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COVID-19: Asia Cup cricket postponed

The last edition of Asia Cup took place in UAE in 2018. File photo After an executive board meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), it was decided that this year’s Asia Cup, which was scheduled on September, will now be postponed due to the unavoidable circumstances created by COVID-19 pandemic. ACC hopes the event will take place in June ...

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Barcelona stay in touch with Real Madrid and send down rivals Espanyol

Barcelona kept their faint title hopes alive and doomed Espanyol to relegation on Wednesday as Luis Suarez’s goal proved the winner in a pivotal Catalan derby at the top and bottom of La Liga. A cagey contest at Camp Nou exploded into life for six frantic minutes at the start of the second half as Ansu Fati and Pol Lozano ...

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Cricket returns as England bat in first Test against West Indies

England captain Ben Stokes decided to bat in the first Test against the West Indies at Southampton on Wednesday as international cricket resumed for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. Stokes was leading England for the first time, with regular captain Joe Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child. England left out veteran paceman ...

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Barca say CAS ‘dismiss’ Neymar appeal by Santos

Barcelona say they have been cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over claims of fraud during the 2013 signing of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos. In the case that came before the CAS Santos claimed Barcelona owed them over 61 million euros ($69 million) from the 2013 transfer. “The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the ...

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Batting holds key to England-Windies series

Batting could well determine which side emerges on top when international cricket resumes after months of coronavirus-enforced lockdown with the first Test between England and the West Indies at Southampton starting on Wednesday. Both sides have proven pace attacks, with West Indies captain Jason Holder among a bowling unit set to include the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph ...

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Now Mashrafe’s wife tests positive for Covid-19

Sumona Haque Sumi, wife of former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, has tested positive for COVID-19. Confirming the news, Golam Mortaza Swapan, father of Mashrafe, said that she is fine and now staying with her husband in Dhaka. Mashrafe, a ruling party MP from Natil-2 constituency, tested positive for the Covid-19 on June 20. Later, he tested positive for the ...

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Son clashes with Lloris as Spurs beat Everton

Hugo Lloris insisted he had made peace with Son Heung-min after the Tottenham stars were involved in a furious row during their side’s 1-0 win against Everton on Monday. As Son walked towards the tunnel at half-time, France goalkeeper Lloris confronted the South Korea forward, shouting at him and shoving his shoulder. The usually placid Son responded angrily and the ...

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Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith ...

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Messi doubts reflect chaos at Barcelona

Barcelona may be about to lose the league but losing Lionel Messi would be much harder to stomach. Messi’s contract is due to expire next year and the Argentinian has reportedly stopped talks due to frustrations with the direction of the club. “Messi is planning to leave Barca,” Spanish radio Cadena Ser said on Thursday. “Right now, Messi’s idea is ...

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Buffon breaks Serie A appearances record as Juve move seven points clear

Gianluigi Buffon set a new Serie A appearances record on Saturday as Juventus beat Torino 4-1 in the Turin derby to move seven points clear at the top of the table after nearest challengers Lazio lost to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired AC Milan. The 42-year-old goalkeeper passed the previous record of 647 appearances he jointly held with AC Milan great Paolo ...

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