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Abe optimistic Olympics will take place as planned

AFP Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Abe pledged Japan would host the Games as planned in July and said he had no immediate intention to declare a state of emergency over the virus outbreak, which has now …

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BCCI suspends IPL till April 15

PTI New Delhi The under-pressure BCCI on Friday suspended the start of this year’s IPL from March 29 to April 15 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused massive upheaval across the globe. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing …

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Dempo SC rally to hold Churchill Brothers

NT NETWORK Nagoa Dempo Sports Club and Churchill Brothers tugged each other’s chances of winning the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League after both shared points at the Nagao Panchayat ground in Verna on Friday. Churchill Brothers took the lead when they dominated the first session of play and Dempo SC equalised in the second, a time when they had …

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ATK, Chennaiyin FC clash to be a close contest

NT NETWORK Benaulim When the lights are dim, the action can be more intense is what Chennaiyin FC and ATK are going to prove in the final of the knockout stage of Indian Super League (ISL) 6 at the Nehru stadium in Fatorda today. The first ISL contest to be played behind closed doors will see two teams – both …

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Champions League, Europa League matches postponed

REUTERS London UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place next week because of the coronavirus outbreak, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Friday. “In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next …

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BITS Pilani win Mormugao zone; enter play offs

NT NETWORK Sancoale BITS Pilani FC, Sancoale defeated United Youth Club of Bogmalo 2-1 in an exciting GFA Second Division League match (Mormugao Zone) played at the BITS Pilani ground, here on Friday. With this win BITS Pilani FC and Cortalim Villagers & Social Welfare Association have now qualified for the playoffs from Mormugao Zone. Bogmalo were leading 1-0 at …

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Remaining I-League matches to be played in empty stadiums

PTI New Delhi All the remaining 28 matches of the I-League, including Sunday’s marquee Kolkata derby between champions Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, will be played in empty stadiums owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All India Football Federation said on Friday. The decision was taken after the AIFF and I-League officials had a Skype meeting with club representatives following …

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Sindhu crashes out

PTI Birmingham World champion P V Sindhu was on Friday ousted from the All England Championship after being outplayed by a determined Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, who rallied her way to a thrilling three-game win in the quarterfinal of the women’s singles here. The 24-year-old Indian squandered a sparkling start as Okuhara produced a rearguard action to outwit Sindhu 12-21 …

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Ind-SA ODIs called off

HT MEDIA New Delhi The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided to reschedule the remaining two matches of the one-day international series against South Africa. As a result of this decision the two matches scheduled to be played in Lucknow and Kolkata now stand cancelled. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along …

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7-star Unadkat lifts Saurashtra to maiden glory

PTI Rajkot Skipper Jaydev Unadkat on Friday produced a lion-hearted spell when it mattered the most against Bengal, leading Saurashtra to their maiden Ranji Trophy triumph a year after stumbling at the last hurdle. The win was achieved on the basis of the first-innings lead here. Bengal had the upper hand going into day five after Anustup Majumdar (63) and …

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