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Ann Wauters is a pioneer for women's basketball in Belgium, becoming the first player to play in the WNBA. Now 21 years later, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 WNBA draft is the team captain of the Belgium squad playing in the Olympics for the first time. The Belgian Cats have won their first two games in dominant fashion, including routing Australia — the No. 2 team in the world.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sat motionless Sunday as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. It was part of a emotional ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall during which Ardern formally apologized for a racially charged part of the nation’s history known as the Dawn Raids. It’s when Pasifika people were targeted for deportation in the mid-1970s during aggressive home raids by authorities to find, convict and deport visa overstayers.
Storm clouds rolled through Routt County, Colorado, on July 31, as the National Weather Service warned of thunderstorms nearby.Widespread storms were forecast for Saturday, with areas at risk from flash flooding amid one of the state’s strongest monsoons in years.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also issued an air quality health advisory for Routt County due to smoke from local wildfires. Credit: @AmplitudeUSA via Storyful
They say if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen, but British BMX freestyler Charlotte Worthington was as cool as a cucumber on baking Tokyo morning to claim a dramatic Olympic gold medal on Sunday. Undaunted, Worthington nailed the trick second time round, having kept it a closely-guarded secret all week after managing it in training this week at the Ariake Urban Sport Park. "We set the target of the gold medal and it was either go big or go home," Worthington, who used to slave away 40 hours a week in a Manchester restaurant cooking fajitas, told reporters.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — The #Lawan rally in the city yesterday was uneventful and consistent with Malaysians’ right to assembly, the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said today based on its...
ENOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) -Australia's Matt Wearn cruised to an easy victory in the men's Laser class at the Enoshima Yachting Harbour on Sunday, making the most of the big lead he built up in the opening races to take the gold. Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic took the silver medal, with Hermann Tomasgaard of Norway picking up the bronze. Wearn hit a sweet spot during the 10 opening series races that decided the 10 boats that would contest the medal race, notching two wins and three second-placed finishes to go into the medal race with an unassailable lead.
Australia's Logan Martin won the inaugural men's Olympic BMX freestyle event on Sunday, a feat he said was thanks to his ingenious training regimen during the pandemic that involved building a BMX park in his backyard. Martin, 27, finished his first run of the finals with 93.30 points, landing technically complicated tricks like the switch triple tail in what he later called his "safety run". Martin, who lives in Australia's Gold Coast with his family, said he was able to train through the pandemic because his friend, a professional BMX rider and carpenter, helped him build a world-class skate park https://www.instagram.com/loganmartinbmx right behind his home.
Xander Schauffele had one hand on the gold medal as the final groups made the turn at the Olympic golf on Sunday after the American made a flawless start on a steamy day at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Overnight leader by a stroke, Schauffele was 18-under for the tournament, two shots ahead of Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia as he headed to the 10th, having drained birdies on the first, second, fifth and eight holes. South Africa-born Sabbatini was outright second after making a huge charge to be nine-under in his final round through 14 holes.
Mexicans vote Sunday in a national referendum promoted by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on whether to investigate and prosecute his predecessors for alleged corruption.
Cuban Mijain Lopez Nunez got off to flying start in his bid to become the first four-times Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling on Sunday when he won his first two matches at the Tokyo Games without conceding a point. Lopez Nunez, who won the super heavyweight title at the last three Olympics, brushed aside Romania's Alin Alexuc Ciurariu 9-0 and Iran's Amin Mirzazadeh 8-0 to reach the semi-finals at the Makuhari Messe Hall. Japanese freestyler Kaori Icho, the first woman in any sport to win individual gold medals at four successive Olympics, is the only wrestler to have won four Olympic titles.
A 100-year-old former guard at the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp near Berlin will face trial in the autumn, 76 years after the end of the Second World War, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported. The district court of Neuruppin admitted the charges of accessory to murder in 3,500 cases, and the trial is slated to start in October. The accused, who was not named in accordance with German media laws concerning suspects, was said to have worked as a camp guard from 1942 to 1945 in Sachsenhausen, where around 200,000 people were imprisoned and 20,000 murdered.
Moments before winning her bronze medal in Tokyo on Sunday, Denmark's Pernille Blume had a double dose of Olympic nerves and battled to stay focused as partner Florent Manaudou of France stepped up for the men's 50m freestyle final. Swimming's sprint couple won medals for a second successive Olympics on Sunday, with Blume adding 50 freestyle bronze to her gold in Rio and London 2012 champion Manaudou in the medals for a third straight Games with a silver. Blume was waiting to be introduced poolside for her final as Manaudou, her partner of two years, climbed on the block next to American sprint king Caeleb Dressel.
French super heavyweight Mourad Aliev remained seated at ringside for nearly an hour after being disqualified in his fight on Sunday, a call he furiously protested with kicks in the air and offensive gestures. When the referee stopped his bout against Britain's Frazer Clarke with four seconds left in the second round, the Frenchman flew into a rage, spat out his mouth guard, kicked it, and punched at a TV camera. Clarke suffered cuts above his eyes in what the referee appeared to deem an intentional headbutt by Aliev.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — Kulai MAP Teo Nie Ching urged the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) today to explain the wide variation in vaccination rates among Johor’s 10 districts. Teo, who is...
Japan's northern Hokkaido region was supposed to offer cooler climes for next week's Olympic marathons and race walks, but now the area is battling a heatwave.
Taliban fighters struck Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan with at least three rockets overnight, the insurgent group's spokesman said on Sunday, adding that the aim was to thwart air strikes conducted by Afghan government forces. "Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy were using it as a centre to conduct air strikes against us," Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told Reuters. Afghan government officials said the rocket attacks forced authorities to suspend all flights and that the runway was partially damaged.
Olympic organisers were on Sunday investigating after a group of athletes was found drinking together at the Village, while Tokyo sizzled in scorching temperatures as Tokyo 2020 lurched into day nine. Australia's Emma McKeon painted the pool gold reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/swimming-dressel-mckeon-complete-sprint-gold-doubles-2021-08-01, becoming the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games but the Simone Biles saga https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/simone-biles-withdraws-event-final-floor-exercise-tokyo-2020-usa-gymnastics-2021-08-01 took another sad twist as she pulled out of yet another event. With these Games being staged in a COVID-induced state of emergency, there has been much focus on the behaviour of those involved in the Olympics, and public anger at rule-breaking.
A French super heavyweight boxer sat on the Olympic ring apron in protest for about an hour after he was disqualified from his quarterfinal bout because of an intentional head butt. Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with four seconds left in the second round Sunday. The referee determined Aliev had intentionally used his head to clash with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who had significant cuts near both of his eyes.
Afghan government forces struggled against Taliban assaults on several major cities Sunday as the insurgents stepped up a nationwide offensive that saw a key airport in the south come under rocket fire overnight.
At this year’s pandemic-stricken Summer Games, having a family member in attendance is a luxury most athletes can’t enjoy. For Tara, it pays to have her dad as a coach.