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Days, 7 Good News: Money boon for a pregnant soccer player and an exceptionally dark ultramarathon

LISTICLE | 01/18/2023
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.
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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 down to business with a windfall for a pregnant soccer player, the end of disposables and an exceptionally dark ultramarathon.

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Money for Gunnarsdóttir

Money for Gunnarsdóttir: The court of the world football association Fifa has now ordered Olympique Lyon to pay its Icelandic-born player Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir more than 80,000 euros in back wages. The money had been withheld from her during her pregnancy. "This story is bigger than me," the footballer wrote about the undignified events after her pregnancy became known in March 2021. "This is about my rights as an employee, as a woman, as a human being" - hopefully all clubs have understood that now.

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The LeBron countdown is on

The countdown is on for LeBron James: the Los Angeles Lakers star became only the second basketball player in NBA history to break the 38,000-point mark. That puts him just 363 points away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's long unattainable record. For fans all over the world, the counting down begins now - next season at the latest, there will be a new all-time record holder.

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One way was not a way

Disposable was no longer an option: For the first time, reusable cups are now available in all German Bundesliga stadiums. FC Schalke 04 was the last club to introduce a deposit system. This means that the mountain of waste made up of millions of disposable cups is finally a thing of the past. But soccer, your green footprint can still get a lot smaller!

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Field hockey until the rainbow

The men's field hockey team is flying the flag: At the World Cup currently taking place in India, captain Mats Grambusch is wearing the rainbow flag as a armband. His national coach is proud of the captain and the team. The team is presenting an attitude and wants to stand for something "that is obviously important to us," said national coach André Henning on Deutschlandfunk radio. The armband is also not a "soft-soap compromise solution" - a small, accurate stick for the back-and-forth of the German soccer players at their World Cup.

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The dark ultramarathon

Smartphone distraction here, multitasking there: If you've had enough of constant attacks on your concentration, "The Tunnel" is the place to be. From March 31 to April 2, an ultramarathon will take place in the Combe Down Tunnel, the longest pedestrian tunnel in Great Britain. Always between 11 p.m. and five a.m. the runners start. The terrain is flat, but because of the pitch darkness, the challenge could hardly be greater. A mind-bending test is announced by the makers.

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After 150 wins mom break

Stefanie Paul has racked up over 150 victories in more than ten years in cyclocross. She just took third place at the German Cyclocross Championships in Munich. Her son Anton also rode there for the first time, which gave Pauls the perfect relay. The 36-year-old is pregnant and is now taking a break. But she already has a new goal - the Senior World Championships. "It would be nice to race there and get a jersey," Paul told the newspaper "taz".

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We are family

The only thing missing is that "We are family" by Sister Sledge plays every morning: Cross-country skier Katharina Hennig revealed the (family) secret of her success to Bayerischer Rundfunk. Her boyfriend is former cross-country skier Christian Dotzler, her coach is his father Stefan. She even lives in a house with her future in-laws. "It's going well and has been for five years and as you can see relatively successful," says the Olympic champion. Hopefully the "we are family" secret will also help at the Nordic World Ski Championships next month.

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