Chance to face Tyson ‘too incredible’ to resist, says Jones
Roy Jones Jr. happily walked away from the sport of boxing in 2018 but the draw of fighting Mike Tyson ultimately pulled him back to the Sweet Science.A couple of years on, the 51-year-old Jones will have his dream match against the man who was once called “The Baddest Man on the Planet” in an eight-round exhibition bout with proceeds going to charity.“Too hard to resist, too incredible to resist, too much of a blessing to resist,” said Jones in a report from MMA Junkie.Both Jones and Tyson defined 1990s boxing with the former ruling the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions and t...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Kearns wants 2027 World Cup to revive Aussie rugby
Sydney (AFP) - Australian rugby risks becoming a "third tier" sport if it fails to win hosting rights for the 2027 World Cup, two-time tournament winner Phil Kearns said Wednesday after being appointed to lead the bid campaign.Kearns, who won the showcase tournament in 1991 and 1999 during a 67-Test career, said he was "enormously excited" to be named executive director of the bid by Rugby Australia."There's a couple of really big roles in Australian rugby at the moment and this is certainly one of them," the former Wallabies skipper told reporters in a video conference.Kearns said hosting the...
Defying virus, Latvian ocean rower plans next adventure
Riga (AFP) - After spending 140 days rowing across the ocean without seeing another human being, Latvian adventurer Karlis Bardelis has some valuable tips for those learning to cope with coronavirus lockdowns.Bardelis started his nearly two-year journey in Peru in July 2018, reaching French Polynesia after nearly five months and finishing in Malaysia in June of this year.Along the way, he was rammed by sharks off Papua New Guinea, had to use a battery to replace a lost anchor and faced some near misses with other boats.His longest stretch on the open sea without seeing anyone lasted nearly fiv...
Mac Engel: Stanley Cup format is great, but no sport needs fans in the stands more than the NHL
The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best postseason in pro sports, but hockey can’t go it alone on TV.Hockey needs butts in seats more than any other sport.One, for the money. The NHL relies gate revenue more than a basketball, baseball or football.Two, for the scene. The atmosphere for a NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game tops a postseason basketball, baseball, or even a football game.Fans banging on the glass, and the pendulous “ohhhhhhs” and “aaaaaaaahs” of the crowd are an essential part of the fabric of a Stanley Cup playoff game.“The reason everyone goes gaga over playoff hockey is the inten...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mark Bradley: The ACC wanted plus-one. The SEC said, 'No thanks'
ATLANTA — For a sport that technically isn’t yet in season, college football is making news on a daily — heck, an hourly — basis. This time Wednesday, we were agog over word that the 2020 ACC football champ might just be … Notre Dame! Thursday, we’re reeling at the reality of a football season in which toe won’t meet leather in the annual — well, no longer so annual — installment of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate.Georgia Tech will not play Georgia. Florida State will not play Florida. South Carolina will not play Clemson. Kentucky will not play Louisville.For one day, the ACC gave us plus-one. Twent...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Is sexism in e-sports a structural problem?
Gamers are upset.After one streamer was accused of sexual harassment, hundreds of women have come forward to describe the sexism, abuse of power, coercion and sexual harassment they've experienced in the scene.Amid this #MeToo reckoning, the community is now gathering accusations, which have topped 180. Some of the scene's major figures have quietly withdrawn, while companies have announced investigations and consequences.All this comes as no surprise to Kristin Banse, who joined Germany's e-sports association as board member for diversity in June 2020.Her job is partly to support women in the...
Post Malone looking to turn beer pong into a globally recognised sport
The Beerbongs & Bentleys hitmaker has filed to trademark 'World Pong League', according to TMZ, as the rapper looks set to take beer pong to the global sporting arena.In papers filed by the star, Post, real name Austin Richard Post, reveals plans to operate official beer pong tournaments, competitions, events and exhibitions.He is also looking to put the league moniker on beverage glassware, drinking glasses, plastic cups, game tables, cup racks, balls, and sportswear, according to the filing.Last year, the star made headlines when he struck lucky and pocketed $50,000 (£38,700) thanks to a bee...
Top tennis, athletics axed in China as coronavirus edict hits hard
Shanghai (AFP) - All top-level tennis and the Diamond League athletics were wiped off China's 2020 sporting calendar on Friday, following a government edict aimed at controlling the coronavirus which could also spell doom for F1's Chinese Grand Prix and the country's biggest golf tournament. The WTA Finals in Shenzhen and the Shanghai Masters were prime among the tennis tournaments to fall as the sport, which is struggling to restart in the face of the pandemic, suffered another major blow.Shanghai's Diamond League athletics and Masters snooker have also gone, promoters said, just over two wee...
Saudi Sports for All Federation leads surge in local women’s sports
JEDDAH: Women’s sport in Saudi Arabia is flourishing, with Ministry of Sports estimates showing that female participation has increased by nearly 150 percent in the past five years.From beginners to fitness fans, women are discovering and benefitting from the perks of an active and healthy lifestyle.This surge in interest can be attributed to many factors, including better knowledge of healthy lifestyles, increased opportunities to take part in activities, and a growing number of inspirational role models.Under Vision 2030, and specifically the Quality of Life program, the Saudi Sports for All...
Sole in one! Players get a kick out of 'footgolf'
Shah Alam (Malaysia) (AFP) - Her eyes fixed on the flag in the distance, Jamiatul Akmal Abdul Jabar takes a run-up past her cheering friends and kicks a football down a golf course in Malaysia.This is "footgolf", a novel fusion of two of the world's most popular sports that is growing fast and attracting people to the fairways.It follows the rules of golf, but players leave their clubs at home and instead tee off with their feet try to complete each hole in as few kicks as possible. Jamiatul was having a go at the sport with her friends on a converted course with 21-inch (53-centimetre) holes ...