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Opening Ceremony like no-otherThe Opening Ceremony of the Paris Olympics is set to take place on July 26 and will be the first ever held on a river. For years, French officials had boasted that some 600,000 people would attend the Opening Ceremony, but that number has been slashed due to safety concerns. He said a “strictly controlled” zone alongside the banks of the river will be closed off before the Opening Ceremony and anyone entering into it would be checked. The Opening Ceremony will be held alongside the banks of the River Seine. The Stade de France is where track and field events and Rugby Sevens matches will take place at the Paris Olympics.
Persons: Gérald Darmanin, Darmanin, Nicolas Nordman, , Gonzalo Fuentes, Nordman, Denis, Dale Buckner, ” Buckner, ” Darmanin, , Eric Chasboeuf, Thomas Padilla, “ I’ve, ” Chasboeuf, Buckner Organizations: CNN, Summer, Games, Palestinian, Atlanta Games, Reuters, Paris, Paris Mayor, Olympic, Stade de France, Rugby Sevens, Global Locations: Paris, France, Saint
CNN —Biniam Girmay made history at this year’s Tour de France and the Eritrean cyclist wants to use his success to inspire others to follow his path. The Intermarche-Wanty rider, who previously became the first Black African to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, now wants other Black riders to excel in the sport. “I’m convinced that my compatriots will be happy to hear that my future is intertwined with the team who gave me the opportunity to write important pages of African cycling history,” he said after signing his long-term contract. Only two other African riders, Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey of South Africa, both White, had previously won stages at the Tour de France, per Reuters. Winning today is unbelievable.”He has since gone on to claim victories in Stages 8 and 12, achievements he hope will blaze a trail for the next generation of young Black riders to follow.
Persons: Biniam Girmay, It’s, , it’s, ” Girmay, Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Girmay, Molly Darlington, , “ I’m, Teklehaimanot, de France Girmay, Robbie Hunter, Daryl Impey, White Organizations: CNN, de France, Eritrean, France, Giro, Eurosport, Olympic Games, Cycling, Intermarche, Tour de France, Reuters, Locations: , Asmara, Swiss, Africa, Europe, Eritrea, South Africa
One of those stars was Stelios Giannakopoulos, who walked out for the Euro 2004 final knowing he was on the verge of something incredibly special. It was unbelievable.”Stelios Giannakopoulos celebrates on the pitch after lifting the Euro 2004 title. George Tsitsonis is a Greek-American writer who has penned a book about the team’s incredible performances at Euro 2004. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Euro 2004 triumph came shortly before the country hosted the summer Olympic Games, an event that further united the population. For Giannakopoulos, the team’s Euro 2004 victory was further proof of what the Greek people can do when they come together.
Persons: CNN — It’s, Stelios Giannakopoulos, , I’m, ” Giannakopoulos, Alain Gadoffre, George Tsitsonis, Tsitsonis, Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giannakopoulos, – Angelos Charisteas, Angelos Charisteas, Vincenzo Pinto, ” Tsitsonis, , Otto Rehhagel, Organizations: CNN, CNN Sport, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Greece, Russia, English Premier League, Getty, Aris Messinis, Greek, Georgia Locations: Greece, It’s, Lisbon, Portugal, Athens, France, Czech Republic, Greek, AFP, Spain, England
CNN —Gregg Berhalter has been fired as the head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team following the squad’s Copa America elimination, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Berhalter, initially hired in 2018, led the team to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In June 2023 he was given a new contract that was to run through the conclusion of the 2026 World Cup. The poor performance piled pressure on Berhalter, with critics questioning whether he still was the right person to lead the team heading into the 2026 World Cup. The men’s team is next scheduled to play on September 7 in an international friendly against Canada at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
Persons: CNN — Gregg Berhalter, Matt Crocker, Cindy Parlow Cone, Gregg, ” Cone, Crocker, , Berhalter, ” Crocker, CNN’s Ben Church Organizations: CNN, United, national, team, Copa, US Soccer Federation, US Soccer, Men’s National, CONCACAF Nations League, Soccer, US, Copa America, Bolivia, C, Canada, Children’s Locations: United States, Copa America, Canada, Mexico, Qatar, Panama, Uruguay, Kansas City, CNN’s
CNN —A dance tune with two simple instructions and involving thousands of bouncing, orange-clad soccer fans has gone viral at this year’s European Championships. Prompted by the song, fans link arms and jump to the left. It might sound straightforward enough, but the sight of thousands of fans dressed in orange dancing and singing in unison while walking to the game has been something to behold at Euro 2024. Ahead of the Netherlands’ group game against France, Kemps went to Leipzig to help entertain the Dutch fans before the match started. While Dutch people have sung and danced to the song for years, Kemps says fans of Dutch soccer started adopting it after the women’s team won the European Championship in 2017.
Persons: ‘ Snollebollekes ’, , Snollebollekes, Rob Kemps, Kemps, , John MacDougall, doesn’t, he’s, , Max Verstappen, ” Kemps, ” Rob Kemps, Berk, Guido Pauw, Pauw, it’s, Gareth Southgate’s Organizations: CNN, Dutch national, Turkey, Sunday, Berlin Police, CNN Sport, Getty, France, Tour de France, , , England, Dortmund Locations: Leipzig, Holland, Germany, Netherlands, Dutch, Utrecht, Dortmund, Spain
CNN —Lionel Messi helped guide Argentina to this year’s Copa América final after scoring in his nation’s 2-0 win against Canada in the semifinals on Tuesday. It means Argentina has now reached the Copa América final in six of the previous eight tournaments, with this being its second in row – the South American side won the 2021 title. It is not easy to be in a final again, to compete again to be champions,” Messi told TyC Sports after the match, per Reuters. Messi, possibly playing at his final Copa América for Argentina, then started finding his stride and went close twice before the end of the first half. Canada is now the 38th team that Lionel Messi has scored against while playing for his country, per Opta.
Persons: Lionel Messi, Julián Álvarez, , ” Messi, TyC, Jesse Marsch, Jacob Shaffelburg, Álvarez, Sarah Stier, Ballon d’Or, Enzo Fernández’s, Maxime Crépeau, it’s, ” Marsch, we’ve Organizations: CNN, Copa América, Canada, American, TyC Sports, Reuters, Messi, Inter Miami Locations: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sunday’s, Miami Gardens , Florida, Canada, Sunday's, Mexico
CNN —Novak Djokovic produced another impressive performance at Wimbledon on Monday to cruise into the quarterfinals, but the 24-time grand slam champion was far from happy after his win. You guys can’t touch me.”It’s not the first time Djokovic has been left angry by the crowd after a match against Rune. At the 2021 US Open, the same situation occurred when Djokovic was confused by what he thought was booing from the crowd. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty ImagesDespite being unhappy by sections of the crowd on Monday, Djokovic managed to remain calm and dispatch a below-par Rune. Looking forward to the match,” Djokovic added.
Persons: CNN — Novak Djokovic, Holger Rune –, “ Ruuuuune, , ” Djokovic, Rune, Djokovic, I’ve, “ I’ve, ” It’s, ” Rune, Denmark's Holger Rune, Andrej Isakovic, Alex de Minaur, “ Alex, de Organizations: CNN, Wimbledon Locations: AFP
CNN —The US already boasts a promising roster of young tennis stars but there is a new name on the scene. Emma Navarro is quickly establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with on the senior tour, with the 23-year-old reaching the quarterfinals at this year’s Wimbledon. I can’t wait to play again.”Navarro’s form at this year’s Wimbledon follows what has already been an impressive season for the youngster. The American reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year, before progressing to the fourth round at the French Open. In an interview with the Tennis Channel earlier this season, Navarro credited her calm demeanour and mindset to her dad.
Persons: Emma Navarro, Navarro, Coco Gauff, ” Navarro, , , Robert Prange, Jessica Pegula, Ben Navarro, “ He’s, he’s, Italian Jasmine Paolini Organizations: CNN, Court, Gauff, Wimbledon, American, WTA, Hobart International, Virginia, US, Sherman Financial Group, Forbes, Cincinnati, Tennis Locations: Italian
CNN —There will be no last hurrah for Andy Murray at Wimbledon after his playing partner and fellow Briton, Emma Raducanu, withdrew from the mixed doubles event. “I’m disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing with Andy but got to take care,” the 21-year-old Raducanu said in a statement. It means that 37-year-old Murray has played his last match at Wimbledon after announcing earlier this year he will retire from tennis this season. Murray has become a legend at Wimbledon ever since making his debut at the tournament as a teenager in 2005. Murray made his first Wimbledon singles final in 2012 where he lost to Roger Federer – a defeat which moved the British star to tears and somewhat changed the public’s perception of him.
Persons: Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu, Murray, Raducanu, “ I’m, Andy, Lulu Sun, , , Jamie, John Peers, Rinky Hijikata, Murray –, it’s, ” Murray, Novak Djokovic, Iga Świątek, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Roger Federer –, , Ben Church, Jill Martin Organizations: CNN, Wimbledon, Wimbledon –, Court, Paris Locations: London
The Esports World Cup (EWC) – which began on July 3 – has brought together professional gamers, publishers and fans from across the world for an eight-week competitive gaming bonanza. To bring this on the similar scale as the largest traditional sports events and something that brings together the whole industry,” Reichert said. Discovery – CNN’s parent company – and the Esports World Cup Foundation agreed to a new partnership which includes Eurosport, CNN and other WBD platforms. “From my experience, there are a lot of people in [Saudi Arabia] that love their games, right to the top. “It’s probably unprecedented how quickly Saudi Arabia is moving ahead in its progression.
Persons: , Ralf Reichert, ” Reichert, , Gen.G, Mohammed Saad, Reichert, , Sam Mathews, It’s, it’s, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sportswashing, SGG, Rod Breslau, “ It’s, ” Dana Ahmed, Manahel, Otaibi, Nick McGeehan, FairSquare, Mohamed bin Salman, Liquid’s, Steve Arhancet, Mathews Organizations: CNN, CNN Sport, Riot, New York Times, Adidas, Warner Bros, Eurosport, Anadolu, Getty, EWC, EWC Foundation, Saudi, MBS, Fox News, Investment Fund, Gaming, Amnesty, Fnatic, Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabia, esports, “ Saudi Arabia, Breslau
CNN —It was an emotional night for three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray on Thursday, as the 37-year-old’s Wimbledon farewell began with doubles defeat. Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesMagical Wimbledon memoriesOver the years, the crowds at Wimbledon have fallen in love with Murray. Murray made his first Wimbledon singles final in 2012 where he lost to Federer – a defeat which moved the British star to tears and somewhat changed the public’s perception of him. In 2016, Murray won his second Wimbledon title – a victory which he says was his favorite. He had hoped to play singles in what would be his last Wimbledon this year but was unable to recover from back surgery last month.
Persons: Andy Murray, old’s, Murray, Jamie, it’s, ” Murray, Novak Djokovic, Iga Świątek, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, , Kim, , Brit Emma Raducanu, Mike Hewitt, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, , John Peers, Rinky Hijikata Organizations: CNN, Wimbledon, Court Locations: London
Despite admitting to some errors during her first race, Jacoby delivered an impressive time in New York. Despite somewhat stumbling upon HYROX, Jacoby had unknowingly been preparing for the sport for years. It’s repetitive.”Despite being in gladiator-like shape, even Jacoby struggles to describe what a HYROX race feels like. That’s the key to HYROX.”The 70-year-old athlete from England is a HYROX world champion in her age group. “To be an Olympic athlete is the absolute highest level you could ever reach.”
Persons: CNN —, HYROX, sandbag lunges, Meg Jacoby Meg Jacoby, Lauren Weeks, Jacoby, , ” Jacoby, Hyrox Jacoby, Rich Ryan, , ” “, I’m, Gran, Celia Duff, ” Duff, Duff, Hyrox, ” Duff isn’t, , “ I’m, Christian Toetzke, Moritz Fürste, Fürste, Curt Maggitt, John Terry Organizations: CNN, CNN Sport, New York, New York ., American, , HYROX, Covid, NFL, Doping Agency Locations: Nice, France, New York, Chicago, London, Glasgow, Manchester, England
CNN —Mark Cavendish made cycling history on Wednesday, winning a record-breaking 35th stage at the Tour de France. The 39-year-old has now surpassed legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx after winning a chaotic sprint finish at the end of the 177.4 kilometer fifth stage from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas. Breaking Merckx’s record, who last raced in the Tour de France 49 years ago, has seemed almost impossible for any cyclist, even Cavendish. I put a big gamble on this year to make sure we are good here at the Tour de France,” an emotional Cavendish told ITV after the win. His participation in this year’s Tour de France seemed in jeopardy during the first stage, though, as television cameras caught him vomiting on his bike, reportedly struggling from heat exhaustion.
Persons: Mark Cavendish, Eddy Merckx, Cavendish, , ” Cavendish Organizations: CNN, Tour de France, Saint, Astana, ITV, de France, de Locations: Jean, Saint
CNN —The idea of Novak Djokovic being able to compete at Wimbledon likely felt to many a far-fetched concept a few weeks ago. Despite undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus less than a month ago, the 37-year-old Djokovic is back at Wimbledon, winning his first-round match against Vit Kopřiva in straight sets – 6-1 6-2 6-2 – on Tuesday. “I think if it was for any other tournament, I probably wouldn’t risk it, wouldn’t rush it as much. I’m just extremely glad that the way I felt today, the way I played.”Djokovic underwent knee surgery less than a month before his first-round win at Wimbledon. Olympic dreamsFollowing Wimbledon, Djokovic will chase one of the only accolades to elude him: an Olympic gold medal.
Persons: Novak Djokovic, Djokovic, Vit Kopřiva, Francisco Cerundolo, Roland Garros, ” Djokovic, , I’m, Sean M, Roger Federer, – Martina Navratilova, Carlos Alcaraz, Organizations: CNN, Wimbledon, Olympics, Olympic, , Olympic Games, Serbian, ITF Locations: Serbia
CNN —Teenage sprinting sensation Quincy Wilson is set to become the youngest ever US male track Olympian after the 16-year-old announced he had reportedly been picked in the 4x400 meter relay roster for this year’s Olympic Games in Paris. “The call came directly to me from USA Track & Field,” Lee told USA Today. Wilson’s selection comes after a brilliant debut at the US Olympic Trials last week, where he twice broke a 400m world record. Born in 2008, Wilson has quickly established himself as one of the most promising rising stars in track and field. The sprinter seems to break a record whenever he runs and now looks set for a chance to prove himself on the world stage.
Persons: Quincy Wilson, Wilson, , , he’d, Wilson’s, Joe Lee, ” Lee, ” Wilson Organizations: CNN, Washington Post, USA, US Locations: Paris, Quincy
CNN —Lando Norris said he would lose respect for friend Max Verstappen if the Red Bull driver fails to apologize for a collision between the pair during a controversial Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. Race stewards later handed Verstappen a 10-second penalty for causing the collision which led to Norris retiring from the race with a puncture and car damage. If he says he did nothing wrong, then I lose a lot of respect for that,” a “disappointed” Norris told Sky Sports during his post-race interview. I’m just gutted for the team,” Norris added. From the outside, it’s easy to judge and comment,” he told Sky Sports.
Persons: CNN — Lando Norris, Max Verstappen, McLaren’s Norris, Verstappen, Norris, ” Norris, McLaren's Norris, Erwin Scheriau, “ It’s, That’s, , It’s, Christian Horner, Andrea Stella Organizations: CNN, Red Bull, Prix, Sky Sports, AFP, Bull Locations: Austrian, British
“This is the best day in the lives of Georgians,” Kvaratskhelia told reporters after the game, per Reuters. But I think this is why we’re a strong team.”Cristiano Ronaldo shakes hands with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as he was substituted off in the second half. Ronaldo encouragementVideos on social media showed the team’s excitement in the locker room, with Kvaratskhelia wearing Ronaldo’s shirt. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo had been frustrated for much of the match but had given his shirt to an emotional Kvaratskhelia following the defeat. The Napoli forward also spoke to his childhood hero before the match and said Ronaldo had wished him luck.
Persons: CNN —, Cristiano Ronaldo, Georges Mikautadze, ” Kvaratskhelia, ” Cristiano Ronaldo, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Kevin C, Cox, David Webb, , Willy Sagnol’s, Webb, ” Webb, Ronaldo, Ballon d’Or, Kvaratskhelia, , “ We’ve Organizations: CNN, Crusaders, Portugal, Reuters, CNN Sport, – Wales, Napoli, Georgian Locations: Georgia, Kvaratskhelia, Gelsenkirchen ., Tbilisi, Portugal, Wales, Iceland, Spain
If Murray is unable to play singles, he may still participate in the men’s doubles alongside his brother Jamie. “I’m going to wait until the last minute to see if I’m going to be able to and I’ve earned that right to do that. I would say it’s probably more likely that I’m not able to play singles right now. That can be special as well.”Looking beyond Wimbledon, Murray is planning his retirement from the sport and says the Olympic Games in Paris could well be his last tournament. “But if I’m able to play at Wimbledon and if I’m able to play at the Olympics, that’s most likely going to be it.”
Persons: Andy Murray, Murray, he, Jamie, ” Murray, I’m, I’ve, , that’s, Organizations: CNN, Wimbledon, Queen’s, Olympic Games Locations: London, Wimbledon, Paris, New York
CNN —At 7-foot-3, China’s teenage basketball star Zhang Ziyu looks to have an exciting career ahead of her. On Monday, Zhang came off the bench for her international debut and scored 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting in just 13 minutes, helping China brush aside Indonesia 109-50. “Zhang Ziyu is a cheat code,” a social media user said on X, formerly known as Twitter. Zhang is officially listed on FIBA's website as being 7-foot-3. FIBA lists Zhang as 7-foot-3 on its official website, meaning she is only one inch shorter than San Antonio Spurs star Victor Wembanyama.
Persons: Zhang Ziyu, Zhang, “ Zhang Ziyu, Fred Lee, Victor Wembanyama, Yao Ming Organizations: CNN, FIBA, Asia, International Basketball Federation, Twitter, Wednesday, Japan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, WNBA Locations: China, Indonesia, New Zealand
CNN —It was the perfect start for Christian Pulisic and the US at this year’s Copa América, with the forward inspiring his side to a 2-0 win against Bolivia on Sunday. The 25-year-old then turned provider, setting up Folarin Balogun for the team’s second goal just before the break inside Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. All round a pretty dominant performance,” Pulisic told FOX Soccer after the game. Getting the early goal really took the pressure off,” US head coach Gregg Berhalter told FOX Soccer after the game, praising Pulisic’s “dangerous” performance. “It’s always important to win your first game, we talked about progressing and improving our performance throughout the tournament so I think it’s a good starting point.”
Persons: Christian Pulisic, , ” Pulisic, Balogun, Guillermo Viscarra's, Tony Gutierrez, Timothy Weah, Gregg Berhalter, Pulisic’s, “ It’s, Organizations: CNN, América, Bolivia, Sunday, Bolivian, T, FOX Soccer, , Uruguay, CONCACAF Locations: United States, Bolivia, Panama
Ukraine suffered a chastening defeat in its opening group game on Monday, producing a dour display in a 3-0 defeat against Romania. But Ukraine looked rejuvenated after the break and came out for the second half with a new sense of belief. “It’s very good emotions for our people of Ukraine who are really missing these emotions,” Rebrov said in his post-match interview on Friday. In this kind of tournament, you can win, you can lose, but it’s very important how you do it. “We deserve this win and I think today we really played with spirit.”
Persons: Mykola Shaparenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Ivan Schranz’s, Shaparenko, Yaremchuk, Serhiy Rebrov, , ” Rebrov, Organizations: CNN —, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, CNN Sport, team, CNN, Belgium Locations: CNN — Ukraine, Slovakia, Ukraine
King Charles III takes the reins at Royal Ascot
  + stars: | 2024-06-21 | by ( Billy Stockwell | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +6 min
London CNN —Arriving in a horse-drawn open carriage, King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended Royal Ascot in style this week. “We wish all the participants this week the very best of luck in seeking that unique thrill of a Royal Ascot winner.”Last year’s Royal Ascot saw an unlikely win for Charles, with his horse, Desert Hero, overcoming odds of 18 to 1 to land first place. This love of horses has bound together multiple generations of the royal family, from the time of Queen Anne in the 18th century, when Royal Ascot was created, to the present day. Queen Elizabeth II and John Warren cheer on her horse Estimate to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013. Getty ImagesAnd given Charles’ good fortune at last year’s Royal Ascot, it seems Queen Elizabeth’s lucky streak has passed down to her son.
Persons: King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Camilla, Charles, King George V, , Francis Brooke, Charles ’, ” Brooke, , Queen Anne, Queen Elizabeth II, Anne, Elizabeth, John Warren, Mark Cuthbert, ” John Warren, wasn’t, Princess Anne, Queen, Queen Victoria, Grey, CNN’s Max Foster, Lauren Said, Moorhouse, Ben Church, Aly Vance Organizations: CNN’s Royal, London CNN —, Royal Ascot, Ascot, Hero, Jockey, Central Press, Getty, Royal, Press, CNN, British, Montreal Olympic Games, Jockey Club, Epsom Downs, Windsor , Windsor Greys Locations: London, Berkshire, England, Epsom, Windsor, Quebec, Canada, Windsor , Windsor
CNN —Serbia scored a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to draw 1-1 against Slovenia on Thursday, a result which keeps its Euro 2024 dreams very much alive. Luka Jović’s header in the 95th minute of the match sparked frenzied scenes inside Munich’s Allianz Arena, a goal which also denied Slovenia its first ever win at a European Championships. Žan Karničnik had seemingly won the game for Slovenia after his second-half strike, but Serbia kept playing until securing its dramatic equalizer in the very last passage of play. The result means Serbia sits bottom of Group C on one point, with Slovenia in second with two points.
Persons: Luka, Žan Karničnik Organizations: CNN — Serbia, Slovenia, Munich’s Allianz Locations: Serbia, Slovenia
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CNN —Soccer superstar Kylian Mbappé was pictured wearing a French-inspired tricolore mask during a training session on Thursday, after the France captain broke his nose during the team’s opening Euro 2024 win against Austria three days ago. There had been fears the injury might rule Mbappé out of his nation’s second Group D match of Euro 2024 against the Netherlands on Friday, but France manager Didier Deschamps told reporters Thursday that the star should be available. The French Football Federation (FFF) said Mbappé was then taken to a local hospital, where X-rays confirmed the break. The swelling has come down on his nose,” France forward Antoine Griezmann said, per Reuters. “We’ll see the last minute, depending on how he’s feeling.”Mbappé was involved in non-contact training on Wednesday, wearing plasters over his nose.
Persons: Kylian Mbappé, Didier Deschamps, ” Deschamps, Kevin Danso, Mbappé, Kylian, Antoine Griezmann, “ We’ll, ” Mbappé Organizations: CNN — Soccer, Austria, Reuters, French Football Federation Locations: France, Netherlands, Poland
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