Hockey team hits the ice again

Norway’s national ice hockey team was gamely heading out onto the ice again Monday evening at the World Championships in the Czech Republic, after suffering two losses in a row over the weekend. The losses weren’t unexpected. First came Norway’s loss to Russia as the Norwegians faced the ice hockey powerhouse in its opening match. […]

Hockey team poised for World Championships

Norway’s national ice hockey team faced an especially challenging start to the World Championships in the Czech Republic on Friday, as they were due to meet the powerhouse team from Russia. Then they’ll be up against the US and Finland, and they’re playing without the help of Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello. Coach Roy Johansen […]

Former players jailed for match-fixing

Three of five former Norwegian football players charged with match-fixing were convicted and sentenced to jail on Wednesday, while two others were acquitted. Two gamblers also charged in the case have been convicted as well. “Norwegian football can never put this match-fixing behind it,” Yngve Hallén, president of the national football federation NFF, told news bureau NTB. […]

Ski season’s ‘last hurrah’ drew thousands

Norway’s last major ski race of the season, Skarverennet in the mountains above Geilo, sold out like normal this year, with 12,220 skiers taking part on Saturday. The traditional late-season race thus bucked the trend facing other races, which have seen attendance decline. Not even Norway’s famed Birkebeiner sold out this year, but all the start […]

Oilers still Norway’s hockey champs

Norway’s oil capital of Stavanger, suddenly struggling with the effects of the recent dive in oil prices, finally got some good news over the weekend: Its local hockey team managed to defend its title on Saturday as the country’s national hockey champions. It took the Stavanger Oilers all seven matches to win four of them, as they faced […]

Hockey teams keep battling it out

The best-of-seven tournament to determine Norway’s national hockey champions has turned into a thrilling duel between the top-ranked Stavanger Oilers and Storhamar of Hamar. The Hamar squad hasn’t made it easy for the Oilers to defend their title. The latest match played out in Stavanger on Tuesday, where the Oilers beat their opponents by a […]

Football fans returned to the grandstands

After a few years with declining attendance at local football matches, Norwegian fans turned out in droves for last week’s season openers. A total of 62,503 people showed up at the eight matches played by clubs in the country’s top league, compared to just 53,752 last year. News bureau NTB reported that attendance was the best […]

Veteran skiing star won’t quit yet

Marit Bjørgen had set her sights on winning Tour de Ski, but had to settle for second place. PHOTO: NRK/Views and News

Speculation has flown in Norway over whether champion skier Marit Bjørgen would retire from professional racing at the end of this season. She’s now won all there is to win in her sport and could quit while she’s on top, but she proved once again that she’s no quitter. Bjørgen, age 35, confirmed this week that […]

Cyclist Kristoff derailed in Roubaix

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UPDATED: He’d seemed unbeatable. Norwegian cycling sensation Alexander Kristoff had been having a great season, with 11 victories including the Tour of Flanders last week and then, just a  few days later, the Scheldeprijs in Belgium. He also won three stage victories in the Tour of Qatar and stages in the Tour of Oman, Paris-Nice and De […]

Ski jump took in overnight guests

Two couples, one from Norway and one from the Colorado in the US, have now checked out after they each spent a unique night at the top of Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Nearly 4,000 people in 60 countries had competed for the opportunity, according to its organizers. The ski jump’s observation platform and waiting room for jumpers […]