Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will be staying at the club, Mikel Arteta has said, in a development that puts an end to Jose Mourinho’s hopes of bringing the Switzerland international to Roma. Xhaka is a divisive player with the Arsenal supporters but he has always been highly valued by the coaching staff in north London and Roma have not presented any offers this summer that have been deemed acceptable. Xhaka, who scored in a 2-1 friendly loss to Chelsea on Sunday, had been expected to leave t
San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane emphatically denied allegations made by his wife that he gambled on his own games and intentionally tried to lose to cash in on his wagers. Kane posted two statements to Twitter on Sunday, one day after the allegations against him were made on an Instagram account that appears to belong to his wife, Anna. "I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game," Kane wrote, in part.
Italians were elated and not a little stunned on Sunday as compatriots Lamont Marcell Jacobs and Gianmarco Tamberi claimed upset victories in sprint and high jump events at the Olympics. Jacobs won the men's 100 metres final to become the first Italian to take the most coveted title in athletics, while Tamberi shared the men's high jump gold. Until the Tokyo Olympics few Italians had even heard of Jacobs, who has made impressive progress over recent years and broke the European record twice on Sunday en route to victory.
The Olympic spirit was alive and strong on Sunday night when two high jumpers opted to share the gold medal rather than take on a sudden-death contest that would have seen one of them miss out. High jumpers Gianmarco Tamberi, of Italy, and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim have long been close friends and they made history together after becoming the first track and field athletes to share gold in more than a century. The two men had matched each other blow for blow throughout the competition, with ide
Atsushi Oyanagi, 18, and a few other volunteers inside the Olympic baseball and softball stadium need sharp eyes, quick fingers and resilient ears for a job unlike any known outside of Japan. "I prefer they wouldn't put it in front of my head," quipped World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari after walking past the wrong spot at the wrong time on Sunday. It is just that at the spectator-less Olympics, the only ones to protect are Fraccari and no more than three dozen others, including journalists and fellow volunteers.
Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Greek brothers who helped the Milawaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years last month, promised to take their trophy back to Sepolia, the run-down Athens neighbourhood where they grew up. Born in Greece to Nigerian immigrant parents, the Antetokounmpo brothers had to sell trinkets on the street to get by. "I am very, very happy that one of the biggest trophies in the world is in Greece right now," Giannis told a news conference during a visit to Athens with his brother alongside him.
Kenya's Ferguson Rotich cruised into the 800 metres final with the fastest run of the semi-final on Sunday, setting himself up as a strong contender to succeed compatriot David Rudisha as the new king of the event. Rotich, the 2019 world bronze medallist, clocked 1:44.04 and was so confident as he approached the end of his race that he looked behind to encourage those trailing him to keep up as he crossed the line. Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Korir, who came to Japan boasting this year's second-fastest run, also went through.
Defending Olympic champions Denmark finished as Group B winners despite crashing to a shock 33-30 loss to Sweden in the men's handball competition at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Sunday and will face Norway in the quarter-finals. In a rematch of their world championship final this year which the Danes won for their second straight title, it was Sweden who dictated terms as Jonathan Carlsbogard and Lukas Sandell scored six goals each to earn a measure of revenge.
You wonder whether in his more measured moments the Rassie Erasmus ever stops to consider all the sacrifice, cooperation and hard work that went into staging this Lions tour in South Africa, which has now descended into such acrimony. You wonder too whether the Springboks director of rugby remembers the name, Levan Maisashvili. The Georgian head coach remains in a Johannesburg hospital having contracted Covid-19 following the warm-up match against South Africa on July 2. On July 17 it was report
Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the first men's Olympic 100 metres champion of the post-Usain Bolt era on Sunday as high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi made it a double gold night for Italy with an emotional - and unusual - high jump victory. In a 20-minute stretch to remember, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela also jumped a world record 15.67m to win the women's triple jump. The absence of three-times Olympic champion Bolt, who retired in 2017, meant the field was wide open for the coronation of a new fastest man on the planet, and long-shot Jacobs grabbed it with both hands.
At 43, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is nearly twice the average age of her Tokyo 2020 competitors. On Monday she will become the first openly transgender athlete to compete in an Olympics, and her participation has been as divisive an issue as whether the Games should have even gone ahead during a global pandemic. Hubbard was born male but changed her name eight years ago name and underwent hormone therapy to transition before resuming weightlifting, a sport she abandoned more than a decade ago.