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Too premature to take call on hosting IPL in Oct: BCCI

PTI New Delhi The BCCI is currently not in a position to take a call on the future of IPL and it would be “too premature” to comment on whether the tournament can be slotted in place of the ICC World T20 in October-November, treasurer Arun Dhumal said on Monday. The IPL has been postponed till April 15 in the …

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Olympics delay to cost IOC ‘several hundred million dollars’

AP Tokyo The International Olympic Committee will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games, the body’s president said. Thomas Bach spoke in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt on Sunday. Estimates in Japan put the overall cost of the postponement at USD 2 billion-USD 6 billion. Except for the IOC …

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Sheffield United becomes fifth Premier League club to furlough staff

London: Sheffield United has become the fifth Premier League club to furlough staff — but insist they will continue to pay them in full. The majority of those affected are casual staff, although a small number of full-time workers — believed to be less than 50 — are also impacted. The club says it is not currently using the government’s …

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Motorsport great Stirling Moss dies aged 90 LONDON: Widely regarded as the greatest driver never to win the Formula One drivers’ world championship, Briton Stirling Moss died on Sunday aged 90. Moss was synonymous with the dangers and dramas of all forms of motor racing in the 1950s and early 1960s. A naturally gifted driver, with a great flair for …

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IPL can be held without crowd, T20 WC can’t, says Maxwell

New Delhi: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes a rescheduled IPL can be held behind closed doors but it will be difficult to justify conducting the upcoming T20 World Cup without fans cheering from the stands. Both the 13th IPL and T20 World Cup are uncertain at the moment with the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than one lakh …

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India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua donates blood for needy, wins hearts

New Delhi: Indian football team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has come to the rescue of people in dire need of blood when it is not readily available in Mizoram due to the extraordinary situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. India is under a three-week lockdown enforced to contain the novel coronavirus and given the current situation, it is set for …

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With no matches in sight, football’s sponsors worry as they pay for nothing

Paris: With stadiums dark, match shirts folded in closets and most players confined at home, football’s sponsors have lost all visibility and are growing restless. European clubs are struggling to offer their ‘partners’ a return on their investments as sport grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re trying to do activities with our players for our sponsors, who are even more …

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TN’s Dinesh Rajan wins online blitz chess

Panaji: Dinesh Rajan from Tamil Nadu won the 3rd Online Blitz Chess tournament, which was organised by Queens Chess and Cultural Club. FM Nitish Belurkar (8th place) and WCM Gunjal Chopdekar (11th place) were the top among Goan players. The tournament attracted international participation with 8 players from UAE and 1 player from Singapore participating in the same. Other Goan …

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Cash-rich IPL remains in spotlight as world cricket takes financial hit

Rasesh Mandani/Abhishek Paul Mumbai/Delhi The multi-billion dollar global sports industry is staring at unprecedented financial fallout as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cricket is no exception. Players are expecting pay cuts, and cricket boards are surely gearing up for tough negotiations with broadcasters. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the first of the sport’s governing bodies to …

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Bhutia willing to run for AIFF president post

PTI New Delhi Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has said that he will consider contesting for the post of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president in future. Bhutia retired in 2011, after being Indian football’s posterboy for more than a decade. “That is definitely something to be considered in future,” he said when asked if he wants to become the …

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