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Who is singing now?

By TONY SEED

(July 11, revised July 19) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup, renditions of “Three Lions” and “Rule Britannia” in the stadiums, and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium back on June 28 with the pretext of resting players and avoiding injuries for the Round of 16. “Sometimes, you have to make decisions with the bigger picture, and that’s what I did tonight,” rationalized head coach Gareth Southgate at the time – as if the decision was his and his alone. That bigger picture seems to have included getting a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and therein build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association, and “hearts and minds” diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Such are the elastic ethics of England.  Continue reading

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The sports industry, a gulf separates two worlds

(July 9) – Lightweight footwear under one hundred grams; swimsuits designed by experts in hydrodynamics that “cut” through the water with maximum efficiency; sensors placed in different accessories that calculate heart rate and provide other real time information; rackets that reduce vibration transfer resulting from the impact of the ball…  Continue reading

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How English football is selling out its fans

In a country with food banks and hospital closures, it’s getting harder to tolerate football’s excesses | MARK TURLEY

Born from the sweat of the industrial working class, among its many nicknames association football has long been known as ‘the people’s game’. The phrase conjures up quaint images; jumpers for goalposts, local pride and vast stands full of flat caps. Since the Victorians codified it, our national love of the sport has become perhaps our most binding cultural myth. Continue reading

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Kaepernick’s ex-teammate Eric Reid files collusion grievance against NFL cartel

AP | NEW YORK (May 2) —The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.
In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.  (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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NFL cartel bans players from kneeling during US anthem

The measure aims at players’ protests against police brutality and racism and enforces Trump’s demands for loyalty to the US state

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The owners of NFL teams have agreed on a new policy banning players from kneeling down when the national anthem is played, directly aiming at protests opposing police brutality and killings of unarmed African Americans, and impunity for these crimes that were the centre of national debate in 2016 and 2017 after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off the peaceful protest. Continue reading

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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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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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