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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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Olympic chiefs bracing for extra costs in rescheduling Tokyo Games

Olympic chiefs said Thursday they were bracing themselves for the extra costs incurred by rescheduling the Tokyo Games by a year to 2021. The historic decision to postpone the summer Olympics by 12 months was taken this week amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was the first peacetime postponement of the Games. According to the latest budget, the Games were ...

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Lewis of ‘DLS method’ cricket fame dies, aged 78

Tony Lewis, one of the men behind the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method used in weather-affected limited overs cricket matches, has died aged 78, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Wednesday. “It is with much sadness that the ECB has learned of the passing of Tony Lewis MBE, aged 78,” said a statement. “Tony, alongside fellow mathematician Frank Duckworth, devised the Duckworth-Lewis ...

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Umar’s destiny in his own hands, says Pakistan cricket coach Misbah

Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday urged troubled batsman Umar Akmal to discipline himself and focus on his cricket if he wants to revive his derailed career. Regarded as hugely talented, the 29-year-old Umar could face up to a lifetime ban after he was charged for not reporting match fixing offers, which led to his suspension in February. The Pakistan Cricket Board ...

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