Irish resist attempt of paramilitary gang to use sport to recruit youth
Disturbing new hoarding featuring masked UVF gunmen has appeared next to the home ground of Crusaders Football Club. The mural, bearing the logos of the UVF and the paramilitary group’s “youth wing”, the YCV, appeared at the Irish League ground last month.
Rich football oligarchs get richer: “this situation is both financially dangerous and sportingly limiting”
In a sudden manoeuvre described as “stunning,” Christiano Ronaldo has transferred from Juventus of the Serie A Italian League, the top tier of the Italian football league system, to Manchester United of the British Premier League. “The richest, most famous, most successful team in Italy could no longer afford its best player,” observed Rory Smith in the New York Times. Ironically this occurs a few weeks after Italy defeated England in the Euro Cup. It is now apparent that the real winner of the Euro Cup seems to be American ownership groups who dominate the Premier League. The buying and selling of highly skilled athletes as human commodities to enrich their franchises has reached record levels.
Last week, Joey Votto of Toronto collected his 2,000th hit.
He became the second Canadian ever to record 2,000 hits over his MLB career, behind only Hall of Famer Larry Walker. Votto also became the second MLB player to record his 2,000th hit, 300th home run and 1,000th RBI in the same season. As Votto leads the Cincinnati Reds to a potential playoff berth amidst a second-half tear, he’s also continuing to pad his already convincing Hall of Fame case.
Commercialization of sport rears its ugly head: Instagram and IOC block Elaine Thompson-Herah for posting videos of her own gold. The IOC says it owns intellectual property rights for footage of Games. Jamaican sprinter won triple gold in 100m, 200m and 4x400m in Tokyo.
Instagram blocked Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah after the double Olympic champion shared footage of her victories in Tokyo.
Tony Seed: Dmitry, August 24th is the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, which is being celebrated in different ways, it seems more in Canada than Ukraine itself. Can you give us your assessment of the situation that Ukrainian sport and athletes are facing? Perhaps you might start with the recent Olympics.
An Olympic athlete from Poland auctioned her silver medal from the Tokyo Games to raise money for a life-saving operation for an infant boy, and then was told by the buyer that she could keep her prize.
Thirty-six cricketers participated in the 2021 Canadian National Women’s Championships, the first edition of the tournament since 2018.
The competition, featuring teams named the Maple Greens, Orange Oaks and Cedar Blues, runs Friday through Sunday, August 13-15 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ont. The teams played a T20 round-robin match format.