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Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup

Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America’s top diplomat on Tuesday criticized a decision by FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart at a news conference, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “always concerning … when we …

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Virginia cancels Virginia Tech game after players killed

Virginia cancels Virginia Tech game after players killed

The University of Virginia has canceled its game against rival Virginia Tech scheduled for Saturday following the slaying of three football players on campus just over a week ago. The university made the announcement Monday night, two days after a nearly two-hour memorial service to remember Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. The …

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European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at World Cup

European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA’s threat of on-field punishment for players forced World Cup teams to back down Monday and abandon an anti-discrimination campaign aimed at host nation Qatar. The captains of seven European nations won’t wear armbands supporting the “One Love” campaign in games after FIFA said the players would be shown yellow cards. …

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University of Virginia shooting: Running back wounded was trying to warn others when he was shot, his mother says

University of Virginia shooting: Running back wounded was trying to warn others when he was shot, his mother says

CNN — The mother of University of Virginia running back Mike Hollins, who was hospitalized after a shooting that killed three football players last Sunday, says her son was trying to warn others before being struck by gunfire. Hollins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is one of two people wounded when a fellow student …

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FIFA head says fans 'will survive' without beer at World Cup

FIFA head says fans ‘will survive’ without beer at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino downplayed Qatar’s last minute ban on the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums as nothing more than a brief inconvenience to spectators. “If this is the biggest problem we have, I’ll sign that (agreement),” Infantino said Saturday, a day after the conservative Muslim emirate did an …

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As Qatar bans beer in stadiums, World Cup sponsor Budweiser touts promotional efforts in other countries

As Qatar bans beer in stadiums, World Cup sponsor Budweiser touts promotional efforts in other countries

The shock decision by Qatar to ban beer sales in stadiums appeared to leave World Cup sponsor Budweiser scratching its head on Friday, as it acknowledged “circumstances beyond our control.” Qatar’s abrupt reversal came just two days before the tournament kicks off, reportedly prompting a snarky and now-deleted tweet of “Well, this is awkward …” …

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Qatar to reportedly ban beer at World Cup in dramatic reversal

Qatar to reportedly ban beer at World Cup in dramatic reversal

Alex Tai | SOPA Images | Getty Images Qatar is banning all beer sales at and around its World Cup stadiums, in a dramatic U-turn just two days before the massive soccer tournament begins, world soccer governing body FIFA confirmed on Friday. “Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made …

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DC attorney general sues Washington Commanders for allegedly cheating ticket holders

DC attorney general sues Washington Commanders for allegedly cheating ticket holders

CNN — DC Attorney General Karl Racine has announced another lawsuit against the Washington Commanders NFL team, this time for allegedly cheating ticket holders out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The complaint alleges that Pro Football Inc., the owner of the Commanders, implemented a “decades-long unlawful scheme” to withhold millions of thousands of dollars …

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