20:16:21
  • Legend waves goodbye

    Gareth Bale retires from soccer with his place as one of Britain's greatest players secured after a spectacular career at home and abroad.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 20:12:48
  • A sting in the tail for English Premiership

    Wasps' financial meltdown left the club in tatters and booted out of the English Premiership, but some players have rebounded in fine form in the Top 14, where life has proved to be different from that in Coventry.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 20:08:59
  • World No.1 has sights on maiden title

    World No.1 Iga Swiatek is the woman to beat when the Australian Open begins on Monday without retired great Serena Williams and 2022's champion Ashleigh Barty.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 20:05:12
  • Bills' Damar Hamlin out of hospital as he recovers from cardiac arrest

    Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin has been discharged from hospital to continue recovering at home more than a week after his cardiac arrest during an NFL game shocked the league, the team said Wednesday.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 20:01:30
  • Borussia Dortmund in top mood despite uncertain future of star players

    The mountain of challenges ahead doesn't seem to bother struggling Borussia Dortmund.

    By Xinhua | 2023/1/12 15:11:34
  • Europe's winter meltdown

    Brown hillsides and slivers of snow – a common sight across Europe's Alps, and a far cry from the winter wonderland tourists had banked on.

    By AFP | 2023/1/12 15:08:53
  • Ice and snow tourism heats up in dual-Olympic city

    While it is freezing cold outside in the mountainous Gushancun village in ­Beijing's western Mentougou district, that hasn't stopped the Li family from traveling more than 50 kilometers from the capital's ­downtown area to the village to enjoy winter activities like ice climbing, skating and skiing.

    By Xu Liuliu | 2023/1/9 21:51:34
  • Bayern Munich-signed Chinese teen goalkeeper Liu Shaoziyang says he admires Neuer's leadership, improvisation on pitch

    Bayern Munich's 19-year-old Chinese goalkeeper Liu Shaoziyang has been working hard toward the goal of learning from his role model Manuel Neuer. In an interview with the Global Times on Sunday, the young talent shared his experience and feelings of growing up to become a professional player and joining overseas clubs.

    By Shan Jie in Beijing and Du Qiongfang in Shanghai | 2023/1/8 21:35:17
  • Australia reign on gloomy day one as South Africa's Proteas left frustrated

    Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja grabbed half-centuries as Australia made the best of a rainy day one to be 147 for two at stumps in the third test against a frustrated South Africa in Sydney on Wednesday.

    By Reuters | 2023/1/5 19:42:57
  • Bringing the heat

    Rally legend Sebastien Loeb at last had something to smile about after two nightmare days as the Frenchman won the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday.

    By AFP | 2023/1/5 19:30:09
  • Kyrgios expected to be fit for Australian Open despite latest withdrawal

    Nick Kyrgios is expected to be fit to play at the Australian Open despite pulling out of a second warm-up tournament following his withdrawal from next week's Adelaide International with an ankle injury, his manager told Australian media.

    By Reuters | 2023/1/5 19:26:31
  • 'Trust your teammates'

    Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple double sparked the Milwaukee Bucks to a 104-101 overtime victory at Toronto on Wednesday while the Brooklyn Nets saw their 12-game NBA win streak snapped.

    By AFP | 2023/1/5 19:21:58
  • Call of the whistle

    With great pride and yet still some regret, Chinese referees Ma Ning, Shi Xiang and Cao Yi ended their 2022 FIFA World Cup journey.

    By Xinhua | 2023/1/5 15:39:33
  • Chinese winter sports athletes aiming for 2026 Olympics

    For Chinese winter sports athletes, the new ski season after Beijing 2022 is well marked as one to prepare for the next Winter Olympics.

    By Xinhua | 2023/1/5 15:34:22
  • Soccer players' final rewarding stage

    Since Brazilian legend Rivelino joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal in the late 1970s, the Gulf region has become a lucrative haven as a final staging post for aging stars. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed a two-year contract with Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr last week, is by far the biggest catch for the oil and gas-rich Gulf states.

    By AFP | 2023/1/5 15:31:27
  • AI improving the game Go, while 'ruining' it at the same time

    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the board game of weiqi, which is commonly known as Go overseas, has once again become a hot topic in China.

    By Hua Yun | 2023/1/4 23:41:27
  • Fans can now fancy chances of watching Ronaldo on Chinese turf as star joins Al Nassr

    Asian football has never taken center stage like this before.

    By Hua Yun | 2023/1/4 0:45:54
  • Brazilian soccer legend Pelé dies at 82

    ​Brazilian soccer legend Pelé died at the age of 82, media reported on Friday.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/30 3:49:50
  • Top 10 Chinese sports news events in 2022

    Here is Xinhua News Agency's selection of the 10 most significant pieces of Chinese sports news in 2022, in chronological order:

    By Xinhua | 2022/12/28 23:34:22
  • Hajime Moriyasu retains post as Japan coach after World Cup run

    Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu will stay in his job after leading the Samurai Blue to the last 16 at the World Cup in Qatar, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Wednesday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:25:42
  • S.African skipper seeks win for diversity in race to Brazil

    The first time he saw the ocean, Sibusiso Sizatu thought that, with all that water, it must have been a very large lake.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:23:38
  • Djokovic, Nadal to kick-start bid for 2023 supremacy in Australia

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal kick-start their 2023 campaigns this week in Adelaide and Sydney respectively, with the superstar veterans and great rivals eyeing up yet more Australian Open glory.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:20:50
  • Andoo Comanche wins Sydney-Hobart yacht race but misses course record

    Australian supermaxi Andoo Comanche secured a fourth line honors victory in the grueling Sydney-Hobart ocean race on Wednesday, but fell short of setting a new course record.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/28 23:16:02
  • Agnelli says leaving Juventus 'not easy,' defends club

    Outgoing Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who quit amid claims of false accounting at Italy's biggest football club, told shareholders on Tuesday that leaving was difficult but the club “comes before everything.”

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:14:50
  • Shiffrin claims 78th win

    Mikaela Shiffrin had to go "full gas" to pull off the 78th World Cup win of her career with victory in Tuesday's giant slalom event in Semmering.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:13:37
  • Kyrgios pulls out of United Cup as Nadal tips him for Slam breakthrough

    Nick Kyrgios stunned his ­teammates by pulling out of the United Cup Wednesday on the eve of the tournament, soon after Rafael Nadal said the Australian had "all the ­weapons" to win a Grand Slam.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 23:11:17
  • Mavs edge Knicks in overtime

    Dallas star Luka Doncic rewrote the NBA record book on Tuesday with a stunning 60-point triple-double, carrying the Mavericks to a wild 126-121 overtime victory over the New York Knicks.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/28 23:01:41
  • Man United cruise past Forest

    Manchester United made a positive start to life without Cristiano Ronaldo as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial stepped out from the Portuguese's shadow to score in a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/28 22:48:55
  • Beijing Guoan forfeit CSL game due to serious shortage of healthy players

    Beijing Guoan said it would give up the upcoming match against Shanghai Port that was slated to kick off on Tuesday in the Chinese Super League (CSL) 33rd round due to a serious shortage of available players.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/27 22:13:06
  • Warner crushes South Africa with majestic 200

    An emotional and exhausted David Warner retired hurt after a majestic 200 as Australia dominated Day 2 of the ­second Test on Tuesday and South Africa wilted in a Melbourne furnace.

    By AFP | 2022/12/27 22:09:48
  • Chargers clinch playoff berth

    Justin Herbert passed for 235 yards (215 meters) and Austin Ekeler ran for two touchdowns to help the Los Angeles Chargers clinch a playoff berth with a 20-3 win against the host Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/27 22:08:36
  • Djokovic touches down ahead of Australian Open, 12 months after being deported

    Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic arrived in Australia on Tuesday almost one year after he was deported for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, tennis officials said.

    By AFP | 2022/12/27 21:52:21
  • Nets hold off Cavs

    Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving scored 32 points apiece as the Brooklyn Nets pushed their NBA winning streak to nine games on Monday with a 125-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    By AFP | 2022/12/27 21:51:19
  • Sheffield United down Coventry 3-1 to boost promotion push

    Sheffield United eased to a 3-1 win against Coventry as a seventh success in eight Championship games boosted the Blades' bid to reach the Premier League.

    By AFP | 2022/12/27 21:44:46
  • Arsenal extend lead

    Arsenal opened up a ­seven-point lead with a 3-1 win over West Ham United as the Premier League returned on Monday, while Newcastle climbed up to second thanks to an impressive 3-0 victory at Leicester.

    By AFP | 2022/12/27 21:42:41
  • Kathy Whitworth – professional golfer with most trophies – dies at 83

    Kathy Whitworth, whose 88 LPGA Tour victories are the most ever by a player on a pro tour, passed away suddenly on Saturday while celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends, her longtime partner Bettye Odle said on Sunday. She was 83.

    By AFP | 2022/12/26 22:03:31
  • Celtics dismantle Bucks

    Boston's Jayson Tatum scored 41 points to power the NBA-best Celtics over Milwaukee 139-118 on Sunday in a Christmas showdown of the league's two top teams.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/26 22:00:16
  • All Blacks Mo'unga, Frizell sign post-World Cup Japan club deals

    New Zealand rugby playmaker Richie Mo'unga announced on Monday he will take up a three-year Japan club deal after 2023's Rugby World Cup, potentially ending his career in Tests and Super Rugby.

    By AFP | 2022/12/26 21:57:30
  • Bucs rally past Cardinals

    Tom Brady marched Tampa Bay 66 yards (60.35 meters) in nine plays in overtime to set up Ryan Succop's game-winning 40-yard field goal on Sunday, which gave the Buccaneers a dramatic 19-16 victory at Arizona.

    By AFP | 2022/12/26 21:56:15
  • Green takes 5 as Australia seize control of 2nd South Africa Test

    Cameron Green celebrated landing one of the richest contracts in Indian Premier League (IPL) history by taking a career-best 5-27 as Australia ripped through South Africa's fragile batting in the second Test on Monday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/26 21:54:32
  • Sydney-Hobart race begins

    More than 100 yachts set sail on Monday in the Sydney-Hobart race as favorable winds raised hopes for a record time in one of the world's most punishing ocean events.

    By AFP | 2022/12/26 21:52:27
  • Conte not happy about quick Premier League restart

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is "not really happy" that the Premier League will resume just eight days after the World Cup and hinted he might rest players for the Boxing Day match at Brentford.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/25 22:19:52
  • Guangdong sports officials punished; 6 Chinese players banned for life over fixing

    Sixteen sports officials in South China's Guangdong Province, including Wang Yuping, director of the provincial sports bureau, have been punished after investigation confirmed an August football game had been manipulated.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/25 22:17:37
  • Charlo breaks hand

    Undisputed world super-welterweight boxing champion Jermell Charlo suffered a broken left hand in training and his January showdown with unbeaten Australian Tim Tszyu has been postponed, promoters announced Saturday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/25 22:07:18
  • Supermaxi skippers eye race record in grueling Sydney-Hobart

    Skippers of the supermaxi yachts preparing for Monday's Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic are targeting a new record in a high-speed race they predict will go to the wire.

    By AFP | 2022/12/25 21:42:03
  • India beat Bangladesh

    Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin held firm as India beat Bangladesh in a thrilling second Test on Sunday, dashing hopes in Dhaka of a first-ever win over their neighbors.

    By AFP | 2022/12/25 21:39:18
  • Family gather by Pele's bedside at Sao Paulo hospital on Christmas Eve

    Family members visited the legendary Pele on Saturday at the Sao Paulo hospital where he is suffering from worsening cancer as well as kidney and heart problems, according to a social media post by his daughter.

    By AFP | 2022/12/25 20:41:35
  • Cowboys down Eagles

    Dak Prescott threw for 347 yards (317.3 meters) and three touchdowns to spark the Dallas Cowboys over NFL-best Philadelphia 40-34 on Saturday, keeping the Eagles from clinching a top playoff seeding.

    By AFP | 2022/12/25 20:39:17
  • Sui ends year in style with sudden-death win at Zhuhai Challenge

    Sui Xiang earned her maiden victory as a professional golfer on Friday when the Guangzhou native beat Zhao Zhimeng in a second-hole playoff to win the Zhuhai Challenge in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/25 17:46:03
  • Red Bull driver dominant in 2022 F1 season

    More dominant and a lot less controversial, Max Verstappen's second Formula One world championship was very different to the first.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/23 13:48:44
  • Fracas between LIV Golf and PGA Tour highlights eventful year

    Once dismissed by many as a joke, the launch of LIV Golf divided the sport in 2022 as the Saudi-backed circuit lured top players from the PGA Tour with huge paydays while the two sides entered an ongoing legal battle.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/23 13:46:10
  • End of an era

    The men's "big four" may be history but two of its remaining members, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, kept offering stiff resistance to the next generation in a seismic year for tennis.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/23 13:43:29
  • World Cup shines spotlight on growth in the sport

    Lionel Messi's World Cup fairy tale lit up the year in football as heroics and heartbreak at the finals captivated fans and highlighted the growth of the world's most popular sport.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/23 13:40:23
  • Italian cycling commemorated with Florence start to 2024 Tour de France

    Starting the 2024 Tour de France in Florence will fix an "incongruity" and celebrate Italian cycling, race director Christian Prudhomme said on Wednesday as he confirmed the first-ever Italian Grand Depart.

    By AFP | 2022/12/22 21:22:38
  • Emotional Becker recounts prison experience

    Former tennis superstar Boris Becker said he relied on "blood brothers" to protect him in a British prison and said his life was threatened twice in his first interview since being released.

    By AFP | 2022/12/22 21:21:22
  • Tokyo Olympic Games cost 20% more than organizers reported: audit

    The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 cost 20 percent more than the final figure reported by the organizing committee, according to an analysis by Japan's audit board.

    By AFP | 2022/12/22 21:19:00
  • Cavs beat Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 45 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but couldn't stop his Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks from falling to a 114-106 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/22 21:15:53
  • Pele to spend Christmas in hospital as cancer worsens

    Brazilian football great Pele will spend Christmas in hospital, his medical team and family said on Wednesday, as he receives treatment for worsening cancer as well as kidney and heart problems.

    By AFP | 2022/12/22 21:11:29
  • Man United into quarters

    Marcus Rashford marked his return from World Cup duty with a brilliant solo goal as Manchester United advanced into the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Burnley while Premier League rivals Brighton were knocked out by third-tier Charlton.

    By AFP | 2022/12/22 21:09:56
  • Argentina World Cup winners ditch bus for chopper ride over Buenos Aires

    Millions of jubilant fans turned out on Tuesday to welcome home Argentina's World Cup winners led by Lionel Messi, but most were left disappointed when an open-top bus parade had to be abandoned due to the massive crowds, in favor of a hastily organized helicopter tour.

    By AFP | 2022/12/21 23:33:32
  • Sapporo suspends Olympic bid events over Tokyo Games scandal

    The Japanese city of Sapporo will stop promoting its 2030 Winter Olympics bid and hold a nationwide poll to gauge support after a corruption scandal over 2021's Tokyo Games, local officials have announced.

    By AFP | 2022/12/21 23:29:42
  • Masters will allow LIV golfers who qualify to compete in 2023

    LIV Golf League players will be able to compete in 2023's Masters after Augusta ­National Chairman Fred Ridley said on Tuesday the event will keep "current criteria" for 2023 entrants.

    By AFP | 2022/12/21 23:15:52
  • F1 drivers barred from making 'political statements' unless approved

    Formula One drivers will need prior written permission from the sport's governing body to make "political statements" from next season following an update of the International Sporting Code.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/21 23:04:26
  • Nuggets take top spot in the West

    Inspired by their in-form center Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets took over at the top of the Western Conference, after knocking the Memphis Grizzlies off their perch with a convincing 105-91 win on Tuesday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/21 23:02:44
  • England appoint Borthwick as rugby head coach to replace sacked Jones

    England have named former captain Steve Borthwick as head coach to replace Eddie Jones who was dismissed earlier in December, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Monday, with the build-up to 2023's World Cup at the top of his agenda.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/21 0:11:57
  • Bucks send Pelicans to another loss

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power the Milwaukee Bucks to a 128-119 victory on Monday over Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/21 0:10:02
  • Alpine skiing World Cup leader Odermatt wins Alta Badia giant slalom

    Switzerland's Marco Odermatt extended his alpine skiing World Cup lead after claiming victory in Monday's giant slalom at Alta Badia in Italy.

    By AFP | 2022/12/21 0:03:55
  • Benzema retires from intl football

    Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema called time on his tumultuous international career with France on Monday, a day after the defending champions' World Cup final defeat to Argentina.

    By AFP | 2022/12/20 23:57:01
  • Italy Serie A will have semiautomatic offside detection from late January

    Semiautomated offside technology will be introduced to Serie A in January, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday as the country's refereeing association searches for a new president following a drugs scandal.

    By AFP | 2022/12/20 23:51:50
  • Messi and Argentina the toast of world media

    Legendary, greatest, immortal: News media across the planet ran out of superlatives after Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory in one of the most dramatic World Cup finals ever.

    By AFP | 2022/12/20 23:47:17
  • Tiger Woods will rest and work on walking ability after family outing

    Tiger Woods isn't sure when he will play competitive golf again, but the 15-time major winner intends to rest and improve his walking ability in the coming weeks.

    By AFP | 2022/12/19 21:23:56
  • Nuggets down Hornets

    Nikola Jokic joined rare NBA company on Sunday with a 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist triple-double for the Denver Nuggets in a 119-115 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

    By AFP | 2022/12/19 21:21:43
  • Deschamps to decide on future but outlook bright

    Didier Deschamps said he would wait before deciding whether to remain as coach of France in the wake of their World Cup final defeat, but the future prospects remain bright for a side brimming with young talent and led by Kylian Mbappe.

    By AFP | 2022/12/19 21:17:53
  • Messi lifts World Cup trophy

    Lionel Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory on Sunday, scoring twice against France in one of the all-time great finals with the South Americans holding their nerve to triumph in a penalty shootout.

    By AFP | 2022/12/19 20:59:44
  • India defeat Bangladesh to go third in Test tournament behind Australia, S.Africa

    Shakib Al Hasan provided brief entertainment for Bangladesh but India kept their cool to win the first Test by 188 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series in Chittagong, India on Sunday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/18 20:04:39
  • Heat rally to beat Spurs in NBA Mexico City game

    The Miami Heat pounced late to beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-101 on Saturday in Mexico City, where Commissioner Adam Silver discussed the prospect of NBA expansion south of the border.

    By AFP | 2022/12/18 20:00:31
  • Zhou wins CGA Championship

    Zhou Ziqin stunned a field of top Chinese professionals on Saturday as the 16-year-old amateur claimed the men's edition of the CGA Championship with a one-stroke victory in Xiamen, Fujian Province on Saturday.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/18 19:58:39
  • Women's World Cup will be safe despite fan violence: Australian football chief

    Football Australia boss James Johnson vowed tough sanctions Sunday after a goalkeeper was attacked during an ­A-League match, but insisted the sport is safe and there are no concerns about cohosting the Women's World Cup (WWC) in 2023.

    By AFP | 2022/12/18 19:53:31
  • Cuban women finally in boxing ring

    With a strong right jab to the face of her opponent, Elianni Garcia Polledo on Saturday won the first official women's boxing match in Cuba.

    By AFP | 2022/12/18 19:48:51
  • Proud Morocco want to build African legacy after World Cup run, says Regragui

    Morocco will leave Qatar proud and happy after becoming the first African or Arabic team to reach the last four at a World Cup but they should strive for more in the future, coach Walid Regragui said on Saturday.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/18 19:45:14
  • Modric sets sights on Nations League title for Croatia

    Luka Modric led Croatia to the bronze medal at the World Cup on Saturday and revealed he will extend his international career into 2023 in an attempt to win the Nations League.

    By AFP | 2022/12/18 19:41:59
  • Memorable moments

    Finally, here we are. After nearly a month of thrills, joy and tears, the 2022 FIFA World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday night with Lionel Messi's Argentina taking on defending champions France. Will the 35-year-old Messi cement his place in the pantheon of football gods with the most prestigious and the only major trophy that has eluded him in his fifth and final attempt? Or will the young Kylian Mbappe ­further extend his status as the next big superstar in the sport by claiming his second World Cup trophy at just 23? Here are some memorable moments from the just-concluded semifinal stage.

    By Global Times | 2022/12/16 22:59:39
  • Dreams shattered, Croatia and Morocco dust themselves off for bronze

    As Croatia and Morocco pick up the pieces after their World Cup semifinal defeats, the two teams will welcome the prospect of potentially leaving Qatar on a high when they square up in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/16 22:49:19
  • Messi vs Mbappe as World Cup reaches climax

    France and Argentina are gearing up for a heavyweight World Cup final that pits Kylian Mbappe against Lionel Messi in a hotly ­anticipated duel, with history on the line.

    By AFP | 2022/12/16 22:45:59
  • Dinamo Zagreb play crucial role in producing Croatia's national team players

    Three Dinamo Zagreb players, including penalty shootout king Dominik Livakovic, have gone from playing in front of several thousand fans in a neglected stadium to the brink of the World Cup final.

    By AFP | 2022/12/16 13:17:39
  • 'A perfect message': Fans immortalize Messi's jibe at beaten Dutch

    Argentine football fans are printing on T-shirts, mugs and even their bodies a cheeky phrase by captain Lionel Messi in the heated aftermath of their World Cup win over the Netherlands.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/16 13:13:23
  • Ticketless Argentina fans enjoy World Cup outside stadium

    Nicolas Montez could tell from the roar coming from inside the Lusail Stadium that Lionel Messi had scored the opening goal in Argentina's World Cup semifinal triumph on Tuesday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/16 13:11:08
  • Australia brace for S.African pace in first Test since infamous series

    Australia will face one of cricket's most hostile pace attacks when they play South Africa at Test level from Saturday for the first time since the infamous "Sandpaper-gate" series.

    By AFP | 2022/12/16 13:08:20
  • French rugby boss Laporte found guilty in trial for influence peddling

    Bernard Laporte, the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), has been a player, coach and even a government minister, overcoming controversy and setbacks to become one of the most powerful figures in the sport.

    By AFP | 2022/12/16 13:06:52
  • After drivers, Formula 1 team bosses get on the merry-go-round

    Renault-owned Alpine had a cheeky response when four of their Formula One rivals replaced bosses in a managerial merry-go-round this week.

    By Reuters | 2022/12/15 21:11:09
  • Pacers hold off Warriors

    Four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry suffered a left shoulder injury late in the third quarter of reigning NBA champions Golden State's 125-119 loss at Indiana on Wednesday.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/15 21:09:08
  • Moroccans hail heroes but rue defeat felt in Africa and Arab world

    Moroccans slumped with disappointment on Wednesday after their team's semifinal defeat to France, but were still pumped with pride for a World Cup run that spurred tears of joy across Africa and the Arab world.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/15 21:06:31
  • France into World Cup final

    France will play Argentina in the World Cup final after beating Morocco 2-0 in an enthralling semifinal on Wednesday to stay on course to retain the title and end the fairy-tale run of the North Africans in Qatar.

    By Agencies | 2022/12/15 20:58:46
  • New Olympic sports had high rate of injuries in Tokyo: research

    Athletes competing in the newly introduced Olympic sports of BMX freestyle, karate and skateboarding suffered some of the highest rates of injuries at the Tokyo Games, new research showed Wednesday.

    By AFP | 2022/12/14 19:29:55
  • Celtics edge Lakers in overtime

    Jayson Tatum and the NBA-leading Boston Celtics thwarted a ­furious late rally by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday to win 122-118 in overtime and snap a two-game losing skid.

    By AFP | 2022/12/14 19:25:02
  • US player Reyna hits back at coach Berhalter over bust-up at Qatar 2022

    Gio Reyna has hit back at US coach Gregg Berhalter over comments regarding the Borussia Dortmund forward's behavior during the World Cup.

    By AFP | 2022/12/14 19:12:04