Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off its 121-day journey

        The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. The relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear ...

French Olympic snowboarder Julie Pomagalski dies in avalanche at 40

    Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympic snowboarder from France, has died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40. Pomagalski competed in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Turin Games. She won gold in the snowboard cross at the world championships in 1999. She ...

Germany beaten 2-1 on home turf by North Macedonia in World Cup qualifier shock

North Macedonia inflicted Germany’s first World Cup qualifying loss in 20 years on Wednesday night, added another blemish to the final months of coach Joachim Löw’s 15-year reign in charge of the team. Germany’s 35-match unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying — a streak dating back to 2001 — ended with a stunning 2-1 home loss ...

Action-packed day sees South Africa take control

Wickets and runs were again the order of the day as South Africa seized control of the proceedings at stumps on Day 3 of the Wanderers Test versus Pakistan. The hosts were 212 runs in front with five wickets still in hand at close of play. After bundling out Pakistan for just 185, the hosts would have ...

Sarfraz rues “three bad shots” as batting lets Pakistan down again

“Engrossing” is what would perfectly sum up the second day of the Johannesburg Test. It showcased everything (almost) that can happen in a match at this level. Chances were put down. Shies at stumps yielded the batting side five runs, that also twice. We also saw swarms of flies interrupting bowlers in their run-ups. But, ...