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2022 Year in Review: Sports Stories

To recap 2022, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some great stories from the world of sports.

Australian Open Wheelchair Tennis Winners

Wheelchair tennis pro Shingo Kunieda makes a backhand return at the 2017 US Open.
Wheelchair tennis champ Shingo Kunieda won the men’s Australian Open once more on Thursday, beating Alfie Hewett of the United Kingdom. Diede de Groot won the women’s wheelchair finals by defeating Aniek van Koot.

Senegal Wins Africa Cup of Nations

Opening of Africa Cup of Nations 2021 in Cameroon, January 9, 2022
Over the last month, Africa’s best national soccer (football) teams have met in the continent’s biggest tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations. On Sunday, Senegal won the contest for the first time, defeating Egypt 4-2 on penalties.

LA Rams Defeat Bengals to Win the Super Bowl

Looking across water at the exterior of SoFi Stadium in November 2021
The result of the 2022 Super Bowl came down to the last minute and a half of play. The Los Angeles Rams scored a game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard pass to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 and walk away with this year’s Super Bowl title.

Basketball Africa League Begins Its Second Season

Egypt's Zamalek team celebrate after winning the first BAL championship on May 30, 2021.
Africa’s new basketball league, the Basketball Africa League, has begun its second season. After facing challenges during its first two years because of Covid-19, the 12-team league is planning on a full season this year, with finals to be held in May.

Ash Barty, #1 Women’s Tennis Player, Retires

Australia's Ashleigh Barty chatting to a TV crew, Sydney, Australia - January 6, 2019.
Ash Barty, the world’s #1 women’s tennis player, shocked the sports world on Wednesday by announcing that she was retiring from tennis. Barty, who’s just 25, says that it’s time for her to “chase other dreams and to put the racquets down.”

New NCAA Champs: Kansas and South Carolina

Image showing the NCAA logo and 2022 over a basketball with the logos of the South Carolina and Kansas University teams.
The US has two new college basketball champions. Last night, Kansas held off a strong effort by North Carolina to become the NCAA men’s champions. And on Sunday, South Carolina beat Connecticut for the NCAA women’s title.

Nepal Man Breaks Own Record for Climbing Mt. Everest

Sherpa Kami Rita, Mt. Everest Summit May 2010
Last Saturday a mountain climber from Nepal set a new world record for climbing Mount Everest the most times. Kami Rita, who’s 52, has now climbed Mount Everest 26 times.

Amazing Athletes Retire: Serena Williams, Sue Bird, and Allyson Felix

Composite image of Serena Williams, Sue Bird, and Allyson Felix.
Today, looks at three amazing athletes who have recently retired. Serena Williams played her final tennis match last Friday. On Tuesday, Sue Bird played her last WNBA basketball game. And sprinter Allyson Felix ran her last race in August.

Qatar World Cup Raises Questions and Concerns

Soccer ball with Qatar World Cup logo.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins next Sunday in Qatar. Many people are excited for the contest, and its 29 days of soccer games with the world’s top players. But this year’s World Cup has also raised serious questions about Qatar and human rights.



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