Sports http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19260/all en Russia scandalized by Olympic mascot choice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110301/sochi-winter-olympics-mascot <p> How could a hip snow leopard, a cute rabbit and a pudgy polar bear cause such an outcry?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110301/sochi-winter-olympics-mascot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Dmitry Medvedev Sochi Sports Travel/Tourism Vladimir Putin Wildlife News Europe Culture & Lifestyle Russia Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:50:32 +0000 Miriam Elder 5627829 at http://www.globalpost.com Ireland beats England in cricket — and pigs fly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/ireland/110307/cricket-world-cup-ireland-england <p> The Irish beat their erstwhile rulers, the English, in the Cricket World Cup, shocking their countrymen and gaining fans for a once shunned sport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/ireland/110307/cricket-world-cup-ireland-england" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cricket Sports Culture & Lifestyle Ireland United Kingdom Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:34:00 +0000 Conor O&#039;Clery 5629024 at http://www.globalpost.com Cricket frenzy in Bangladesh http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5629580 The streets of Khaka are clean and adorned with sparkling lights. The buses and cars have been freshly painted. All for the Cricket World Cup. Cricket Sports Asia-Pacific Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:23:00 +0000 Khaled Hasan 5629580 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa: no feet no hindrance for cyclist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110325/sports-cycling-cape-town-disability <p> CAPE TOWN &mdash; &rsquo;&rsquo;When we found Xolisa he was mostly dragging himself around on his hands and knees,&rsquo;&rsquo; said Tony Lubner, whose charity raised money for Xolisa&rsquo;s &rsquo;&quot;legs.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110325/sports-cycling-cape-town-disability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports South Africa Health Thu, 05 May 2011 10:41:00 +0000 Alex Duval Smith 5633408 at http://www.globalpost.com Alain Robert climbs world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110329/alain-robert-Burj-Khalifa-dubai <p> &quot;I&#39;m doing this to show the students there is no edge or borders and to inspire people to break the mold and not limit themselves,&quot; said Robert. &quot;Part of my message is not only to follow your heart but try to innovate in all things you do.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110329/alain-robert-Burj-Khalifa-dubai" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dubai Sports Middle East Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:12:19 +0000 News Desk 5633884 at http://www.globalpost.com With ski jumper Adam Malysz's retirement, Poles lose a rare international sports star http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110408/ski-jumper-adam-malysz-retirement-poland-sports <p> WARSAW &mdash; Despite his fame, Adam Malysz remained an entirely normal small-town boy with an unfashionable moustache.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110408/ski-jumper-adam-malysz-retirement-poland-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Sports Entertainment Europe Poland Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:21:20 +0000 Jan Cienski 5636409 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish hooligans put fear into Euro 2012 organizers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110502/poland-euro-2012-hooligans <p> WARSAW &mdash; Street fights are just one in a laundry list of illegal activity connected to Polish fans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110502/poland-euro-2012-hooligans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Soccer Sports Entertainment Europe Poland Thu, 05 May 2011 10:37:11 +0000 Jan Cienski 5641781 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer superstars visit Grozny, play team of Chechen bureaucrats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110512/chechnya-soccer-diego-maradona-ramzan-kadyrov <p>GROZNY, Russia &mdash; Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov hosts some of soccer&#39;s greatest. They lose. To him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110512/chechnya-soccer-diego-maradona-ramzan-kadyrov" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Sports World Leaders Europe Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Russia Thu, 12 May 2011 20:25:00 +0000 Miriam Elder 5644362 at http://www.globalpost.com Looking for the perfect wave? Try Peru. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110523/peru-surfing-waves <p> LIMA &mdash; In the film &ldquo;The Endless Summer,&rdquo; two surfing buddies travel to Australia, South Africa and Tahiti in their quest to ride great waves all year long. It turns out they could have just come to Peru.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110523/peru-surfing-waves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peru Sports Travel/Tourism Americas Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:09:00 +0000 John Otis 5646701 at http://www.globalpost.com Here is something China is good at http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/here-something-china-good-at <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hangzhou, a city of nearly 7 million, has the most far-reaching bike-sharing program in the world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Bike-sharing!</p> <p> What started out as a popular phenomenon in progressive Western cities (Amsterdam started the trend in the &#39;60s and Portland, Ore., was the first city to catch on in the U.S. in 1994) has now been adopted by the developing world.</p> <p> And how.</p> <p> Hangzhou, a city of 6.77 million people in southeastern China, started a program by which bikes are made available for shared use to people who don&#39;t own them in 2008 &mdash; with 2,800 bikes spread out at 61 locations around the city.</p> <p> By 2011, the number of bikes had mushroomed to 51,500 at 2,050 different spots, according to Elizabeth Press at <a href="http://www.streetfilms.org/the-biggest-baddest-bike-share-in-the-world-hangzhou-china/#more-50505">Streetfilms.org</a>.</p> <p> For a city with 1.5 million fewer people than New York City, Press wrote, Hangzhou&#39;s bike-share program &quot;blows all other bike-shares off the map.&quot;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.good.is/post/hangzhou-s-bike-share-system-dwarfs-all-other/?utm_content=headline&amp;utm_medium=hp_carousel&amp;utm_source=slide_4">Good magazine</a> gives that statement teeth: &quot;Montreal, Mexico City, Washington D.C., London and Paris, all of which are regularly lauded for their systems, all have between 1,000 and 10,000 bikes.&quot;</p> <p> To be fair, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/23/AR2007032301753.html">Washington Post</a> put Paris&#39; program closer to 20,000 bikes by 2008.</p> <p> But any way you cut it, Hangzhou outshines all other European and American contenders.</p> <p> China&#39;s bike culture surely helped Hangzhou along, but the program&#39;s success is largely due to how integrated it is into the transportation network of the city. Drop-off/pick-up locations &mdash; near bus stops, parking lots and water taxi stations &mdash; are less than a quarter mile from one another in the city center.</p> <p> Check out Streetfilms short doc on the matter:<a href="http://vimeo.com/24241296"> The Biggest, Baddest Bike-Share in the World: Hangzhou China</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/here-something-china-good-at" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Travel/Tourism China Health The Rice Bowl Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:03:56 +0000 Emily Lodish 5648849 at http://www.globalpost.com Pole-dancing steps into the spotlight in China (PHOTOS) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110608/pole-dancing-china-women-exercise%20 <p>SHANGHAI &mdash; Pole-dancing&#39;s popularity indicates that Chinese society is warming to the idea of women strutting their stuff &mdash; in more ways than one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110608/pole-dancing-china-women-exercise%20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Entertainment Emerging Markets China Global Economy Health Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:18:00 +0000 Justin Calderon 5650029 at http://www.globalpost.com Vancouver fans riot in streets after 4-0 loss to Boston Bruins in Game 7 of Stanley Cup finals (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110616/riots-vancouver-stanley-cup-hockey-canucks-bruins-loss-video <p> The riots after the Canucks 4-0 loss to Boston were reminiscent of what happened in Vancouver in 1994, when the Canucks lost Game 7 of the finals to the Rangers in New York.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110616/riots-vancouver-stanley-cup-hockey-canucks-bruins-loss-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Travel/Tourism Americas Canada Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:35:00 +0000 News Desk 5651554 at http://www.globalpost.com Vancouver hockey riots photo of "kissing couple" goes viral http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110617/canada-vancouver-canucks-riot-kissing-couple-photo-viral-meme <p> Some people have wondered whether the photo was performance art, while others have said the woman may have been injured in the rioting and was being comforted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110617/canada-vancouver-canucks-riot-kissing-couple-photo-viral-meme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Internet Sports Twitter Canada Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:33:00 +0000 News Desk 5651792 at http://www.globalpost.com Why Andy Murray will never win Wimbledon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110617/wimbledon-andy-murray-tennis <p> LONDON &mdash; While Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are playing a tennis tournament, Murray is playing a part in some kind of modern Druid festival of the solstice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/110617/wimbledon-andy-murray-tennis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:46:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5651865 at http://www.globalpost.com Vancouver riots: The shame and the blame spread online http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110617/shame-blame-hockey-riots-vancouver-facebook-police <p> The shaming and blaming related to the riots have spread like wildfire on the Internet, particularly on Facebook, as anger over the mayhem deepens in the city of Vancouver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110617/shame-blame-hockey-riots-vancouver-facebook-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Internet Sports Technology news Americas Business Canada Culture & Lifestyle Technology Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:51:31 +0000 News Desk 5651935 at http://www.globalpost.com