October 25, 2013 |
Ivorian international Yaya Toure has warned World Cup organizers that players could boycott the 2018 tournament in Russia unless that country takes steps to stop the kind of racist actions that plagued Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Toure's English Premier League club, Manchester City. Toure said the behavior at Khimki Arena was "unbelievable" during City's 2-1 win, and he urged authorities to impose tougher sanctions on clubs that fail to effectively combat racism.
October 4, 2013 |
Here's a twist for tennis fans: The road to Davis Cup glory for India now goes through Calabasas. On Sept. 21, in a country where tennis plays second fiddle only to cricket, India's tennis federation announced a surprising departure from its traditional ways. Its new Davis Cup captain would be an American resident. "The first question they asked me," says Anand Amritraj of Calabasas, "is if I still had my India passport. The U.S. allows dual citizenship, but India does not. I have always traveled on my India passport.
August 26, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus twerked during her performance at MTV's VMAs Sunday night. OMG, who cares? It turns out, lots of people. It's been among Monday's leading news stories, with critics shaking their heads. As if Cyrus is the first celebrity to use the MTV stage as a platform to shock viewers . “Media reaction to Cyrus' bump-and-grind veered between disgust and sadness,” writes my colleague Patrick Kevin Day in a post that rounds up some of the criticism , which described the performance as “desperate” and “disturbing.” Desperate, OK. Cyrus seems to be following in the tradition of Disney child stars who feel compelled to sexualize their image to show they've grown up. But was it disturbing?
August 22, 2013
Russia has embarked on a series of shameful steps against homosexuals. A recently passed law lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about "nontraditional" relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present. Another law bans adoptions not just by homosexuals but by anyone living in a country that confers marriage rights on gay and lesbian couples.
August 20, 2013 |
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has long been an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. But his latest protest is close to his line of work -- he's asking musicians to boycott the country. "I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel," he wrote, in an open letter posted to his Facebook...
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee voted Friday to boycott CNN and NBC if the networks produce films on Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seen as the Democratic Party's strongest potential contender for the 2016 presidential election. Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman and a vocal opponent of the two films, said the party is “done putting up with this nonsense.” “There are plenty of other news outlets. We'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks,” he told RNC members during their summer meeting in Boston.