Pope Francis celebrates socially-distanced Christmas Eve Mass

On Christmas Eve in Italy, church bells rang earlier than usual. The Italian government’s 10 p.m. curfew prompted pastors to move up services, with “Midnight” Mass starting Thursday evening in some churches as early as a couple hours after dark.  Pope Francis, who has said people “must obey” civil authorities’ measures to fight the spread […]

UK and EU strike historic post-Brexit trade deal

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a remote press conference to update the nation on the post-Brexit trade agreement, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 24, 2020. Paul Grover | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Britain and the European Union agreed Thursday on new Brexit trading arrangements more than four years after […]

Why PSG finally moved on from Tuchel, chose Pochettino

1:50 PM ET Thomas Tuchel can’t say that he didn’t see it coming. The now-former Paris Saint-Germain manager — sources told ESPN that the German has been relieved of his duties — had sensed for some time that he was swimming against the tide. He knew the Ligue 1 defeats at home against Marseille and […]

Queen Elizabeth’s deepfake Christmas message a ‘stark warning’

Queen Elizabeth II is set to make her annual Christmas speech on Friday. But viewers in the United Kingdom may be confused, as a deepfake version of the Queen is set to deliver an alternative Christmas message. The Queen is delivering her traditional message on BBC, but another “fake” queen is set to also make […]

Nick Kypreos Q&A: Trade scoops, Leafs chances & his career highlights

I figured my first company iPhone deserved a special case. Something protective but also fun. Something that spoke to my personality. I landed on rubber covering that made my refurbished iPhone 4 look like a 1980s cassette tape. Probably not the most professional choice for a new job, but hey. As a newcomer to Sportsnet […]

Update on FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and men’s youth competitions

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today taken several important decisions concerning upcoming FIFA competitions. Following the amazing success of the 2019 edition, the decision was taken last year to expand the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to 32 teams and thus continue to foster the growth of women’s football. FIFA has since worked closely […]

A State Becomes the First to Suspend Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

New York banned the use of facial recognition software in schools this week, becoming the first state to officially pause deploying the technology in educational settings to consider privacy concerns. In signing the legislation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while the technology “could provide a host of benefits to New Yorkers … its use brings […]