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FIFA decides not to add 16 teams for 2022 World Cup finals

World football governing body FIFA said Wednesday that the number of teams at the next men’s World Cup will remain at 32. FIFA had considered expanding the field for the 2022 finals, to be held in Qatar, to 48 teams. In March, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a feasibility study showed it was possible to…MORE

Raheem Sterling on racist abuse: ‘This is more than just about football’

It was the moment that prompted Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling to become an unofficial spokesman for his generation of players on the issue of racism. Racially abused by Chelsea fans during Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge in December, Sterling says one of his abiding memories of that incident is the “pure…MORE

London Sevens: England going ‘hell for leather’ for Olympic berth

Dan Norton’s electric pace has seen him bolt to the top of his sport, and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet. Seven-a-side rugby is a game crowded with super-fast sprinters, but among the speedsters it is Norton who wears the crown. He’s amassed a record 332 tries during his 10-year career —…MORE

‘King of cricket’ Virat Kohli represents a ‘new India’

In a country where cricket’s unifying importance is tantamount to that of religion, the role of leading India into a World Cup comes with a certain divinity — both an unrivaled privilege and the not insubstantial pressure of carrying the weight of a nation’s expectations on your shoulders. “You are one among the billion people,”…MORE

Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece final shames UEFA – Arsenal and Chelsea should boycott the Europa League final

Nine days before their season-defining Europa League final clash with rivals Chelsea in Baku, Arsenal’s preparations suffered a not insignificant setback. “We’re very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our #UELfinal against Chelsea,” tweeted Arsenal. On any other day this could be a fairly mundane update on…MORE

Arsenal omits Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Europa League final amid safety concerns

Arsenal’s Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the English club’s Europa League final squad amid concerns for his safety in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917 and there were fears Mkhitaryan would not be safe in Baku. The…MORE

International football’s concussion protocols ‘are the worst in the world’

In 2002, at just 59, former British footballer Jeff Astle choked to death. He’d been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease before his death. But 12 years later, Dr. Willie Stewart, a neurosurgeon, concluded that Astle had actually been suffering from the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from repeatedly heading footballs. “Unless you’ve…MORE

Niki Lauda: Three-time Formula One champion dead at 70

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda, who recovered from a near-fatal accident to become one of motor racing’s greatest drivers, has died aged 70, according to Reuters. The Austrian, who built a new career as an airline entrepreneur after leaving the track, died Monday following a period of declining health, the news agency reported. Lauda…MORE

Bodexpress ran the entire Preakness without his jockey

War of Will may have won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but the horse everyone likely will remember is Bodexpress. “I’m getting more press than the winner,” the horse’s jockey, John Velazquez, told CNN on Monday. Bodexpress threw Velazquez to the dirt immediately out of the gate, but he didn’t stop. The horse ran the…MORE

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