Russians face more sports sanctions, but not at Paralympics
(Torstein Boee/NTB scanpix via AP) (Torstein Boee)DÜSSELDORF, Germany — (AP) — With the exception of the upcoming Paralympics, Russian athletes were restricted from competing in more sporting events around the world on Wednesday. The International Paralympic Committee, however, said Russians and Belarusians would be able to compete in Beijing as "neutral athletes" without national symbols. The IOC, however, left open the possibility of allowing them to compete as neutral athletes if expulsion was not possible because of short notice. The Winter Paralympics open Friday and numerous Russian athletes are already in the Chinese capital. The restrictions have been strongly criticized by Russian politicians and on Wednesday by striker Artem Dzyuba, the top scorer for the Russian national soccer team.wftv.com
The Latest: Miranchuk gives Russia 1-0 win over Finland
Russia Finland Euro 2020 Soccer Russia's Aleksei Miranchuk celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Finland and Russia at the Gazprom Arena stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool) (Kirill Kudryavtsev)The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:___Aleksei Miranchuk’s curling shot in first-half stoppage time gave Russia a 1-0 win over Finland and its first points at the European Championship. Both matches were played at Saint Petersburg Stadium. ___Russia defender Mario Fernandes has been taken to the hospital after landing on his back in a fall during the European Championship game against Finland. ___Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has been suspended from the team’s game against the Netherlands on Thursday for insulting a North Macedonian opponent.wftv.com
Portugal, Belgium held in WCup qualifying, Ireland shocked
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the World Cup 2022 group A qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Portugal at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Portugal and Belgium were left frustrated by draws in their World Cup qualifying matches. Stéphanie Frappart made more history as the first woman to referee a men's World Cup qualifier as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0. TV replays indicated the ball did cross the line, but goal-line technology and video review aren't used in the World Cup qualifiers. Artem Dzyuba scored both of Russia's goals to move within one goal of the Russian team record of 30 held by retired striker Alexander Kerzhakov.