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Chess champ downplays his success

UPDATED: Even after winning his 16th world championship in chess, Norway's Magnus Carlsen still doesn't think he's the best player in chess history. He thinks one of his former coaches, Garri Kasparov, remains the greatest. Carlsen, who trained with Kasparov...

Football Cup attracted few fans

Just under 20,000 Norwegian football fans turned up for their country's annual "cup final" that ranks as the Norwegian Championships with the monarch in attendance. It was the poorest turnout since the 1980s, blamed mostly on the late December...

Coach calls football fiasco ‘surreal’

Ståle Solbakken was viewed as a prime catch when Norway lured him back from Copenhagen and then extended his contract as head coach for the national men's football team. He has failed, however, to qualify Norway for either the...

Skiing federation ‘sorry’ Braathen quit over conflict

Norway's national skiing federation (Norges Skiforbund) claims it's "extremely surprised and sorry" that one of its top downhill racers, Lucas Braathen, abruptly quit the national team on Friday and ended his skiing career. Braathen claimed skiing was simply no...

No winners in Ingebrigtsen family feud

Norway's athletic Ingebrigtsen family isn't known for running away from controversy. A feud that already had split the family is now also creating legal challenges for Norwegian sports officials and grabbing international attention, with patriarch Gjert Ingebrigtsen at the...

National football team disappoints again

Norway's national men's football team has some of the best players in the world, yet they keep losing critical qualifying matches. On Sunday night they disappointed their monarch, government and fans once again, when they failed to qualify for...

New Norwegian football star is born

Local media are raving about the talents of another young Norwegian football player. He helped make sure established Norwegian stars Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Ødegaard scored in Tuesday night's latest qualifier for the European Championships. Antonio Nusa is only...

Football players not coming home empty-handed

Even though Norway was knocked out of the football World Cup in New Zealand over the weeked, its players aren't coming home empty handed. They doubled their compensation for at least advancing from group play to the next round. News...

Norway Cup kicks off again

More than 30,000 young football players from all over the world are in Oslo again for the annual Norway Cup football tournament this week, along with handball players, too. Norway Cup has long ranked as the world's largest tournament...

Norway redeems itself at the World Cup

After a miserable beginning at the women's football World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, Norway's national team sought revenge and got it with a 6-0 victory over the Philippines on Sunday. It was a thrilling morning for football...

Norway keeps World Cup hopes alive

The Norwegian national women's football team didn't lose against Switzerland in its second World Cup match on Tuesday, but didn't win either. Now Norway must win against the Philippines on Sunday, in order to advance. It's been a disappointing World...

Football stars lash out at themselves

Norway has some of the world's top football players, but they "go from championship to championship and underperform," admits one of them, Caroline Graham Hansen. Her comment came just after the Norwegian women lost their opening match against New...

First Norwegian team in Tour de France

For the first time ever, Norway has its own team in the Tour de France. They suffered injury on the first day but still have high hopes for the rest of the marathon cycling race. The team, sponsored by the...

No apologies from football stars

Erling Braut Haaland, the 22-year-old Norwegian who's risen to international fame and glory as one of the world's best football players, made a surprise visit this week to the sports hall south of Stavanger where he spent lots of...

Norwegians excel at more than skiing

Norway isn't only producing champion skiers any longer, despite its ongoing dominance on the trails and slopes. This past week highlighted even more triumphs in football, track and field, tennis and golf. Sports commentators are calling it a tronskifte, literally...

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