Pro boxer Batyrgaziev makes Oly history

Russia’s Albert Batyrgaziev has become the first professional boxer to win an Olympic gold medal after outlasting American Duke Ragan – a fellow pro – in the Tokyo featherweight final. Indeed both Batyrgaziev and Ragan made history at the Kokugikan Arena on Thursday, becoming the first two pro fighters to …

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Stingers win shootout, will play for 5th

The Stingers will play for fifth place in women’s water polo at the Tokyo Games, prevailing 14-12 in a penalty shootout win over Canada. Scores were locked 10-10 at fulltime before Australian goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas made two sharp saves in the shootout. Zoe Aracini scored five goals in total as …

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GFG settles disputes with Tata and Rio

Sanjeev Gupta’s under-pressure business empire has settled two disputes with major international companies, months after a major lender collapsed. GFG Alliance said it has reached an agreement with India’s Tata Steel, which will end proceedings that Tata launched against three GFG companies, including Liberty Speciality Steels, earlier this year. According …

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Rugby Australia sanctions drunk Olympians

Some Australian rugby Olympians will be sent for alcohol counselling as the entire sevens squad cops a formal warning for a drunken return flight from the Tokyo Games. Rugby Australia (RA) has detailed the sanctions while also promising to pay for the damage in a player’s room at the athletes’ …

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Bank of England keeps rates on hold

The Bank of England has set out its plans for how it would start to ease the British economy off the huge levels of support it has provided during the pandemic crisis, but it kept its stimulus running at full speed for now despite a jump in inflation. The BoE …

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McSweyn, Hoare through to 1500m final

National record holder Stewart McSweyn has hung tough to give himself the chance to race for a medal in the Olympic men’s 1500m final on Saturday – and he will have fellow Australian Ollie Hoare for company. McSweyn went to the front with two laps to go in the second …

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Kookaburras lose Tokyo gold-medal shootout

The Kookaburras’ quest for their first Olympic gold medal since 2004 has ended with a gutting penalty-shootout loss to fellow superpower Belgium in a pulsating Tokyo final. Tom Wickham, a late addition to Australia’s Olympic men’s hockey squad in July, delivered a 47th-minute equaliser in the gold-medal decider. The rivals …

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