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Meet the Gwijo Squad, the musical fan group confronting apartheid’s legacy

Meet the Gwijo Squad, the musical fan group confronting apartheid’s legacy

The final whistle rings out around Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. It’s June 9, 2018 and the South Africans have resurrected a lost cause against England, overturning a 24-3 deficit to secure a dramatic and try-laden 42-39 victory. But the result is almost immaterial. The match will forever be remembered as a turning point in…MORE

From Russia with shove: Rugby’s ‘sleeping giant’ eyes World Cup breakthrough

From Russia with shove: Rugby’s ‘sleeping giant’ eyes World Cup breakthrough

Before moving to Russia, Lyn Jones had never tasted vodka, but that’s all changed. “Since arriving, I’d now definitely recommend it, although after six doubles things can get hazy,” laughs the Welsh coach of Russia’s men’s rugby team. During his year-long tenure with the Bears, there has been reason to celebrate, too. Russia has qualified…MORE

FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into soccer stadiums

FIFA tells Iran: Women have to be allowed into soccer stadiums

The ban on women attending soccer matches in Iran is “unacceptable” and must be lifted, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The head of football’s world governing body said in a statement that FIFA’s position is “clear and firm” and that women “have to be allowed” into football stadiums in the country. Iran’s ban on women…MORE

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand ‘is still the team to beat’

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand ‘is still the team to beat’

There’s been no shortage of twists and turns in the buildup to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which makes the task of predicting a tournament winner more difficult than ever before. Japan and Russia kick off the tournament in Tokyo on Friday, six weeks — or 48 matches — before a champion is crowned at…MORE

‘I don’t see this as a personal issue,’ says Seb Coe on Caster Semenya case

‘I don’t see this as a personal issue,’ says Seb Coe on Caster Semenya case

He was a double Olympic gold medalist, but Sebastian Coe’s legacy in athletics will perhaps be defined by his handling of the two great modern issues in the sport — the case involving Caster Semenya and doping. As president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Coe’s actions and those of the organization could…MORE

Chasing $20M in horse racing’s battle of riches

Chasing $20M in horse racing’s battle of riches

When Diomed pipped Boudrow to victory in the original Derby in 1780, owner Sir Charles Bunbury pocketed a little over $1,000. Britain’s richest race offers more than $1 million to the winner these days, but even that bumper pot is dwarfed by some of the riches on offer around the world. And it seems horse…MORE

19-year-old Håland scores hat-trick on Champions League debut

19-year-old Håland scores hat-trick on Champions League debut

Erling Braut Håland received a standing ovation from the Red Bull Salzburg fans after scoring a first-half hat-trick on his UEFA Champions League debut Tuesday, where he became the third youngest player to score a Champions League treble — behind only Raul and Wayne Rooney. The 19-year-old’s heroics helped Salzburg thrash Belgian side Genk 6-2…MORE

ENTERTAINMENT

Billy Porter makes history with Emmy win

Billy Porter makes history with Emmy win

“The category is love, y’all,” actor Billy Porter said while accepting his Emmy award for lead actor in a drama series. Porter, who was honored for his work in FX’s ground-breaking period drama “Pose,” made history Sunday night by becoming the first openly gay black man to win in this category, according to the Television…

‘GOT’ wins final Emmy battle

‘GOT’ wins final Emmy battle

‘Game of Thrones’ has won its final Emmy battle. The HBO series picked up the best drama Emmy at Sunday’s ceremony, capping off its final season with a coveted achievement. (HBO, like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.) “We loved every minute we spent with you,” executive producer D.B. Weiss said to the cast on stage.…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge earns surprise win for best actress in a comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge earns surprise win for best actress in a comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won’t make Emmy history this year. The odds had been in the legendary actress’ favor to pick up the Emmy award for best comedy actress, but “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge ended up besting her in a surprise win. Waller-Bridge’s success in the acting category came just a few awards after she picked up…