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United’s Berbatov not in favour of playing behind closed doors

Sofia: Some teams will be fine with it, while some others may suffer when football resumes behind closed doors in Europe, feels former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov who has stated player performance may also be hampered due to this. South Korea’s K-League resumed on Friday, two months after the football season was halted abruptly in the wake of the …

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Magic will go missing if sports played without fans, says Kohli

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli believes cricket in empty stadiums is a real possibility in a post COVID-19 world and though it is unlikely to have a bearing on the intensity of players, he feels the magic would certainly go missing. Cricket Boards across the globe are exploring the option of resuming the sport in empty stadiums. There is …

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I feel the pressure, I feel scared too: Dhoni

PTI Chennai His ice cool demeanour is the stuff of legends but former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has no qualms conceding that he is not immune to pressure and fear. Dhoni, lending support to MFORE — an initiative offering mind conditioning programs to achieve peak performance in sports –, offered his perspective on the issue of mental health. “In …

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Football likely to temporarily see five substitutions

AFP Lausanne Football’s lawmakers are this week set to announce a “temporary” change to the laws of the sport allowing teams to make up to five substitutions in games when the sport resumes after the coronavirus-induced suspension. The proposal to help teams cope with likely fixture congestion in a packed calendar was made by world governing body FIFA and is …

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Mbappe will fit very well in Real Madrid: Fabregas

IANS Monaco Despite having close links with Barcelona, Spanish footballer Cesc Fabregas believes French superstar Kylian Mbappe will fit in very well at Real Madrid because of his playing style. Mbappe, who currently plies his trade at Paris St. Germain, has been linked with a move away from Parc des Princes in recent times and Fabregas believes he could end …

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A new age in the new normal when sports restart

Avishek Roy | HT New Delhi Empty stadiums, antibody tests, not using locker rooms, showering only when they get home, no sharing of equipment, no running in the slipstream of others—these are just some things that may become the new normal for athletes as they return to training in the Covid-19 environment. The Australian Institute of Sports (AIS), the country’s …

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Parthiv doesn’t consider himself unlucky in Dhoni’s era

PTI New Delhi Out-of-favour wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel does not consider himself unlucky to have played in the same era as Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he knows that the former captain grabbed his opportunities way better than him. Patel led Gujarat to the 2016 Ranji Trophy title. His last Test appearance for India was in 2018, while the last time he …

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Coronavirus likely to wipe 10 billion euros off football player values

London: The transfer value of players in 10 of Europe’s top leagues could plummet by up to 10 billion euros due to the economic crash caused by coronavirus, a study from accounting firm KPMG said on Wednesday. Transfer spending is expected to fall dramatically, with clubs across the continent facing huge losses as a result of football’s shutdown. The top …

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FIFA to investigate Bruno Fernandes transfer to Man United

Manchester: FIFA, world’s governing body for football, has launched an investigation after Italian side Sampdoria filed a complaint over the transfer of Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon. United roped in the Portuguese playmaker Fernandes for a £47million in January. But Serie A club Sampdoria have claimed that they are due a part of that fee, having negotiated …

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One month of training must before playing any competitive match, says Rahane

New Delhi: India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday said cricketers will need at least a month of training before resumption of competitive games, which should happen only after a vaccine for the dreaded COVID-19 is discovered. Rahane also said that in a coronavirus-scarred world, the lifestyle of cricketers will undergo a change as far as pre and post-match routines …

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