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NBA franchises set to reopen training facilities

NBA players may come back to team gyms on Friday in the US states where local authorities have loosened or did not impose "stay-at-home" restrictions in response to COVID-19, the basketball association said late Saturday. It stated that only personal workouts were allowed rather than team training.

FIFA to release $150 mln in funds to member associations due to COVID-19 crisis

FIFA will release operational funds for 2019 and 2020 amounting to $150 million to its member associations as the first step of a relief plan to help negate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global football body said on Friday. Each of FIFA’s 211 member associations would rece

Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee reveals bid for 2030 Asian Games

Saudi Arabia announced that it has submitted a letter of intent to hold the 21st Asian Games in 2030 in Riyadh, according to a statement. The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia with all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia eligible to participate. Saudi Ara

Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham Festival decision

Public health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham racing festival to go ahead in early March led to a rise in coronavirus cases locally. Mortality figures compiled by the Health Service Journal show that Gloucestershire hospitals NHS trust, whi

Tokyo 2020 asks IOC to remove Abe comment regarding Olympic costs

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee on Tuesday requested that the IOC remove a comment from their website that referred to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when discussing the financial impact of postponing the Games.The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese gover

Organisers must be flexible if coronavirus vaccine not ready in time, experts say

The Tokyo Olympics next July will be a “uniquely risky” event, demanding flexibility from organisers amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly if a vaccine has not been rolled out by then, medical experts say.Japan and the International Olympic Committee made the unp

How ‘The Last Dance’ started with a simple idea in 1997

The year was 1997. Andy Thompson had an idea. Adam Silver liked his plan. Neither had any clue what they concocted. The ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” — the story based around Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls — premieres Sunday night with the firs

Premier League: Ian Wright says people wrong to 'have a go' over restart

The Premier League should not be criticised for discussing how the season should be concluded, says former England striker Ian Wright. Top-flight clubs held a meeting on Friday at which finishing the season in a 40-day window was one of the scenarios discussed. The Premier League has been criticis

Barcelona Setien: If I have to leave and Xavi comes in, then it's not a problem

Quique Setien has admitted that he won't have a problem with being replaced as Barcelona coach.The former Las Palmas and Real Betis boss was appointed as Ernesto Valverde's successor in January, only after Xavi Hernandez rejected the job."Let's hope Xavi [eventually] comes and that he does very well

Serie A teams to be tested for coronavirus, then isolated when training resumes

The players and staff at Serie A clubs should be tested for coronavirus and then isolated in training camps when they begin preparing for the re-start of the season, the Italian football federation (FIGC) recommended on Wednesday. The recommendation will be among the guidelines drawn up by the FIGC

Liverpool, Real Madrid to join others in FIFA 20 charity event

Real-life pro football players from powerhouse European teams such as Liverpool and Real Madrid will compete in EA Sports’ FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup, Electronic Arts announced Thursday. The online charity event, scheduled to start Wednesday and run through April 19, will feature the football

Football League clubs scramble to agree player wages deal in Covid-19 crisis

Football League clubs face a race to agree a deal on player wages and avert a cash crisis before April’s salaries are due next week. Talks are continuing between the EFL, clubs and the Professional Footballers’ Association on how best to stem the financial losses brought about by the co

No league is worth risking a single human life, says FIFA chief

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned against re-starting football too early amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling FIFA's 211 member associations on Friday that such behavior would be irresponsible. Soccer around the world has come to a standstill with domestic leagues on hold and major tourn

Formula One considering closed races once season starts due to coronavirus

Formula One is considering holding closed races without spectators, most likely at European circuits, once the season is able to start after being stalled by the new coronavirus pandemic. The Australian opener on March 15 was canceled and every race up to the French Grand Prix on June 28 has been p


Eight players remain in the NBA 2K Players Tournament after a first round that saw Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and DeMarcus Cousins getting knocked out. The No. 1 seed by virtue of being the highest ranked player in the game, Durant selected the Los Angeles Clippers in his opening game on Friday

FIFA draws up guidelines to tackle pay-cut complaints

FIFA is getting ready to deal with complaints and appeals over wage cuts for players, producing guidelines for clubs and football bodies looking to cut costs during the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an internal document seen by Reuters showed. The issue of pay cuts for players has ex

At least I can be Wimbledon champion for two years, says Halep

Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years.The Romanian former world number produced a flawless performance to beat Serena Wi

UEFA cancels Champions League, Europa League until further notice

UEFA bowed to the inevitable on Wednesday and suspended all Champions League and Europa League football matches "until further notice" due to the coronavirus pandemic. European football's governing body also said all national team games scheduled for June have been postponed, including playoff matc

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