Category: Sports

Champions League: what you need to know about Man City, ‘sportswashing’ and future of Financial Fair Play

The Champions League is back underway, after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Manchester City have successfully appealed a ruling that would have seen them banned from the competition and are resuming their bid to win the most coveted trophy in European football. The club recently saw off one of their biggest challenges […]

Anelka: Netflix documentary on ‘misunderstood’ French footballer fails to persuade

In recent years, Netflix has produced several major sports documentaries. Icarus is an example of a film that seeks to uncover the troubling – and often hidden – realities of doping in sport. Others, such as the recent series about Michael Jordan, The Last Dance, are essentially works that enable a star to promote themselves. […]

Bahrain v Israel: how sport could help cement peace accords in the Middle East

Back in 2016, I was excited for the Bahrain Women’s National team to compete in the Aphrodite Cup, an international football tournament held in Cyprus. Bahrain’s team, of which I was in charge, had previously participated in an earlier edition of the tournament. The competition would have offered great exposure for Arab women’s football by […]

A college football season filled with so many unknowns begins in Hattiesburg tonight

I have no idea what to expect tonight when South Alabama visits Southern Miss for the first college football game of 2020 season matching two FBS teams. I just know it will be different. Hopefully, it will be safe – or as safe as football ever is. Let’s begin with what we do know. It […]

Garcia, Stenson head the most star-studded list in Sanderson Farms Championship history

Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion and still one of the greatest ball strikers in golf, has committed to play in the Sanderson Farms Championship at Country Club of Jackson Oct. 1-4. So has 2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson. So has 2011 Open champ Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel. Scottie Scheffler, […]

Televising school sport could put too much focus on performance, a price too high for young athletes

Chris Whatman, Auckland University of Technology and Simon Walters, Auckland University of Technology A new deal to televise and live stream more secondary school sports in New Zealand has attracted significant attention and debate. First XV secondary school rugby in New Zealand has been televised for some time on Sky Sport. The attraction of new […]

On a ‘video game numbers’ kind of day, State, Leach, Costello stole the show

Eager Mississippi football fans had waited months for the coaching debuts of Mike Leach at Mississippi State and Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. And while both famous coaches had their moments Saturday, the day belonged to Leach, his new quarterback K.J. Costello and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. All they did was set school and Southeastern […]

Texas voters could stabilize funding for state parks with Proposition 5

“Texas voters could stabilize funding for state parks with Proposition 5” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. * Correction appended. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, along with outdoor enthusiasts, are looking to […]