Category: Sports — International

Pyeongchang 2018 organisers unveil Olympic medals

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) — South Korea unveiled the bronze, silver and gold medals that the world’s top athletes will compete for in Pyeongchang 2018. Located in the mountainous Gangwon Province, some 180 kilometres east of Seoul, Pyeongchang will host Asia’s first Winter Games outside Japan and kick off an Asian Olympic cycle that reflects the region’s growing influence on world sport. Head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (POCOG), Lee Hee-beom, said […]

Football: Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

by Kieran Canning Agence France-Presse MADRID, Spain (AFP) – Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday. Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday. “That Messi scored four goals […]

Booming ‘super’ league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle

by Faisal Kamal Agence France-Presse New Delhi, India (AFP) – Boxing, badminton, poker, pool — every sport imaginable is re-branding in India as a “super” or “pro” franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket’s Indian Premier League. The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking to replicate the winning formula that recently landed India’s most popular sporting event a bumper $2.55 billion broadcast deal. Earlier […]

British cyclist smashes world record for circling the world

PARIS, France (Reuters) — The journey ended where it began – at Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. British endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation, finishing a day and a half shy of his goal of 80 days, arriving in Paris on Monday (September 18). Beaumont set himself the challenge of cycling around 18,000 miles (29,000 kilometers) across the planet. His trip saw him heading east across Europe through Poland, […]

Bucs defense stifle Bears in 29-7 victory​

By Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau TAMPA, FL (Eagle News) – A week after a forced bye-week , due to Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their first official home game of the 2017-2018 NFL season with renewed strength. The Bucs wasted no time in the first half with solid defensive tackling , a forced fumble, and two interceptions. They lead 26-0 at half time, the first time that Tampa Bay has kept an […]

Boxing: Alvarez-Golovkin 2 could be in the cards

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — A somber Canelo Alvarez was left wondering what more he could have done to wrest the middleweight world titles away from Gennady Golovkin after their controversial 12-round draw on Saturday in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old Mexican star said he executed his game plan the way he wanted to, but missed his big chance when he failed to knock the champion out in the 10th round. “I wanted to finish […]

From Fiba website. Slovenia wins tournament after beating Serbia

Eurobasket 2017: Dragic’s 35 points, Randolph’s clutch baskets catapult Slovenia to first ever Eurobasket title

By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service All rise for the new kings of European basketball. Miami Heat star guard Goran Dragic’s 35 points and two crucial baskets by American naturalized player Anthony Randolph with two minutes left in the game gave Slovenia a 93-85 win over perennial powerhouse Serbia to capture the 2017 Eurobasket championship and their first European title. The win caps Slovenia’s magical run, an unbeaten one from the group stages with big […]

Eurobasket 2017: Spain survives late Russia push to capture bronze medal

By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service Pau Gasol scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Spain to a 93-85 bronze medal game victory over Russia. Spain led by as much as 17 points during the 3rd quarter but a determined Russia squad came within four with less than two minutes late in the game. The Russians were waxing out from the outside but Vitaly Fridzon badly missed a three-point shot which would […]

UPDATED: Judges score Canelo-Triple G middleweight superfight a stunning split draw

By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service Another one of boxing’s highly anticipated megafight ended in controversy once more after the judges scored the bout a stunning split draw at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Two judges scored it 118-110 for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and 115-113 for Gennady Golovkin, and the other had it a 114-114 draw. Both fighters will retain their belts. Golovkin remains the WBC-WBA-WBO-IBO unified champion while Alvarez retains his Ring Magazine […]

Football: Arsenal probe fan chaos during Europa clash

by Julian Guyer and  John Weaver Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Arsenal said Friday they were investigating how vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium for their clash with Cologne, sparking ugly scenes that marred the Europa League clash. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had been preparing for a postponement at the north London ground, describing the decision to play the game as a “gamble.” Visiting fans were issued […]

Over-crowding causes delay of Arsenal v FC Cologne Europa League match

LONDON, England (Reuters) — Kick-off in the Europa League group stage match between Arsenal and FC Cologne was delayed by an hour on Thursday (September 14). The group H clash was due to kick off at 1905 GMT. However, Arsenal’s official Twitter account announced that kick-off had been delayed just 45 minutes before the match. “The kick-off of #AFCvCOL has been delayed by an hour in the interests of crowd safety,” the club said. Earlier […]