John Ogu calls for boycott
Nigeria midfielder John Ogu has called for a boycott of their upcoming games to protest police brutality amid ongoing violence in Lagos. People have been demonstrating nationwide for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11, but the protests have persisted and rights group Amnesty International said soldiers and police killed at least 12 people in Lekki and Alausa. The army denied that soldiers were at the site of the shooting. “There are games coming up and if we boycott these games I’m sure they’ll know we’ve made a statement... I believe most of my colleagues understand where I’m coming from,” Ogu told the BBC. “What’s the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us? I feel like this is the best thing to do now until they get back to their senses and listen to us.”
Farrell working on tackling
England captain Owen Farrell is spending extra time in training with strength and conditioning head Jon Clarke to improve his tackling technique ahead of his return from a ban, head coach Eddie Jones has said. Farrell is set to feature in tomorrow’s game against the Barbarians after completing a five-match suspension he received last month for a dangerous high tackle playing for club side Saracens against Wasps. “Owen’s always working on his tackle technique. I went to the gym ... and I was walking through before we were going to catch up and he was there doing some extra work with Jon Clarke,” Jones told British media. “That’s a constant work-on for not only Owen, but a lot of our players.”
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Singapore to allow fans
Singapore is to allow fans at a sports event for the first time in months when limited numbers attend a One Championship MMA fight card next week, organizers said yesterday. Up to 250 mask-wearing fans are to be allowed at the One: Inside the Matrix event on Friday next week after testing negative in antigen tests for COVID-19. The event is to feature six fights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which holds up to 12,000 spectators.
David Barnes dies
Former New Zealand America’s Cup skipper and three-time sailing world champion David Barnes has died. He was 62. Barnes’ death was confirmed by Hamish Wilcox, with whom he won three world championships in the 470 class during the 1980s. Yachting New Zealand yesterday said that the sailing community “lost a revolutionary figure this morning.” The helmsman was involved in six America’s Cup campaigns from 1985 to 2003 — three for New Zealand and others for Australian, British and American teams. He skippered New Zealand’s “big-boat” Cup challenger in San Diego in 1988. Barnes was a helmsman of New Zealand’s 1987 America’s Cup challenger KZ7, the first yacht in the Cup’s then favored 12m class to be built in fiberglass. Barnes and Wilcox won the 470 world championships in 1981, 1983 and 1984, becoming the first New Zealanders to win a world championship in an Olympic class. His career was shortened by issues related to multiple sclerosis.
An influx of soccer players to India from Australia has highlighted changing fortunes as the Indian Super League (ISL) flourishes and the A-League hits lean times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just two Australians played in the Indian Super League last year, but 10 were among the 11 teams when the competition got under way in a bio-secure “bubble” in Goa last week. Non-Australian A-League players have also made the move, including English striker Adam Le Fondre — last season’s second-highest goal-scorer with Sydney FC — along with German defender Matti Steinman and Aaron Holloway of Wales. Much of the change is down to
The treatment of Pacific Island rugby union players in the professional era is compared to colonialism in a new documentary film produced and narrated by former Samoa international Dan Leo. Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal and Pacific Island Rugby accuses World Rugby and the sport’s elite nations of exploiting the player resources of the Pacific Islands while retaining almost all of the wealth that those players create. The island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have a combined population of only 1.5 million people, but provide almost one-quarter of all professional rugby players. At last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, 42 players
The cutting-edge yacht that Team New Zealand are to use to defend the America’s Cup took to the water in Auckland yesterday, with crew members describing it as a “flying machine.” The 23m yacht features innovative foil arms, which lift the hull above the surface of the water into the air, reducing drag and increasing racing speed. Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby said that the vessel — which is expected to reach speeds of more than 50 knots (93kph) — was part racing yacht and part aircraft. “It is a boat and it has to go through the water, but it’s also
‘YOU’RE CHAMPIONS’: Pope Francis told the NBA delegation that they had become models of teamwork, while remaining humble and preserving their own humanity Pope Francis on Monday met with NBA players at the Vatican, lauding them as “champions” and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts and two other union executives, Sherrie Deans and Matteo Zuretti. “We’re here because, frankly, we’re inspired by the work that you do globally,” Roberts told the pope during the meeting in the Vatican Apostolic Library. The union said that the players spoke about their “individual and collective efforts addressing