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Football will be totally different after coronavirus: FIFA chief

Rome: Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, the head of global soccer body FIFA Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. “Football will come back, and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview. “There is one lesson, however, that both you …

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Man U star Rashford raises funds to serve meals to vulnerable children

London: Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has raised over 100,000 pounds ($124,410) to ensure vulnerable children, who rely on free school meals every day, are still fed now that schools are closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Rashford, who said he depended on free meals as a child, issued a rallying cry and asked people to donate, working with charity …

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Cricket’s DLS method inventor Tony Lewis passes away

London: Tony Lewis, the former university lecturer better known for one of the most complex rules of cricket — the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method which is used in rain-affected matches, died at the age of 78. “It is with much sadness that the ECB has learned of the passing of Tony Lewis MBE, aged 78,” ECB said in a statement. “Tony, alongside …

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If no cricket, ECB could lose over 300 mn pounds

London: The England and Wales Cricket Board stands to lose over 300 million pounds if the COVID-19 pandemic prevents the upcoming season from going ahead, said its chief executive Tom Harrison, who is among the ECB employees taking a pay cut to deal with the crisis. In another development, England’s centrally contracted players appear to have said no to the …

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HS Prannoy fears ‘bleak’ future for Indian shuttlers

New Delhi: The emotional and financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic is weighing on Indian shuttler HS Prannoy’s mind and he believes that the already “bleak” scenario would only get worse if things don’t take a turn for the better in one and a half month’s time. The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed over 40,000 globally, has put countries in …

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No decision yet by BCCI on team India’s pay cut

IANS New Delhi Sportspersons being asked to take pay cuts have been making news ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the world to a standstill. But Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Dhumal has made it clear that there is no such thought process at present when it comes to the salary of the …

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Rajasthan Royals open to play shortened IPL with Indian players

PTI New Delhi Even a shortened IPL with just Indian players would be good enough in these “extraordinary times”, Rajasthan Royals Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur said on Wednesday, revealing that a final call on the glitzy event’s fate is unlikely to be taken before April 15. The top executive spelt out his franchise’s wish even as the number of positive …

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Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since World War II

AFP London Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar. The cancellation of the only grasscourt Grand Slam tournament at the All England Club would leave the tennis season in disarray after the French Open was controversially moved …

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Warne names Ganguly as captain of his all-time India XI

HT MEDIA New Delhi Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has picked his all-time India XI and has named Sourav Ganguly as the captain of his side. One of the biggest names to miss out from this side is VVS?Laxman, as the right-hander had an awesome record against the Australian – both in India and in Australia. The spin wizard nominated …

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De Bruyne defers retirement amid lockdown

REUTERS London Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has deferred his retirement by “two more years” after the coronavirus lockdown made him realise how much he will miss football when he finishes his career. The pandemic has brought global sport to a virtual standstill with events postponed, suspended or cancelled. The Premier League season has been suspended until at least …

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