Mercedes F1 team switches livery from silver to black in support of social struggles
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season Credit: Mercedes AMG F1

As the first Formula 1 race of 2020 approaches this weekend, the Mercedes-AMG team have announced a new car livery.

The organisation commits to "fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms" as their ranks feature only 3% of people identified from minority groups and 12% women.

In a press release, the team stated: "the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination".

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Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match in Brazil
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Players of Botafogo joined the Black Lives Matter movement and 'took a knee' during their first match after the Covid-19 pandemic paused all soccer competitions in Brazil.

Before the kick-off, Botafogo protested against the Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FERJ), that resumed the Campeonato Carioca tournament meanwhile Brazil still deals with a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

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NBA to allow social justice messages over player names on jersey according to a report
NBA-branded basketball
NBA-branded basketball Credit: TJ Dragotta

The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the NBA and NBA Players Association are in talks of allowing players to replace their names on the jersey with social justice statements. After players and fans had voiced concerns that there are too many more significant things going on in the world to play basketball, the organizations are discussing how to make a statement to show the importance of these events and let players express their support.

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Alba Berlin is BBL champion after 12 years
Alba Berlin is BBL champion after 12 years
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Alba Berlin won the BBL title for the 9th time with a 75:74 victory against MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg Sunday at the Audi Dome in Munich. This title is the second 2019/2020 season silverware for Alba, that in February won the German cup.

The last time the team from Berlin won the German title was back in 2008.

Rugby's Super League announces 2020 season will resume in August
Rugby's Super League announces 2020 season will resume in August
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The 2020 Super League season will resume on August 2. The first round after the pause will have Hull KR facing Toronto Wolfpack, St Helens against Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield versus Leeds, with all matches being played behind closed doors at a single venue.

Super League Board decided the season to have 15 rounds of matches followed by a semi-final play-off, with the winners of the semi-finals will contest the Betfred Super League Grand Final, taking place towards the end of November 2020.

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Australia and New Zealand to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Credit: Liondartois (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with 32 teams. The decision was announced on Thursday after a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via online conference.

The joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had 22 votes against 13 votes to the submission from Colombia.

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NBA player Kevin Love commits $500k for mental health efforts
NBA player Kevin Love commits $500k for mental health efforts
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The forward player for the Cleveland Cavaliers has announced that he has committed $500,000 through his foundation to the psychology department of the University of California, Los Angeles. In the past, he has been vocal about his own history and struggles with mental health, namely panic attacks and anxiety. The donation has been committed on Monday, a day after he received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in mental health.

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Liverpool wins the Premier League
Liverpool wins the English League after 30 years
Liverpool wins the English League after 30 years Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Liverpool won the first Premier League title in club history and ended a 30-year wait for English football supremacy after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea. With the adverse result, Manchester City's two-year reign is over as there are seven games to be played and Liverpool has a 23 points lead.

Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
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The 2020 New York City Marathon has been officially cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place November 1 and would have been the 50th running of the marathon. That will now happen on Nov. 7, 2021.

The organizers New York Road Runners and the city have decided and announced that the Covid-19 risk is too significant and therefore cancelled the marathon from happening.

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BBL finals will be played by MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Alba Berlin have beaten EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Wednesday and will now face MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, that the day before won their game against ratiopharm ulm.

The finals will be played in two games, the first one Friday at 18:30(UTC) and the second Sunday at 13:00(UTC).

Berlin does not win the BBL title since 2008, while this could be the first silverware for Ludwigsburg.

Noose found in NASCAR drivers garage: "No crime committed" according to FBI
Bubba Wallace with other Nascar drivers
Bubba Wallace with other Nascar drivers Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

According to a now concluded FBI investigation the noose had been in garage number 4 since 2019. Which only had been assigned to Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in NASCAR, last week. US attorney Jay E Town and FBI special agent in charge Johnnie Sharp Jr have announced in a statement that "The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by Nascar, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019". NASCAR itself stated that they are "thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba".

Novak Djokovic tests positive for Covid-19
Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic, world number one tennis player, tested positive for Covid-19. Djokovic organised and played in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament, where Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also were confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Black NASCAR driver finds noose in garage stall
Black NASCAR driver finds noose in garage stall
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Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR full-time driver has stated that he has become the target of a "despicable act of racism" as an anonymous individual has placed a noose in the garage stall of his team. Wallace had previously and successfully campaigned to get the Confederate flag banned from NASCAR races. NASCAR itself stated that "We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport".

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton creates comission for diversity in motorsport
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton creates comission for diversity in motorsport
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The Hamilton Comission has been annouced as a partnership with the United Kingdom's Royal Academy of Engineering. "Thousands of people are employed across this industry and that group needs to be more representative of society," stated Hamilton in his announcement.

Additionally, the commission wishes to see motorsport as a driver for more diversity in studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"When I look back in 20 years, I want to see the sport that gave a shy, working-class black kid from Stevenage so much opportunity, become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in," added Hamilton.

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German Basketball League semifinals start with the match between MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm ulm
German Basketball League semifinals start with the match between MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm ulm
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The easyCredit BBL starts its semifinals today with a match between MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm ulm. The game takes place in the Audi Dome, Munich, at 13:00(UTC). The second leg of the semifinal will happen next Tuesday, at 18:30(UTC) also in the Audi Dome.

In the other semifinal EWE Baskets Oldenburg will face ALBA BERLIN, with games happening on Monday and Wednesday at 18:30(UTC).

Alex Zanardi, former F1 driver and Paralympian, in medically induced coma after crashing handbike into a truck
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon Credit: Brunhild Media (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Alex Zanardi is in a medically induced coma and remained in serious condition a day after crashing his handbike into a truck during a handbike relay in his native Italy. Zanardi, a former Formula 1 driver and Paralympic gold medalist, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Siena, where he is on a ventilator in intensive care after a three-hour surgery.

Zanardi had both legs amputated after crashing in a CART Series accident in Germany, in 2001 and has since become a four-time Paralympic hand-cycling gold medallist.

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UEFA Champions/Europa League closing stages set for August in Portugal, Germany and Basque Country
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UEFA announced yesterday several details for the remaining Champions League and Europa League matches. The interrupted rounds of 16 are scheduled to restart on August 5 at unconfirmed locations.

Afterwards, Champions League matches from the quarter-finals up to the final will be played between August 12-23 in Lisbon, while Europa League matches are to be played between August 10-24 at four German cities (Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen).

Finally, the Women's Champions League will wrap up in the Basque Country region of Spain between August 21-30.

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Napoli beat Juventus on penalty kicks to take the Coppa Italia trophy
Napoli players celebrates Coppa Italia
Napoli players celebrates Coppa Italia Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

It was expected to be a hard fought final between the two teams consistently at the top of Italian football in the last decade, and thus it happened: 4-2 was the final result on penalties after a goalless draw.

Napoli turned an initially disappointing season into its most successful one in six years by adding a new cup to their trophy room.

Napoli head-coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrated his first major trophy as a manager, meanwhile, for Juventus' Maurizio Sarri it was yet another missed opportunity to claim an Italian silverware.

Los Angeles Chargers may workout Colin Kaepernick for NFL return
Graffiti of Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta, Georgia
Graffiti of Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta, Georgia Credit: JJonahJackalope (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has revealed that the team has former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on their radar of free agent players to workout with a view to adding them to their roster.

Kaepernick, who received international attention during the 2016 NFL season for sitting and subsequently kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and wider systematic racial injustice, has been a free agent since the end of that season but has not been signed by any team since. In 2017 he filed a grievance against the NFL accusing them of conspiring to keep him out of the league but withdrew it after reaching a settlement with the league in 2019.

Lynn told a media Zoom conference that Kapernick "fits the style of quarterback that we want" and that it would be easy to "figure out real quick where he is" in terms of fitness.

Kapernick himself said in a February interview with USA Today that he was "ready for a phone call; tryout; workout at any point" and still had the desire to return to football.

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Spain: Fan sneaks into stadium as La Liga restarts
Camp Nou
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The first match for Barcelona after the Corona-19 break started with a gap in the security concept. Despite stricter regulations and ghost games, a fan managed to gain unauthorized access to the stadium and enter the field. Security forces only came in after a short time and led the "streaker" away.

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Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
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Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title for the eighth time in a row, after beating Werder Bremen with a single goal by Robert Lewandowski. The victory tonight gave Bayern a 10-point lead to Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.

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Real Madrid's Marcelo takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter movement
Marcelo support for the Black Lives Matter movement
Marcelo support for the Black Lives Matter movement Credit: Twitter Reproduction

In a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Marcelo took a knee and raised his right fist after scoring for Real Madrid in their 3-1 win against Eibar.

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Soccer returns in Italy with a Coppa Italia game: Juventus vs AC Milan
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Lega Serie A

After being suspended on March 9 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, soccer in Italy is back with the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final between Juventus and AC Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Juventus against an AC Milan without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a calf injury.

The game, in Turim, starts at 19:45 (UTC).

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli fined and suspended over Covid-19 post
Dele Alli
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The Football Association suspended for one match the Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli over an old Snapchat post about coronavirus that resurfaced recently.

The video posted by Alli showed him in an airport lounge wearing a face mask before focusing on a man of Asian appearance, and then finally zooming in on a bottle of antiseptic handwash.

The midfielder also received a £50,000 fine and ordered to undertake an education course.

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MLS is Back Tournament to kick off on July 8 in Orlando
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29)
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29) Credit: Soccer Blur

Major League Soccer announced its plans for returning to play in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the league set to resume on July 8 with the MLS is Back Tournament.

All 26 MLS teams will be part of the competition, to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, just outside Orlando, Florida.

Roger Federer will miss the rest of the 2020 season due to setback in recovery from knee injury
Federer at the 2019 Australian Open
Federer at the 2019 Australian Open Credit: JC (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Roger Federer will miss the 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February and had to undergo a second procedure.

Over Twitter, Federer wrote: "I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season."

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Lerverkusen takes first spot in German cup final, awaits Bayern or Frankfurt
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019 Credit: Dietmar Rabich (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A 3-0 win over the German football cup sensation, 1. FC Saarbrücken, has secured Bayer Leverkusen a spot on the final.

Saarbrücken left its mark on the competition for being the first fourth-tier team to reach the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal.

Bayern München and Eintracht Frankfurt face each this evening at 20:45 local time for the second spot.

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Spanish football kicks off this Thursday
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LaLiga Logo Credit: La Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional

La Liga is back with 110 games packed in 35 days, with fans looking up to the return from injury of Suarez and Hazard.

The first matchday following the break will also be featuring the much anticipated local derby of Sevilla FC vs Real Betis.

CrossFit CEO faces backlash over tweet which associated Covid-19 with George Floyd
Black kettle bell
Black kettle bell Credit: Jesper Aggergaard

In response to a tweet by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington stating that "racism is a public health issue" the CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman tweeted "FLOYD-19", associating George Floyd whose murder by the police has sparked protests around the world with the Covid-19 pandemic. As a response, hundreds of gyms that ran on an affiliate model for CrossFit have removed the brand from their name and the Reebok brand has announced to end their relationship with CrossFit. Since then Glassman has apologized and CrossFit stated that it'll "not stand for racism".

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Michael Jordan commits $100 million donation over 10 years to fight racism

In a joined statement Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand announced that they'll commit $100 million over 10 years to support "organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education".