“Smiles are free.” Retiring baseball superstar Ichiro Suzuki is also famous for his collection of offbeat t-shirts. Image widely shared on social media. On Thursday, March 21, Ichiro Suzuki, the most prolific slugger in baseball history, announced his retirement in front of fans at a Major League Baseball (MLB) exhibitionRead More →

The construction site of the Holy Trinity Church, near Hotel Russia and Jane Sandanski sports complex, all developed by Samsonenko’s companies. Photo by Global Voices, CC-BY. The business empire of a Russian tycoon in North Macedonia, built largely on political connections with the former government, seems to be going throughRead More →

Football player Hakeem al-Araibi (right) is back in Australia after more than two months in detention in Thailand. Photo from al-Araibi’s Instagram account. After 76 days in detention, Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi was released by Thai authorities on 11 February 2019. Global sports bodies and football players were among thoseRead More →

Terrassa Football Club promotional ad spot #Orgullosa (Proud), aimed to encourage young women’s participation in their club. Screenshot of video by the Terrassa FC official YouTube channel. Football players of Catalonia’s Terrassa Football Club were expelled from competition after they’ve proffered sexist insults at the female club mates during a match, sparking aRead More →

A screenshot of West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel, taken from the YouTube video titled “Gabriel enters WINDIES record books: best figures EVER on Windies Soil | Windies Finest”, posted by Windies Cricket. The test cricket fixture of the Wisden Trophy Test Series is now over, with the West Indies beatingRead More →

Deryck Murray, former West Indies international test cricketer. Photo by Commonwealth Secretariat, CC BY-NC 2.0. Until March 10, 2019, cricket fans the world over will be focused on the Caribbean, where the Wisden Trophy Test Series is in progress. Thus far, England have faced the West Indies in two testRead More →

Hakeem al-Araibi detained in Thailand – Screenshot TRT World Youtube video. Pressure has increased in recent days to release Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai jail. The former national football player was arrested in Bangkok on 27 November 2018 after Australia’s Department of Home Affairs controversially alerted Thailand aboutRead More →

Mash up image of Kyrgyzstan’s Opera Ballet Theatre in Bishkek, 2013 vs 1956. Image taken from Kloop.kg. Was the state opera house director using his head or selling the country’s soul when he allowed computer game-playing millennials to invade Kyrgyzstan’s most famous cultural venue for a day? Kyrgyz authorities tookRead More →

A screenshot taken from a YouTube video showing Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams as she begins her floor routine during the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. When people talk sports in Trinidad and Tobago, football or cricket typically dominate the conversation — but in February 2016, all anyone couldRead More →