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The Premier League is back but the shadow of coronavirus looms large

On a bright lunchtime in early October 2018, Arsenal came to picturesque Craven Cottage. After their hosts Fulham had equalised through Andre Schurrle, a World Cup winner, the guests dazzled, winning 5-1. At the Bishop’s Park End, supporters sang long and loud: ‘We’ve got our Ars

Bayern Says Perisic Heading back to Inter after Loan

Ivan Perisic is heading back to Inter Milan after Bayern Munich decided not to use an option to buy the winger, who helped the German club win the Champions League while on loan last season. Bayern thanked Perisic for his role in winning three trophies during his season-long loan, which was exten

Serena, Thiem Move into US Open Semi-Finals

Serena Williams battled into a US Open semi-final showdown with Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday as top men's seeds Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev booked their spots in the last four. Williams, seeded third, came from a set down to overcome unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova and keep alive he

Ireland's Sam Bennett in tears after maiden win at Tour de France

Irishman Sam Bennett was left in tears after sprinting away to claim a maiden stage win on the Tour de France on Tuesday. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider's Stage 10 victory, on his Tour debut, ensured he reclaimed the sprint points green jersey and followed a dramatic start to the day as Tour dir

James Rodríguez Joins Everton to Revive Career in England

James Rodríguez joined English Premier League club Everton on Monday in an attempt to revive a career that faltered at Real Madrid. Signed by the Spanish giant after rising to prominence with a stunning goal for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, the attacking midfielder couldn't match those

Three private equity groups await Serie A decision over 'historic' deal: sources

 Three private equity groups have submitted final bids to Italy’s top-flight soccer league and are awaiting a decision over a deal that could shake up the country’s soccer industry, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Serie A clubs are due to meet on Wednesday

Messi back training with Barca after ending departure saga

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi reported for training on Monday for the first time since requesting to leave the club last month.   Messi had failed to turn up to the club’s tests for COVID-19 eight days ago and been absent from all subsequent sessions ahead of the new campaign after g

No Plot Change but New Stars in Made for TV Premier League Season

The new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday with some fresh talent but still without fans as the world's most popular domestic football competition continues, for the time being at least, as a made for television product. The plot is unlikely to be dramatically different from the past two

Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open after hitting line judge with ball

World No 1 Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the US Open fourth round on Sunday after hitting a female line judge in the throat with a ball in the first set of his match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic was becoming frustrated after failing to take the opening set, suffering a fall

Nans Peters earns first stage win on a mixed day for home nation in Tour de France

On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish. The AG2R La Mondiale rider led home the survivors of a 13-man group who

Barcelona Fans Relieved after Messi Says he Will Stay

Barcelona fans breathed a collective sigh of relief a day after Lionel Messi said he would wait a year in his desire to seek success elsewhere. Argentine great Messi announced Friday that, despite having told the club he wanted to leave, he would see out the last season on his contract. The 33-ye

US Open: Serena Williams marches into third round, Andy Murray soundly beaten

Serena Williams continued untroubled in her pursuit of tennis history on Thursday after reaching the US Open third round with a straight sets win, while former champion Andy Murray was thoroughly beaten. Williams, the tournament's third seed, dispatched unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6

Messi Reluctantly Staying at Barcelona after All

Lionel Messi ended speculation about his future at Barcelona by announcing on Friday that he would reluctantly stay for another season rather than tackle his career-long club in court. A week after saying he wanted to leave the Liga side, and with a contract row still raging, the 33-year-old six-

NBA champion Raptors keep title hopes alive with Anunoby buzzer-beater against Celtics

OG Anunoby drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer as the Toronto Raptors resuscitated their NBA title defense Thursday with a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics.Kyle Lowry, tasked with inbounding the ball with half a second on the clock and the Raptors down 103-101, lofted a perfect arcing pa

Messi staying with Barcelona not completely ruled out

Staying with Barcelona may be an option for Lionel Messi after all. A day after the Spanish club reaffirmed its position not to facilitate a transfer, Messi’s father-agent did not dismiss the possibility of his son reconsidering his decision to leave. Jorge Messi left the prospect open aft

Saudi Pro-League title lost, Al-Nasr turn focus on AFC Champions League

Al-Nasr may have lost their Saudi Pro League title to Al Hilal but are spending big in an attempt to snatch the AFC Champions League crown from their Riyadh rivals. Just days after signing South Korean international full-back Kim Jin-su from Jeonbuk Motors, Al Nasr have had an $18 million bid for

Ronaldo Limited in Portugal Camp by Foot Infection

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second training session in a row with the Portugal squad on Thursday due to a foot problem ahead of Nations League matches against Croatia and Sweden. "The national team captain... has an infection in his right foot and is undergoing treatment with antibiotics," the Por

With Pros in the Stands, Murray Saves Match Point at US Open

It was the sort of match Andy Murray came back for, the sort of competition and comeback he always lived for, the reason he went through two hip operations and all the hard work that followed. And it was the type of vintage Murray performance — undaunted by a deficit, adjusting on the fly,

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