3,000-Year-Old Leather Sports Balls Discovered In China, The Oldest In Eurasia



  • Researchers found what might be the oldest known balls in Eurasia
  • It’s not clear how the game was played but it was likely part of exercise and military training
  • The ball game possibly arose around the same time as horseback riding

Researchers found what may just be the oldest ancient balls in Eurasia. The find provides evidence that ball games were already around in Europe and Asia earlier than previously thought.

In a new study, a team of German and Chinese researchers report the discovery of three ancient balls that were recovered from the graves in the prehistoric Yanghai cemetery in northeast China. They are made of leather and measure somewhere between 7.4 and 9.2 centimeters.

Radiocarbon dating of the balls reveals that they are likely from 2,900 to 3,200 years ago, making them the oldest balls in the region.

“This makes these balls about five centuries older than the previously known ancient balls and depictions of ball games in Eurasia,” study first author Patrick Wertmann of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich (UZH) said in the university news release.

This means that ball games were likely played in Eurasia much earlier than previously thought.

Early ball games were believed to have come to Europe and Asia later than in other cultures around the world. For instance, the oldest balls and ball games in America have been dated back to over 3,000 years ago, Pennsylvania State University (PSU) notes. By comparison, ball games in Europe were thought to have come much later.

“In Greece about 2,500 years ago and in China about 300 years after that,” the UZH news release said.

But with the researchers’ findings, it appears that ball games appeared earlier in the region.

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Activewear Apparel Market will Showcase Negative Impact During 2020-2024 | Increasing Sports Events & Tournaments to Boost Market Growth



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Pawtucket learning center champions equity through arts, sports, and technology


Question: When was ASTRO founded and what is its mission?

My cousin Michael and I founded ASTRO in 2014. Our mission is to champion equity among diverse populations by innovating health-promoting programs that improve the way people live, learn, work, and play.

Q: On Oct. 5, the Social Enterprise Greenhouse announced that it was providing ASTRO with a $25,000 loan. What will you use the money for?

Funds acquired through this loan will provide working capital for ASTRO to expand our operations and offer day care services to adult populations. We originally started out in adult services, but the community need that took precedence was providing a safe place for kids to be during the out-of-school time, and this is where we have focused the majority of our efforts over the years.

Now that many adults have been displaced from their day programs due to COVID-19 restrictions on numbers, there is a great need in the community for healthy activities for adults during the day.

Thanks to the SEG Loan Fund, ASTRO now has the backing to take on this next venture. Parents and community members have been calling ASTRO in large volumes looking for more adult services. With the license we plan to receive from the Rhode Island Department of Health, ASTRO will be able to accommodate the requests of our community with a new business model that supports sustainability and growth for our organization.

Q: How do ASTRO’s programs promote diversity? Can you quantify the diversity of the people or the community you serve?

ASTRO greatly values the diversity of the people we serve. As an organization, we have structured our business model to empower our members, employees, volunteers, and constituents to self-direct their own experience with ASTRO, by offering structural support for people to grow their passions.

FOX Sports and Samsung’s Exclusive 5G Smartphone Experience Lets Fans Control the Action During the MLB Postseason


90+ Proprietary In-Stadium Cameras Drive the “FOX Sports 5G View Powered by SAMSUNG Galaxy” App for NLCS Presented by Camping World and World Series

LOS ANGELES – During the NLCS presented by Camping World and World Series, FOX Sports’ 25th season of MLB Postseason coverage features the FOX Sports 5G View Powered by Samsung, a brand-new bonus app experience exclusively for 5G-enabled smartphones. This innovative collaboration between the two brands, in the heart of the massive October sports calendar, delivers a custom design experience for Android users, including:

Interactive video-player: Empowers the viewer to be the director, with the ability to rotate around the action and zoom in/out during live games for a closer look at plays at the plate, down-the-line hits or a fastball right on the corner
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Highlights: Updated throughout the game to let fans re-live game-changing moments for players and teams in their quest for the trophy
Rewind: Fans can rewind back up to 3 minutes during live games — an opportunity for a second look at an important inning or sequence


FOX Sports’ robust standard number of MLB Postseason broadcast cameras are complemented by more than 90 additional proprietary cameras inside of Globe Life Park at Arlington, home to the NLCS and World Series. These specialized cameras capture the game’s critical moments from a multitude of new angles and feed the advanced 5G View experience functionality.


“After recently reimagining the FOX Sports app, we’re thrilled to work with Samsung to add this exclusive 5G smartphone experience for the NLCS and World Series,” said David Katz, EVP and Head of Digital, FOX Sports. “During these unique times for fans, we have an immense opportunity to get them closer to the action with

The latest on UGA football and basketball games with Georgia Tech and other schedule updates – Sports – Savannah Morning News


ATHENS — Georgia’s football game with Georgia Tech in 2021 will remain as scheduled to be held in Atlanta even with the teams not playing in Athens this year, Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity said.

The in-state rivals will not go up against each other this season for the first time since 1924 after the SEC decided to play a conference-only schedule due to the pandemic. The ACC allowed for one nonconference game played in the school’s home state.

“I think if the shoe were on the other foot, it’s not that you push the game back a year, but it would take both schools to agree to do that and obviously Tech has no interest in doing that,” McGarity said. “We’ll just basically be in Atlanta in 2021. It’s unfortunate but it’s just where things stand.”

The Georgia men’s basketball game at Georgia Tech for this season may not be played after the NCAA set a new start date of Nov. 25. If it doesn’t go off, the game in the 2021-22 season would remain as scheduled for Athens, according to UGA assistant athletic director John Bateman.

“We are communicating with the Georgia Tech staff as needed to see if we can work something out for this year since the original game was scheduled prior to the Nov. 25 date,” Bateman said. “Like with the football, if we can’t work something out for this current schedule then we’re also in agreement it would come back to Athens.”

The teams were to play Nov. 19 in Atlanta.

Georgia and Georgia Tech have played every season going back to the 1920-21 season.

Georgia has played football road games against rivals Auburn and Georgia Tech in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and would again in 2021, although the Auburn game was moved