After trading away their first and second round selections in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild’s first pick ended up being Ukrainian Ivan Lodnia in the third round. He was deemed their best-case scenario: a second-round-level talent with offensive upside and a right-handed shot – two desperate needs for the Wild at the time.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukrainian immigrant Liana Mostrianska, 18, is set to represent Ukraine in the first qualifying round of the 2022 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship (UEFA Women’s Under-19 Euro 2022) soccer tournament on October 19-27 in the Netherlands. During the week prior to the tournament, she will be in Ukraine training with Ukraine’s Women’s National U-19 Soccer Team.
Several days before their September 25 showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, a nervous Eddie Hearn was expecting a mentally “draining” fight for his client Anthony Joshua of Great Britain. Joshua had height, reach and weight advantages going into defending his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk. Yet Hearn, among other noted boxing pundits, anticipated perhaps the toughest test of the Briton’s career.
In addition to sending shockwaves from his momentous victory at boxing’s most recent heavyweight summit, Oleksandr Usyk received much attention for his fashionable role playing. The Ukrainian has brought a refreshing, personable charm into the upper echelon of heavyweight boxing after plowing through the cruiserweight ranks as undisputed champion. He is being hailed as one of the sport’s more interesting personalities, as evidenced by the fighter’s choice of attire for the September 23 press conference with then-champion Anthony Joshua. The head-shaven challenger opted to dress as Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ character from the movie of the same name.
Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KO) of Great Britain was set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title belts against Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KO) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on September 25. Usyk asked his amateur mentor Anatoly Lomachenko to put together a training regimen to secure a world title triumph. The fight pitted two London 2012 Olympic gold medalists against each other, with Joshua topping the podium in the super-heavyweight division, while the decorated Ukrainian (trained at the time by Anatoly Lomachenko) reigned supreme in the heavyweight bracket.
Andriy Shevchenko’s September 3 press conference sent tremors across Ukraine’s football landscape. The coach rocked and shocked the public when he revealed his reasons for departing the coaching duties of the country’s national team.
Ukraine’s national soccer team performed well at the Euro 2020 soccer championship, benefiting from some good luck, but, nonetheless, exhibiting positive results. Indeed, the quarterfinal showing by the young Ukrainian squad, still in a development stage, turned out to be quite successful.
Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko is more careful than most when reminiscing about his eventful past. He was understandably wary of saying something which could have inflamed tensions back home in Ukraine, even as he prepared for the biggest match of his career in late May – the Champions League final. Zinchenko freely admitted it was the “toughest moment” of his life when he fled his native land in 2014 when war broke out in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine has won the right to host the 2023 FIFA World Cup for school children and the 2023 Winter World Gymnasium. The decisions were made by the International School Sports Federation and announced by Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science Serhii Shkarlet on September 17.
Olympic bronze medalist Elina Svitolina continued her U.S. Open build up by reaching and winning her first final of 2021 at the hardcourt Chicago Women’s Open on August 28. The No. 1 seed’s decision to accept a last-minute wild card paid off with her successful run to her 19th career final and 16th career singles title. She had not reached a final since her title run in Strasbourg last September. Since earning her bronze at the Tokyo Games, Svitolina lost her opening matches in both Montreal and Cincinnati.
Her positive momentum was ignited in Tokyo when Elina Svitolina (ranked fourth by the WTA as of September 13 with 4,860 points) won the bronze medal in women’s tennis at the 2020 Olympics. A late decision to accept a wild-card entrance to the Chicago Open as a tune-up to the U.S. Open (held on August 30-September 12 in Flushing, N.Y.) proved most fortuitous as she won that tournament.