'Iron Hammer' Lang Ping to continue coaching Chinese women's volleyball team until Tokyo Olympics

Lang Ping, one of China's most respected sports figures, will continue coaching Chinese women's national volleyball team until the end of the Tokyo Olympics, which is now rescheduled for summer 2021. The director of the Volleyball Management Center of China's State General Administration of Sports, Li Quanqiang, revealed on Thursday that Lang has renewed her contract with the Chinese national team. Lang's original contract was set to expire in August this year. With the Tokyo Olympics postponed, she renewed her contract accordingly, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Disrupted season

European football pulled together against the odds to complete a season delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but off the field unity was harder to find as threats of breakaways and super leagues caused rancor in the game.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/23 17:18:40

Dalian Pro establish innovation hub in collaboration with FIFA

Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro have established a Football Technology Innovation Hub in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, as the club is in an initial three-year collaboration with the world football governing body FIFA, the club has announced.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/23 14:28:40

NBA won't 'jump the line' for COVID-19 vaccine: Commissioner Silver

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday the league would not “jump the line” for the COVID-19 vaccine as the league prepared to tip off its new season amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the US.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/22 16:28:40

Playing without fans horrible and ugly, says Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has explained how tough it has been to play without fans in the last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, likening the experience to a training session.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/22 16:23:40

Chelsea sink Hammers

Tammy Abraham hit a quick-fire late double on Monday as Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 to reignite their Premier League challenge after a consecutive defeats.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/22 16:23:40

Bryson's 7 and Tiger's 10

In a year dominated by the coronavirus off the course and world No.1 Dustin Johnson on it, AFP Sport recalls some of golf's talking points of 2020.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/22 16:23:40

Manchester United hammer out Premier League title warning

Manchester United blitzed Leeds 6-2 to climb to third in the Premier League on Sunday as Leicester put a major dent in Tottenham's title challenge.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/21 16:23:40

NHL brass approve shortened 56-game season starting January 13

The National Hockey League has given its 31 teams the green light to play a 56-game season that will begin January 13 without any preseason games.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/21 16:08:40

Leao makes history with goal in six seconds

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao scored the fastest-ever goal in Serie A history on Sunday, netting after just six seconds in a 2-1 win at Sassuolo which kept his side top of the table ahead of city rivals Inter Milan.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/21 16:08:40

Chiefs win ninth straight

Patrick Mahomes tossed three touchdown passes as the Kansas City Chiefs improved to an NFL best 13-1 with a 32-29 victory over Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints on Sunday in Louisiana.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/21 16:08:39