‘Drained and stressed’ Ronnie O’Sullivan pulls out of Champion of Champions

The defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has withdrawn from snooker’s Champion of Champions event on the eve of his opening match in Bolton. O’Sullivan had been scheduled to play Zhang Anda in group one on Wednesday, with the winner facing either John Higgins or Chris Wakelin for a place in the semi-finals. The seven-times world champion, … Read more

Ronnie O’Sullivan withdraws from Champion of Champions on eve of title defence

Ronnie O’Sullivan has opted out of playing at the Champion of Champions (Picture: Getty Images) Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be defending his Champion of Champions title in Bolton this week, withdrawing from the event the day before he was due to play. The Rocket confirmed that he will not play as scheduled on Wednesday, saying: … Read more

‘Heart of a champion,’ Dad of Las Vegas teen beaten to death by bullies pays heartbreaking tribute

A teenage boy succumbed to his injuries days after being beaten by a group of bullies near a high school in Las Vegas. His father has now paid a heartbreaking tribute to him on a GoFundMe page titled ‘Heart of a Champion Our Son.’ Jonathan Lewis was living with his mother in Las Vegas when … Read more

Olympic champion Allman hungry for Paris after world discus disappointment

NEW YORK : Valarie Allman’s Olympic title defence will come down to that extra “one-to-three percent,” the discus gold medallist said on Monday as she prepares for the Paris Games hungrier than ever. The American took top spot on the podium in Tokyo but missed the World Championships title in Eugene and Budapest, with third … Read more

Obstacle racing the way forward for modern pentathlon, says world champion

BENGALURU : Elena Micheli is “heartbroken” that horse riding will not be part of modern pentathlon beyond next year’s Paris Olympics but the world champion told Reuters that obstacle racing was the way forward for the sport. Modern pentathlon, which traditionally features fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting and running, was plunged into a … Read more

US top defending champion Switzerland in BJK Cup Finals; Italy and Canada advance

The United States began its campaign in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals with a win over defending champion Switzerland on Thursday, setting up a decisive tie against the Czech Republic for a spot in the semifinals. US Danielle Collins celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Celine Naef during their group stage tennis match at the Billie … Read more

Champion of Champions schedule in limbo due to International Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan will be defending his title at the Champion of Champions (Picture: Getty Images) The draw and schedule for the Champion of Champions this month has been released, but due to the packed nature of the World Snooker Tour, how it will play out is still a little up in the air. The International … Read more

‘He’d be horrified at discrimination today’: new film revives message of India’s Dalit champion

There may only be a few people outside the subcontinent who have heard of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. But as one of the founders of modern India, he was a revered scholar who championed the rights of Dalits, while his work as a civil rights leader has been likened to that of Martin Luther King Jr … Read more

Streets lined with jubilant fans as South Africa honours champion Springboks

PRETORIA : Tens of thousands of jubilant fans lined the streets of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto on Thursday to catch a glimpse of champions South Africa at the start of a five-city Rugby World Cup trophy tour that will continue until Sunday. The sight of thousands of adoring supporters in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, … Read more

World Series champion Rangers are no longer futility posing as a sports team

So this is what it feels like. Leaping around the infield, hugging in the dugout, arms aloft, cameras snapping, commemorative T-shirts donned at the speed of a Nathan Eovaldi fastball. Now, finally, the Texas Rangers know. A World Series replete with rare feats ended with the biggest novelty of all: the Rangers are Major League … Read more

Olympic champion Mary Peters: ‘I feel the terrible loss of life in the name of sport’

“He warned that if I came home to Belfast I’d be shot and my flat would be bombed,” Mary Peters says of the anonymous man who threatened to kill her after she won gold in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The call was made just before, at those same Olympics, the … Read more

John & Tommy Fury hail ‘true champion’ Tyson after win over Francis Ngannou

Tyson Fury controversially beat Francis Ngannou in the Battle of the Baddest showdown (Photo: Getty) John Fury was visibly shocked by how close Francis Ngannou came to beating Tyson Fury in their Battle of the Baddest showdown on Saturday night. WBC heavyweight champion Fury was awarded a controversial split-decision victory over MMA superstar Ngannou in … Read more