Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (REUTERS/Jaimi Joy)

Novak Djokovic wins 10th Australian Open

Novak Djokovic resumed his reign over Melbourne Park by winning a record-extending 10th Australian Open title on Sunday and crushing the Grand Slam dream of Greek trailblazer Stefanos Tsitsipas in…

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Aryna Sabalenka celebrates with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after defeating Elena Rybakina in the women’s singles final © MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

‘Speechless’ Sabalenka wins Australian Open for first Slam crown

An emotional Aryna Sabalenka said it will take a “few more days” to sink in after battling back from a set down to win a maiden Grand Slam title at…

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Sombat “Buakaw” Banchamek

Boxer Buakaw joins Kun Khmer spat between Thailand and Cambodia

Thailand’s Muay Thai champion Sombat “Buakaw” Banchamek has joined the spat between Thailand and Cambodia over the name of a boxing event in the 2023 SEA Games, to be hosted…

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Thai man claims he was Bokator boxer seen on Cambodian social media

A former Muay Thai boxer has claimed that he was one of the two fighters demonstrating the Bokator martial art (an ancient battlefield martial art used by ancient Khmer military)…

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Cambodia determined to hold “Kun Khmer” boxing competitions

The Cambodian organising committee of the 2023 SEA Games is determined to use the term “Kun Khmer” to replace “Muay” in the boxing competitions during the games in May, despite…

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Assistant US Attorney Victor Zapana gives his opening statement while pointing to Hernan Lopez far left in red tie, in Brooklyn federal court, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in New York. / AP

Ex-Fox execs go on trial in soccer TV rights bribery case

Two former Fox executives went on trial Tuesday, accused of bribing South American soccer officials for TV rights to one of the continent’s biggest annual tournaments and using information gathered…

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Captain Theerathon hits winner as Thailand retain Asean title

Thailand successfully defended their Asean Championship title after a 1-0 victory over Vietnam in the second leg of the final on Monday gave Mano Polking’s side a 3-2 aggregate triumph against…

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Thailand must improve set-piece defending, says coach Polking

Thailand coach Mano Polking bemoaned his side’s defending at set-pieces after Vietnam salvaged a late 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Asean Championship final in Hanoi on Friday….

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An overall interior view of the Alamodome during the game between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 13, 2023.

NBA-record crowd watches Spurs host game at Alamodome

More than 68,000 fans, an NBA record, turned out at the Alamodome on Friday as the host San Antonio Spurs turned back the clock by playing at the venue they…

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Gianluca Vialli: clubbable gentleman off the pitch, deadly on it

Gianluca Vialli’s death on Friday robbed Italian football of an iconic figure of its golden era, a powerful yet studious centre-forward who won almost every honour and was one of the…

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Final farewell for Pele, Brazil’s football ‘King’

Brazilians bid a final farewell this week to football giant Pele, starting Monday with a 24-hour public wake at the stadium of his long-time team, Santos. The oceanside home of the…

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Cristiano Ronado has joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr on a two-year contract after he left Manchester United. [Image: Al-Nassr]

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Al Nassr: what we know of the Portugal forward’s new Saudi Arabian club

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 year deal, a month after the 37-year-old forward became a free agent when his contract with Premier…

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Brazilian soccer legend Pele waves during the international friendly soccer match between Algeria and Slovenia in Algiers, Algeria March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

SAO PAULO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died…

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Thai soccer assoc. may be fined ฿1m over flare incident during Monday’s match

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) may be fined over a million baht, after fans of the Thai national football team set off flares during the ASEAN Cup match against…

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Why so many supported Argentina in World Cup final

“This is my first time backing Argentina in a football match,” declared a Thai football fan. Coming from a Brazil supporter, who loves France’s Thierry Henry and Olivier Giroud to…

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (REUTERS/Tony Obrien)

Guardiola says Man City reign incomplete without Champions League success

Manager Pep Guardiola said his spell at Manchester City “will not be complete” unless he wins the Champions League with the club. Guardiola, who signed a two-year contract extension last month, has…

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi (L) and Argentina’s Angel Di Maria (C) prepare to board a helicopter heading to their respective homes, on arrival at the Islas Malvinas international airport in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina, on December 20, 2022. / AFP

Argentina’s World Cup heroes airlifted in helicopters as street party overflows

Argentina’s World Cup heroes had to abandon an open-top bus parade in Buenos Aires on Tuesday as millions of ecstatic fans flooded onto the streets and brought the city to a standstill, with…

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From Djokovic deportation to Messi magic: Top 10 sports stories of 2022

It started with tennis superstar Novak Djokovic deported from Australia and ended with Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup in Qatar. Let’s look back on 10 of the top sports…

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‘The Greatest’: Messi and Argentina the toast of world media

Legendary, greatest, immortal: News media across the planet ran out of superlatives after Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory in one of the most dramatic World Cup finals ever. The…

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Messi and Argentina beat France on penalties to win World Cup

Lionel Messi crowned his glittering career with victory in the World Cup on Sunday as Argentina beat France on penalties in a final for the ages, triumphing 4-2 after Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick…

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Fans look at a giant jersey of Argentine forward Lionel Messi displayed in Rosario, Argentina, on December 15, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France. (Photo by Marcelo MANERA / AFP)

Expectation soaring in Argentina ahead of World Cup final

(AFP) – With Argentina reaching fever pitch just hours before Lionel Messi and his teammates take on France in the World Cup final, football fans throughout the country felt a…

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Croatia beat Morocco to finish third at World Cup

Croatia defeated Morocco 2-1 in the World Cup third place play-off on Saturday, with Mislav Orsic curling home the winner. Josko Gvardiol, one of the stars of the tournament in Qatar,…

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2022 World Cup Preview – Doha, Qatar – November 10, 2022 A Qatar 2022 logo is seen in front of the skyline of the West Bay in Doha REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo

Whatever the ending, Qatar World Cup duly delivered

A World Cup that has defied all expectations reaches its climax on Sunday when Lionel Messi could join Diego Maradona in Argentine immortality by taking the south Americans to the…

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IPTV operator must pay ฿14m to broadcast last two World Cup matches

The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) has informed Super Broadband Network Limited (SBN), provider of the AIS “Playbox” service, that it will have to pay 6 and 8 million baht…

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Saudi Arabia’s midfielder #10 Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 22, 2022. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

When money measures athletes’ success

The name is Salem Al-Dawsari. If that does not ring a bell, he scored a World Cup goal that shocked the world the other day. Ones can be forgiven for…

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Germany v Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – November 23, 2022 Japan’s Takuma Asano scores their second goal REUTERS/Lee Smith

Germany-Japan World Cup match a big draw for viewers in Japan, less so in Germany

The Germany-Japan World Cup match on Wednesday prompted record access numbers for Japanese online streaming platform Abema, while viewership in Germany more than halved from the national team’s opening match…

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A Saudi football fan waves their country’s flag from the skylight window of a car in Riyadh amidst celebrations of Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in the capital Riyadh on November 22, 2022. / AFP

Saudi king declares holiday after shock win over Argentina

Saudi King Salman has declared a national holiday after the football team’s stunning World Cup win on Tuesday over Argentina, state media reported.  The 86-year-old monarch “orders that Wednesday be…

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group A – Qatar v Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – November 20, 2022 Ecuador’s Enner Valencia celebrates scoring their first goal that was later disallowed Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Ecuador coast past hapless hosts Qatar in World Cup opener

Ecuador eased past World Cup debutants Qatar 2-0 on Sunday with two goals from veteran striker Enner Valencia in a first opening game defeat for a host nation in the tournament’s history. Ecuador’s all-time…

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Police task force to clamp down on illegal gambling during World Cup 2022

A task force has been set up by the Royal Thai Police to fight illegal gambling on football, both online and offline, during the month-long World Cup 2022, which kicks…

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Preview – Doha, Qatar – October 14, 2022 Fifa World Cup 2022 branding is seen at Hamad International Airport REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Which major football players are missing FIFA tournament?

Following is a list of players who have been ruled out or are doubtful through injury for the soccer World Cup, which runs from Sunday through Dec. 18. PAUL POGBA…

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Thai soccer fans will get to see all the 64 World Cup soccer matches

Thai soccer fans will be able to watch all 64 World Cup 2022 matches in Qatar, due to kick off this Sunday, after FIFA and the Sports Authority of Thailand…

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Thai blind football team defeats India to win entry to world championship next June

Thai blind national football beat host India in a match in India last night and won a ticket to the world blind football championship for the second time in a…

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Thai champ loses to Mexican at World Taekwondo Championships

Thai taekwondo champion Panipak Wongpattanakit, aka “Tennis”, was defeated by her Mexican opponent in the semi-finals of the World Taekwondo Championships Guadalajara, Mexico last night (Wednesday). Panipak, a two-time world…

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Broadcast regulator’s subsidy of World Cup live broadcast to be challenged

Opposition MPs and representatives of civil society will today submit a petition with the Administrative Court to challenge a decision by Thailand’s broadcast regulator to approve 600 million baht to…

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Thai broadcast regulator agrees to 600 million baht funding for World Cup live broadcasts

Thai football fans will have an opportunity to watch the World Cup 2022 finals in Qatar, after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) agreed today (Wednesday) to set aside…

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Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/File Photo

Qatar minister slams hypocrisy of people calling for World Cup boycott

People calling for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar are from a handful of countries that do not represent the rest of the world which is looking forward to the tournament, Qatar‘s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has…

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People walks at the main media center Qatar National Convention Center ahead of FIFA 2022 Worldcup, in Doha, Qatar November 3, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

FIFA pleads with World Cup nations to ‘focus on football’ in Qatar

FIFA have written to World Cup teams urging them to focus on the soccer in Qatar and not let the sport be dragged into ideological or political “battles”. The letter…

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Thai golfer Atthaya is world’s No 1 women’s professional player

Thai teenage golfer Atthaya Thitikul reached the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings on Monday, becoming the 16th player and second youngest under 20 to get to the…

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Buakaw beats Japanese fighter in 2 minute and 18 second KO

Thailand’s top Muay Thai champion Buakaw Banchamek knocked out his Japanese rival, Yoshihiro Sato, in just 2 minutes and 18 seconds of the first round in a special World Series…

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Thai taekwondo ace wins Manchester 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix

Thai female taekwondo ace Panipak Wongpattanakit, aka “Tennis”, captured the Manchester 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix in the 49kg category on Friday night, by beating Merve Dincel, her opponent from…

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Soccer Football – 2022 Ballon d’Or – Chatelet Theatre, Paris, France – October 17, 2022 Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema after winning the Ballon d’Or REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Selfless Benzema’s Ballon d’Or trophy rewards team player

Karim Benzema‘s focus on being a team player was rewarded when the Real Madrid and France forward was presented with the Ballon d’Or award on Monday after a remarkable season that…

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The main stand of the Formula One track in Hanoi on October 11, 2022. (Photo by Nhac Nguyen / AFP)

Vietnam’s F1 track abandoned as hopes fade for debut grand prix

Fenced off to the public and dotted with plastic waste, Hanoi’s motor race circuit lies largely abandoned while hopes fade that Vietnam’s capital will ever host a Formula One grand…

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Germany beats Thailand 3-1 in FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship

Germany handed Thailand its second consecutive defeat in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Lodz, Poland, last night (Wednesday) with a 3-1 final score. Canada…

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Runners pass near the large portrait of Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate near Tiananmen Square at the start of the Beijing Marathon on September 16, 2018. / AP

Beijing marathon to return after two-year Covid hiatus

Thousands of runners will line up for the Beijing marathon in November after a two-year Covid pause, organisers said, as sporting events gradually return to China. The world’s most populous…

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Canada beats Thai women’s volleyball team 3 sets to 1

Canada beat Thailand 3 sets to 1 last night (Tuesday), at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship being held in Poland. The Thai team was defeated 19-25 in the first…

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Thai women’s volleyball team advances to 2nd round of FIVB World Championship 2022

Thailand beat the Dominican Republic 3-2 to advance to the second round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship 2022 in the final match of the first round for Group B,…

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Thailand beats Iraq in Group A opener of AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022

Thailand came from two goals behindn to defeat Iraq 3-2 in the Group A opener of the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 in Kuwait last night. Thailand enjoyed early dominance…

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Cars drive on the illuminated race track for the upcoming Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP)

Singapore dressed up to party like it’s 2019 for F1 return

With tickets selling fast and party suites costing up to $70,000 a night, Singapore is putting the pedal to the metal when it hosts Asia’s first Formula One race this…

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Atthaya Thitikul holds her trophy after winning the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Rogers, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Thai teen Atthaya edges Kang for LPGA NW Arkansas trophy

Thailand’s golfer Atthaya Thitikul rolled in a birdie putt at the second playoff hole on Sunday to edge Danielle Kang and capture her second LPGA title at the NW Arkansas…

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Thailand beats Turkey in 1st round of Women’s World Volleyball Championship

The Thai women’s volleyball team overcame Turkey, ranked 6th in the world, in a five-set thriller on Saturday in Pool B at the Women’s World Volleyball Championship at the Gelre…

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Thai boy wins 2022 FIA Karting World Championship in Italy

13-year-old Enzo Tarnvanichkul became the first Thai national to win the 2022 FIA Karting World Championship in the OK Junior class (aged 12-14) at the Sarno circuit in Napoli, Italy,…

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Roger Federer’s highs and lows at Wimbledon

Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday after a career which brought 20 Grand Slam titles. His greatest perfomances and most heartbreaking moments at the majors came at Wimbledon where…

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Thailand wins gold, three silver and bronze medals at Aerobic Gymnastics Asian Championship

Thailand’s Chawisa Inthakul won the gold medal in the dance event at the 7th Aerobic Gymnastics Asian Championship held yesterday (Tuesday) in Pattaya. She scored 19,250 points, beating the first…

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Thai taekwondo fighter wins gold at Paris World Taekwondo Grand Prix

2020 Olympic gold medallist Panipak Wongpattanakit won the Paris 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix championship on Friday, in the women’s 49kg category, at the Parc des sports Marcel-Cerdan in Paris….

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Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the U.S. Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly…

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Tennis – U.S. Open – Flushing Meadows, New York, United States – August 29, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her first round match against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic REUTERS/Mike Segar

Serena Williams puts off retirement with U.S. Open first round win

Serena Williams signalled she is not quite ready for retirement advancing to the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday with a scrappy 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic. The victory over the 80th ranked Kovinic, just her second this year,…

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Serena Williams readies farewell as US Open begins

Serena Williams will take centre stage as the US Open gets under way on Monday with the 23-time Grand Slam winner preparing to bid an emotional farewell to tennis. After announcing earlier…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2022, Serena Williams of the US practices as she prepares for the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Serena Williams prepares for final curtain call at US Open

After a glittering 27-year professional career in which she became one of the greatest players of all time, Serena Williams is preparing to bid farewell to tennis at the major…

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Muay Thai boxing king Buakaw too strong for Japanese MMA challenger

Thailand’s top Muay Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek proved too strong for his Japanese challenger and MMA heartthrob Kota Miura in their special bout last night at Bangkok’s Rajadamnern Stadium, marking…

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16-year-old Thai boy named World Athletics fastest 100m under 18 sprinter

Thailand’s sprint sensation, 16-year-old Puripol Boonson, has been named by the World Athletics as the Number One 100-metre sprinter in the Under-18 age group, with a record of 10.09 seconds,…

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Serena Williams says ‘countdown’ to retirement has started

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion and iconic tennis superstar for a generation, said Tuesday that “the countdown has begun” to her retirement from the sport. The 40-year-old American…

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Thai athletes at ASEAN Para Games 2022 get warm welcome home from fans

The 518 Thai athletes competing at the ASEAN Para Games 2022 in Solo, Indonesia, were given a rousing welcome upon their arrival at Suvarnabhumi international airport this evening (Sunday). The…

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Thai taekwondo team performs well at 2022 World Taekwondo Junior Championship

Thai taekwondo team, in the 12-14 age group has, so far, won two golds, one silver and two bronzes at the Sofia 2022 World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Bulgaria. Nitipoom…

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Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium, a venue of the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. STR / AFP

China to host Asian Games in 2023 after Covid postponement

China will host the 2022 Asian Games in 2023, organisers said on Tuesday, after postponing the event in Hangzhou because of Covid. The Games will now be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8 2023, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)…

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Thailand loses to the Philippines 3-0 in AFF Women’s Championship

Thailand was defeated 3-0 by the Philippines in the final of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Sunday night. Jessika Covart…

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Fond farewell to young men in red, jeers for organizer

Early bird gets the worm, we all have been taught. But nobody has said anything about the fact that the worm can get jaw–droppingly expensive. Many Thai fans of Liverpool…

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Manchester United’s Tyrell Malacia (front) and Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (back) fight for the ball during the exhibition football match between English Premier League teams Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on July 12, 2022. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Manchester U beat Liverpool 4-0 during historic match in Bangkok

Football fans flocked to Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) to watch a historic football match between Manchester United and Liverpool. The fans were seen wearing the red…

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Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the UEFA Nations League, league A group 2 football match between Portugal and Czech Republic at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on June 9, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Ronaldo will not travel with Man Utd for pre-season tour

Cristiano Ronaldo will not travel with Manchester United for their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia after the Portugal striker was given additional time off to deal with a family…

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Thailand’s Nations League volleyball team loses to Brazilians 1-3

Thailand’s female volleyball team lost to Brazil by 1-3 yesterday (Saturday) at the Women’s Nations League in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Brazilian team won the first two sets, 25-18 and 26-24,…

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Thailand’s Chanthakan Manoban wins kick boxing’s K-1 World Grand Prix championship

A native of the north-eastern province of Buri Ram and a cousin of Lalisa Manoban, aka “Lisa” of the girl band “Blackpink”, has become Thailand’s first female kick boxer to…

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Thongchai Jaidee celebrates after sinking his putt to win the American Family Insurance Championship.

Thongchai Jaidee: Thailand’s greatest golfer not done yet

Thongchai Jaidee has risen to the status of a legend on the Thai golf circuit over the past two decades. Throughout his prosperous career, the man nicknamed TJ by his…

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Kylie Masse of Canada competes in her Women 100m Backstroke semifinal at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday. FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on…

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Djokovic hails ‘champion’ Nadal but ‘not surprised’ by injury recovery

Novak Djokovic hailed Rafael Nadal as a “great champion” after losing an epic late-night French Open quarter-final, but added he was “not surprised” by his rival’s recovery from a debilitating…

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Vinicius strikes as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League final

Vinicius Junior scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris to become kings of Europe for a record-extending 14th time after…

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Saudi prince in Thailand, eyes further cooperation in sports

Saudi Arabia is pleased with the improvement in Saudi-Thai relations and hopes to see them grow in many ways, including sports, according to Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz, Vice…

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Newcastle United’s English midfielder Sean Longstaff (L) vies with Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on May 8, 2022.

Man City move closer to Premier League title, Arsenal boost top-four bid

London (AFP) – Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool’s stumble in the Premier League title race as the champions moved a step closer to retaining their crown with a 5-0 demolition of…

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Salah double as Liverpool routs Man United 4-0 to top Premier League

LIVERPOOL (AP) — Liverpool is back where Manchester United is far from reaching: Top of the Premier League. To know why there is such a deficit in quality now between…

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Thai clinches side tournament title at Winchester Women’s Open 2022

Thai snooker player Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, put Thailand in the headlines when she clinched the under-21 side tournament at the Winchester Women’s Open 2022 snooker championship in Leicestershire, UK, on April…

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Thai golfer wins LPGA title in playoff at JTBC Classic in California

Thai golfer Atthaya Thitikul won the JTBC Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in Carlsbad, California on Sunday, beating Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark in a playoff. At 19…

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This file photo taken on January 29, 2022 shows Australia’s Ashleigh Barty posing with the trophy after victory her women’s singles final match against Danielle Collins of the US on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (Photo by Aaron FRANCIS / AFP)

World tennis No.1 Ashleigh Barty announces shock retirement

Sydney (AFP) – World number one Ashleigh Barty stunned the tennis world Wednesday by announcing her early retirement from the sport at the age of just 25.  Barty dropped the bombshell weeks…

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Tuchel revels in ‘incomparable’ joy of Club World Cup triumph

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel described winning the Club World Cup as an “incomparable feeling” as the European champions got their hands on the last major trophy missing from their cabinet. Kai Havertz…

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Picture of the logo of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)taken on September 20, 2016 at the headquarter of the organisation in Montreal. (Photo by Marc BRAIBANT / AFP)

Sport’s anti- doping agency removes Thailand from non-compliance list

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed Thailand from the non-compliance list with immediate effect. WADA informed the Doping Control Agency of Thailand (DCAT) in a letter dated February 2nd,…

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First Torch bearer Luo Zhihuan holds up the torch after receiving it from Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng before the start of the torch relay for the 2022 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022./ AP

Shortened Olympic torch relay starts for Beijing Games

BEIJING (AP) — The three-day torch relay for the Beijing Olympics, shortened considerably because of concerns about the coronavirus, started Wednesday with an 80-year-old former speedskater carrying the flame. The…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walks with his team after landing at Dubai Airport after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘You are our champion’: deported Djokovic welcomed home to Serbia

BELGRADE/MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic arrived home in Serbia on Monday after Australia deported the world men’s tennis No. 1 for not having a COVID-19 vaccine, a stance…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic rides in car as he leaves a government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his lawyers office in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (James Ross/AAP via AP)

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the door open for Novak Djokovic to compete at next year’s Australian Open despite the tennis superstar facing an automatic three-year ban from entering the country. The world number one player left Australia late on Sunday…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wears a face mask as he arrives at the Lawyer’s office ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2022. Martin Keep / AFP

‘Disappointed’ Djokovic leaves Australia after court defeat

Novak Djokovic flew out of Melbourne airport Sunday after losing a court battle to avoid deportation from Australia over his stance on Covid-19 vaccinations. An AFP reporter aboard the plane…

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes a break during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on January 12, 2022. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Djokovic admits ‘errors’ in urgent fight to avoid deportation

Melbourne (AFP) – Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted “errors” in his travel papers and in his behaviour after a claimed coronavirus infection as he battled to stay in Australia and fight…

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In this image taken from aerial video footage, tennis star Novak Djokovic practices on the tennis court during a training session Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Melbourne Australia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Channel 9 via AP)

Djokovic back into swing in Australia despite visa concerns

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic held a practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, his second day out of detention, focusing on his Australian Open title defense while…

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FILE – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic’s visa

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government…

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Nadal says Djokovic knew the risks: ‘He made his own decisions’

Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he must face the consequences for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.   World’s number one was…

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Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, seeking injunction to stop his removal


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Thailand win Suzuki Cup for record sixth time

Thailand lifted the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record sixth time on Saturday, after a 2-2 draw with Indonesia in the final’s second leg sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory at the…

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Why Thailand is facing embarrassment on the sporting world stage

It should have been an occasion of soaring national pride as Thai badminton champions enjoyed the crowning success of their career. Instead, Thai viewers watched in embarrassment recently as the…

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Thailand thump Indonesia 4-0 to take control of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Chanathip Songkrasin scored twice as Thailand closed in on a sixth AFF Suzuki Cup title with a 4-0 thumping of Indonesia in the first leg of the final on Wednesday. The Thai…

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Thailand book place in AFF Suzuki Cup final

Thailand booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final for a ninth time in 13 attempts after they held defending champions Vietnam to a goalless draw on Sunday in the…

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi-final match against Britain’s Andy Murray in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi on December 17, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Nadal tests positive for Covid in latest blow for tennis legend

Madrid (AFP) – Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who was expected to play in the Australian Open next month, said Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and was isolating. The Spanish…

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Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh (L) and Sapsiree Taerattanachai celebrate beating Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino after the mixed doubles final badminton match of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, on December 19, 2021. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Thailand’s Dechapol and Sapsiree make history as badminton world champions

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, the world’s top ranked mixed doubles team, beat Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan 2-0 in the finals of the 2021 badminton tournament in…

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Former Saudi Arabian international Nawaf al-Temyat (R) and former Brazilian world cup winner Cafu carry the trophy at the end of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 final football match between Tunisia and Algeria at the Al-Bayt stadium in the Qatari city of Al-Khor on December 18, 2021. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Next, the World Cup: after Arab Cup, Qatar faces bigger test

Qatar passed their first test with a successful hosting of the Arab Cup but bigger challenges lie ahead when 1.2 million fans and 32 international teams arrive for the World Cup one year from now….

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Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh pose with their shields after winning the BWF World Tour Finals in Bali.

Super-duo Dechapol and Sapsiree smash Thai badminton back to top of the world

Thailand underlined its status as a global badminton power on Tuesday (Dec 7), when Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai claimed the mixed doubles No 1 throne in the latest rankings…

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A visitor to the Shougang Park walks past the a sculpture for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. China on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China…

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