World Cup teams nix armbands that were seen as snub to Qatar

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DOHA, Qatar — FIFA’s threat of on-field punishment for players pushed World Cup teams to back down Monday and abandon a plan for their captains to wear armbands that were seen as a rebuke to host nation Qatar’s human rights record. Just hours before the first players wearing the armbands in support of the “One … Read more

Richarlison: Brazil forward racially abused as fan throws banana at him during 5-1 victory over Tunisia in France

Richarlison: Brazil forward racially abused as fan throws banana at him during 5-1 victory over Tunisia in France

CNN — Brazil’s impressive end to its World Cup preparation was overshadowed by racist abuse as forward Richarlison had a banana thrown at him by a fan during the 5-1 victory over Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday. The Tottenham Hotspur star scored Brazil’s second goal but as he celebrated a banana was thrown at him … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebucking Russia

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebucking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

Tour de France Women: Spectacular multi-rider crash leaves rider needing hospital treatment

Tour de France Women: Spectacular multi-rider crash leaves rider needing hospital treatment

CNN — A huge crash during Stage 5 of the Tour de France Women on Thursday left one rider needing hospital treatment. With 50km left of the longest stage of the race, an incident on a straight bit of road between Bar-le-Luc to Saint-die-des-Vosges quickly escalated into an enormous crash which saw half the field … Read more