Austria’s Veith announces retirement from skiing

Vienna (AFP) Austrian skiing star Anna Veith announced her retirement from the sport on Saturday, ending a stellar career at the age of 30. Veith won super-G Olympic gold and giant slalom silver in Sochi in 2014, followed by super-G silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Austria's Anna Veith won the women's overall World Cup … Continue reading Austria’s Veith announces retirement from skiing

Sao Paulo mayor: cancer survivor, COVID fighter

Sao Paulo (AFP) Isolated in his office at city hall, Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas is waging a war on two fronts: the cancer survivor is also leading the fight against coronavirus at its epicenter in Latin America. It's safe to say February 26, 2020 is a day the 40-year-old mayor won't forget anytime soon: … Continue reading Sao Paulo mayor: cancer survivor, COVID fighter

Not cut out for this! Gladbach crash in front of 13,000 ‘cardboard fans’

Mönchengladbach (Germany) (AFP) Despite having 13,000 cardboard cut-outs of watching home fans, Borussia Moenchengladbach lost ground in the Bundesliga title race with a 3-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday behind closed doors. With football fans in Germany locked out in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Gladbach fans have … Continue reading Not cut out for this! Gladbach crash in front of 13,000 ‘cardboard fans’

Algerian artists to hold virtual concert to support detained protesters

Tunis (AFP) Algerian artists are holding an online concert Saturday evening in support of anti-government protesters detained in the country's prisons and freedom of expression. "Songs of Freedom" will be broadcast on YouTube and several Facebook pages from 9:00 pm (20:00 GMT) in Algiers, said organisers -- a group of collectives from the Algerian diaspora. … Continue reading Algerian artists to hold virtual concert to support detained protesters

Dortmund beat Wolfsburg to close in on Bayern ahead of title showdown

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund warmed up for their looming top-of-the-table clash against Bayern Munich with a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday in the second weekend of the Bundesliga's restart from the coronavirus-enforced suspension. Goals by Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi sealed an away win in front of empty stands to leave them a point … Continue reading Dortmund beat Wolfsburg to close in on Bayern ahead of title showdown

Cyprus beaches reopen as new virus cases hit zero

Larnaca (Cyprus) (AFP) A new form of beach life, spaced apart, emerged Saturday on the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus after more than two months of coronavirus-imposed curbs were lifted on freedom of movement. The relaxation coincided with the first day of zero new cases of coronavirus in Cyprus since the first were declared on … Continue reading Cyprus beaches reopen as new virus cases hit zero

Scottish football ‘likely’ to be back in August

London (AFP) Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell believes a return to action in August is likely after the 2019/20 Premiership season was ended earlier this week. September or October had previously been mooted as possible return dates but Maxwell is more optimistic. Scottish football could be back in August ANDY BUCHANAN AFP/File "I think … Continue reading Scottish football ‘likely’ to be back in August

Strict Eid lockdown urged as virus cases spike in Afghanistan

Kabul (AFP) A spike in coronavirus infections Saturday has doubled the number of cases in Afghanistan in recent days, forcing authorities to call for a "strict lockdown" during Eid, especially in the capital Kabul. Health officials said the country now had 9,998 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 782 people testing positive in the past 24 hours … Continue reading Strict Eid lockdown urged as virus cases spike in Afghanistan

World Cup winner Goetze to part ways with Dortmund

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc confirmed Saturday that Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, will leave at the end of the season. "We will stop working together with Mario Goetze in the summer," Zorc told Sky before Saturday's Bundesliga game away to Wolfsburg. Mario Goetze … Continue reading World Cup winner Goetze to part ways with Dortmund

Brazil’s Bolsonaro rocked by leaked video about right to control police

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was unwilling to see his family get "screwed" because of his inability to change law enforcement officials, according to an expletive-laden video released on Friday set to deepen the political crisis surrounding him. Coming at the end of a challenging week in Brazil, which is now the world's No. 2 … Continue reading Brazil’s Bolsonaro rocked by leaked video about right to control police