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UEFA president confident of European season ending in August

REUTERS London UEFA has a plan to finish the 2019-20 season by August, including the Champions League and Europa League campaigns, the European soccer governing body’s president Aleksander Ceferin has said. The majority of European league seasons were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but a few leagues have announced plans for a restart in the coming weeks. …

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FOOTBALL RETURNS IN GERMANY

Leipzig: RB Leipzig were held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg as the Bundesliga restarted following the coronavirus suspension on Saturday, suffering a further knock to their dwindling title hopes. Julian Nagelsmann’s third-placed side sit four points behind league leaders Bayern Munich ahead of the reigning champions’ visit to Union Berlin on Sunday, and it would have been worse if …

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Kaneria accuses Afridi of ruining his ODI career

New Delhi: Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria on Saturday accused Shahid Afridi of treating him unfairly all through his career and blamed him for a rather short limited overs outing. Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle Anil Dalpat, took 261 wickets in 61 Tests at an average of 34.79. However, he only played …

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Kohli’s number in chases puts him ahead of Smith and Tendulkar, says KP

New Delhi: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said that he would pick Indian captain Virat Kohli over Australia’s Steve Smith or even batting great Sachin Tendulkar.  In an Instagram live video chat with commentator and former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa, Pietersen said that Kohli gets his pick because of the number of times he manages to complete chases successfully. “Kohli …

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AIFF chief calls Bala Devi an ‘inspirational figure’ in Indian football

New Delhi: All India Football Federation president Praful Patel has asked the country’s women footballers to take inspiration from Bala Devi, who excelled at Scottish Premier League club Rangers. The national team striker from Manipur is currently on a professional contract with Rangers, the first Indian woman footballer to do so. During a virtual interaction with national team players across …

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Gower backs Ganguly as ‘the right person’ to lead ICC

PTI New Delhi Former England skipper David Gower feels Sourav Ganguly has the right “political skills” to lead the ICC one day and he has already displayed that as BCCI president, which is a “far tougher job”. The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly’s leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to head the global body …

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Women’s IPL with 5-6 teams will be great, feels Mandhana

PTI New Delhi Swashbuckling India opener Smriti Mandhana feels a full-fledged women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) can make a difference in tapping the talent which would help the national team do well at the global level. The 23-year-old opener also acknowledged the efforts the BCCI is putting in to make it a reality. “The BCCI has put in a lot …

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Shifting of T20 World Cup to 2022 on the cards

PTI New Delhi The option of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected to be put on the table when the ICC Board meets on May 28, a member of world governing body’s influential Board told PTI on Friday. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup in the wake of coronavirus pandemic and shifting …

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Felt I made a mistake: Eriksson on leaving Lazio

IANS New Delhi Former manager Sven Goran Eriksson has recalled the time he decided to leave Italian club Lazio and take up the role with the England national team. Eriksson became a cult figure during his four-year stint at Lazio as he guided them to Serie A title in 1999-2000 season and also helped them win two Coppa Italia trophies …

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World Athletics boss not in favour of events in empty venues

PTI New Delhi “No athlete would prefer to compete without spectators”, World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe said on Friday but left it on organisers to decide whether to let in fans or keep them out when the sport resumes in August. The WA on Tuesday announced the commencement of Diamond League one-day meetings from August 14 in Monaco, pushed from …

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