14 KITZBÜHEL, Austria (AP) — Beat Feuz is again the man to beat heading to the Olympic downhill race at the Beijing Winter Games. Feuz’s Swiss teammate Marco Odermatt also showed again Sunday he has the talent and form to be Alpine skiing’s big new star in China. Feuz was 0.21 seconds ahead of Odermatt in a clear 1-2 finish for Switzerland’s stars on the storied Streif downhill course in the last World Cup speed race before the Olympics. Daniel Hemetsberger of Austria was third, trailing 0.90 behind Feuz. Matthias Mayer, the 2014 Olympic downhill gold medalist, was fourth. Feuz, the four-time defending World Cup downhill champion, got his first win of the season at the eighth attempt, though it was also his fifth podium finish. The 2018 Olympic bronze medalist’s next scheduled race is the first Alpine skiing event at the Winter Games — the men's downhill on Sunday, Feb. 6. … [Read more...] about Beat Feuz wins at Kitzbühel in last downhill before Olympics
FILE – In this May 23, 2018 file photo U.S. Center for SafeSport President and CEO Shellie Pfohl testifies before the House Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the Olympic community’s ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The center, which opened in March 2017, has received 20 to 30 calls a week to report sex abuse in Olympic sports and is wrestling with the influx of cases on a limited budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) Judges, event organizers and even some riders were caught off-guard earlier this year when a well-known equestrian judge got booted out of one of the year’s biggest horse shows. Turns out, the judge’s name had been flagged by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the newly created office charged with overseeing sex-abuse cases in Olympic sports, because he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex assault five years earlier, in a case that had nothing to do with minors or anyone in his sport. Had he … [Read more...] about Fighting sex abuse in Olympic sports a difficult task
4 YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Watch this space. The Comoros soccer team has been giving one of its outfield players a crash course in guarding its goal at the African Cup of Nations after injuries and positive coronavirus tests left it without a goalkeeper for the biggest game in its history. The situation is so sensitive — and unprecedented — that Comoros hasn't yet identified the player chosen to try and keep out high-scoring Cameroon in their round-of-16 game on Monday at Africa's most prestigious tournament. On the bright side for Comoros, the chosen player has shown some potential in the position. “We’ve already chosen an outfield player who will start as keeper,” Comoros assistant coach Daniel Padovanni said. “It’s a player who in training has shown that he can play as a 'keeper.” No. 1 goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina is injured and Comoros' two reserve keepers are among 12 players and coaching staff members who tested positive for the … [Read more...] about Hands up: Outfield player to play as goalie at African Cup
close Video Kristi Noem: Transgender athlete ban bill ‘strongest in the nation’ in protecting women’s sports South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem discusses her abortion legislation proposal and a bill that would ban transgender women from participating in female sports in her state. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said Sunday her bill making its way through South Dakota ’s legislature aimed at protecting fairness in women's sports will be the "strongest bill in the nation" of its kind. "This is about fairness," Noem said on "Fox News Sunday." "This is about making sure that our girls have a chance to be successful and to compete, to win scholarships, potentially go on to play professional sports beyond that. We want them to have the opportunity to do that. KRISTI NOEM'S FORMER ADVISER ACCUSED GOVERNOR OF 'GASLIGHTING' WITH NEW AD ON WOMEN'S SPORTS Kristi Noem, governor of … [Read more...] about Gov. Kristi Noem says transgender athlete bill ‘strongest’ in the nation to protect women’s sports
14 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alize Cornet has finally reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at her 63rd attempt. The 32-year-old Cornet survived a second-set meltdown to advance to the last eight at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over two-time major winner Simona Halep. “It’s never too late to try again!” Cornet said in her on-court TV interview. “To be in my first quarterfinal. It’s a dream come true. "The journey goes on. I still can’t believe it. Cornet led by a set and 3-1 before losing five consecutive games and 16 straight points to send the match to a decider. Halep saved two match points on her serve in the ninth game before Cornet clinched the match in the 10th. She dropped to her knees on the court and clasped her hands together, putting them over her face before looking into the stadium at her support team. “It feels amazing,” Cornet … [Read more...] about In her 63rd try, Cornet makes Grand Slam quarterfinals
GREEN BAY, Wis. — This is how it all ended for Aaron Rodgers on Saturday night: a football fluttering between the uprights, men in scarlet parkas scampering onto the field, snowflakes falling like so many opportunities lost and gone forever. “A little numb, for sure,” Rodgers said. “Didn’t think it was going to end like this.” A certain finality descended upon Lambeau Field as time expired in San Francisco’s 13-10 victory over the top-seeded Green Bay Packers , after Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal on the final play boosted the 49ers into the N.F.C. championship game. The kick ended a Packers season that teemed with promise — they were, Rodgers said, a Super Bowl-caliber team — yet cratered, just like last year, at home in the January chill. It ended what has been captivating theater for the last nine months, the daily parsing of Rodgers’s word and deed, his status in everything from coronavirus vaccination to job satisfaction the dominant plot point in the melodrama that is … [Read more...] about An Abrupt Ending for Aaron Rodgers Brings a Rush of Uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every sport needs a marquee rivalry. Boxing had Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The N.B.A. had Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls countering Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons. Tennis has Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. In this age of the N.F.L., fans are witnessing the flourishing of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. The two young quarterbacks for Kansas City and the Buffalo Bills engaged in a thrilling battle on Sunday night as they went throw for throw in the A.F.C.’s divisional round, exchanging leads and accumulating yards as if it were an elementary schoolyard game at recess. The game was so exciting that it needed more time, the referee saying “great job so far” with a hint of sarcasm in his voice. Harrison Butker kicked a 49-yard field goal to send the game to overtime after both teams exchanged the lead three times in just under two minutes. The contest finally concluded when Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce near the sideline for … [Read more...] about Kansas City wins in overtime with a Kelce touchdown catch.
John Stockton, one of the most celebrated basketball players in history, is barred from attending games at his alma mater, Gonzaga University, because of an unwillingness to comply with the school’s mask mandate. Stockton revealed that his season tickets were revoked in an interview with The Spokesman Review published on Sunday . Stockton described the conversation with the university officials as both “congenial” and “not pleasant.” “Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. Stockton added that he was told that officials had “received complaints” about Stockton’s refusal to wear the mask. A spokesperson for Gonzaga University, which is in Spokane, Wash., declined to comment on Stockton specifically, but said in a statement: “Attendees at basketball games are required to wear face masks at all times.” The university … [Read more...] about Gonzaga revokes John Stockton’s season tickets over his refusal to wear masks.
To find clues about the soured relationship between Francis Ngannou , the heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Dana White, the organization’s president, note White’s hard-to-ignore absences on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif. Moments after Ngannou’s unanimous-decision win over the previously undefeated challenger, Ciryl Gane, White was not in the octagon to strap the championship belt around the winner’s waist. One fight earlier, he draped one over the shoulder of Deiveson Figueiredo, who had defeated Brandon Moreno for the flyweight championship. White also did not attend the postfight news conference, where he normally rattles off attendance and gate revenue numbers and rehashes the night’s action with reporters. Another signal that Ngannou, a power-punching 35-year-old native of Cameroon, is seeking a way to win bigger paydays from the U.F.C. came minutes after the fight, when he spoke openly of starting a professional boxing career. … [Read more...] about Ngannou Keeps U.F.C. Heavyweight Crown Amid Contract Dispute
5 LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Like her brother, Annika Malacinski dreams of going to the Olympics in Nordic combined. As wintry weather settled in at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Mount Van Hoevenberg last fall, she and Niklas trained together in this tiny town that hosted the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics. The siblings fearlessly took flight off a ski jump and relentlessly pushed themselves on paved paths in roller skis alongside other Olympic hopefuls. Through it all, 20-year-old Annika knew she had no shot at competing in China in February. Nordic combined, which combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing, is the only Olympic sport without gender equity: There is no women's competition at the Games. “I think it’s absurd that one person can fulfill his dreams this upcoming year and one just has to keep pushing for it to be in 2026," she said. Niklas Malacinski, who like his sister holds US-Finnish dual citizenship, agreed. … [Read more...] about It’s men only in Nordic combined at the Olympics for now