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FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

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Qatar hosts 16 best teams from the Arab world, as matches kick off 12 months ahead of the World Cup.Qatar will host the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 from Tuesday, just 12 months ahead of the World Cup 2022 which will be the first to take place in the Middle East. Tunisia takes on Mauritania in the tournament’s opening fixture with Iraq, the most successful team in the competition with four titles, locking horns with Oman in the second match. Hosts Qatar will play Bahrain and the UAE will take on Syria in the other matches on Tuesday. Here is what you need to know about the tournament: How many teams are taking part? A total of 16 teams, divided into four groups, are taking part in the tournament. Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Oman, BahrainGroup B: Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, MauritaniaGroup C: Mor...

Tiger Woods Rules Out a Full-Time Return to the PGA Tour

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Tiger Woods hopes to play on the PGA Tour again, though never as a full-time player, something he called “an unfortunate reality” that he has accepted, according to a 30-minute video interview with Golf Digest posted online Monday.“I think something that is realistic is playing the Tour one day — never full time, ever again — but pick and choose, just like Mr. Hogan did and you play around that,” Woods, 45, said, referring to the nine-time major champion Ben Hogan, who played sporadically, if effectively, after breaking multiple bones in a devastating 1949 car crash. “You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”On Feb. 23, Woo...
Photos From Lee Elder’s Groundbreaking Golf Career

Photos From Lee Elder’s Groundbreaking Golf Career

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At a dinner at Pebble Beach in 2019 to honor Lee Elder with the Bob Jones Award for sportsmanship, bestowed by the United States Golf Association, the commentator Jim Nantz told the golfer in a speech: “Your life will have meaning for years and centuries to come.”Elder, whose death at 87 was announced on Monday by the PGA Tour, in 1975 became the first Black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament. He was honored at the tournament this year for his 1975 appearance at Augusta National Golf Club, which was, as Richard Goldstein of The New York Times writes in Elder’s obituary, “a signature moment in the breaking of racial barriers on the pro golf tour.”Before the start of that tournament, Elder wrote in an article for The Times: “The one thing on my mind this past year is the fact of being ...

England must start with a bang in Brisbane to win back the Ashes, but history is against them

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The ‘big first hour’ has become a cricketing cliche. But never is it more apt than when England go to the Gabba, where an entire Ashes series can be defined by events before drinks on the opening day.In 1994, Phil DeFreitas saw his first ball dispatched for four by Aussie opener Michael Slater, who went on to smash 176 as England lost the first Test and then the Ashes 3-1.Eight years later, captain Nasser Hussain muttered the infamous words, ‘We’ll have a bowl’, after winning the toss, only to watch Australia close day one on 364 for two and go on to romp to victory in Brisbane and win the series 4-1. Nasser Hussain opted to bowl first after England won the toss of the opening Test in 2002In 2006, it was Steve Harmison who set the tone for a humiliating 5-0 whitewash when his first...
Australian Open faces uncertainty as the reopening of the borders is delayed by two weeks

Australian Open faces uncertainty as the reopening of the borders is delayed by two weeks

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The Australian Open in January faces more uncertainty after the scheduled reopening of national borders Down Under was deferred for two weeks.Vaccinated international travellers were due to be freely allowed in from tomorrow but that will not happen until December 15 in response to the new Omicron Covid variant.With chartered flights due to bring in tennis personnel from December 28 ahead of warm-up tournaments, the dates are getting dangerously close, particularly if there was to be any further delay. The Australian Open and world No 1 Novak Djokovic's participation both face uncertaintyA large majority of tennis players have now been jabbed, although Novak Djokovic has declined to say what his intentions are and his father this week cast doubt on the world No 1’s participati...
South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus to tell ‘his side of the story’ on World Rugby ban

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus to tell ‘his side of the story’ on World Rugby ban

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Rassie Erasmus could find himself in hot water with World Rugby again after he revealed plans to tell ‘his side of the story’ on his ban from the game, as part of a TV documentary.A fortnight ago the disgraced South African director of rugby was suspended from match-days for 10 months, and any involvement in the sport for two, for his hour-long Lions series video in which he publicly slammed refereeing decisions.And on Sunday he took to Twitter to announce he is to break cover – which has the governing body monitoring the situation closely.Erasmus wrote on social media: ‘So excited!! part of a documentary that we’re working on (I do have some time at hand) with Supersport I’ll be able to share my side of the story !! Thank you @SuperSportTV’ Rassie Erasmus was handed a ba...
Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

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The 63-year-old German, who joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, will be United’s interim manager until the end of the season.Manchester United has named Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Monday, eight days after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German steps in to replace Solskjaer, who was removed after United’s 4-1 defeat by Watford this month, their seventh loss in 13 games across all competitions which left them eighth in the Premier League standings. “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements. Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further...
‘Seething’ Barbarians president considers taking legal action against Davies and Hartley

‘Seething’ Barbarians president considers taking legal action against Davies and Hartley

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The president of the Barbarians, John Spencer, is considering legal action against former England captain Dylan Hartley and Jonathan Davies for their stinging criticism after the Barbarians game against Samoa was called off 90 minutes before kick-off.Six positive Covid tests in the Barbarians camp meant the match at Twickenham on Saturday was cancelled but BBC rugby pundit Davies, a former Wales international, said the cancellation was an 'utter shambles', while Hartley labelled it 'beyond embarrassing'.Last year a Barbarians game against England was called off at short notice when 13 players breached Covid protocols shortly before the match. Saturday's clash between Barbarians and Samoa was called off after a Covid-19 outbreak Former England captain Dylan Ha...

What We Learned From Week 12 in the N.F.L.

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Here we go again.As long as Tom Brady is eating his avocado ice cream and throwing a football, his team will be peaking heading into December.It did not look as if that would be the case this year, though, as the Buccaneers were ravaged by injuries to their secondary — making Tampa Bay one of the worst defenses against the pass — and among Brady’s favorite targets, tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Antonio Brown.Losses to the Trevor Siemian-led New Orleans Saints in Week 8 and the Taylor Heinicke-led Washington Football Team in Week 10 sandwiched a bye week in which the team might have recuperated. Instead, in those two games and a win over the Giants in Week 11, Tampa Bay relied on Brady’s passing to compete.But at 44 years old, Brady’s shot at winning his eighth Super Bowl can’t depe...
Joe Salisbury learns fast at the Davis Cup to help Great Britain secure a quarter-final with Germany

Joe Salisbury learns fast at the Davis Cup to help Great Britain secure a quarter-final with Germany

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Joe Salisbury helped guide Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after getting a crash course in the competition's unusual demands over the weekend.The 29-year-old Londoner is arguably the world's best doubles player at present, but such status rarely counts for much in the uniquely pressurised circumstances found wearing the national jersey.Having lost on his debut against France on Saturday, he and Neal Skupski put a firm hand on the tiller when faced with a deciding rubber against a highly motivated Czech Republic unit.  Great Britain have progressed to the Davis Cup quarter-finals, where they will face Germany Dan Evans (pictured) lost the first singles match against 21-year-old Tomas Machac 6-2, 7-5They defeated Jiri Vesely and Tomas Machac 6...