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NRK tried to avoid promoting Qatar

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) didn't want to air promotional material from Qatar's tourism agency during this summer's European football championships, but found out it doesn't have a choice. A request to drop the promos from "Visit Qatar" was quickly turned...

Haaland scores again, also off the field

He's been depicted as a sword-wielding Viking back home in Norway, and Erling Braut Haaland showed himself to be fierce enough after scoring four times for his British football club Manchester City during the weekend. It marked a comeback...

Ingebrigtsen mounts a poetic defense

The controversial Norwegian track and field coach Gjert Ingebrigtsen has responded to his indictment for family violence this week with a poem on social media. His medal-winning sons may not take kindly to his use of a song text...

Disgraced biathlon boss sentenced to prison

Anders Besseberg, the Norwegian sports bureaucrat who headed the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for 25 years, has fallen victim to the expensive watches, prostitutes and hunting trips he accepted from foreign officials, mostly Russian. A court in Norway ruled...

Norway ‘unqualified’ for next football championships

Norway's men's national football team has some of the best football players in the world, but like the women's, just can't manage to make them all succeed together. After losing another qualifying match late last week, the team won't...

Drunken youth and wind plagued Holmenkollen Ski Festival, again

Brawls, intoxicated teenagers and strong winds caused trouble at the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival in the hills above Oslo on Saturday. Police were calling on parents to help control their kids who ran amok along the sidelines of the...

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...

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