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FIFA chief applauds Bundesliga players for showing solidarity with Floyd

AP Washington FIFA president Gianni Infantino stepped into the debate about Bundesliga players who protested during matches against the death of George Floyd, saying that they should be applauded and not punished. Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was booked for taking off his jersey during a Bundesliga match so he could display a T-shirt emblazoned with ‘Justice for George Floyd’. …

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‘Big Three’ join campaign against racial injustice

REUTERS Washington Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the tennis players who joined the #BlackOutTuesday campaign against racial injustice, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody. Men’s world No 1 Djokovic posted black screenshots on his Twitter and Instagram pages with the message “Black Lives Matter”, …

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CWI stands by its players in speaking out against racism

PTI Kingston The Caribbean people have fought many battles “on and off the field” against discrimination faced by people of colour, said Cricket West Indies as it joined its players in condemning racism after an unarmed African-American man’s death in police custody sparked widespread protests. “We join our cricketers, other cricket stakeholders, all sportsmen, sportswomen, and sports administrators, in speaking …

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Odisha FC rope in defender George D’Souza

IANS Bhubaneswar Indian Super League (ISL) side Odisha FC on Wednesday announced the signing of 26-year-old left-back George D’Souza ahead of the seventh season, the club said in a statement. Hailing from Goa, George started his career with SESA Football Academy before playing for Sporting Clube de Goa. After his impressive performance in the Goa Pro League (GPL), the defender …

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Bravo, Hetmyer and Keemo refuse to tour England for Test series

PTI St John’s Three West Indies players — Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul — on Wednesday refused to tour England for next month’s proposed three-Test series, which will be conducted in a bio-secure environment to combat the COVID-19 threat. Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced a 14-man squad for the series, which is expected to mark resumption of international …

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Pandya wary of risking injured back; wants to prioritise white-ball cricket on return

PTI New Delhi Flamboyant Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is wary of risking his injury-ravaged back for Test cricket right now and says it’s because he understands his “importance” in the white-ball formats. Pandya hasn’t played a Test since September 2018, appearing in a total of 11 five-day matches, but has cemented his place as a big-hitting all-rounder in the limited …

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Leipzig reclaim third spot

Berlin: RB Leipzig returned to third place in the Bundesliga with an entertaining 4-2 victory at Cologne on Monday. Jhon Cordoba claimed the early advantage for the home side but Leipzig scored four in 37 minutes, including Timo Werner’s 31st in all competitions, to climb back above Borussia Moenchendgladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in the hunt for a Champions League place. …

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Infantino wants to turn football into a huge money machine: Blatter

Zurich: Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has trained his guns at current chief Gianni Infantino and referred to him as a “megalomaniac”. Blatter hit out at Infantino’s proposed expansion of the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams and stated he wants to convert the sport into a money churning machine. He also took aim at the proposed changes with …

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Pogba, Rashford condemn Floyd’s death

Manchester: Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba has voiced his anger and urged everyone to speak out on George Floyd’s death that has caused a massive outrage in the United States. Pogba took to Instagram to express his sadness over Floyd’s death and revealed racism is prevalent everywhere. He also stated that targeted attack on one community cannot be tolerated anymore …

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BRIEFS

Manika Batra recommended for Khel Ratna KOLKATA: The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Tuesday recommended star paddler Manika Batra’s name for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. This is the second time Manika, the first woman table tennis player from India to win a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, has been recommended for the highest …

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