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BBC Backs Down in Soccer Uproar
After Weekend
Chaos, BBC
Backs Down

After Weekend Chaos, BBC Backs Down

Popular host and former soccer star Gary Lineker reinstated after he critiqued deportation policy

(Newser) - The BBC called a truce Monday in its showdown with sports commentator Gary Lineker, reversing its suspension of the former soccer great for a tweet that criticized the UK. As the AP reports, the about-face followed a weekend of chaos and crisis for Britain's publicly funded national broadcaster, which...

BBC Had to Ditch Sports Shows This Weekend

Network faces revolt after it punished soccer icon Gary Lineker for getting political

(Newser) - The BBC had to scrap much of its weekend sports programming as it scrambled to stem an escalating crisis over its suspension of soccer host Gary Lineker for comments criticizing the British government's new asylum policy. Presenters, analysts, and English Premier League players rallied in support of Lineker by...

Rival Deals Historic Defeat to Manchester United
Mighty United Suffers
Historic Rout

Mighty United Suffers Historic Rout

Liverpool's 7-0 victory is its biggest ever over rival

(Newser) - A week after winning the League Cup, Manchester United experienced its heaviest defeat ever in the Premier League and the club's joint worst loss in all competitions on Sunday, when Liverpool won in a stunning 7-0 rout. Liverpool put just eight shots on target, the AP reports, and six...

Heartbreaking Update on Soccer Player Caught in Quake

Body of Christian Atsu, 31, found in Antakya, Turkey, after initially being reported as rescued

(Newser) - Christian Atsu, the Ghana international forward who played for Premier League clubs Chelsea and Newcastle, has died in the earthquake in Turkey. He was 31. Search teams recovered Atsu's body in the ruins of a luxury 12-story building where he'd been living in the city of Antakya, Hatay...

Quirky ESPN Ad Campaign Is Back
Quirky ESPN Ad
Campaign Is Back

Quirky ESPN Ad Campaign Is Back

Syracuse's Otto the Orange joins US women's soccer stars for new 'This Is SportsCenter' ad

(Newser) - ESPN's iconic advertising campaign is back, with the first installment of "This Is SportsCenter" in three years. The comical, off-kilter ads routinely feature athletes and mascots in promotion of ESPN's flagship sports news program. This one is no different. The 15-second " Orange Slices " shows US...

Ronaldo Leaves European Soccer Behind

Unwelcome at Manchester United, star is out of Premier League

(Newser) - Unwanted by English powerhouse Manchester United after he publicly criticized its coach and owners, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed on a contract with a Saudi Arabian club. "The world's greatest athlete officially signed," Al-Nassr tweeted Friday afternoon. The deal is for $75 million per year for...

6 of the Best Lines About Pele
6 of the Best Lines About Pele

6 of the Best Lines About Pele

In the soccer legend, Andy Warhol found a muse

(Newser) - The "king of soccer" is dead, and tributes to 82-year-old Pele make clear his influence went well beyond the sport. Some of the notable ones, from past and present:
  • "Pele is one of the few who contradicted my theory," Andy Warhol once said. “Instead of 15

One of the Greatest Soccer Players Ever Is Dead
One of the Greatest Soccer
Players Ever Is Dead

One of the Greatest Soccer Players Ever Is Dead

Pele dies at 82 in Brazil

(Newser) - He wasn't just a giant in the world of soccer. He was, as the AP puts it, "one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century." Pele, the Brazilian legend, died Thursday at age 82. He had been hospitalized in Sao Paolo, Brazil, for the...

This Person Wasn't Supposed to Be on World Cup Field

FIFA looking into how celeb chef Nusret Gokce, aka Salt Bae, ended up celebrating with Messi, team

(Newser) - Protocol has it that only FIFA officials and the winning team are allowed to handle the World Cup trophy, but the soccer governing body has now launched an investigation after one person who wasn't supposed to be on the field Sunday after Argentina's victory had his hands all...

A Messi Image Is Now the King of Instagram

Celebration photo has more than 62M likes

(Newser) - Lionel Messi vanquished France , and now he has vanquished the famous egg of Instagram. An image of Messi celebrating Argentina's dramatic World Cup victory had racked up more than 62 million likes as of Tuesday morning on on the soccer star's Instagram page , making it the most-liked image...

Grant Wahl Death: 'Why Wasn't There a Defibrillator?'

Colleagues, family mourn sportswriter who died at 49

(Newser) - The cause of death for sportswriter Grant Wahl remained unclear as of Sunday morning as those in his orbit processed the news. The 49-year-old collapsed and died early Saturday in Qatar, where he was covering his eighth World Cup.
  • No defibrillator: Wahl collapsed in the press box of Lusail Iconic

Renowned Sports Writer Collapses, Dies at World Cup

Grant Wahl, one of the best-known US journalists in the soccer world, is dead at 48

(Newser) - Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known soccer writers in the United States, died early Saturday in Qatar while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. He was 48. US media seated near him said Wahl fell back in his seat in a section of Lusail Stadium...

See the Kick That Knocks Out Mighty Brazil

Croatia wins in shootout round, 4-2, to advance in World Cup

(Newser) - Brazil always seems to be a favorite to win the World Cup, but it won't be happening in 2022. Croatia defeated the powerhouse in penalty kicks on Friday, reports CBS Sports . (You can see the deciding kick via Fox Sports .) The match had finished 1-1 after both teams...

Portugal Rolls on 3 Goals by Ronaldo's Replacement

6-1 victory over Switzerland sends Portugal to quarterfinals against Morocco

(Newser) - With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, the superstar striker's replacement scored a hat trick to lead Portugal over Switzerland 6-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday. Goncalo Ramos, a 21-year-old forward who made his Portugal debut as a substitute last month, started for the first time for...

Pelé's Family: COVID Is Behind Hospitalization

They say soccer great is not dying

(Newser) - The family of Brazilian soccer great Pelé says the three-time World Cup winner is not in imminent danger of dying, the AP reports. "He is sick, he is old. But at the moment, he is there because of the lung infection. And once he feels better, he will go...

Ailing Pele Reassures Fans
Pele Tells Fans He Has Hope

Pele Tells Fans He Has Hope

Soccer great, 82, is hospitalized in Brazil

(Newser) - From a Brazilian hospital, Pele assured supporters Saturday that he's "strong, with a lot of hope." The soccer great issued the statement on social media after reports that his health was worsening and World Cup fans in Qatar expressed support for his recovery, CNN reports. Pele said...

USA-Iran Match Is Huge, and Not Only Over Soccer

Teams face each other Tuesday in World Cup showdown

(Newser) - Teams USA and Iran play each other Tuesday in the World Cup, and the stakes are big for both teams on and off the field. The game begins at 2pm Eastern.
  • The soccer: The Americans must win if they want to advance to the next round. Iran will likely be

US Outplays England, but It's a Draw
US Outplays
England, but
It's a Draw

US Outplays England, but It's a Draw

Americans have to beat Iran on Tuesday to advance

(Newser) - The US men's team outdid the heavily favored English team in every way but scoring during their World Cup match Friday, battling to a 0-0 draw. As far as the tournament goes, the match didn't settle much: The US will have to beat Iran on Tuesday to reach...

Qatar Sets Record With World Cup Exit

Host nation fails to make it past the group stage

(Newser) - For Qatar, whose hosting of the World Cup was more than a dozen years and $220 billion in the making, it's over already. The Qatar squad set a record Friday in being eliminated from the World Cup; it's the first time a host nation's team has been...

Team Pushes Back at FIFA: Human Rights 'Non-Negotiable'

German Football Association protests after armband ban at World Cup in anti-gay Qatar

(Newser) - The captains of at least seven World Cup teams planned to wear rainbow armbands in support of LGBTQ+ rights during matches in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal , before FIFA threatened sanctions. Told the captains would receive yellow cards for the infraction or be removed from the field, per USA Today ...

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