Obituary: Luke Xavier Ketchum, 16, remembered for his love of sports and family

Obituary: Luke Xavier Ketchum, 16, remembered for his love of sports and family

Our sweet, beautiful, funny Luke Xavier Ketchum left us suddenly and accidentally in the early morn…
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World Matchplay Darts: Peter Wright faces Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Nathan …

… place in the World Matchplay semi-finals, before two-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on Nathan Aspinall; watch live on Sky Sports Arena.
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Hundreds of messages were left after a mural of Manchester United and England forward Marcus …

Work is under way in Manchester to preserve thousands of messages posted on a mural in support of t…
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Listen to the latest sports headlines on the Balls and Whistles Podcast!

Listen to the latest sports headlines on the Balls and Whistles Podcast!

Balls and Whistles reviews all the big sports stories in the Highlands and Moray this week. It incl…
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New Olympic sports could get a big boost from their debut at this summer’s games

You’d think rugby would be more popular in the U.S. “It’s almost a cross between American…
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Find new ways to get active at sports park’s free open day

The Learn to Ride cycle area at Northern Gateway Sports Park provides a safe space to learn to cycl…
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5 new Olympic sports and where to experience them: from skateboarding in Barcelona to baseball …

5 new Olympic sports and where to experience them: from skateboarding in Barcelona to baseball …

With more than 11 million skateboarders globally, the only surprise is why it has taken the sport t…
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The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear

It’s 2021, but the policing of female athletes’ bodies is a practice that continues to thrive. The Norwegian women’s beach handball team is in a battle with the sport’s governing bodies to wear less-revealing uniforms. After the team’s repeated complaints about the required bikini bottoms were reportedly ignored, they wore shorts during a recent game in protest and were fined 150 euros (around $175) per player. It’s similar in theme to another trending story: Welsh Paralympian Olivia Breen recently recounted a competition official remarking that her briefs were “too short and inappropriate.” Sharing her story led other female athletes who have experienced similar body policing to do the same, she said on Instagram. It has been a shock to many that women athletes are still having to fight such battles, but to some, it’s no surprise at all. For retired soccer player Briana Scurry, the ordeal that the Norwegian team is facing is “enraging” and “absurd” — and not unfamiliar, she told NPR. Scurry, who has played in three World Cups and has two Olympic gold medals, recalled representing the U.S. in the Olympics in the 1990s and the women’s team having to wear “hand-me-down jerseys and shorts from the men’s team” because the sponsor made the uniforms with only the male team in mind. The women’s skill had earned them a presence on a global stage, yet they were stuck wearing ill-fitting uniforms — an unnecessary distraction that can be demoralizing. “You should feel like a superhero in it because you’re representing in a very special and positive and powerful way, and [you shouldn’t] have to worry about the cut of the short,” Scurry said. Unfortunately, unreasonable expectations aren’t new. One of the most egregious offenses occurred in 2012, when the Badminton World Federation tried (and failed) to force female players to wear skirts in order to “look feminine and have a nice presentation.” On the flip side, the International Volleyball Federation softened its regulations in 2016 to allow players to wear hijabs in a bid to make the sport more welcoming. In general, the strictness of any sport’s dress code is dependent on its governing body. It’s why some female athletes may have a range of uniform options to choose from, while others, like the Norwegian women’s beach handball team, still find themselves battling antiquated dress codes. Women being judged on their perceived femininity rather than their athleticism is a symptom of a bigger problem. Sports are often a “microcosm of our society,” said Akilah Carter-Francique, the executive director for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San José State University. “There are those societal expectations that fall in line with gender norms that are couched in patriarchy about how women should present themselves. … From hair to makeup to clothing, to how tight [or loose] the clothing is, to the colors,” Carter-Francique told NPR. “[All] so that they can be more in line with this notion of girlhood, of womanhood, of what is deemed femininity.” Having to combat sexist standards that echo what they’re already dealing with isn’t the only thing that can turn girls away. A lack of access and cultural stigma also contribute to low participation numbers, according to a report from the Women’s Sports Foundation, and girls who do stick with sports may find themselves in programs that receive less attention and funding. “It starts with the dollar, and it starts with the seed — not the fruit,” Scurry said. “If you were planting 100 seeds and you plant 98 on one side and two on the other? Good luck with the harvest on the other side. … You have to be a lot more fair in the beginning, not at the end.”
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FA Women’s Super League 2021/22: Opening weekend

Champions Chelsea kick off their title defence against London rivals Arsenal as the 2021/22 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season commences on the weekend of September 3. Emma Hayes’ side’s quest for a third consecutive WSL crown begins in north London against the Gunners, who finished third last season, nine points behind the Blues, and are presented with a chance to strengthen their bid for a first title since 2019 by dealing an early blow to the champions. Manchester City, runners-up in the previous four WSL seasons, travel to Everton on the opening weekend, Manchester United host Reading, Aston Villa face Leicester, Brighton entertain West Ham and Birmingham travel to Tottenham. Fixtures to be played on the weekend of September 3-5, all fixtures subject to change, kick-offs TBC. Arsenal vs Chelsea Aston Villa vs Leicester Brighton vs West Ham Everton vs Man City Man Utd vs Reading Tottenham vs Birmingham United host rivals City in the first Manchester derby of the season on the weekend of October 8, with the corresponding fixture scheduled for the weekend of February 11. The weekend of November 12 plays host to the North London and Second City derbies, with Tottenham hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa travelling to Birmingham City. Arsenal then entertain Spurs on the weekend of March 25, while Villa host Birmingham on the last day of the season. A blockbuster final day of the 2021/22 campaign sees champions Chelsea entertain United, West Ham host Arsenal and City are at Reading. Fixtures to be played on either May 7 or May 8, 2022; all fixtures subject to change, kick-offs TBC. Aston Villa vs Birmingham Brighton vs Everton Chelsea vs Man Utd Reading vs Man City Tottenham vs Leicester West Ham vs Arsenal The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports. From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema, to competitive derby days, there are plenty of reasons to be excited… Back in March, Sky Sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the primary broadcaster of the WSL from September 2021. The deal will see Sky Sports show at least 35 games exclusively live per season and further strengthens the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sport. The excitement has kicked up a gear with Friday’s fixture announcement and there are plenty of reasons why you should watch this season… In March, Sky Sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the primary broadcaster of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League from September 2021, becoming one of Sky Sports’ flagship offerings. Sky Sports are recruiting for the best-in-class on-and-off-screen production team as part of the plan to align WSL with the broadcaster’s other big sporting leagues and events. The WSL will get the full Sky Sports treatment with lengthy build-ups and reaction to all live matches, plus daily news from the competition across Sky Sports News and Sky Sports’ digital platforms. Sep 3-5: Chelsea (h) Sep 10-12: Reading (a) Sep 24-26: Man City (h) Oct 1-3: Aston Villa (a) Oct 8-10: Everton (h) Nov 5-7: West Ham (h) Sep 3-5: Leicester (h) Sep 10-12: West Ham (a) Sep 24-26: Brighton (a) Oct 1-3: Arsenal (h) Oct 8-10: Reading (a) Nov 5-7: Chelsea (h) Sep 3-5: Tottenham (a) Sep 10-12: Brighton (h) Sep 24-26: Everton (a) Oct 1-3: Man Utd (h) Oct 8-10: West Ham (a) Nov 5-7: Reading (h) Sep 3-5: West Ham (h) Sep 10-12: Birmingham (a) Sep 24-26: Aston Villa (h) Oct 1-3: Chelsea (a) Oct 8-10: Tottenham (h) Nov 5-7: Everton (a) Sep 3-5: Arsenal (a) Sep 10-12: Everton (h) Sep 24-26: Man Utd (a) Oct 1-3: Brighton (h) Oct 8-10: Leicester (h) Nov 5-7: Aston Villa (a) Sep 3-5: Aston Villa (a) Sep 10-12: Man Utd (h) Sep 24-26: West Ham (a) Oct 1-3: Tottenham (h) Oct 8-10: Chelsea (a) Nov 5-7: Man City (h) Sep 3-5: Man City (h) Sep 10-12: Chelsea (a) Sep 24-26: Birmingham (h) Oct 1-3: Reading (a) Oct 8-10: Arsenal (a) Nov 5-7: Brighton (h) Sep 3-5: Everton (a) Sep 10-12: Tottenham (h) Sep 24-26: Arsenal (a) Oct 1-3: West Ham (h) Oct 8-10: Man Utd (a) Nov 5-7: Leicester (a) Sep 3-5: Reading (h) Sep 10-12: Leicester (a) Sep 24-26: Chelsea (h) Oct 1-3: Birmingham (a) Oct 8-10: Man City (h) Nov 5-7: Tottenham (a) Sep 3-5: Man Utd (a) Sep 10-12: Arsenal (h) Sep 24-26: Tottenham (a) Oct 1-3: Everton (h) Oct 8-10: Aston Villa (h) Nov 5-7: Birmingham (a) Sep 3-5: Birmingham (h) Sep 10-12: Man City (a) Sep 24-26: Reading (h) Oct 1-3: Leicester (a) Oct 8-10: Brighton (a) Nov 5-7: Man Utd (h) Sep 3-5: Brighton (a) Sep 10-12: Aston Villa (h) Sep 24-26: Leicester (h) Oct 1-3: Man City (a) Oct 8-10: Birmingham (h) Nov 5-7: Arsenal (a)
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Sports clothing rules for women are sexist — so why haven't they changed?

Sports clothing rules for women are sexist — so why haven’t they changed?

Female athletes across the globe have long talked about feeling sexualized by both the media and sp…
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Bill to Legalize Sports Betting in Mass. Could Pass Big Hurdle Thursday

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, but even before the vote, the question of whether to allow wagers on college sports emerged as a major sticking point between the House and Senate. The House voted 156-3 to pass its sports betting bill (H 3977), something a bipartisan parade of representatives said was long overdue. Reps. Mike Connolly, Russell Holmes and Erika Uyterhoeven cast the three dissenting votes. Some said they hoped the House’s lopsided vote would send a message to the Senate, which has been less enthusiastic about sports betting, that the people of Massachusetts want to bet legally. “I represent a district which borders New Hampshire. In Haverhill, you can literally walk across the border into New Hampshire and place a bet. I know that my constituents who partake in sports wagering would rather place these bets in their homes and in their own state and would rather have any revenue collected going towards benefiting their home state of Massachusetts,” said Rep. Andy Vargas of Haverhill. For Rep. Dan Cahill of Lynn, Thursday’s vote was about something even simpler. “Most important, it’s just fun. People are allowed to have fun,” he said. “And sports betting is fun.” But even before the House took its vote Thursday to put some pressure on the Senate to act, House Speaker Ronald Mariano drew a line in the sand on Bloomberg Baystate Radio and declared that leaving collegiate betting out of any bill “probably would be” a dealbreaker. “That’s a great point, but I tend to think it probably would be,” he said, adding that negotiations have not begun. “I find myself having a tough time trying to justify going through all of this to not include probably the main driver of betting in the commonwealth.” Massachusetts has been considering whether to expand gambling here since the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2018 ruled that the nearly nationwide prohibition on sports wagering was unconstitutional and gave states the ability to legalize the activity. “Some may say that this is bringing sports betting to Massachusetts. The fact is that our Massachusetts residents are already betting on sports. They’re either taking that short drive up to New Hampshire or to Rhode Island, where it’s legal, or they’re also going on their phones and using offshore applications, those sportsbooks, to bet or they’re also going to a bookie,” Rep. Jerald Parisella, who chairs the Committee on Economic Development, said while outlining the bill for the House on Thursday. “But what this does do is it brings it out of the shadows and into the light, and makes it legal in Massachusetts.” Thirty states, including neighboring Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York, have authorized gamblers to place legal bets on sports in some fashion. Meanwhile, illicit gambling continues to attract bettors in Massachusetts as well. “We’re surrounded,” Parisella said. The House bill would put sports betting under the purview of the Gaming Commission, require that all bettors be at least 21 years old and physically present in Massachusetts, and implement numerous consumer safeguards to protect against problem gambling similar to those put in place for casinos when Massachusetts expanded gaming in 2011. MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, Plainridge Park Casino, the state’s two simulcasting facilities and racetracks that host live horse racing (right now the only one is at Plainridge Park) would be granted licenses to take in-person wagers as long as they meet rules and requirements of the Gaming Commission. They would be allowed to have between one and three mobile sports betting platforms, depending on the facility. Mobile-only operators could also seek licenses and every license would carry a $5 million fee. “We estimate if all those licenses go out, the commonwealth could get $70 to $80 million just in licensing fees,” Parisella said Thursday. A sportsbook’s revenue from in-person bets would be taxed at 12.5% and revenue from mobile wagers at 15%. Parisella said the higher tax on mobile operators recognizes the added costs that brick-and-mortar facilities would have and aims to drive customers to businesses that employ people in Massachusetts. “I believe a conservative estimate is that we’ll raise about $60 million annually from the taxes on the sports betting,” Parisella said, citing a number higher than most previous estimates for sports betting in Massachusetts. “And as it gets matured, we believe that those numbers could rise.” If college betting is not allowed, Mariano said, the revenue estimate would drop to between $25 million and $35 million annually. “We are hopeful that the legislature will move quickly to establish a regulated market that will create jobs, protect consumers, and support the many Massachusetts businesses that are losing customers to neighboring states right now,” DraftKings Vice President of Government Affairs Griffin Finan said. “The time to act is now. We look forward to continuing to work with both branches to get a final bill over the goal line.” An additional 1% tax would be levied on wagers placed on sporting events held in Massachusetts to be distributed proportionately between the facilities that hosted the events to be used for “sports wagering security and integrity.” Rep. Ken Gordon explained last year that venues like Gillette Stadium or TD Garden will need the money to beef up their security “because they’ve got to protect against communication from someone who may be there to have a conversation that we don’t want to occur.” The House bill would allow wagers on the outcome of college sports contests, but not on the performances of individual college athletes. Whether or not to allow bets on college athletics has been a recurring theme in the three years that lawmakers have spent considering sports betting, and it is shaping up as the most significant difference between the House bill and Sen. Eric Lesser’s sports betting bill (S 269). That legislation is before the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is expected to be the Senate’s vehicle if or when it takes up the issue. “If we are going to get a bill done, we both have to move,” Mariano said on Bloomberg when asked about the different feelings towards collegiate betting in the House and Senate. Through a Rep. Paul McMurtry amendment, the House on Thursday added a provision to its sports betting bill that would allow the Gaming Commission to grant licenses to let some veterans’ organizations operate up to five slot machines. That is also likely to be a point of divergence with the Senate. Ahead of the House debate Thursday, Lesser said he thinks his more reluctant branch is “ready to do this — if it’s done the right way.” “I think we’re ready. Look, it’s been three years since the Supreme Court allowed states to move forward on sports betting. Since then you went from two states — New Jersey and Nevada — that had sports betting markets to 30. And again, almost all of our neighbors in almost all the states in the Northeast now have it,” Lesser, the Senate chair of the Economic Development Committee, said Thursday morning on NESN. “So it’s time. It’s time for Massachusetts to do this.” The House and Senate are expected to take a summer break soon and it’s unclear when the Senate plans to take up a sports betting bill. Like the House, the Senate largely takes its workload one week at a time. Though he said he thought the end of 2021 is a realistic expectation for sports betting to launch in Massachusetts, Lesser said “the Senate will, may or may not take something up in the near future.” The House approved sports betting legalization last summer as part of an economic development bill, but the Senate turned down multiple opportunities to do the same. Lesser told the regional sports network that senators will likely key in on problem gaming and consumer protections if or when they debate the issue this session. “It is, at the end of the day, a gambling product, and we do need to remember that. We have a lot of senators that are concerned about that and want to make sure that people who might have an addiction, people who might fall prey to bad activity, are protected,” he said. “So we’re going to make sure that any bill … has a lot of consumer protections in place and really sets a high standard for the quality of play.” Sen. Cynthia Creem, the majority leader, is among those in the Senate who opposed casino gambling and have said they are not enthusiastic about sports betting. Creem said last session that she would be inclined to oppose its legalization and Sen. Jamie Eldridge, another casino gambling opponent, said he will work to prevent the state’s casinos from being allowed to take bets on sporting events. Senate President Karen Spilka was among the opponents of a push to legalize casino gambling in 2010 before leading the successful effort in 2011 to get a redrafted casino bill passed and signed into law. “There will be a lot of discussion,” she said in March, referring to sports betting. “I know a lot of members have had various ideas and thoughts about it, whether to do it or not do it, or how to do it. So there will be a lot of debate and discussion about it.” Gov. Charlie Baker, who would be asked to sign any sports betting bill the Legislature passes, filed his own bill (H 70) to legalize the activity and has repeatedly written $35 million in sports betting revenue into his annual budget proposals. The Gaming Commission, which would write the specific regulations for sports betting and oversee the activity under nearly every proposal on Beacon Hill, has remained neutral in the sports betting debate, but Executive Director Karen Wells has said the agency is doing what it can now to prepare for the possibility that it gets a new responsibility. “We recognize that there is a significant interest in getting this going. I hear these representatives and senators talking about the finances and the money to the commonwealth, so we recognize there’s a public interest in us getting going as soon as we can,” she said last month during a hearing on the topic.
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Disappointment in the desert: Dealing with yet another Arizona sports heartbreak

The Suns NBA Finals loss is just the latest in a long line of bitter postseason disappointments in this snake-bitten sports town. Just off the top of my …
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Raith Rovers take Livingston to penalties, Ross County return: Premier Sports Cup round-up

Raith Rovers take Livingston to penalties, Ross County return: Premier Sports Cup round-up

Last season’s finalists Livingston require a win over Cowdenbeath on Saturday to continue their Premier Sports Cup campaign after taking a bonus …
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New subscribers, live sports and advertising buoy Rogers results as restrictions ease

Rogers Communications Inc. reported a rebound in revenues in its latest quarter amid an uptick in w…
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Women Bettors Outperforming Men Via Less Emotional Wagering

As legal sports betting spreads through the United States, there’s a major market sportsbooks…
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Study: 79% of global sports fans ready to go streaming only

Study: 79% of global sports fans ready to go streaming only

Getty Images ​According to the new study released by Graybo, almost 80 per cent of fans globa…
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Mick Schumacher drives dad Michael’s first Formula 1 car for Sky Sports F1 shoot at Silverstone

Mick Schumacher has driven the car his father, Michael, first raced in Formula 1 in a special test …
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The Future of Global Sports: The Playing Field Has Changed

The Premier League match at Olympic Stadium in London, England. Sports have become an arena for cou…
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Olympic sports list: Every sport at Tokyo 2020, schedule in full and how many gold medals are up …

Olympic sports list: Every sport at Tokyo 2020, schedule in full and how many gold medals are up …

Over the course of the coming weeks there will be 339 gold medals on offer as athletes aim to top p…
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Transgender Sports Ban Fails In Louisiana—Another Loss In Culture War Campaign

A ban on transgender participation in youth sports failed in Louisiana during a Republican-led effort to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ …
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DD Sports will live broadcast Tokyo Olympics 2021

DD Sports will broadcast the Tokyo Olympics live daily while other channels of Doordarshan and the …
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UTPB sports fields controversy amongst local community

UTPB sports fields controversy amongst local community

UTPB sports fields controversy amongst local community. News. by: Tatiana Battle. Posted: Jul 20, 2021 / 11:11 PM CDT / …
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Airdrie legend Andy Smith expects fierce derby in Premier Sports Cup clash

Airdrie legend Andy Smith expects plenty of needle when the Diamonds host Motherwell in a rare Lana…
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Shopping centre helps sports clubs in East Kilbride to go for gold

As sports fans across the world gear up for the start of the Olympics, EK,East Kilbride is looking …
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SailGP star Mason believes league can inspire other sports to take climate action

SailGP star Mason believes league can inspire other sports to take climate action

SailGP star Richard Mason is hoping the competition’s newly-launched Impact League can inspire ot…
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This year marks the first Olympics for legalized sports betting across the United States. Why has a …

These are the first Games since the Supreme Court in 2018 opened the floodgates for expansion of sp…
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Barstool Sports is sponsoring hundreds of college athletes, but what value does it provide?

“If you play Division I sports and you blink at me, we will sign you.” Barstool Athletics is not the only platform offering to sponsor any athlete that applies.
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NBA Mock Draft: Latest Projections for All 60 Picks

NBA Mock Draft: Latest Projections for All 60 Picks

Sports Illustrated home · NBA. Sports Illustrated home … Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports. 1. Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State.
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Greg Schimmel named editor of the breaking news desk in Sports

Announcement from Sports Editor Matt Vita and Sports Deputy Editor Matt Rennie: We are very happy to announce that Greg Schimmel will be the …
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Tokyo 2020: What are the new sports and disciplines at the Olympic Games?

The rearranged 2020 Olympic Games are finally about to take place, but what are the new sports and …
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