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Soccer-‘No more silence’: NWSL players return to the field
Banners and signs declaring “PROTECT THE PLAYERS” and “NO MORE SILENCE” ringed National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) pitches on Wednesday as teams took to the field for the first time since sexual misconduct allegations rocked the competition.
The matches were the first since a report from the Athletic on Thursday outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct from former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley, prompting the league to postpone last weekend’s games.
‘Quiet please’ – Wimbledon proud to stay silent on issues, says CEO
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT) CEO said she was proud that her organisation rarely speaks out on pressing issues of the day and added there was no chance whatsoever of a “behind the scenes” documentary on the Wimbledon Championships. Sally Bolton, who last year became the AELTC’s first female CEO after a career that has also encompassed rugby league, rugby union and athletics, found herself as a panelist at the Leaders Week sport business conference justifying Wimbledon’s famed reluctance to speak about any issue beyond Wimbledon.
Soccer-Courage were unaware of sexual misconduct allegations against coach, says owner
North Carolina Courage owner Steve Malik said the team only became aware of sexual harassment and coercion allegations against former coach Paul Riley when they were reported last week. National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) games at the weekend were postponed after The Athletic on Thursday outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct by Riley, who led the Courage to back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2019.
U.S. charges 18 former NBA players with defrauding league’s health plan
Eighteen former National Basketball Association players were charged on Thursday with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan out of $3.9 million by seeking reimbursement for medical and dental work that was never performed. According to an indictment filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, players received $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, with 10 paying the alleged ringleader, Terrence Williams, at least $230,000 in kickbacks.
Nasdaq wagers on sports betting trend, sees retail brokers joining
Sports betting will likely occur through exchanges and retail brokerages like Robinhood Markets Inc in the future, the head of North American markets at Nasdaq Inc said on Thursday. Nasdaq in June took a stake in Sporttrade, a start-up that plans to launch a sports betting app in New Jersey by year-end, and last month the exchange operator said it was providing the company with market surveillance technology.
Athletics-Banned Nigerian sprinter Okagbare facing three anti-doping charges
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, who was provisionally banned after testing positive for human growth hormone before the Tokyo Olympics, has been hit with three separate anti-doping charges, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Thursday. Okagbare, who won silver in the long jump at Beijing 2008, had competed in the 100m heats in Tokyo on July 31 and was due to run in the semi-final before being suspended.
Soccer-Saudi Arabia-led consortium completes takeover of Newcastle United
Premier League side Newcastle United have been taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium, the league said in a statement on Thursday. “Following the completion of the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect,” the Premier League said.
NBA-Durant still sees Irving playing for Nets despite vaccine stance
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant said he still envisions Kyrie Irving playing a role for the team this season despite uncertainty over the seven-time All Star’s COVID-19 vaccination status. The season begins on Oct. 19 and unvaccinated players must comply with a long list of restrictions to play in games and take part in team activities such as practice.
Boxing-Boxing offers escape valve for favela children in Brazil
When 13-year-old Mariangela Pereira da Silva was accosted by a strange man near her home earlier this year she was frightened. She felt she had to do something and a bar of chocolate helped her reach a decision. A local NGO was offering chocolate to anyone who wanted to try out boxing and Da Silva went along.
Tennis-U.S. Open champion Medvedev adjusting to the limelight
U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev said he has enjoyed his moment in the sun following his breakthrough win at Flushing Meadows last month, where he earned his maiden Grand Slam title with a straight-sets win over Novak Djokovic. Receiving texts from players he grew up worshiping and being front page news around the world — especially in his native Russia — was a thrill, he said.
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