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‘World’s oldest basketball court’: Canadian town fights for its place in history

The court in St Stephen, New Brunswick, was first played on in 1893. Now residents wants its importance recognizedOn a December day in 1893, a team of players descended into a musty Paris basement, weaving carefully around the court’s iron pillars to l…

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The Canadian soccer star spurned by a men’s league: ‘It’s my gender – that’s it’

Stephanie Labbé, an Olympic medallist, qualified for a men’s team before the league rejected her – but she hasn’t given up the fightFor a brief moment, it seemed as though Stephanie Labbé had shattered through the glass ceiling of professional soccer i…

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Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho joins evangelical conservative party

The star officially joined the Brazilian Republican party which has links to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of GodBrazilian soccer great Ronaldinho – who shone for Barcelona and PSG and memorably scored from a free-kick to knock England out of the…

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Brazilian football match abandoned after mass brawl and nine red cards

Derby between Vitoria and Bahia called off after a punch-up between players from both sidesA Brazilian football match between Vitoria and Bahia was abandoned with 11 minutes remaining on Sunday after the hosts had six men sent off in a game marked by a…

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Jamaican bobsleighers face Olympic drama after ‘destructive’ coach quits

• Sandra Kiriasis quits as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team• Jamaica’s first female Winter Olympians begin campaign next weekSandra Kiriasis has quit as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team a few days before the start of their competition and has b…

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Fifa trial: ex-president of Peru soccer acquitted of corruption charge

Manuel Burga wept after jurors found him not guilty of a single racketeering conspiracy charge, in a bribery scandal that saw two officials convicted last weekA former South American soccer official was acquitted Tuesday of a corruption charge stemming…

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Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives

Documents form part of sprawling investigation into football corruptionTestimony in Fifa trial places Fox executives in meetings with corrupt officialsSenior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for mil…

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Belichick wary of Patriots return to Mexico due to volcanoes and quakes

New England played Oakland in Mexico City on SundayPatriots head coach says natural hazards are a concern for teamThe New England Patriots got the result they wanted on their trip to Mexico City on Sunday, beating the Oakland Raiders 33-8. Their coach,…

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Fifa corruption trial hears allegations officials took millions in bribes

South American officials face prison time if found guilty in US courtDefendants deny counts of racketeering and wire fraudNew York court told of importance of football around the worldInside a packed New York City courtroom, and under heightened securi…

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New Zealand and Peru battle to 0-0 draw in World Cup playoff

Peru dominate in match of few chancesNZ captain Reid massive in defence for home sideNew Zealand weathered a lack of possession and territory to hold Peru to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup finals intercontinental playoff at Welling…

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‘We used to have a lot of fans’: baseball in a slump amid Venezuela crisis

Venezuela is Latin America’s baseball powerhouse. Even Chávez used to play. But the economic meltdown is squeezing the country’s national sportJuan Gutiérrez can tell something is wrong with baseball in Venezuela every time his team, the Caracas Lions,…

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Brazilian police arrest Olympics chief in bribery investigation

Investigators say head of national Olympics committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, arranged $2m bribe to win games for RioBrazilian police have arrested the head of the national Olympics committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, who is accused of conspiring to bribe …

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Canada chess officials protest after player condemned for wearing shorts

Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, says he was called a gypsy before forfeiting the tournament: ‘The issue was not the shorts, but how I was treated’

Canada’s chess federation is preparing to lodge a formal complaint with the sport’s world governing body after the country’s top prospect was berated for wearing shorts and called a “gypsy” by an official at a recent World Cup.

Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia, earlier this month to take part in the international tournament. Minutes before one of the biggest matches of his career, an official asked the 25-year-old to change out of the plaid shorts he was wearing.

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Mexico captain Rafael Márquez sanctioned over alleged drug ties

  • Former Barcelona defender one of 22 people punished
  • Move comes after investigation into drug trafficking organisation

The Mexico football captain Rafael Márquez is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced Wednesday.

The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football team and casino. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez.

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Brazil police arrest close aide of president in World Cup scheme

Tadeu Filippelli, a former vice-governor of the capital and cabinet adviser, was among three senior politicians detained in Brazil’s latest corruption scandal

A new thread in the web of corruption investigations around Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, was revealed on Tuesday when police arrested a close aide for an alleged kickback scheme involving the World Cup stadium in Brasilia.

Related: Brazil: explosive recordings implicate President Michel Temer in bribery

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The coach who swapped Liverpool’s youth team for life with São Paulo | Jon Cotterill

Michael Beale forged a strong reputation with Liverpool and Chelsea but is relishing the challenge after an unexpected move to Brazil

Michael Beale looks relaxed as he surveys São Paulo’s players warming up at the peaceful Barra Funda training ground close to the city’s chaotic and congested Avenida Marginal Tietê. A little over three months ago he would have been watching a similar scene in rather different surroundings at Melwood. Now the Englishman is explaining why he left Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool for the Brazilian club.

“The two things that clinched it for me were visiting São Paulo’s facilities and speaking to Rogério Ceni,” he says, namechecking the manager. “Before I came I tried to explain to friends and to my boss at Liverpool that the size of Rogério at this club is like Ryan Giggs or Steven Gerrard back home. Ceni was paying me a huge compliment. When I visited the junior side set-up at Cotia it made me excited. The facilities are outstanding. It’s been very good for São Paulo. If you look at the squad now, 13 or 14 players have come from there. In England you have fantastic facilities. But Cotia is up with anything I have seen in Europe.”

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Brazil goalkeeper guilty of murder back in prison after brief return to football

An earlier court decision had allowed Bruno Fernandes de Souza to sign for a second-division soccer club, causing a public uproar

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered the re-arrest of a professional footballer who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, then prematurely released and allowed to sign for a club.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza – who was an icon during his period as goalkeeper for Brazil’s most popular club Flamengo – handed himself in to police, ending two months of liberty that had generated fierce debate about the violence and misogyny of Latin America’s biggest country.

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Brazil goalkeeper guilty of murder back in prison after brief return to football

An earlier court decision had allowed Bruno Fernandes de Souza to sign for a second-division soccer club, causing a public uproar

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered the re-arrest of a professional footballer who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, then prematurely released and allowed to sign for a club.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza – who was an icon during his period as goalkeeper for Brazil’s most popular club Flamengo – handed himself in to police, ending two months of liberty that had generated fierce debate about the violence and misogyny of Latin America’s biggest country.

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Outrage after Brazil football team signs goalkeeper convicted of killing girlfriend

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was released last month after serving partial sentence for murder of Eliza Samudio, received contract from Boa EsporteThe violence and misogyny of Brazilian society was highlighted on Monday when a second-division club sig…

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Outrage after Brazil football team signs goalkeeper convicted of killing girlfriend

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was released last month after serving partial sentence for murder of Eliza Samudio, received contract from Boa EsporteThe violence and misogyny of Brazilian society was highlighted on Monday when a second-division club sig…