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UEFA Gives Partial Stadium Bans to Bulgaria, Romania for Fan Racism

Bulgaria will have to close part of its national stadium for European Championship qualifiers against England and the Czech Republic because of fan racism.

UEFA issued the order, saying Bulgarian fans were racially abusive during a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic and a 3-2 loss to Kosovo last month.

Bulgaria hosts England on Oct. 14 and the Czech Republic on Nov. 17.

New German ambassador to Athens assumes post with greeting in Greek

In a post on Twitter in Greek and German, Germany's new ambassador in Athens, Ernst Reichel, announced his arrival.

Reichel, who said "Hello Greece!" in both Greek and Germany, previously served as Germany's ambassador to Ukraine and as the head of the German Foreign Ministry's office for Southeastern Europe and Turkey.

MVP Antetokounmpo gives baseball a shot at Yankee Stadium

In hoops, Giannis Antetokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he's a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he'd never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. "It was really heavy," Antetokounmpo told The Associated Press. "I thought it would be lighter."

Injured Fortounis faces six months out of action

Olympiakos captain and Greece's midfield linchpin Costas Fortounis has suffered a serious knee injury that rules him out of action for an estimated six months. He will be operated next weekend.

The influential midfielder suffered a rupture on his cruciate ligament and is going to undergo an operation on July 20. He is expected to return to action for Olympiakos after Christmas.

Sanctuary for injured animals run by volunteers

An owl peers up from its nest in a sanctuary for injured animals in Kalohori, west of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Saturday. The sanctuary is run by a team of volunteers and is currently accommodating more than 300 animals ranging from swans and roe deer to hedgehogs and swallows. [Nikos Arvanitidis/ANA-MPA] 

Pakistan's street cricketers bring game to life in Greece

In a barren Athens parking lot, young Pakistanis get in position for a game of cricket. On one end of the dust-covered concrete is a trash can; on the other, a pile of rocks. That is their pitch, and those are its wickets.
In football-loving Greece, cricket is an alien concept. But for its migrants from Pakistan, one of the world's most cricket-crazy nations, it is a way of life.

Merkel: Greek PM told me he would quickly implement reforms

Greece's new prime minister has promised Angela Merkel in a phone call that he would quickly implement a reform program, the German chancellor said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference with Finland's prime minister, Merkel also said she agreed with euro zone finance ministers that no change was needed to Greece's bailout program.

[Reuters]

Refugee women find relief in Greek soccer

Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play — or even watch — soccer matches in their home countries.
In Greece, they make up the country's first women's refugee team and hail from 14 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Greek elections: Opposition ND wins landslide victory

Greece's main opposition New Democracy party (ND) has scored a clear victory in snap general elections on June 7, according to an unofficial count released by the country's Interior Ministry.

Tsitsipas crashes out of Wimbledon

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock first-round defeat at Wimbledon Monday as he was ousted 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7(8) 6-3 by lowly ranked Italian Thomas Fabbiano. A year ago, the seventh-seeded Greek needed just 91 minutes to beat the Italian in the third round. "Somehow, I didn't manage to get even close to that level that I played last year.

Manolas leaves Roma for Napoli

Greece center back Costas Manolas has transferred from Roma to Napoli in a deal worth 36 million euros that should boost the southern club's Serie A title credentials.

Roma announced the transfer on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Manolas joins Kalidou Koulibaly in what could become one of the top center back pairings in the Italian league.

Greece ends up second in volleyball's Silver European League

The men's national volleyball team did well to reach the final of the Silver European League, successfully graduating from the group stage, but fell short of snatching promotion to the Golden European League.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for Greece at World Cup

Giannis Antetokounmpo says he will play for Greece at this year's basketball World Cup in China, adding that he can play any position.
The Milwaukee Bucks player and NBA MVP says he hasn't "talked to the coach about which position Ill be playing ... the important thing is to play."

European Under-21 Championship: Romania 2-4 Germany

Romania lost to defending champions Germany 2-4 (2-1) in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 football championship in Italy and San Marino on the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium in Bologna on Thursday. Scoring for the winners were Nadi Amiri (21', 90'+ 4') and Luca Waldschmidt (51' - penalty, 90'), while George Puscas scored the goals for Romania (26' - penalty, 44').

Wrestling legend Holidis passes away

Greek sports is mourning the passing of wrestler Babis Holidis, winner of two medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.

He died on Wednesday at the age of 62 years.

The Kazakh-born diminutive athlete had won bronze both in Los Angeles and in Seoul and was one of the most decorated wrestlers in the sport's history in Greece. He competed in four Olympics.

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