Monthly Archives: June 2016

Shaq, a big man in Havana

Shaquille O’Neal’s visit to the island, as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy, marks another step in the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States | ALIET ARZOLA LIMA

Shaquille O’Neal O’Neal enjoyed playing over two hours with dozens of children in Havana | Ismael Batista

Shaquille O’Neal
O’Neal enjoyed playing over two hours with dozens of children in Havana | Ismael Batista

Early on Sunday, June 26, Wagner Rodríguez was impatiently pacing around his home. A slight boy, aged 13, his passion is basketball, and it was difficult to control his emotions hours before meeting the great Shaquille O’Neal, one of the most successful NBA players of the past 25 years. Continue reading

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Copa America: Argentina cruises through, Brazil crashes out

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Football: EURO 2016 new front for NATO’s hybrid war on Russia

Euro2016LogoRussia’s threatened disqualification from the Euro 16 Football Championship over fan violence fits into a pattern of systematically demonizing Russia in the Western media on a host of other issues | FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*

For the past two years, Russia has been blamed for annexing countries, invading others and threatening the entire geopolitical architecture of European security. Continue reading

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Denmark announces refugee-only football league

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Refugees and asylum-seekers living in centres in eastern Denmark will compete against each other in a refugee-only football league aimed at facilitating integration into society through sport and competition. Continue reading

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Outrageous! Ukraine asks UEFA for permission to use Nazi SS symbols

Photo shows Nazi SS Galician banner in Ukraine football stadium

Photo shows “patriotic” Nazi SS Galician banner in in the Lviv Arena stadium in Ukraine

These articles were originally published by this blog on December 3, 2014 and are being republished on the occasion of EURO 2016 now underway in France, in which Ukraine is competing. Violent clashes took place on June 11 between English and Russian hooligans in Marseille. (Note: On June 14, in a brazen political maneouvre, EUFA arbitrarily levied Russia with a suspended disqualification and €150,000 fine as French authorities set to deport up to 50 Russian fans. No action was taken against England.)

“We have yet to win back our symbols and to uphold them.” Condemn this growing fascism!

Oleksandr Hlyvynskyi, press attaché of Ukraine’s national football team, asked UEFA for permission to use “SS-Galicia” logos Hlyvynskyi said this during a roundtable discussion on the subject “The patriotic dimension of football: Fan culture.” Continue reading

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This Day. Fidel and the 1966 Central American and Caribbean Games

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How to fix a soccer game

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In this excerpt from The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, Declan Hill investigates the intricacies of match-fixing in soccer: how fixes are arranged, how they’re signalled, and how everyone gets paid. Continue reading

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‘The sport of kings has sure impoverished a lot of commoners‘

CSPORTS_US_HORSERACING_KENTUCKY_NYQUISTIn the mediaeval spirit of the “sport of kings,” the Toronto sports media has been valourizing J. Paul Reddam, owner of the race horse Nyquist, winner of the Kentucky Derby on May 25, as someone “Canadian-born” (just like the rest of us), and his race horse Nyquist as “Canadian-born” (well, unlike the rest of us) He is even, heralded the Globe and Mail breathlessly, “a long-time Detroit Red Wings’ fan,” who “has a penchant for naming his horses after players on his favourite team.” 

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Two more Cuban players to play baseball in Canada

Cubans Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta join the Ottawa Champions team roster in the independent Can-Am League | Otawa Champions

Cubans Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta join the Ottawa Champions team roster in the independent Can-Am League | Otawa Champions

Cubans join the Ottawa Champions team roster next season in the independent Can-Am League

The national commissioner of baseball in Cuba, Heriberto Suarez, announced in mid-May – a day before the start of the new season of the Can-Am League – that the Ottawa Champions had confirmed on their official website the participation of the Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta on the club’s roster. Continue reading

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Cuba’s national baseball team plays in Canada and USA

Cuba’s national baseball team is in Canada from June 9 – 19 to play 10 games against the three Canadian teams in the Can-Am professional baseball league. All games will count towards Can-Am League standings. After its games in Canada, the Cuban team will play a further nine games against the three Can-Am teams based in the U.S. A final match will take place July 2 in Trois‐Rivières, Quebec between Cuba and the Japanese team Shikoku Island League All-Stars, who are playing regular season games against Can-Am teams at the same time as the Cuban team. Continue reading

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