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Mike D'Onofrio
May 24, 2022 - Sports

FIFA to soon announce decision on Philly's 2026 World Cup bid

Illustration of a soccer ball on a soccer pitch with a dollar sign line
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We'll soon know whether the World Cup is in Philly's near future.

Driving the news: FIFA recently announced plans to reveal the 2026 World Cup match sites that will stretch across U.S., Mexico and Canada, on June 16.

Mike D'Onofrio
Apr 28, 2022 - News

Meet the 90-year-old runner set to make history in Philly this weekend

Herbert Thal
Herbert Thal competing in the 2021 Broad Street Run. Courtesy of Thal

As soon as Herbert Thal takes his first step in Philadelphia's Broad Street Run this weekend, the 90 year old will have made history.

What's happening: Thal, who's gearing up for his ninth Broad Street Run this Sunday, is set to become the oldest person to ever run the annual 10-miler.

Mike D'Onofrio
Apr 8, 2022 - Sports

Phillies opening day: What to expect at Citizens Bank Park

A view of Citizens Bank Park on Opening Day in 2021.
A view of Citizens Bank Park on opening day in 2021. Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty

The Phillies kick off their 2022 season Friday in a 3:05pm game against the visiting Oakland Athletics at Citizens Bank Park.

State of play: The Phils are looking to end a 10-season playoff drought, and this may be the year they break that streak.

Villanova-Kansas: Where to watch the Final Four game in Philly

A photo of Villanova's Caleb Daniels driving against J'Wan Roberts of the Houston Cougars during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 26 in San Antonio, Texas.
Villanova facing the Houston Cougars during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 26. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Villanova will face off against Kansas in New Orleans Saturday night.

  • If you're looking to watch the Final Four game in Philly, don some blue and white and check out some of these bars.
Mike D'Onofrio
Mar 30, 2022 - Sports

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers push bill targeting trans student athletes

Illustration of a soccer ball with the patches colored in light pink and blue, similar to the transgender flag.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A Republican-led proposal aiming to bar trans girls and women from participating in school sports that align with their gender identity is moving through Pennsylvania's House of Representatives.

Driving the news: The House Education Committee advanced the bill, dubbed the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, in a 15-9 vote Tuesday, state Rep. Barbara Gleim, one of the legislation's main sponsors, tells Axios.

Work to Ride sets date for its first Polo Classic in Philadelphia

Two men on horseback
From left to right, Nacho Figueras and Kareem Rosser will compete during Work to Ride's inaugural Philadelphia Polo Classic in September. Photo: Courtesy of Hugh E. Dillon

A Philadelphia nonprofit that runs an equestrian program geared toward helping low-income youth is hosting its inaugural Polo Classic on Sept. 24.

Driving the news: Work to Ride, one of the few programs in the country that aims to make equine sports more accessible to youth, is raising money to renovate its center in Fairmount Park.

  • The nonprofit is a little less than $2 million short of the $8 million needed to update the outdoor riding arena and build an indoor facility.
Mike D'Onofrio
Mar 3, 2022 - Sports

Sixers fans tune in to games this NBA season

Data: Sports Business Journal; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: Sports Business Journal; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Sixers fans posted up the NBA's third highest TV ratings this season through the All-Star break late last month.

State of play: NBC Sports Philadelphia, which is the regional sports network that airs Sixers' games, hit a 2.72 rating, Sports Business Journal reports. It's a dip from previous seasons.

  • The Golden State Warriors led the pack with a 7.63 rating, while the Denver Nuggets came in last, at 0.19.
Mike D'Onofrio
Feb 15, 2022 - Sports

World Cup bid could bring big bucks to Philadelphia

Illustration of a soccer ball made out of a patchwork of different bill denominations.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Philadelphia could see as much as $262 million in direct visitor spending from hosting World Cup matches in 2026, according to the nonprofit coordinating the city's bid.

Driving the news: Philly is one of 17 U.S. cities vying to host between five and six matches over the tournament spanning 30 days.

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