However, it is extremely rare for sporting organizations or stars to express criticism of China's politics, and Germany is no exception. In reaction to the row sparked by Özil's tweet, the German Football Association (DFB) pointed to a cooperation agreement between it, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Football Association and China's ministry of education. … [Read more...] about China aiming to become global sporting power
These cues transpose neatly to the cutthroat world of professional baseball, where front offices have rapidly come to resemble arbitrage desks teeming with Ivy League brains like Luhnow and co in the nearly two decades since Moneyball kicked off baseball’s sabermetric revolution. The outcome is what’s known to economists as Gresham’s dynamic: when an incentive structure becomes so perverse that cheaters are rewarded, bad ethics will drive out good ethics from the market. I’m quite sure that everyone involved in this Texas-sized conspiracy would have rather not been caught, but the risk-assessment experts at the Astros’ helm were keenly aware of the worst possible outcome and deemed it a chance worth taking relative to the reward. After all even in this doomsday scenario, the banners will remain, the memories are intact and far-reaching economic impact of a championship-winning team cannot be undone by an asterisk. … [Read more...] about Is cheating the rotten heart of American sports?
She told the magazine: 'Orlando is like a sage. When we first met, he said we would pull the poison out of each other, and we really do. It's exhausting, but we really hold each other accountable. … [Read more...] about Katy Perry sports bell-bottom jeans and a Chanel sweater as she grabs a coffee with her pet pooch Nugget
The 23-year-old landowner has been accused of game hunting with pictures showing him posing beside dead animals including a warthog, water buffalo and giant eland to allegedly promote hunting business Cornish Sporting Agency. … [Read more...] about Love Island’s Ollie Williams hosts shooting parties in more unearthed blood sport pics
That saw Britain finally promoted back to World Group level after 26 years, although a subsequent revamp of the competition means they must win a play-off against Slovakia in Bratislava next month to book a spot at the inaugural finals week in Budapest in April. Konta’s absence will make the Slovakia tie extremely difficult but the world No13 insisted she had the blessing of GB captain Anne Keothavong. … [Read more...] about Johanna Konta fit for Australian Open but will skip GB duty in Fed Cup