7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.

Days, 7 Good News: Between sustainable visions and current records

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We think so: Good news is needed every now and then. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news items every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood - that's our motto in this news format. And we'll get right to work with the happiest castaway in the world, a sustainable run for Europe and an NBA record for eternity.


A man with a vision

27 countries, 27 marathons, one man, one vision. Raphael Beisel is running a marathon in every country in the EU starting in 2023 - accompanied by a TV team. His vision: to find an answer to the question "How can we build a more resilient future?" To this end, he has created the project called "Run for Europe" and recently launched crowdfunding. The setting for his athletic 42.195-kilometer challenge is smart cities and nature preserves. There, he explores what is being done to make these important spaces more resilient to the increasing dangers of climate change, looking for concrete solutions.


Top quota for Tom

The show was gigantic and the ratings top: Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers did a lot of advertising for the NFL at their first appearance in Germany. A total of 5.8 million people watched the game against the Seattle Seahawks on TV and the Internet, as announced by the Football League. That doesn't topple King Football from his throne yet - but it does shake it a bit.


The happiest castaway in the world

He experienced the greatest imaginable drama of a sailor, but he lives. The yacht of Frenchman Fabrice Amedeo exploded during the Route du Rhum, the transatlantic classic, and sank in a short time. "All my dreams went down with my ship," the 44-year-old wrote shortly after his spectacular rescue by the crew of a freighter. Nevertheless, he now considers himself "the luckiest of men: because tonight my wife and daughters will not go to bed crying."


With caps of freedom to the Olympics

Okay, we still have to learn the pronunciation of the name: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has unveiled the Phryges, the mascots of the 2024 Summer Games and Paralympics in Paris. They are two bright red pointed caps with big eyes and a friendly appearance. The mascots only become really beautiful when you know their background: they stand for the Phrygian caps that were worn during the French Revolution and became symbols of freedom. In Germany, by the way, they're called Jacobin caps - that's definitely easier to pronounce.


The Ball of Sports becomes sustainable

Ball des Sports: 2022 still in Wiesbaden, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main
Ball des Sports: 2022 still in Wiesbaden, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main
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Picture Alliance/Deutsche Sporthilfe

For 14 years, the Ball des Sports was in Wiesbaden - now Europe's biggest charity event returns to Frankfurt am Main. On January 21, the best athletes will be celebrated in Frankfurt's Festhalle. The CEO of the organizer Deutsche Sporthilfe, Thomas Berlemann, promises an overdue innovation for the return: The topic of sustainability is to be given more importance. Sustainable thinking is to be applied to the arrival of the 1400 guests, on-site transport and the use of materials. Good decision.


The goal is good, now only the way is missing

This good news will not come into effect until 2030: by then, in fact, the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) wants to save 50 percent of its CO2-emissions. The DEL has drawn up its own sustainability program. In it, it also announces more sustainability for young ice hockey players. However, concrete steps for the big words are still missing. Therefore: We measure you by your words, but the good news only becomes valid when the goal is actually achieved.


59 points for eternity

This record may stand for eternity: NBA star Joel Embiid collected 59 points, eleven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and seven blocks in his Philadelphia 76ers' game against the Utah Jazz. In the statistics-crazy NBA, no player has managed that before the 2.13-meter tall Cameroonian. 76ers coach Doc Rivers said, "I've never seen a more dominating performance when you combine offense and defense." We'll see - maybe he'll let Embiid play alone against the others soon.

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