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A championship is being played in Mexico to try to revive a 3,000-year-old ball game.

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The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan

Organisers have been trying to bring back the game, known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, because of its ancient cultural and religious significance.

The game was played across Central America before being banned by the Spanish conquistadors.

The tournament, only the second since 2006, is being played by ten teams from across Mexico.

According to ancient texts the ball game was seen as a struggle between light and darkness and provided the energy to keep humanity going.

One of the best preserved ball courts can be found - with stone rings to throw the ball through - in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Today the game is played by teams of seven players, who knock a heavy solid rubber ball up and down a narrow pitch, using their hips rather than their feet.

Giant ball courts can still be seen in ruins across the region.

In ancient times losers of the game were often sacrificed to the Gods*, but this year organisers opted for a knockout tournament instead.


* There is iconography and mythology related to the ballgame that involve sacrifice, but there is little evidence that people were sacrificed for having played this game.

Serena Williams caused a sensation with the black catsuit she wore at this year’s French Open tournament. But French tennis officials aren’t as fashion-forward.

From now on, players’ attire apparently will be subject to a dress code — and Williams’ sleek outfit is out.

“I feel like a warrior in it, a warrior princess … from Wakanda, maybe,” she told reporters in May, referring to the movie Black Panther. “I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Williams won the 2017 Australian Open when she was nearly two months pregnant, and she gave birth to a daughter last year. But the birth was followed by a six-day medical crisis in which Williams suffered blood clots in her lungs, and she says she nearly died.

So like any good superhero costume, Williams’ black Nike catsuit was functional.

“I’ve had a lot of problems with my blood clots, God I don’t know how many I’ve had in the past 12 months,” she said at the May news conference. “I’ve been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.”

‘One Must Respect The Game’: French Open Bans Serena Williams’ Catsuit

Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images

Dick’s Sporting Goods is banning sales of assault weapons across all its stores after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.


The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer announced the move Thursday in an open letter and an appearance by CEO Ed Stack on Good Morning America.


Assault weapon sales ended at Dick’s-branded stores after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting in 2012, but the company was still selling them at its Field & Stream locations, which specialize in hunting and outdoors products.


“As we looked at what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened, we felt we really needed to do something,” Stack told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.


The retailer will also end sales of high-capacity magazines and sales of guns to people under 21 years old.


Stack acknowledged that the Parkland school shooter had purchased a shotgun at one of the company’s stores in November. Though the killer did not use the gun in the shooting, the realization served as a catalyst for action.


“We did everything by the book, we did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun,” Stack said. “When we looked at that, we said, ‘The systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that.’”


Stack described the company’s move as a direct response to the Parkland students who have pushed for change following the shooting. He said the company remains a “staunch” supporter of Second Amendment rights, adding that he owns a gun himself.

What she says: I’m fine

What she means: WILLIAM NYLANDER ALWAYS JUMPES ONTO AUSTON MATTHEWS WHEN HE SCORES WITH SO MUCH LOVE AND AFFECTION. HOW DOES HE MANAGE TO ALWAYS ATTACK AUSTON WITH SO MUCH LOVE. THE LOVE IS SO STRONG, I CAN FEEL THE VIBRATIONS THROUGH MY TV SCREEN. HES SO HAPPY FOR AUSTON, NOTHING MAKES WILLY HAPPIER THAN SEEING AUSTON SCORE, AND I LOVE THAT SO MUCH. IT TAKES A BRAVE MAN TO JUMP ONTO A FRIDGE, AND THATS WHY I LOVE WILLY SO MUCH. HE IS SO SELFLESS TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON SCORING SO MUCH. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I LOVE ABOUT WILLY, HIS HAIR. LIEK WHEN HE RUNS IS FINGERS THROUGH IT IN INTERVIEWS IM JUST LIKE HHHNNNNNHGGGGGGGGGGGGGSFSGGA

HE IS SO PERFECT. AND HES SO NICE.

HE SKATES WITH LITTLE CHILDREN AND TAKES PHOTOTS WITH THEM ANDHAJSEHQJSHHDVDBS I JUST LOVE WILLY.

The U.S. women’s hockey team owns Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years, after breaking Canada’s remarkable streak of success in a gripping final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The only previous U.S. win had come in the tournament’s first year, in 1998.

When the American women finally received their gold medals, they were placed on their necks by former player Angela Ruggiero — who was on the last U.S. Olympic team to win it all.

This game was far from easy — for the players on either side, and for their fans. Regulation time had ended with a 2-2 tie — and when a 20-minute overtime didn’t produce a sudden-death goal, a penalty shootout also ended in a 2-2 tie. That sent it to a sudden-death shootout to decide who would wear gold.

U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Wins Gold, Beating Canada In Penalty-Shot Thriller

Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images

[NEWS] Super Junior will attend MBC’s “2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships"!

After 8 years, Super Junior will once again appear on the “2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships"! Additionally, Shindong and Eunhyuk will also participate in the bowling event of the games. The championships will air during the Korean Lunar New Year holiday, from Feb. 4 to 6, 2019. Filming of the special will start on Jan. 7th at the Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon.

Source: MBC & Soompi