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Who is singing now?

(July 11) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian sports media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium to get a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and thereby build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association and diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Continue reading

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Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as FIFA admit secret let-off over fans’ fascist banners

Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as Fifa admit secret let-off over fans' fascist banners

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Israeli missile kills eight watching World Cup semi-final at café

Gaza health ministry says most of at least 105 killed in ongoing Israeli assault are non-combatants, half are women and 22 children, with another 700 injured

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Khan Younis (July 10) – They never lived to see the final score.

Inside the Fun Time Beach café on Gaza’s Mediterranean shore, nine friends and siblings gathered around a portable television powered by a generator to watch Argentina take on Holland in the semi finals of the World Cup. Continue reading

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Algeria striker announces team will donate World Cup prize money

Reposted from Friendship First, Competition Second – An Amateur Sport Website

Homecoming: The Algerian squad are paraded through Algiers on an open-top bus on Wednesday

Homecoming: The Algerian squad are paraded through Algiers on an open-top bus on Wednesday

Tony Seed (July 3) – Algeria striker Islam Slimani said that the team will donate their World Cup prize money to the people in Gaza because “they need it more than us.” It will be a solid contribution, around $9 million. Surely a gesture for respect.

Islam Slimani

Algeria striker Islam Slimani

Previously the team had dedicated their victory in the opening round to Palestine. They followed that up by playing an inspired game that scared top-ranked Germany, which was fortunate to win in extra-time.

The astounding act of kindness was revealed by journalist Waleed Abu Nada earlier today. Continue reading

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Selling hope and the bobblehead boys

This article is reposted from our Amateur Sports web blog

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerRogers Sportsnet is blowing its own horn. “Our own Damien Cox,” it reported tonight, to paraphrase, has the scoop on the appointment of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s (MLSE) new president, Brendan Shanahan. The NHL executive is being called “the former Olympic champion.” Damien Cox is a Toronto Star columnist and a regular on the PrimeTimeSports program. Continue reading

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World Baseball Classic: ‘Italy’s’ humiliation of Team Canada

Canada’s Pete Orr, left, throws over the sliding Mike Costanzo of “Italy” to complete a double play during the fifth inning of Canada’s 14-4 opening loss at the World Baseball Classic. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Canada’s Pete Orr, left, throws over the sliding Mike Costanzo of “Italy” to complete a double play during the fifth inning of Canada’s 14-4 opening loss at the World Baseball Classic. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

amateursport.wordpress.com – PERHAPS Canada should stick to lacrosse and ski cross. While Mexico soundly defeated Team USA 5-2, a second US team posing in the uniforms of the Azzuri drubbed Canada 14-4 at the World Baseball Classic today.

The mercy rule, comprehensive national humiliation is simple enough to explain on the surface: atrocious pitching, lack of key hits from the Canadian major leaguers – especially the two former MLB MVPs in Joey Votto and Justin Morneau (with the notable exception of young Michael Saunders from Victoria, BC who had two hits and a pair of RBIs on the day) – errors of judgment, and aggressive hitting by “Italy” backed up by adequate pitching and defence. Continue reading

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Lockout: Antitrust case to proceed against NHL, U.S. sports oligopolies

A group of US hockey fans seeking greater access to NHL broadcasts is suing the NHL. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)U.S. sports fans can pursue antitrust case over monopolization of programs. – Reuters

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the wealthy owners are crying a blue river that they locked out some 730 players and shut down the hockey league “in the interests of fans and growing the game.” According to a Reuters report (see below), a U.S. federal court judge, however, has just ruled that a lawsuit can proceed that asserts that the NHL and other U.S. sports oligolies are conspiring against fans. By restricting more widely available game telecasts, the league “is able to charge monopoly pricing and limit the choices available to consumers.” Continue reading

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