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Yakiv Khammo (+100 kg) won bronze at the World Judo Championships on June 6-12 in Budapest, Hungary. In the third-place match, Khammo won against Gela Zaalishvili of Georgia, and in the lead-up match Khammo won against Martti Puumalainen of Finland. Ukraine was represented by 13 athletes – nine males and four females. Anastasiia Turchyn, who qualified after she finished in fifth place at the tournament, will join Khammo in representing Ukraine at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

2021 Ukraine national soccer team fan guide for Euro championship

Ukraine kicks off participation in the delayed Euro 2020 soccer championship with its first group stage match on June 13 against the Netherlands. The team next plays North Macedonia on June 17 before finishing the group stage of the tournament on June 21 against Austria. In order to help readers familiarize themselves with the Ukrainian squad, the following list has been compiled of the 11 most popular players on the 2021 Ukraine National Football team. Fans will find the player’s jersey number, date and place of birth, height/weight, position, current professional club and a brief summary of his career.

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Ukraine friendlies end in two wins and a draw
Ukraine played several international friendly matches prior to the resumption of Euro 2020 matches. Ukraine won 4-0 against Cyprus on June 7 at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, 1-0 against Northern Ireland on June 3 at Dnipro Arena in Ukraine and tied 1-1 with Bahrain on May 23 at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

Brady Tkachuk has arrived in Ottawa

Heading into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Brady Tkachuk was ranked No. 3 on most prospect lists, an agitator who would make older brother Matthew look like a saint, a remarkable statement given the degrees of mayhem Matthew is capable of starting and finishing.

On the fence with Olha Kharlan

Personal philosophies, words of wisdom, deep reflections and opinions matter, especially when they emanate from an established competitive spirit who has repeatedly proven herself on the international stage. Young and old can always benefit from an injection of a winning formula when espoused by someone with character, passion and a superior work ethic, in many ways a role model.

Ukrainian Hanchuk’s mound dominance continues in college softball

All Mark and Christine Hanchuk’s youngest daughter wanted was to continue her softball pitching career at the college level. She also very much wanted to pursue a degree in her chosen fields of marketing, communications and advertising. Maria Hanchuk was also very attracted to Endicott College’s internships, which the school offers to select students all four years of their undergraduate study, and she was enraptured by the university’s beautiful campus and its proximity to the historical metropolis of Boston.

Recalling the “Uke Line”

The “Uke Line” of the Boston Bruins, formed in 1957, comprised Johnny Bucyk, Bronco Horvath and Vic Stasiuk, three forwards of Ukrainian heritage. The three actually got started in the Western Hockey League, where the trio skated together for the Edmonton Flyers in 1954-1955, although Stasiuk only got into 11 games (13 points), while Bucyk (30G, 88PTS) and Horvath (50G, 60A, 110PTS) killed it offensively.

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Longoria goes deep twice in two games
Ukrainian Evan Longoria, in the Cactus League, in his first at bat of the 2021 regular season crushed a sinker from Seattle Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales to give his San Francisco Giants an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on April 1. Longoria, 35, hit his first homer of the year 358 feet over the right field wall (an opposite field shot) with an exit velocity of 101.4 mph. To prove this was no fluke either, he went deep again in the Giants’ second game, smashing a two-run shot, going two for three with two RBI’s.

Saroya Tinker standing up and speaking out

It was only a little over a decade ago that a 12-year-old girl in Oshawa, Ontario, suffered through the trauma associated with being told by a teammate to, “Shut up, you stupid n—–,” in a hockey arena’s dressing room. This, of course, was not the first time Saroya Tinker experienced the disgust of racism. The first times go back to when she was a little girl on the ice who was occasionally shunned by her fellow skaters, made to sit in a certain area of the dressing room and not always included in off-ice activities. Sometimes the racism was more covert and ignorant, like the time her Ukrainian Canadian mother, Mandy, was asked which girl was her daughter, and when she pointed Tinker out, she was told, “Crossbreeds make the best athletes.” Tinker, whose father is Jamaican, still has difficulty comprehending that the episode really happened.