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Ferrando training hard to train FC Goa

Dhiman Sarkar | HT Kolkata Even otherwise, Juan Ferrando would possibly have been working from home. That’s how coaches in the Indian Super League (ISL) operate at this time of the year, three months prior to pre-seasons. Ferrando says he is getting ready to be Sergio Lobera’s successor at FC Goa like he would in “normal times”. Ferrando is linking …

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Celtic named champions as Scottish season ends due to pandemic

Glasgow: Celtic have been named champions of Scotland after the clubs voted on Monday to end the season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Professional Football League said in a statement. “The SPFL has today announced that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the Board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership has been …

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Premier League clubs to resume training from today

Manchester: Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday after agreeing to allow “small group” sessions to begin. The league held a conference call for all 20 clubs on Monday where the move was given unanimous backing. It is the first step in the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans to restart play in the league which has not held a …

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Federer is the best but Djokovic tougher for Nadal, says uncle Toni

Mumbai: Roger Federer is the best tennis player of the current generation but reigning world number one Novak Djokovic remains the most difficult opponent in Rafa Nadal’s career, the Spaniard’s uncle and former coach Toni Nadal has said. The “GOAT” (Greatest of all Time) debate in men’s tennis has divided opinion for a decade and remains a hot topic as …

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Babar Azam plays down comparisons with Kohli

Karachi: Pakistan’s top batsman Babar Azam on Monday played down comparisons with Indian run-machine Virat Kohli, saying it is not wise to do so as both are “different” kind of players. “I think it’s better if you are not comparing. I have said that he is a different kind of a player, and I am a different player,” Azam said …

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Ishant says fast bowlers will have to get used to ‘new normal’

New Delhi: Senior India pacer Ishant Sharma says fast bowlers will have to get used to the “new normal” if the ICC decides to ban the use of saliva to shine the ball owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is reportedly considering the use of artificial substances on the ball instead of saliva in the post …

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T20I WC postponement could benefit IPL, feels Mark Taylor

PTI Melbourne Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels eventually this year’s ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time slot. The ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, is shrouded in uncertainty …

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IOA requests Sports Ministry for financial aid worth `200 cr

PTI New Delhi The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Sunday requested the Sports Ministry to sanction one-time financial assistance of over Rs 200 crore for various sports governing bodies in the country, saying sponsors won’t come forward until next year making “hand-holding by government” a necessity. Citing the halt on sports activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IOA President Narinder …

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BCCI hits roadblock in depositing prize money to junior players

PTI New Delhi The Rs 50,000 cap on cash deposits in ‘Jan Dhan’ accounts delayed the BCCI’s attempts to pay prize money to a few junior cricketers before the Board figured the problem and sorted it. Payments to a handful of junior cricketers, about six of them, were delayed after transactions did not go ahead because of the upper limit …

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Harbhajan, Gambhir hits at Afridi for controversial remarks

HT MEDIA New Delhi Shahid Afridi recently made controversial remarks against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Afridi has always been a fierce critic of the Indian government and his recent comments have been roundly criticised in India. Afridi’s arch-rival Gautam Gambhir lashed out at his remarks, stating that the former …

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