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Chinese firms pile in to sponsor World Cup 2018 amid Fifa fallout

Brands seize chance to push products after western firms pull out over bribery scandalFootball fans heading to the World Cup this summer are going to get an education in Chinese TVs, mobile phones, electric scooters and Mongolian dairy products. As wes…

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Floyd Mayweather’s record in peril after Wanheng Menayothin moves to 50-0

Thai champion defends 105lb title in style to improve to 50-0Menayothin, 32, can surpass Mayweather record in next fightFloyd Mayweather’s most cherished record is no longer his alone.The Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin improved to 50-0 on Wednesday, equ…

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani drawing early Babe Ruth comparisons

Japanese import continues to shine as both pitcher and hitterOhtani flirted with perfect game for six-plus innings on SundayJapanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani continued to display Babe Ruth-like brilliance in the early stages of his Major League Baseb…

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny

No official objection lodged against Kiwi athlete, but other teams at Commonwealth Games said they felt it was unfair New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only t…

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‘Too tall for basketball’: American player exceeds Korean league height limit

David Simon, who stands 6ft 6in, falls foul of a new rule designed to make South Korea’s competition less reliant on tall importsHeight may not be a pre-requisite attribute to become a top basketballer – a diminutive stature never held back the likes o…

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Tonga bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing ‘to preserve dignity’

Order from education minister criticised as sexist, but government blames disruption caused by Cyclone GitaThe Tongan government has banned schoolgirls from playing rugby or boxing because the sports are deemed undignified and not in keeping with the i…

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Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

Athletes and performers put on a vivid display at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South KoreaParalympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games Continue reading…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from h…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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North Korea could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South, official says

Offer comes amid rapid easing of tensions that has accompanied Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of PyeongchangWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableA top North Korean sports official said his country could co-host the Asian Winter …

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‘Kim Jong-un is hitting on us!’: my night out with Dear Leader (sort of)

Bar-hopping with North Korea’s teetotal supreme leader, albeit an Australian impersonator called Howard, is full of surprisesWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableIt is a rare night when you find yourself on a chilly street corner waiting …

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Meet the Winter Olympians making big strides for diversity

Simidele Adeagbo and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian are part of a wider movement at competition that has been predominantly whiteSimidele Adeagbo spent a decade training in the hopes of heading to the Olympics for the triple jump, missing out on a coveted …

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‘A slow pace but it’s a pace’: Tongan skier surpasses goals in Pyeongchang

Pita Taufatofua, who has only ever spent 12 weeks on snow, finishes third last in 15kmPita Taufatofua, the Tongan athlete known for his oiled up, bare-chested marches at Olympic opening ceremonies, produced a surprise performance in the 15km cross-coun…

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NBC apologizes after praise for Japan’s ‘example’ angers Koreans

Japan committed human rights abuses during colonial ruleComments came during Winter Olympics opening ceremonyNBC has issued an apology after its Olympic “Asian analyst” Joshua Cooper Ramo praised Japan’s contribution to Korea’s history.The comments wer…

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Korea’s united Olympic squad: symbol of hope or mere political stunt?

As the much-heralded debut of a joint women’s team brings an 8-0 defeat, spectators in a local bar divide over the One Korea ideaOne minute Lee Yun-hwa was full of excitement, shouting her order in a tiny Gangneung pub for a plate of grilled intestines…

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Winter Olympics begin with powerful message of peace

Opening ceremony full of symbolism brings strong emotions in PyeongchangTowards the end of an opening ceremony that flitted between vibrancy and schmaltz, an image of two doves appeared on the floor of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and the opening ba…

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A stunning display as the Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang – video

The Games have officially begun after a stunning display in Pyeongchang. The spectacle was broadcast in more than 200 countries and featured incredible visuals. The ceremony even featured augmented reality in parts as well as fireworks, dancers and a b…

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Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?

North and South Korea will play as a united team for the first time at the Winter OlympicsFor decades, the Olympics have shunned politics, hoping to keep the Games focused on sport rather than world affairs.But while this year’s women’s ice hockey team…

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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – live!

All the latest from the PyeongchangFull schedule: guide to the GamesWomen’s long race to parityEmail Bryan or ping him a tweet 10.21am GMT Neither US president Donald Trump nor North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be attending tonight’s opening ceremon…