Monthly Archives: September 2019

Israel has canceled the FIFA Palestine Cup

Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team without any reasonable explanation | Dave Zirin

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

It’s been barely noticed, but this past week saw an incursion of politics into sports like no other. With little reason, the Israeli government made the decision to cancel the Palestinian national football club championship, otherwise known as the FIFA Palestine Cup. The contest between Gaza’s Khadamat Rafah club and Nablus’s FC Balata, located in the central West Bank, had to be called off when Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team. The trip would have been just a couple of miles. Continue reading

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African and Cameroonian icon Samuel Eto’o retires

Cameroon’s all-time record goalscorer Samuel Eto’o has retired at the age of 38. Continue reading

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Hoop dreams: Real Madrid president Perez asks for club’s basketball team to be adopted into the NBA

Hoop dreams: Real Madrid president Perez asks for club's basketball team to be adopted into the NBA

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Manchester City first billion-euro squad in football history

For the first time in history, a football club invested more than one billion euro in transfer indemnities to assemble its squad: Manchester City. Following last summer transfer window, two clubs are close to this figure: Paris St-Germain (€913 million) and Real Madrid (€902 million). Issue number 266 of the CIES Football Observatory* Weekly Post presents the data for all teams in the big-5. Continue reading

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US Open: Game, set, match… sorry?

With a 6-3, 7-5 victory, Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, captured her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows and denied Serena Williams her 24th. Her victory gave Canada its first Grand Slam singles title in a sport where Grand Slam tournament play began with Wimbledon in 1877.

In the raucous tournament she rode a wave of hostility, as the New York crowd applauded any of her unforced errors or missed shots. The boorishness was such that even the umpire had to caution the crowd, “please.” The chauvinist pressure of the massive crowd forced both Andrescu and Daniil Medvedev, the 23-year-old Russian finalist in the men’s side, to apologize. Continue reading

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Bianca v Serena

The greatest of all time and maybe the best of right now | Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams will take the court at 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City for the U.S. Open women’s final. One way or the other, history will be made. Either Andreescu will become the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, or Williams will match the all-time record for major titles.

Here’s what else you should know about one of the biggest matches in Canadian tennis history: Continue reading

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Andre De Grasse runs his best race of the year

Great timing too: his season-best 19.87 in the 200 metres was good for third place at the prestigious Diamond League final in Brussels. De Grasse outran fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who beat him for the national title earlier this summer but finished fourth today. American Noah Lyles, the pre-race favourite, won in 19.74. This is a good sign for De Grasse with the world championships coming up in three weeks. Three other Canadians competed in Diamond League finals on September 3. Alysha Newman placed third in the women’s pole vault, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finished seventh (but broke her own national record) in the women’s 5,000 and Crystal Emmanuel was seventh in the women’s 100. Read more about the meet here. Watch a replay Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on CBC TV and CBCSports.ca.

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