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Former Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman is ‘scared’ for athletes who speak out at Beijing 2022

Hoffman, who retired from competitive skiing after the PyeongChang Games in 2018, says he is concerned by the human rights record of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the lack of support shown by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC has subsequently reiterated that any form of protest must not take place during competition …

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Broncos name Nathaniel Hackett as new head coach: Will Aaron Rodgers follow him?

Hackett served as the Packers’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, taking on the role in 2019 after filling the same position at the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18). A first-time head coach, the 42-year-old replaces Vic Fangio who was ousted after the team finished 7-10 to miss out on the …

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Ben Roethlisberger retires after 18-year NFL career with Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger made the announcement on his Twitter page, saying: “The time has come to clean out my locker, hang up my cleats, and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football a truly grateful man.” Roethlisberger was drafted with the 11th overall pick by the Steelers in …

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Joe Burrow is in for a ‘rude awakening’ at Arrowhead Stadium, says former Chiefs kicker

The second-year signal caller faces the challenge of steering his team past the Kansas City Chiefs and into the Super Bowl in Sunday’s AFC Championship game on the road at a notoriously raucous Arrowhead Stadium. Yet after Burrow told reporters during the regular season that stadiums “get way louder” at the college level in the …

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‘It creates a lot of anxiety’: Ahead of the Winter Olympics, athletes are doing everything to avoid catching Covid-19

The prospect of testing positive for Covid-19 — and thus missing out on the chance of competing — looms over every athlete ahead of Beijing 2022, which gets underway on February 4. Amid a plethora of Covid-19 countermeasures, athletes must record two negative tests before departing for the Games and are then subject to daily …

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Climate change and fake snow could make the Winter Olympics ‘dangerous,’ study finds

The Beijing Games, kicking off on February 4, will be the first Winter Olympics to use virtually 100% artificial snow by deploying more than 100 snow generators and 300 snow-making guns working flat out to cover the ski slopes. “This is not only energy and water intensive, frequently using chemicals to slow melt, but also …

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Sean Payton, coach whose Saints lifted spirits in post-Katrina New Orleans, says he is stepping down

Payton, 58, had been with the organization since taking over before the 2006 season. He guided the Saints to playoffs nine times in his 15 seasons as head coach. In 2009, the Saints energized New Orleans, still reeling from Hurricane Katrina four years earlier, on their way to a 13-3 regular season record and a …

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This is the last year writers can select Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for the baseball Hall of Fame. Will they make it?

But now, in their 10th year of eligibility, the two baseball legends have yet to be invited to the National Baseball Hall of Fame — and it’s far from certain they ever will be. Bonds and Clemens were linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs through the 2007 Mitchell Report by senator-turned-baseball-investigator George Mitchell. But …

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‘It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family’: What next for Tom Brady?

Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a casualty of what has been dubbed the best weekend of football in NFL history — falling agonizingly short of a 24-point second-half comeback against the Los Angeles Rams in one of four breathtaking divisional playoff games. Questions on the 44-year-old’s future began the moment he left the field, with …

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The NFL’s overtime rule explained and why fans want to see it changed

Whether it be for the big-name players, the remarkable quarterback play or for the dramatic back-and-forth nature of it, their playoff encounter will live long in the memory. However, for some, the game’s ending did leave somewhat of a sour taste in the mouth. Having won the coin toss at the beginning of overtime, Chiefs …

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