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Kendall Baker
Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 22, 2021 - Sports

China's Peng Shuai scandal is far from over

Peng Shuai on a video call with IOC president Thomas Bach. Photo: Greg Martin/AFP via Getty Images

Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star who disappeared after accusing a former top government official of sexual assault, reemerged this weekend — but this story is far from over.

Driving the news: Peng held a 30-minute video call on Sunday with IOC president Thomas Bach. According to the IOC, she is safe and well at her Beijing home and asked for privacy at this time.

Bears blow late lead, season slips away

Robert Quinn #94 of the Chicago Bears makes a move. Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Bears gave up a late 4th quarter touchdown to lose at home to the Ravens, 16-13. Their fifth loss in a row drops the Bears to 3-7.

  • Starting quarterback Justin Fields left the game in the 3rd quarter with an apparent rib injury.
Nov 21, 2021 - World

Missing Chinese tennis player tells Olympic Committee she is safe

Peng Shuai at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 21, 2020. Photo: Xinhua/Bai Xue via Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee held a video call on Sunday with missing tennis player Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a subject of international worry for weeks.

The latest: Peng "explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time," according to the IOC statement released on Sunday.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Updated Nov 21, 2021 - Sports

Sports tickets meet NFTs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The mobile revolution replaced paper tickets with digital barcodes. Now comes the next leap: upgrading barcodes to non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Driving the news: Teams and leagues are experimenting with NFTs as a way to increase the value of digital tickets, with the ultimate goal of rewarding (and thus increasing) attendance.