China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

China yesterday accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit by announcing an American diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Games, amid an increasingly bitter feud over the

Football | Benfica, Barcelona, AC Milan among teams seeking last-16 spots in CL

A look at what’s at stake in the final round of Champions League matches in the group stage, with five last-16 places up for grabs and three

Snooker | Zhao Xintong secures another big title for China in York

Zhao Xintong became the second Chinese player this year to capture one of snooker’s three major titles when he won the UK Championship yesterday . Competing

Boxing | From Serbia, Afghan boxers seek refuge, careers in West

They practiced in secret and struggled to get to an international tournament in Europe. Now, members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in

Ballon D’Or | Putellas and Messi win awards

Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or for a record-extending seventh time yesterday , ending the year in style after a brilliant final season with Barcelona and earning his first

Football | Ready for Rangnick: Sancho helps Man United draw at Chelsea

Chelsea 1, Man U 1 The cautious game plan, with Cristiano Ronaldo dropped to the bench, worked for Manchester United. Hitting Chelsea on the counterattack, with Jadon Sancho scoring his first Premier

Six more positive Covid-19 cases at Leipzig, nine in quarantine

German soccer club Leipzig reported six more positive coronavirus cases on Friday following its Champions League game in Belgium against Brugge. Defender Willi Orban, forwards Yussuf Poulsen and Hugo Novoa, and

IIHF meets to review Olympic eligibility of Chinese players

The International Ice Hockey Federation council held a call Friday to review the Olympic eligibility of Chinese men’s national team players, though no decisions were made about the host country’s

Snooker | Pro star angry at having to play amateur after loss

After losing to an amateur in the first round of a major tournament, a former snooker world champion has blasted the decision to let a player without “a care in

Football | Ronaldo helps Man U into CL’s last 16 with win at Villarreal

Villarreal 0, Man U 2 A smart piece of improvisation by Cristiano Ronaldo helped send Manchester United into the last 16 of the Champions League as Michael Carrick’s spell as the

Football | World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold

Breaking News: World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold

Football | A year to go, Qatar World Cup still feels heat of scrutiny

The eight stadiums — all within a 30-mile radius of Doha — are now largely complete. The 2022 World Cup has been preserved after fending off

Jason Zhang crowned TCR Asian champion in Macau

Jason Zhang Zhi Qiang won the TCR Asia driver’s title this year after an outstanding performance over the weekend in Macau. Although the Shell Teamwork Motorsport Lynk&Co driver was on the

Macau Touring Car Cup | Massive pile-up ends race prematurely

A massive pile-up involving at least a dozen cars from the Macau Touring Car Cup category brought the race to an early end during the eighth lap out of a

Challenge Cup: Wong repeats 2020 win

Wong Wan Long repeated his success in last year’s Macau Touring Car Cup category by winning the renamed Macau Challenge Cup this year. With a dominant performance over the whole weekend,

Macau GT Cup | Lady Luck on O’Young’s side this time

Hong Kong’s Darryl O’Young has finally doubled his title in the Macau GT Cup after his first win back in 2008. 13 years later, the Craft-Bamboo Racing driver — who has

GBA GT | Cup Taiwanese driver takes the win

Taiwan’s Chang Chen Shang took the win in this year’s Greater Bay Area GT Cup. Demonstrating complete control over the race outcome, Chang took his BMW M4 GT4 to the

Rugby | France stun NZ for first time in Paris since 1973

France 40, New Zealand 25 A moment of genius by Romain Ntamack overturned a New Zealand fightback and returned France on course to a stunning 40-25 victory in their gripping rugby

Manchester United fires manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after three years as manager yesterday after a fifth loss in seven Premier League games. “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and

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