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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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Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8 in 2021

Photo:  The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. “The schedule for the games ...

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Wimbledon will be canceled, says German tennis official

The Wimbledon tennis championships will be canceled this week, according to German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff. Tournament organizer the All England Club (AELTC) will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday and is expected to make a final decision on the grand slam event, which is set to begin on June 29. In a statement issued last week, the AELTC ...

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Liverpool deserve Premier League title if season cancelled – Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-placed City, the current holders, which has left them just ...

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Sourav Ganguly donates rice worth Rs 50 lakh amid coronavirus lockdown

As India continues its fight against coronavirus, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the needy people. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), in its statement, said Ganguly along with Lal Baba Rice will provide rice to people who have been put in government schools for ...

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ICC puts T20 World Cup cricket qualifiers on hold

Cricket’s governing body all postponed qualifiers for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup due to take place before July on Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc with international sport. Tournaments in Kuwait, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Malaysia and Finland are all affected by the decision, a statement said. “The decision has been taken in conjunction with members and ...

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