What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

The TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule. The challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the “what channel is today’s NASCAR race on” question even more understandable.

Tonight, for just the third time in a couple months, those who seek the TV channel for the NASCAR race will be doing so in order to watch a real, live event rather than a virtual competition. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first of two Cup races at the track in a four-day span, will broadcast live on Fox with a start time of 6 p.m. ET.

The Coca-Cola 600 is the third race in NASCAR’s return on an altered, short-term schedule as it attempts to keep a 36-race slate intact for 2020. For now, with remaining doubt about how NASCAR can construct its schedule beyond June given differing restrictions on gatherings of people from state to state, the short-term schedule includes only a handful of tracks.

As for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, it is the only race on the modified slate that will run on its originally scheduled date and at its originally scheduled time. Wednesday’s race at Charlotte, which is running in place of the canceled June Sonoma race, will start at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is how to watch Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

Like the schedule itself, the TV channels for Cup Series races after June are up in the air. The Coca-Cola 600, though, as well as three more Cup Series races currently on the schedule for June, will broadcast live on Fox.

Last week’s Darlington race Sunday, which was the first for NASCAR since the coronavirus pandemic shut down live sports in March, drew 6.32 million viewers with its 3:30 p.m. ET start time on Fox. That was a 38 percent jump over the last Cup Series race, which ran March 8 at Phoenix Raceway. Another Sunday race on Fox’s cable network should bring similarly strong TV ratings.

Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local Fox affiliate for each.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

A 6 p.m. ET start time has become the customary protocol for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race. It’s the only event in the sport that features four stages rather than three, and each Coca-Cola 600 stage will be 100 laps.

The Coca-Cola 600 begins in the heat of the daylight, but it gradually turns into a night race over the span of roughly 4 1/2 hours. That leads to cooling track temperatures and puts the onus on adjustments as teams attempt to navigate the race.

Fox’s coverage of pre-race ceremonies from Charlotte Motor Speedway — which are special on Memorial Day weekend — will begin at 6 p.m. ET, and the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to take the green flag 28 minutes later.

NASCAR live stream for Coca-Cola 600

Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry Fox — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

NASCAR schedule 2020

NASCAR on May 14 released its revised Cup Series schedule for May and June of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.

Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series:

(NASCAR warns that the stage lengths and start times for the races above are tentative and subject to change.)

To start, NASCAR is scheduling races within driving distance of the Charlotte area, where most race teams are headquartered. That eliminates most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week, which appears necessary for a full season of racing.

Because those tracks are hosting more races than originally scheduled, NASCAR had to take races away from Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma. Via NASCAR, below are the details of those changes:

— “Chicagoland’s NASCAR Cup Series race, originally set for June 21, has been reassigned to Darlington on May 17. The 1.5-mile Illinois track’s Xfinity Series race that was scheduled June 20 will be held May 19 at Darlington. Chicagoland was also set to host the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (June 19) and ARCA Menards Series (June 18); officials indicated that those races will be reassigned at a later date.”

— “Richmond Raceway’s springtime Cup Series event on the initial schedule for April 19 has been moved to Darlington on May 20. A Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race that was to be run April 18 remains postponed, with officials saying details would come later for rescheduling. The .75-mile Virginia track’s Sept. 11-12 race weekend remains on the schedule.”

— “Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series date for June 14 has been moved to Charlotte on May 27. Officials for the road course said in a release that they had worked with NASCAR to find an alternate date on the schedule, but that a suitable replacement could not be reached, ‘given the ongoing uncertainty around large events in California.'”

Below are the four NASCAR Cup Series races that are currently postponed (and their original dates on the schedule):

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Spurs legend Steve Perryman on the challenge facing Premier League

18 games in 51 days? No problem, I played every minute!… Spurs legend Steve Perryman recalls hectic schedule of their 1981-82 season as Premier League prepares for return

  • Spurs legend Steve Perryman recalled the club’s hectic 1981-82 schedule
  • Their last nine League games took place in 20 days due to cup runs 
  • Perryman reflected on the challenges facing Premier League stars before return 

In the end, it all came down to the FA Cup final replay and a Tottenham team hanging on to salvage something tangible from a season which, at one stage, had promised to be historic. 

In 1981-82, a great Spurs side were in the hunt for an extraordinary quadruple but had a handicap that would make a modern footballer blanche.

The heavy winter had seen festive fixtures postponed and, because of their cup exploits at the time, Spurs were affected worse than anyone. They would have to play 18 games in 51 days.

Tottenham legend Steve Perryman reflected on club’s 1981-82 season with hectic schedule

Over Easter they played four games in six days as they chased the League title, FA Cup and UEFA’s Cup-winners’ Cup. Weeks earlier they only lost the League Cup final to Liverpool in extra-time after leading with three minutes to go.

In the context of the current restart from the coronavirus lockdown which is being considered by the Premier League, Spurs’ last nine League games took place in 20 days.

On March 13 — League Cup final day — they were sixth, eight points behind leaders Southampton but with five games in hand. They were two points behind eventual champions Liverpool, who had played three more games.

Spurs had to play 18 games in 51 days due to cup runs as the fought through the fatigue

Spurs were progressing steadily through the FA Cup and Cup-winners’ Cup. By the end, all that was left for an exhausted and emotionally battered team was the FA Cup final against Second Division QPR, managed by up-and-coming Terry Venables.

‘We got tired in the League, no doubt,’ recalls captain Steve Perryman. ‘We ran out of legs. That was sort of acceptable but it wouldn’t have been acceptable to get beaten at Wembley by a Second Division team. That would have been more than bad luck. We knew to salvage the season we just had to win the FA Cup.’

Yesterday should have been Cup final day. Spurs, who also lifted the old trophy in 1981 in one of the great finals, a 3-2 replay against Manchester City, were developing one of their greatest teams since the Double-winning side of 1961, but were ultimately famous for knockout triumphs, also winning the UEFA Cup in 1984.

Perryman, who holds the club’s appearance record of 854 games, played behind Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles, two of the era’s most-talented midfielders. Ray Clemence, who won five League titles with Liverpool, was in goal. Steve Archibald, who went on to play for Barcelona, and Garth Crooks were up front. Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton was the left-back.

There were several tales of what might have been. In that League Cup final, Ronnie Whelan equalised late on and Liverpool took charge in extra time.

Perryman (right) holds the club record for most appearances with 854 for Tottenham

Tottenham’s task was made harder by the onset of the Falklands War between Argentina and the UK, which meant Ardiles was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain. Ricky Villa was left out of the FA Cup final line-up for diplomatic reasons as the conflict escalated.

Amid that extraordinary run of games in 1982, it was the visit to play Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Cup-Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg that Perryman remembers best. The first leg at White Hart Lane finished 1-1 but it would be fair to say it was not a diplomatic triumph for Barca. ‘Animals!’ screamed one headline. ‘They kicked the life out of us at White Hart Lane,’ he says.

‘I think they probably scouted us and thought we were a physical team: that would have been me, Graham Roberts, Paul Miller. So they decided they had to set their stall out. They started it, then made out like we were the bad boys. It was a case of: ‘So now you’re going to get it in Barcelona’.’

Whatever, going to the Nou Camp was unforgettable. ‘It was special,’ says Perryman. ‘I remember saying to Ian Crook, a younger player: ‘Listen, son. See this stadium, this is why you do extra training. These are the stages you have to play on’. It had an aura about the place.

‘And, by the way, you get to the tunnel and their team files off into a chapel. Then they come out and you think: ‘Ah, that’s lovely’. Then they kick the s*** out of you! They were clearly saying sorry before they did it. Getting absolution…’ The Cup-winners’ Cup would elude Spurs, a 1-0 defeat at the Nou Camp that night ending that dream.

‘The authorities came into the dressing room before the game — we assume both dressing rooms — and said: ‘If what happened in the first leg happens again, no one will go through!’ I think that took the aggression out of us. From kick-off, one of their fellas launched himself at me, a foot off the floor.

‘We weren’t as physical because we took the warning, so we sort of went out with a bit of a whimper.’

Perryman played every minute of that 1981-82 season.

‘Over Easter, we played Barcelona on the Wednesday, Ipswich on Saturday, Arsenal on Monday and Sunderland on Wednesday. Four games in eight days! That was in a period of six games in 15 days.’

Complaints were few and far between from a team managed by Keith Burkinshaw in an era pretty much devoid of sports science. ‘You just had to get through it,’ says Perryman. ‘A lot of football from my era was ‘Just get on with it’.

‘The leaders were from the ‘get on with it’ brigade, who had lived through the second World War: Bill Nicholson, Eddie Baily [Nicholson’s assistant], Harry Catterick [Everton boss 1961-73], Bill Shankly [Liverpool boss 1959-74]. Keith was from that sort of generation. It just had to be done and no one suggested you couldn’t or shouldn’t.

‘You had a lack of information. I hear these days the sports scientist dictates when the [training] session finishes but there seem to be as many injuries as at any time. Liverpool used to win championships with 14, 15 players.

‘No sports science then. I spoke to our former physio, Mike Varney, the other day and asked: ‘How did we get through that?’ He said: ‘Steve, we were running out of players and you were fit. You just weren’t injured, so you had to play’.

‘We didn’t do any training. You came in, you might have talked about the game and you might have had a walk round the pitch, a jog, but you didn’t train. They talk about warm-up and warm-down. There wasn’t even time to warm down.

Perryman (bottom left) played every minute of Tottenham’s succesful 1981-82 season

‘There’s a point at which you don’t need to train, because the more you train the more you get injured. You weren’t encouraged to be tired.

‘You weren’t asked if you were tired. You had to listen to your body. When your body tells you you’re not right, you have to listen to it.’

It wasn’t until Perryman went to join Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan, as an assistant to Ardiles in 1996, where they contended with Arsene Wenger in his final days in the J-League, that they truly discovered modern sports science.

‘We didn’t have scans before then. The physio would just probe the body and assess the injury with his experience. When I went to Japan, in the first week the doctor came in with a scan, like when you have a baby and said: ‘Two weeks’.

‘Ossie and I said: ‘What’s that?’

‘He said: ‘It’s a scan’.

‘And we said: ‘Well, we know it’s a scan. What of?’

‘And he said: ‘The player’s hamstring’.

‘And it wasn’t like me and Ossie played for s*** clubs. That was 1996. Shimizu S-Pulse had a full-time doctor and there were only three full-time doctors in the Premier League at the time.’

Back to 1982 and Spurs did eventually prevail in the FA Cup, winning 1-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw, but the first game was 0-0 at full time and QPR had the best of the second game after conceding a sixth-minute penalty by Hoddle. ‘They were two poor finals,’ admits Perryman, now 68.

‘We’d run out of legs and we just gathered up to win the Cup. Their keeper Peter Hucker was man of the match in the first match, so we didn’t do too bad, but it was a crap game.’

As for the class of ’82, the bonds forged over their marathon effort proved to be strong. Perryman says: ‘We’re very close. Archie comes across from Spain every now and then. I go with Ossie and Ricky and our wives to Umbria in Italy once a year, which is great. You’re entitled to be close when you win things.

‘We understood why we were a team. Yes, it’s about top players and special players, but it’s also about the grit of Roberts and Miller and Hughton’s smoothness. Ossie was like a battery. Start him off and let him go. He was all action.

‘I don’t think any of it was planned. If Keith said: ‘Ossie: do not go out wide, stay in the middle’, within a minute he’d be taking a throw-in.

‘Clem [Clemence] had the brain, the experience of winning, and Glenn, my God, what talent! Tony Galvin, from non-league, could run all day. And Crooks and Archibald up front were amazing.’




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Steve Bruce breaks silence on £300m Newcastle United takeover

Steve Bruce says he would be ‘delighted’ if Newcastle United’s takeover was to go ahead.

A £300m bid to buy the club from Mike Ashley, led by Amanda Staveley and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Reuben brothers, is currently being considered by the Premier League.

Reports have claimed that Bruce’s job is under threat as Mauricio Pochettino is favoured by the prospective new owners.

But Bruce insists he is fully focused on pushing Newcastle forward.

‘We all aspire in management, we all aspire to be Pep [Guardiola], Jurgen [Klopp]… these great managers who’ve been a breath of fresh air to football. Jurgen Klopp coming into this country, you just have to applaud him for his tactics and the way Liverpool play,’ Bruce told Sky Sports.

‘If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great. I would love to see it and I’d love to be part of it.

‘I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward.

‘If that happens for Newcastle in the future, then great – I’d be delighted. You do get labelled in the game, and that’s why I enjoyed my time managing in the Championship. I’d back myself against most people in that division.

‘But to be in a position where you’re actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well, then it would be wonderful. I’d back myself, of course I would.

‘Management, whether you’re managing in the lower division or you’re right at the top, it’s about getting the best out of what you’ve got. And if you can do that, I’d back myself to have a crack at it. I’d be confident that I’d be able to do it.

‘Whether that’s ever going to be the case, who knows?’

Bruce also said he is ‘in the dark’ over how close Newcastle’s takeover is to being completed.

‘I have a wonderful working relationship with Lee Charnley and he told me, ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you’,’ said Bruce.

‘We’ve left it at that and gone back to work.

‘I’m in the dark like most other people, and for that, I’m glad, really, because I can’t comment on it.

‘It’s not worth talking about it as I really don’t know.’

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PSG 'give up on pursuit of Koulibaly' to leave United with a free run

PSG ‘give up on pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly’ as they baulk at Napoli’s ‘excessive’ £63m asking price… leaving Manchester United with a free run at centre back this summer

  • Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly has been a man in huge demand recently 
  • Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have been monitoring his situation 
  • However, PSG reportedly feel that Napoli’s £63m asking price is too excessive 
  • This has now given United a clear path to sign the Senegalese centre back 

Manchester United have been given a clear path to sign Kalidou Koulibaly after PSG reportedly gave up on their pursuit of the centre back.

The Senegalese defender has been in huge demand recently and he is expected to leave the Stadio San Paolo this summer after impressing consistently through the years at Napoli.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Co have all been linked with Koulibaly but both United and PSG were always front-runners for his signature.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has become one of the most sought after defenders in the world

But according to French newspaper Le Parisien, PSG have now pulled out of the race for Koulibaly this summer as they believe Napoli’s asking price of £63million is too excessive.

This therefore has given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a free run at signing Koulibaly in the upcoming market.

Koulibaly has become one of the most sought after defenders in world football in recent years after shining in Serie A. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United are in hot pursuit of the Senegal international

Since joining in 2014 from Belgian outfit Genk, he has been a virtual ever-present in the Naples outfit’s backline.

His arrival saw Napoli finish fifth in Serie A during the 2014-15 season but since then they’ve finished runners-up three times (2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19) and third once (2016-17). 

Koulibaly, who has played 233 times overall for Napoli, has it all – he allies his physical dominance and speed with his composure on the ball.

Koulibaly has shone in the heart of defence for Napoli since joining from Genk back in 2014




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UWE ROSLER: We are still on thin ice amid coronavirus pandemic

UWE ROSLER: The Bundesliga’s return has worked so far and I felt as safe as I could be while managing Fortuna Dusseldorf… but we are still on thin ice

  • Coaching Fortuna Dusseldorf has been like nothing I’ve experienced in football
  • Training was challenging as stars struggled with fitness before action resumed
  • We only allowed players to remove masks during 0-0 draw with Paderborn
  • It was an opportunity for Germany to show progress can be made safely 
  • Having battled cancer in the past, I must remain vigilant to avoid coronavirus
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Manchester City legend Uwe Rosler was appointed manager of struggling Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf in January. 

Here he tells MATT BARLOW about German football’s new reality after returning to action with a 0-0 draw against Paderborn on Saturday.

It is not normal. In all these years in football I have never experienced anything like this, with all the testing, one week in a quarantine hotel and a new way of communicating in order to be extra secure so the season can restart.

It has been difficult to refocus on football but our players did fantastically well. Not only in the last week but in the weeks before. We trained through 10 weeks without a game. Three weeks at home and then in small groups. Then a week with the whole team training together with full body contact.

Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Uwe Rosler wears a protective mask during draw with Paderborn

There were no practice games. Considering all that, I was relieved we came through in decent shape on Saturday. We left the hotel for the stadium and found the dressing rooms had been redesigned and rebuilt. Only a certain number of players were allowed in each room. We put some in the doping room and spread out into different areas.

Luckily we have a modern stadium with good facilities. We prepared for the game with a longer meeting in the hotel and I went around the small groups in the dressing rooms to get my messages across. The warm-up procedure was to go out in masks and take it off only when you go on the pitch. You could only go out in small groups, in your slot. Leaving the pitch you put the mask on again.

There were lots of small changes. We were only allowed 10 staff members on the bench and the substitutes were in the stand. We normally have a coach in the stands who comes down to the touchline, which was not allowed. The sporting director normally comes into the dressing room but he wasn’t allowed.

A few hours before the game I was told I didn’t have to wear a mask during play. That helped. With a mask it would have been torture because you can’t really breathe under it.

Dusseldorf and Paderborn players vye for the ball inside an empty Merkur Spiel Arena 

Our players adapted well. We had nine weeks without body contact but our stats showed 65 per cent success in the duels — better than normal — and that showed me the players were in the right frame of mind.

The tempo was lower, we didn’t know how much we had in the tank. The endurance stats were good but the speed in transition was lower from both teams. Unfortunately we had four shots against the bar and posts and could not find any reward. Lady Luck was not on our side. After the match, there was a Press zone where the players went in individually and the journalists asked questions by video.

Overall, it was a relief to restart and to find we were competitive. We have eight games to play and they are all big games.

This is an opportunity for German football — and I said this to the players — to present themselves to the world. You never know what will come of that. I had lots of messages from England before and after the game.

I can say this has worked in Germany. I don’t know if it will work in another country with different factors, a different culture. We should not tell the whole world how it is done. It has worked so far but we are still on thin ice.

Fortuna Dusseldorf ground staff pour disinfectant fluid on the footballs before kick off

The players now go back to their families. We are out of quarantine and things will happen in different clubs, there will be more positive tests.

We have been tested six times in two weeks — 50 people each time — and not one has been positive. We know the inner circle in the club is safe and we have started testing wives, partners and children.

That has spread confidence. I cannot afford to get the virus (Rosler beat cancer in 2003) but as long as I am inside the club and my home, I feel as safe as I can be. There’s no guarantee but everyone is taking it seriously and understands the responsibility we have for each other.

It has taken enormous effort and discipline by everyone — politicians, the German league, medical taskforce, players and staff — to fulfil the regulations.

The start has been successful but we are still not sure the season can be played to the end. We hope but we cannot be sure. We’ll see week by week.



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30 years on from the Dinamo Zagreb v Red Star Belgrade riot

Zvonimir Boban launched a flying kick at a policeman as fans fought brutal battles and Dinamo Zagreb v Red Star Belgrade, 30 years ago today, became the football match that started a WAR

  • Thirty years ago, Dinamo Zagreb against Red Star Belgrade caused a huge riot
  • Fans were throwing chairs and it is thought it led the way to the Yugoslav war
  • Dinamo Zagreb’s Zvonimir Boban famously kicked a police officer on the pitch 

As one of modern European football’s finest playmakers, Zvonimir Boban is remembered for his elegant passing, outstanding vision and impressive leadership during nine years representing Croatia and AC Milan.

Yet despite a stellar career on the pitch and his work as an administrator with FIFA and Milan, there is a single moment that will always define him: the attack on a policeman on May 13, 1990, the day of the abandoned game between Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade that many view as a key point on the road to war in the former Yugoslavia. 

These conflicts ran for a decade from 1991 and resulted in excess of 100,000 deaths.

Thirty years have passed since Zvonimir Boban kicked a policeman in a feisty match in 1990

Boban ran up on the officer and flew through the air before kicking the him in the back

The officer was sent tumbling to the ground and it became a defining moment of Boban’s life

Boban’s clash was one of many on the pitch and in the stands. It meant 65 fans were prosecuted and hundreds were injured, including 79 police officers.

It would be simplistic to say these events led directly to the fighting that followed. Yet as Boban remembers: ‘That derby reflected everything that had been going on in our society and everyday life. Yugoslav football reflected Yugoslavia.’

Exactly 30 years have passed since the Maksimir Stadium riot and the footage is as powerful today as it was then. After an initial scuffle, Boban turns and launches himself through the air, striking the officer in the back.  

Around them, supporters, police officers and players are caught in the chaos. In that moment, Boban ruined his chances of playing for Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup – he was ultimately banned for six months – but became a hero for many in Croatia.

Boban, pictured playing for Dinamo Zagreb in 1990, was one of the players to stay on the pitch

Political tensions were high and the match has been viewed as one of the first steps towards the eventual Yugoslav War 

‘I swore at one of the police officers, he hit me and that’s how the brawl started. As you can imagine it was very difficult but I think I would do the same again,’ said Boban.

‘I could see the police were only treating our (Dinamo’s) fans badly and I got increasingly frustrated as I was thinking about all the great injustices that had been done to people over the years, to the fans and also to us.’

‘(Boban) said something to me but I couldn’t understand him,’ recalled Refik Ahmetovic, the police officer involved. ‘He kept looking at me and I could see in his eyes that we might be about to clash.

‘I looked over my right shoulder, and saw he was already in the air with his knees and arms together. He kicked me and knocked me to the ground.’

Both Boban and Ahmetovic were speaking in a documentary – A Kick For Independence – More Than A Game – that is as fascinating as it is chilling. The matches between Dinamo, one of Croatia’s leading two clubs along with Hajduk Split, and Red Star, who would be European champions in 1991, had always been highly-charged, given their ferocious support and impressive teams.

Red Star Belgrade fans got into the home end and chaos ensued as seats were ripped out

A fire erupted behind one of the goals as the abandoned game descended into a riot

Considering the political situation in the region in the late 1980s and early 1990s, what happened at Maksimir that day was perhaps no surprise. 

The bonds that had held Yugoslavia together since the end of World War II were fraying as the desire for independence grew within the various territories. 

‘It was obvious that each [region of the former Yugoslavia] would want to become an independent state,’ said Dinamo goalkeeper Miralem Ibrahimovic. ‘Everyone understood that except the politicians who thought differently.’

The following month, Croatia would hold its first free, multi-party elections since 1938, and Franjo Tudjman was voted in as President in May.

The match itself was of little consequence, as Red Star had already sealed the league title. Yet 3,000 took the night train from Belgrade to Zagreb for the late-afternoon kick-off. It was inevitable that there would be violence between Red Star’s ultras, the Delije, and Dinamo’s Bad Blue Boys.

Many accounts say that Zeljko Raznatovic, better known as Arkan, was among the Delije that day.

Arkan was a commander of a notorious Serbian paramilitary force during the Yugoslav Wars, and was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at The Hague in 1997. He had been on Interpol’s most wanted list during the 1970s and 1980s and was assassinated in a Belgrade hotel in 2000.

There had been running battles in Zagreb throughout the day and these continued at the stadium, where the policing was heavily criticised. Despite the police presence, Red Star fans were able to make their way into the Dinamo section.

Boban took issue when he saw a supporter being struck by an officer while laying on the pitch

‘We came out to warm up right by the Red Star supporters so we couldn’t miss what was happening,’ recalled Ibrahimovic. ‘The police did not react adequately. They allowed them to destroy our stadium. They allowed them to leave their stand and move across to another one where our supporters were.

‘It was chaos. There were stones and tear gas everywhere, even on the pitch. It became obvious we weren’t going to be able to start the match.’

The players were ushered towards the tunnel but some – including Boban – returned as they saw how serious matters were becoming. 

‘Those were not normal conditions for living, never mind football,’ said Vjekoslav Skrinjar, a former Dinamo midfielder. ‘We could see the police hitting the supporters so we simply went back to try to help.’

There are those on the Croatian side who wonder whether the police deliberately did not do enough to prevent the Delije reaching the Dinamo supporters. What is beyond doubt is that once the Delije had done so, the police could no longer control the situation.

‘[The fans] sang many nationalist songs,’ said Ahmetovic. ‘They mentioned the political leaders, Tudjman and [Slobodan] Milosevic [president of Serbia].

‘Although they were ordered to come off, a few of the players stayed on the pitch. And some even called their fans to run on the field. That’s when the large-scale rioting started and it couldn’t be stopped.’

Tensions in the stand eventually spilled onto the pitch as riot police tried to regain control

In the Red Star starting XI that day were seven players who also started the European Cup final in Bari the following year. Davor Suker and Boban were in the Dinamo line-up.

These were stars of their era: Dragan Stojkovic and Robert Prosinecki were European champions with Red Star, Boban with Milan, and Suker with Real Madrid. Stojkovic, Prosinecki and Suker were part of the Yugoslavia squad that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990; Prosinecki and Suker helped Croatia finish third at France 98, where Suker was top scorer. Few of their memories would have been as vivid as those from the Maksimir Stadium on May 13, 1990.

To those who debate the significance of this match on the road to war, Red Star’s European Cup-winning goalkeeper Stevan Stojanovic has a simple response. 

‘There were certainly tensions but what happened was like a sign that Yugoslavia was about to disintegrate,’ he said. ‘It turned out to be a match that marked the beginning of the end for Yugoslavia.’




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On one-year anniversary of Kawhi Leonard’s ‘The Shot,’ Raptors fans react on social media

The sports world looked a lot different one year ago today.

Of course, the biggest difference was that sports were actually taking place. Beyond that, Kawhi Leonard was still a member of the Toronto Raptors and the team from up north was still without an NBA championship.

Little did we know that one year later, all three of those things would have changed. 

On May 12, 2019, Leonard hit “The Shot” to send Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was arguably the greatest moment in Raptors franchise history — until about two weeks later, that is, when the team defeated the Golden State Warriors to lift their first-ever Larry O’Brien trophy. 

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Raptors nation took to social media on Tuesday to relive the legendary moment, which was also the first and only Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA playoff history.

The team posted a goosebumps-inducing video on their official Twitter account.

 

Fans and media also shared some of their favorite photos and videos of the shot.

Of course, Sixers fans have very different memories of the shot…

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NBA Retro on Sky Sports: Watch classic games featuring Michael Jordan, LeBron James and more

Get ready to relive a series of classic match-ups, astonishing scoring feats and frantic finishes with NBA Retro on Sky Sports.

9pm is the time and Sky Sports Arena (channel 408) is the place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday night as we bring you a series of hardwood classics featuring a list of iconic players that includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan and more.

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Is ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix or ESPN Plus? How to stream the Michael Jordan documentary

ESPN’s documentary “The Last Dance” focusing on Michael Jordan’s final season in Chicago, the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls.

While ESPN gets the majority of the credit for putting this 10-part documentary series together, it’s actually a joint production with Netflix. But U.S. customers may be wondering why the series doesn’t show up when they’re looking through Netflix’s library.

Also, since ESPN gets production credit, you’d probably think the company would put it on their own streaming platform, ESPN Plus. Again, however, ESPN Plus customers won’t find “The Last Dance” on there either. So what gives? We’ll explain all of that below.

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Is ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix?

Yes and no. Outside of the United States, the documentary is currently available for next-day streaming on Netflix. “The Last Dance” will arrive on Netflix in the U.S. on July 19, 2020.

The entire 10-part series will be available on that date to binge watch as you please. For reference, the series will air its final two episodes on television on May 17, so there’s about a two-month waiting period for Netflix viewers.

Is ‘The Last Dance’ on ESPN Plus?

Not currently. ESPN Plus subscribers won’t be able to stream “The Last Dance” until July 2021, a full year after appears on Netflix in the U.S. market. This is because distribution arrangements for “The Last Dance” were made before ESPN Plus was launched in April 2018, according to Front Office Sports.

How to stream ‘The Last Dance’ episodes

If you have access to a cable provider, you can stream episodes of “The Last Dance” on ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You can watch these episodes as they air, or afterwards in case you missed it live. Outside of that, you’ll need to patient for the series to arrive on Netflix or ESPN Plus.

‘The Last Dance’ TV schedule

Two new episodes of “The Last Dance” will air on ESPN (uncensored) and ESPN2 (edited for language) each Sunday through May 17. The two previous parts of the documentary series can be watched before the new episodes premiere.

Netflix will roll out episodes in similar fashion for international viewers with two new parts hitting the streaming service following the live showings in the U.S.

ESPN and ESPN2 (United States)

Netflix (International)

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Facebook crack down on fake news campaign targeting Manchester City

Facebook crack down on fake news campaign aimed at discrediting Manchester City with its owners accused of buying the club in order to clean their reputation

  • Facebook removed accounts behind a campaign targeting Manchester City 
  • Users were directed to bogus stories that reported persistent slurs against City
  • City’s owners were accused of buying the club in order to clean their reputation 

Facebook has cracked down on a fake news campaign targeted at discrediting Manchester City.

The social media giants have removed dozens of accounts, pages, groups and Instagram accounts after what it deemed a violation of its policy ‘against foreign or government interference’.

In a fascinating development that appears to shine a light on the lengths to which some will go to discredit their rivals, users were directed to bogus stories which reported persistent slurs against the Premier League champions.

Facebook have cracked down on a fake news campaign that targeted Manchester City

City are owned by Sheik Mansour, Abu Dhabi royal family member and deputy Prime Minister of the country. And while the now-deleted accounts were based in India, many had also run stories praising events in Qatar.

Relations between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — which includes Abu Dhabi, have been strained for a number of years. Those involved in what appears to be a co-ordinated fake news operation also targeted the human rights record of Saudi Arabia — another country with whom Qatar is at odds.

The details of the crackdown were reported in Facebook’s ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour Report’. Each month it details which propaganda campaigns it has removed from its platforms — which include Instagram — in the previous four weeks. India, thanks to its high numbers of IT-skilled inhabitants, is often seen as a hotspot for fake news operations.

City are owned by Sheik Mansour, Abu Dhabi royal family member and deputy Prime Minister of the country 

In a parallel report, the social media company Graphika, which worked with Facebook, detailed the activity of what it believed were pro-Qatar ‘bots’ — software applications that run automated tasks over the internet and which have been previously found to have been at the centre of attempts to influence the world’s political agenda and elections.

Graphika probed a series of anti-City stories on a now-removed website named the Mirror Herald. In the stories, and in a number of social media posts, City’s owners were accused of ‘sportswashing’ — the act of owning a team or hosting an event to clean their reputation.

One such article accused the UAE of spending heavily on City to ‘hide its human rights violations and contributions to the menacing wars in Yemen and Libya’. The same website also hailed the Emir of Qatar while criticising the Saudi Crown Prince.

City have long held a belief that their ownership has been targeted by its rivals. They declined to comment on the matter but it is understood that officials at the Etihad Stadium are aware of Facebook’s actions.




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