Women’s World Cup 2023: Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand write to Fifa over Saudi sponsor

Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand have asked Fifa to “urgently clarify” reports that Saudi Arabia’s tourism authority is to be named as an official sponsor of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. A deal with Visit Saudi is set to be announced and has already been criticised by human rights groups. The Gulf Kingdom has been … Read more

FIFA criticised by Women’s World Cup hosts over potential ‘sportswashing’ Saudi Arabia sponsorship deal | World News

FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. women's soccer team player Rose Lavelle's Women's World Cup trophy rests on a table as she attends a welcome event in her honor at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FIFA is facing backlash from Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand over a potential sponsorship of the tournament by Saudi Arabia. Football officials Australia and New Zealand said they were disappointed not to be consulted about the deal with Visit Saudi by FIFA before reports emerged. They have written to the world governing … Read more

Manchester United vs. Nottingham Forest live stream: EFL Cup prediction, TV channel, watch online, start time

Getty Images Wembley beckons for Manchester United, who welcome Nottingham Forest to Old Trafford with a three-goal lead in the bag from the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinals. It will take something spectacular for the visitors to reach the EFL Cup final and as such Erik ten Hag might be inclined to rotate … Read more

Women’s World Cup: Saudi Arabia set to be announced as sponsor

People sitting in chairs and clapping

Key Points: Australia and New Zealand are hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July. Saudi Arabia’s tourist board is reportedly set to be announced as a major sponsor. Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of ‘sportswashing’ to distract from its human rights record. As Australia prepares to co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World … Read more

Dane van Niekerk, Women’s T20 World Cup, South Africa, selection, 2km time trial, broken, cut, dumped for failing minimum fitness, reaction

Dane Van Niekerk has missed out on international selection for failing to meet South Africa’s fitness standards. Picture: Craig Golding

Warning: May contain offensive language below Former captain Dane van Niekerk says she’s been left “broken” after being overlooked for South Africa’s squad for the Women’s T20 World Cup for failing to meet her team’s minimum fitness standards. Ahead of her home tournament, one of the fitness tests requires women cricketers to run two kilometres … Read more

Manchester United vs. Nottingham Forest odds, prediction, start time: EFL Cup picks, best bets for Feb. 1

Manchester United can secure a spot in the EFL Cup final when the Red Devils host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of the EFL Cup semifinals on Wednesday at Old Trafford. Manchester United enter this match with a commanding 3-0 lead in aggregate after the club’s opening-leg victory at the City Ground last week. … Read more

VPD officer subject to crash interference probe given FIFA World Cup assignment

A Vancouver police officer facing allegations of interference in a crash investigation involving one of her colleagues has been offered a plum new assignment. Global News first reported the incident which took place on Jan. 17; a group of female officers is alleged to have interfered with a Burnaby RCMP officer responding to the collision. … Read more

New Wallabies coach Eddie Jones vows Australia can win World Cup

Taking over after one of the least successful international seasons in Wallabies history, new coach Eddie Jones has declared he’s “not the messiah” but has set the lofty goal of winning this year’s World Cup in France. Jones, who coached the Wallabies to the World Cup final in 2003, which they lost to England, before … Read more

USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis likely out of 2023 World Cup after undergoing second knee surgery

United States women’s national team and Kansas City Current midfielder Samantha Mewis looks set to miss the 2023 World Cup due to injury. The 2019 World Cup winner released a statement providing an injury update on Monday, revealing that she had an additional surgery on her knee after rehabbing from a previous injury for nearly … Read more

Liverpool FA Cup exit deepens woes while Bayern Munich in crisis

It was an FA Cup weekend in England, league title races heated up around Europe, and we have a ton of talking points to dissect at the end of it all. Liverpool’s slide continued as the defending champions were knocked out by Brighton, while PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all looked sluggish in league … Read more