MADRID: Spain's La Liga remains committed to playing Barcelona's league match with Girona in Miami, despite opposition to the plans, the organisation's president Javier Tebas told Reuters.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) has put the brakes on the league's plans by demanding more information on January's game, which must also be approved by the United States soccer federation and regional bodies UEFA and CONCACAF."Playing in the United States is vital to our strategy there and we won't relent on what is our right," Tebas said in an exclusive interview at La Liga's headquarters on Tuesday."If you want to make your industry more global, as La Liga wants to, if you want to be among the biggest industries in world sport then you have to be immersed in the U.S. market."For us the United States is the second biggest market for television rights, it's a very consolidated sports industry, with huge growth on social media and digital platforms."The Miami match between Girona and Barcelona … [Read more...] about Liga determined to play games in US despite ‘cultural wall’ of opposition
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caption Soccer fans in the United States were dismayed after the USMNT shockingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Thankfully, there’s plenty of teams that did make the tournament well worth taking on as your own for the next month. source Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us, and unfortunately for fans of the world’s most popular sport in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland, and others, their nations won’t be represented. While it’s certainly a disappointment for those teams, especially on the American side after their 2014 run to the knockout stage, their absences offer fans a unique opportunity to adopt another nation as their own for the next month. Below are our eight best picks for fans to cheer for at the 2018 World Cup. Brazil source Alex Livesey/Getty Images Why they’re fun: Brazil has long been the juggernaut of international soccer, having won six … [Read more...] about 8 teams to root for in the World Cup if your favorite country went bust in qualifying
By Deborah Dundas Books Editor Fri., March 2, 2018 It’s hard to pin David Mamet down. But given a career where he’s done everything from writing plays to essays to screenplays to directing to teaching, that’s probably to be expected. He’s lived in Chicago, New York and Vermont, but these days he’s living in California, where he’s working on new projects including a play about Harvey Weinstein and a screenplay based on Don Winslow’s novel The Force. He’s also out with a new novel, Chicago, his first in about 20 years. It’s set in the 1920s, when the city was run by gangsters. It explores good and evil, the mob, touches on the role of news — serious topics, kind of what you’d expect from Mamet. Except, he tells us, what he’s most proud of is a joke. Talking to the Star, Mamet, now 70, began by reminiscing about the last time he was in Toronto: Sept. 11, 2001. He had been in town to … [Read more...] about In the ring with David Mamet
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—If Lindsey Vonn had a lick of spite in her — she doesn’t — she’d take that bronze medal hard-earned Wednesday and ram it down the troll-mob’s bilious throat. Somehow, because she happens to have a bit of a brain, you know, and a tad ‘o candour, one of the greatest female skiers ever had been suddenly transformed into Vonn-cum-Villainess. Or Valkyrie of the bimbo-pinko left. Un-American. Which had a whole bunch of righteous red-meat Americans, the Trumpisti hordes, frothing and foaming over some rather mildly critical comments Vonn made about the U.S. president. A question asked of her and answered by CNN on Dec. 7 that clearly got up some right-twitch nostrils and wedged there. Article Continued Below Scooped out, like snot, last week when Vonn failed to medal in her Super-G race, a wide turn toward the end of the course dropping the … [Read more...] about One of the greatest female skiers in history said she hoped to represent her fellow Americans at the Olympics, not the president. So her fellow Americans turned on her.
It’s Game Day. A player steps onto the field, ready to face off in a ferocious contest of strength, agility and mental focus. Millions of passionate viewers in living rooms across North America have gathered to watch him compete in one of the year’s most anticipated TV events. The weight of expectation — from fans, teammates and sponsors alike — is almost palpable.But Mr. Wigglesworth would rather be taking a nap.A shar-pei with a coat of downy white fur, a pale pink nose and a wrinkled, jowly face, Mr. Wigglesworth is one of the 90 puppies to have travelled from far and wide to compete in Puppy Bowl XIV, airing on Animal Planet a few hours before that other big game kicks off on Sunday. Perhaps exhausted by his journey to New York City from Florida, the 15-week-old pup ignores the squeaky toys and stuffed animals strewn across the 7.5-metre playing field and promptly falls asleep on the sideline. … [Read more...] about Boning up on Puppy Bowl, TV’s most adorable sporting event