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Premier League stars launch fund to ‘help’ health service coronavirus fight

Premier League players announced on Wednesday they had launched an initiative to generate funds for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to help against the coronavirus pandemic. The idea — named #PlayersTogether — has been set up to “help those fighting for us on the NHS frontline” during the COVID-19 outbreak. “It is about we, as players, collaborating together to create ...

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Virus prevents play at Trump-opened world’s biggest cricket stadium

There is no larger symbol of the global sports shutdown than cricket’s 110,000-seater Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, opened by US President Donald Trump, but yet to see a ball bowled. India’s newest and the world’s biggest cricket stadium lies empty because of the coronavirus pandemic. Where there should be the sound of leather on willow and the roar of the crowd, ...

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Clarke drops bombshell: Aussie cricketers “sucked up” to Kohli and Co. to protect IPL deals

Australian cricketers were so keen on protecting their lucrative IPL deals that they felt “scared” of sledging India captain Virat Kohli and his teammates during a particular period and instead “sucked up” to them, former skipper Michael Clarke has claimed. India and Australia have had some memorable bilateral duels but Clarke felt that whenever the Australians would face India, their ...

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French Football Club Doctor “commits suicide” after coronavirus diagnosis

French Ligue 1 club Reims were on Sunday in mourning for long-serving club doctor Bernard Gonzalez who committed suicide after being diagnosed with coronavirus, sources confirmed. “Devastated, Reims cries for Bernard Gonzalez,” said a statement released by the Ligue 1 club. “Not just the club but also hundreds of men and women in Reims.” Contacted by AFP, Reims mayor Arnaud ...

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Shakib unites with family after completing self-isolation in USA

Bangladesh’s world-famed all rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined his family on Friday (April 3) in sound health after spending 14 days in isolation in a hotel since arriving in the United States of America (USA). Shakib, who is currently serving a two-year ban (with one year suspended) from cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC), went into self-isolation in a ...

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Liverpool blasted over virus furlough, players in £200m wage cut warning

Liverpool were accused of betraying their “morals and values” on Saturday for their move to furlough non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic as Premier League stars warned of a £200 million ($245 million) shortfall in government coffers if 30 percent wage cuts were introduced. Premier League leaders Liverpool said they would top up the public money made available from the ...

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Pressure grows for shortened IPL behind closed doors

Players are putting pressure on cricket authorities to plan a shortened Twenty20 Indian Premier League later in the year to “kickstart” the sports economy after the coronavirus lockdown. The world’s richest cricket tournament has been postponed until April 15, which coincides with the end of India’s 21 day nationwide shutdown to halt the spread of the pandemic. But with the ...

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English Premier League calls off May restart

Due to coronavirus fears, England’s top-tier football division Premier League will not resume play in early May. The league “will not resume at the beginning of May” and “the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” the league said on its website Friday after a shareholders meeting. In mid-March all professional football matches ...

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Neymar donates $1M to fight coronavirus

Neymar has donated $1 million to fight the impact of the new coronavirus in his native Brazil, according to TV network SBT. The Paris Saint-Germain star, the world’s third-highest-paid footballer, donated part of the money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the rest to a charitable fund launched by his friend Luciano Huck, a Brazilian TV presenter, the ...

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Lionel Messi’s private plane forced to make emergency landing

Lionel Messi’s private plane had to make an emergency landing at Brussel’s Zavantem airport on Friday morning after problems with the landing gear were detected. It is not clear whether the Barcelona star was on board at the time, but the aircraft touched down en route to Tenerife at 9.10am, according to Belgian outlet HLN. 90 minutes later it is ...

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