Bergen football club humbled and shamed

Bergen’s once-mighty football club Brann suffered the humiliation on Wednesday night of dropping out of Norway’s top league, after losing a critical match to a much smaller club from Mjøndalen, not far from Drammen. The loss of top-league status was made worse by Brann’s troublesome so-called supporters, who threatened both spectators, players and Brann’s own coach. […]

Northug wins and irritates again


Skier Petter Northug was soundly beaten in a long-distance race on Saturday but prevailed in a sprint on Sunday. He thus showed that he deserves a spot on the national team again, to qualify for world championship competition in February, but he also caused some irritation in the ski season kick-off at Beitostølen over the weekend. […]

‘King Carlsen’ secures his title

Magnus Carlsen of Norway was all smiles after successfully defending his title on Sunday as Chess World Champion. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

Norwegian Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen has managed to remain exactly that. After 11 matches at the World Chess Championships in Sochi, Russia, Carlsen won Sunday’s game against challenger Vishy Anand, and acquired the full point needed to retain his title. “I’m happy and relieved,” Carlsen said with a smile when it was all finally […]

Molde wins its second cup in a row

Molde Football Club won Norway’s annual cup final for the second year in a row on Sunday, beating rival Odd Grenland by a score of 2-0 at the country’s national football stadium at Ullevaal in Oslo. Molde fans went wild as their team also scored their second major victory of the season. This year’s cup […]

Carlsen still ahead after new remis in Sochi

Friday’s match in the Chess World Championships ended in yet another remis (tie), leaving defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway relieved. Carlsen admitted he felt like he was under pressure during the latest battle with challenger Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia. “It was exciting, perhaps more exciting than I had hoped,” Carlsen told Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Short match ended in another remis

It only took reigning chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway an hour to realize that he couldn’t win Thursday’s match against challenger Vishy Anand of India. The two agreed to another remis (tie) after just 20 moves. “It was shamefully short, but I didn’t see any good possibilities, so that’s the way it is,” […]

Carlsen ‘played his way’ to new remis

After spending more than six hours at the chess board on Monday, top chess rivals Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vishy Anand of India only played for around two hours on Tuesday before calling it a draw. Commentators claimed Carlsen had “full control” before the two agreed on remis. Both were clearly tired after Tuesday’s marathon match, with Carlsen […]

Euro 2016 hopes stay alive

Norway’s national football squad can now embark on a long “winter holiday” from the pressures of qualifying matches for the European Championships in 2016 (Euro 2016). And after beating Azerbaijan in Baku Sunday evening, their Euro hopes are still very much alive. The relatively uneventful match ended with a score of 1-0 in Norway’s favour, […]

Carlsen ahead after marathon match

Chess champ Magnus Carlsen headed into Monday’s latest championship match on the strength of victory over the weekend, followed by a day off. He and challenger Vishy Anand ended up having to endure a marathon day at work that finally “only” resulted in another draw. Both men appeared exhausted after Monday’s marathon, and must face each […]

Carlsen admits he lacked control

Magnus Carlsen (left) and Vishy Anand were once again in deep concentration on Friday, just like they were last year at this time. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen admitted on Friday that he “didn’t have full control” when he once again had to face off against challenger Vishy Anand at the current world championships in Sochi. The match ended in another draw (remis). Norwegian commentators fussed that the match looked headed for a loss “and total crisis” […]