FIFA lifts ban on Iran
FIFA officially lifted Iran's ban from international competition on Wednesday. The governing body of world soccer said it has held "a series of cooperative negotiations" with Iranian authorities to ensure that the sport is free from political interference. FIFA said the sides agreed to create a provisional board within the Iranian soccer federation that would draft and pass new statutes for the body and hold leadership elections. Iran was suspended from international competition last month after FIFA accused the government of interfering in the federation's affairs.
Wie endorses Pyeongchang
South Korean ski resort Pyeongchang received a boost on Wednesday in its bid to win the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics as teenage golf star Michelle Wie agreed to become an honorary ambassador. The 17-year-old American whose parents are South Korean agreed after months of negotiations to accept the role after further talks with the chairman of the did committee, Han Seung-soo. Wie, who has yet to triumph on the senior US women's LPGA tour but has finished third at two majors, the Kraft Nabisco and the US Open, and fifth at the LPGA Championship this year, said that it had not been a difficult decision to come to.
Casey wins Shot of the Year
Britain's Paul Casey added the Shot of the Year award on Wednesday to his long list of achievements for the year. The Englishman receives a trophy and £2,000 (US$3,942) to donate to a charity of his choice after his spectacular hole-in-one during Europe's Ryder Cup victory at the K Club in Ireland in September. "I feel very privileged to win the Shot of the Year," Casey said in a news release. "There were so many great shots played during the season and I feel very lucky that mine has been voted the best. It is a very special award." Casey holed his four-iron from 213 yards at the 14th hole as he and David Howell beat Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson 5 & 4 in the Saturday fourballs.
Michael Vaughan recalled
Former captain Michael Vaughan was recalled yesterday to an England one-day squad which is missing Steve Harmison, who has retired from limited-overs international cricket. Vaughan, recovering from long-standing knee problems, has been included in a 16-man squad to compete in the tri-nations tournament with Australia and New Zealand next month and early February.
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of