COVID-19: Australia Open cancelled, first time since WW2

The Australia Open will be absent from the sports calendar for the first time since World War Two this season.This came to be after Golf Australia and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia cancelled all of their top events on Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 105th edition of the country’s oldest and most[...]

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the federation said on its website.Ronaldo, 35, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France[...]

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Messi proved self against Celta, says Koeman

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi has been the ideal captain and an example to the rest of the team.Koeman said this has been evident in the way he has applied himself since deciding to stay at the club this season.Messi gave an outstanding performance in Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on[...]

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Return of fans to Premier League stadiums on hold ― Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that the planned phased return of spectators to sports venues in England was on hold due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.A number of pilot test events, in which capacities have been capped at 1,000, have taken place and it was hoped venues would be allowed to[...]

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Man City’s Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club announced on Monday, hours ahead of their first match of the new campaign.The Germany international is now in self-isolation as the club prepare to play Wolves at Molineux.“Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League[...]

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El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State says the state is making arrangements to host a half-marathon on Nov. 21, 2020, tagged ‘Kaduna Runs’.According to him, the maiden marathon will hold annually, and is meant to discover talents and attract investors to the state.“Our hope is that it will also help reinforce Kaduna’s hard-earned reputation as[...]

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Neymar, Puma conclude endorsement deal

Neymar has finalised an endorsement deal with Puma, media reports in his native Brazil said Friday, two weeks after the most expensive player in football parted ways with long-time sponsors Nike.News of a deal between the Paris Saint-Germain star and the German sportswear giant was first published by the sports site Esporte Interativo, which is[...]

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‘No boundary’: Japan women’s football great joins men’s team

Japanese women’s football great Yuki Nagasato said she was inspired by Megan Rapinoe’s fight for equality as she took the highly unusual step of joining a men’s team on Thursday.Nagasato, a Women’s World Cup-winner in 2011, will play for Hayabusa Eleven, an amateur outfit in her home prefecture of Kanagawa, on loan from Chicago Red[...]

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I want to break Ali Daei’s goalscoring record, says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European player to reach 100 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden.Veteran Sweden midfielder Gustav Svensson was sent off just before half-time for collecting a second yellow card, and from the resulting free-kick, Ronaldo fired the ball into the top corner to bring up his[...]

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Tennis: French Open to allow 11,500 fans daily

The French Open will allow a maximum of 11,500 spectators per day to adhere to strict health protocols and curb the spread of COVID-19 when the Grand Slam begins later this month.The French Tennis Federation (FFT) disclosed this on Monday.The French Open, traditionally held in May and June, was postponed earlier this year due to[...]

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Mixed reactions greet Djokovic’s disqualification from US Open

Reactions were mixed after Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the U.S. Open for striking a line judge with a ball during his match against Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday.Following the incident, the US Tennis Association issued a statement saying that Djokovic would lose all the ranking points earned from the event.He will also be fined the[...]

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Messi makes dramatic u-turn, set to stay with Barcelona

Lionel Messi has confirmed he will stay at Barcelona against his wishes and hinted his desire to avoid a courtroom battle was the overriding reason behind the decision.The superstar’s bombshell U-turn was officially announced on Friday evening, although Messi has once again doubled down on his criticism of the board and its under-fire president Josep[...]

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Messi shuns Barcelona training

Lionel Messi informed Barcelona coaches he was not going to turn up to training on Wednesday, according to Barcelona’s newly-appointed sporting director Ramon Planes.Messi asked Barca Tuesday to leave the club he has been with for 20 seasons, since he was 13 years old.“Messi informed us that he was not going to show up to[...]

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Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID-19

Usain Bolt was in quarantine on Monday as Jamaican media reported the sprint legend had tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after he celebrated his 34th birthday with a lavish party.The retired 100m and 200m world-record holder didn’t confirm his test result, but he urged anyone who had been in contact with him to[...]

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UCL final: 148 arrested as PSG fans riot after defeat

Police said Monday they arrested 148 people as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and clashed with police in the French capital after the team’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.The violence occurred around the Parc des Princes stadium and on the Champs-Elysees avenue during and after the match on Sunday[...]

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I joined Arsenal to win Champions League – Willian

Willian says a key factor in his decision to join Arsenal was head coach Mikel Arteta’s plan to win the Champions League in the next three years.Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the Brazilian winger confirmed the target for himself and his new club – whom he joined on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea –[...]

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De Bruyne wins Premier League Player of the Season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign.The Belgian playmaker beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award.De Bruyne was the only Manchester City[...]

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Neuer feels a ’little sorry’ for Ter Stegen after Bayern humiliation

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said he was saddened to see German rival and Barcelona counterpart Marc-Andre ter Stegen concede eight goals in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final humiliation. Bayern embarrassed LaLiga giants Barca 8-2 in Lisbon, where Neuer’s team-mates became the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout match.Thomas[...]

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Arsenal sign Willian from Chelsea on free transfer

Arsenal completed the signing of Willian on a three-year deal on Friday after the Brazilian winger’s contract at Chelsea expired.The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League during seven years with the Blues, but moves across London on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer[...]

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Kalu recovers from COVID-19

Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu resumed training behind closed doors at Halin on Sunday after recovering from the coronavirus.A fortnight ago, the 22-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from Nigeria and was quarantined for two weeks afterward.“Kalu has returned to training this morning (on Sunday) after recovering from COVID-19,” the club wrote on Twitter.He[...]

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