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Curious hockey fact & photo

Students reenact the 1886 hockey game between Queen’s and RMC in Kingston, Ont., in 1980 | Queen’s University Archives

The above photo comes from this Nick Faris story on the oldest hockey rivalry in the world: Queen’s University vs. Royal Military College, dating back to a wintry afternoon on Kingston, Ont.’s frozen harbour in 1886. The animosity has endured for 132 years, through arena fires, Stanley Cup challenge games, off-ice mischief and a whole lot of losing seasons on the part of RMC of the Department of National Defence, which trains officer cadre for the Canadian Forces. The svelte, century-old uniform seems to be an improvement on today’s expensive, padded armour! It raises the question: when did the private NHL owners introduce “goon hockey” and to what end?

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Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the capitalists behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever | GILES TREMLETT in The Guardian 

(December 15) – On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old Barcelona manager clasped a hand across his face as his body gave way to huge, shoulder-heaving sobs. Zlatan Ibrahimović, the club’s towering Swedish striker, wrapped a tattooed arm around Guardiola’s neck and then gave him a vigorous push in order to jolt him out of it. But Guardiola could not stop. Continue reading

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Fidel and baseball

Fidel inaugurated revolutionary Cuba’s First National Series | Granma archive

(December 7) – It was hard times, in January of 1962. The Revolution was struggling against internal and external enemies who threatened its very existence. The Cuban people defeated one attempt after another to return the country to the past, under the undisputed leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz.

Amidst so many responsibilities as head of the nation, Fidel always found a few moments to devote to sports, which had already begun a transformation the previous year, to become an activity enjoyed by the people on a massive scale. Continue reading

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

(December 8 ) Reuters – NBA Hall of Fame centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic. Continue reading

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The NFL’s Spartacus moment

Colin Kaepernick would be playing in the NFL if it weren’t for his views | RICK SALUTIN

On the non-metaphorical level, it’s clear Colin Kaepernick, if it weren’t for his protests during the U.S. anthem, would be playing in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns have run through 25 lesser quarterbacks in 18 years. This year they started with three, who’d never won an NFL game. They still haven’t. Continue reading

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Three years after Israeli attack that ended their careers, ex-soccer players call on FIFA to protect Palestinian rights

Jawahar Halbiyeh and Adam Jamous three years after they were shot and injured | Mondoweiss/Sheren Khalel

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