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Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece final shames UEFA – Arsenal and Chelsea should boycott the Europa League final

Nine days before their season-defining Europa League final clash with rivals Chelsea in Baku, Arsenal’s preparations suffered a not insignificant setback. “We’re very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our #UELfinal against Chelsea,” tweeted Arsenal. On any other day this could be a fairly mundane update on…MORE

Arsenal omits Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Europa League final amid safety concerns

Arsenal’s Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the English club’s Europa League final squad amid concerns for his safety in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917 and there were fears Mkhitaryan would not be safe in Baku. The…MORE

International football’s concussion protocols ‘are the worst in the world’

In 2002, at just 59, former British footballer Jeff Astle choked to death. He’d been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease before his death. But 12 years later, Dr. Willie Stewart, a neurosurgeon, concluded that Astle had actually been suffering from the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from repeatedly heading footballs. “Unless you’ve…MORE

Niki Lauda: Three-time Formula One champion dead at 70

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda, who recovered from a near-fatal accident to become one of motor racing’s greatest drivers, has died aged 70, according to Reuters. The Austrian, who built a new career as an airline entrepreneur after leaving the track, died Monday following a period of declining health, the news agency reported. Lauda…MORE

Bodexpress ran the entire Preakness without his jockey

War of Will may have won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but the horse everyone likely will remember is Bodexpress. “I’m getting more press than the winner,” the horse’s jockey, John Velazquez, told CNN on Monday. Bodexpress threw Velazquez to the dirt immediately out of the gate, but he didn’t stop. The horse ran the…MORE

Robert Kraft urges public ‘not to be afraid and stand up’ against anti-Semitism

Robert Kraft has warned that failure to tackle anti-Semitism will open the door for other forms of racism and discrimination to flourish with the help of social media. Kraft, owner of NFL franchise New England Patriots, stepped up his fight against anti-Semitism last week after his Major League soccer side New England Revolution team hosted…MORE

‘We can live or we can die’: How cricket redefined a war-torn nation

He closes his eyes and the memories flood back. No clean water. No clothes. No shoes. With temperatures north of 45 degrees, his was a world about survival. It is said that the darkest hour comes before the light shines. In the case of Afghanistan — a nation tied inextricably to conflict, out of the…MORE

Kylian Mbappe says he’s reached a ‘turning point’ in his career

As the football season begins to wind down, the cogs in the transfer rumor machine inevitably begin to turn ahead of a summer window in which the world’s best players are predicted to move clubs. Real Madrid — which endured the most defeats in a season since 1995-96 and is gearing up to spend hundreds…MORE

Brooks Koepka clinches fourth major at PGA Championship

The coronation had more spice than he would have liked, but Brooks Koepka held his nerve to seal back-to-back PGA Championship titles to confirm his status as a once-in-a-generation player. The 29-year-old refocused after a serious wobble to triumph by two shots from the fast-finishing Dustin Johnson to become only the fourth player to score…MORE

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