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The inside of the Nippon Budokan is shaped like an octagon, adding to its character. The ceiling is a swirl of concrete layers with lighting built into each layer. Photos: Jason Gewirtz

No Fans at 2021 Olympics an Adjustment, But Not an Excuse

The silence can be deafening if you are an athlete competing in the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, having waited a lifetime to be able to perform in front of family and friends roaring you on. But some Olympians say that the absence of fans may not be that disconcerting — if only because nobody […]

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Evil Geniuses Partners with Premier League Team Wolverhampton Wanderers

Evil Geniuses has announced a partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, a founding member of the English Football League, combining the worlds of traditional sports and esports. Fosun, which acquired Wolves in 2016, has agreed to make a minority investment in Evil Geniuses, valuing the team at $255 million post-investment. Evil Geniuses will be the first […]

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Columbus to Host U.S. Men’s Soccer vs. Costa Rica in 2022 World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. men’s national team World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on October 13 will be played at the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, as the destination hosts a U.S. qualifier for the sixth consecutive World Cup cycle. The match in Columbus will be a homecoming for the USMNT and head coach Gregg Berhalter. […]

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United States' A'Ja Wilson, center, grabs a rebound between Nigeria's Adaora Elonu, left, and Atonye Nyingifa during women's basketball preliminary round play at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

At the 2021 Olympic Games, Women Rule

If you asked 100 people interested in this year’s Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo which athlete they want to see the most, it’s a safe bet the first name mentioned would be Simone Biles. Several may say Katie Ledecky. Others would say Allyson Felix, A’ja Wilson or Alex Morgan. As the 50th anniversary of Title […]

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Houston’s BBVA Stadium to Undergo Renovations, Add Safe-Standing Area

BBVA Stadium, the home for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the NWSL’s Houston Dash will undergo a multi-phase renovation including a safe-standing section for fans, following four other MLS venues that made smilier moves in the past season. The safe-standing section will allow 1,200 supporters in the north end of the venue for all […]

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Northern Colorado Unveils Hailstorm FC As Official Branding

One of the newest USL League One expansion teams has revealed its official club branding, with Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC beginning play in 2022 in Windsor, Colorado. The crest for Hailstorm FC includes a shield that displays features that represent the community. A mountain range sits at the peak of the crest while the brand […]

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Allegiant Stadium Named Home of Leagues Cup Final for 2021 and 2022

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will be the host for the 2021 and 2022 Leagues Cup, the annual tournament between teams from both Major League Soccer and Liga MX. “The passionate soccer market of Las Vegas is the perfect host for the Leagues Cup Final in 2021 and 2022,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We […]

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Montreal Withdraws as 2026 World Cup Site; FIFA to Pick Venues in 2022

The city of Montreal has withdrawn from the venue selection process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be held in North America, potentially opening an extra spot for an American city to host. FIFA also announced that the final selections of cities will be delayed until 2022 at the earliest. Canada Soccer made the […]

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MLS to Launch New Professional League in 2022

Major League Soccer will launch a new professional league in 2022 that will focus on youth development and provide a more direct link between its teams’ youth academies and the first-team rosters, the league announced on Monday. The aim of the new reserve league is to complete the player pathway from MLS Next to the […]

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