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Wasps' Frenchman Flament 'lucky' with Belgium virus confinement

AFP - 20h ago

Wasps forward Thibaud Flament's unorthodox path to professional rugby reflects his experience during the ongoing …

Masters hosts donate $2 million to coronavirus tests, relief

AFP - 21h ago

Augusta National Golf Club, which in most years would be preparing to host the Masters, announced on Monday it will give …

French football stares at financial black hole with broadcasters set to hold back payments

Mar 30 2020

The financial crisis facing football as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has been laid bare in France, where a …

Villa's Grealish apologises, fined for breaking isolation rules

Mar 30 2020

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish posted a public apology on Monday for breaking UK government guidelines on social …

NFL team owners expected to expand playoffs Tuesday

Mar 30 2020

NFL club owners are expected to add two teams to the league playoffs during a conference call Tuesday after an expanded …

Australian documentary 'motivates' England skipper Root for Ashes

Mar 30 2020

England Test captain Joe Root has said watching the first few episodes of a documentary about the Australian cricket …

Formula One simulator keeps French driver Ocon in shape

Mar 30 2020

Hunkered down with his parents in Normandy, Renault driver Esteban Ocon is racking up the hours on a Formula One virtual …

Irish Open becomes latest European Tour event postponed

Mar 30 2020

The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour competition to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Red Bull official wanted drivers to deliberately catch coronavirus

Mar 30 2020

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has admitted that he wanted the team's Formula One drivers to deliberately …

Whyte fight rescheduled as Hearn eyes boxing behind closed doors

Mar 30 2020

Dillian Whyte's heavyweight clash with former world champion Alexander Povetkin has been rescheduled due to the …

UEFA to meet to debate options for ravaged football fixture calendar

Mar 30 2020

UEFA will hold a videoconference on Wednesday this week with its 55 member federations as part of discussions on the …

Gladbach plot cardboard cut-out fans for Bundesliga restart

Mar 30 2020

It may be a while before real fans can return to Bundesliga stadiums, but Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are …

Saunders' boxing licence suspended after domestic violence 'advice' video

Mar 30 2020

Boxing chiefs suspended WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders' licence on Monday after he offered men …

Swim federation eyes world champs change after Olympics rescheduled

Mar 30 2020

The international swimming federation (FINA) said Monday it welcomed the new dates for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics …

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

Mar 30 2020

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic …

Guardiola watching his weight without football

Mar 30 2020

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola joked he will come back "fatter" from a long layoff from football as he urged …

England captain Root trying to make most of enforced break

Mar 30 2020

England Test captain Joe Root wants to make the most of some unexpected extra time with his family as he urged his side …

Hopkins, Mosley entry to Boxing Hall of Fame delayed to '21

Mar 30 2020

Legendary world champions Bernard Hopkins and "Sugar" Shane Mosley will have their inductions to the International …

World athletics championships moving to 2022: organisers

Mar 30 2020

The 2021 world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon will be shifted to 2022 to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo …

Wimbledon to be cancelled this week, German tennis official claims

Mar 30 2020

The vice-president of the German tennis federation has predicted that Wimbledon will be cancelled on Wednesday and …

Messi confirms pay cut for Barca players, criticises board

Mar 30 2020

Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona's players will take a 70 per cent pay cut and make financial …

From 'best prepared' to postponed: Tokyo 2020's rocky road

Mar 30 2020

Olympic officials regularly lauded Tokyo as the best prepared host city they had seen. But no one could have planned for …

Whyte fight 'off' but Hearn eyes boxing return behind closed doors

Mar 30 2020

Dillian Whyte's heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin is set to become the latest victim of coronavirus but boxing …

Formula One team helps develop breathing aid for virus patients

Mar 30 2020

Medical researchers and engineers have teamed up with Formula One outfit Mercedes to adapt a breathing aid for mass …

Study shows potential impact on football's transfer market of virus pandemic

Mar 30 2020

The coronavirus pandemic which has caused football to grind to a halt will also have a major impact on the transfer …

Rashford helps feed children during virus shutdown

Mar 30 2020

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is working to get food to children who rely on free school meals after the …

Benzema deepens France rift by ridiculing 'go-kart' Giroud

Mar 30 2020

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has mocked France striker Olivier Giroud by likening himself to a Formula One car and Giroud …

Villa's Grealish 'pictured at crash site' after virus plea

Mar 30 2020

Police have opened an investgaton after pictures surfaced appearing to show Aston Villa's Jack Grealish at the scene of …

Gundogan says Liverpool deserve to be champions

Mar 30 2020

Liverpool should be awarded the Premier League title if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic, …

Juventus shares surge after players' take pay cut

Mar 30 2020

Shares in Italian football giants Juventus surged Monday after the club's decision to cut their players' salaries in the …

Paulinho among footballers stranded by China's coronavirus lock-out

Mar 30 2020

Oscar and Hulk jetted in just in time but fellow Brazilian Paulinho reportedly heads a long list of foreign stars locked …

Australia deny Canada collusion over Olympic pullout

Mar 30 2020

The Australian Olympic Committee on Monday refuted suggestions it had colluded with Canadian counterparts to withdraw …

New Olympic date likely 'this week': organisers

Mar 30 2020

New dates for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will likely be revealed this week, organisers said Monday after the …

Rugby Australia says Ireland Tests 'highly unlikely'

Mar 30 2020

Rugby Australia admitted Monday that July's Tests against Ireland were looking "highly unlikely" while expressing …

Celtics guard Smart 'corona-free', 10 days after positive test

Mar 30 2020

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who tested positive for the new coronavirus 10 days ago, has been cleared by American …

Coronavirus may prove virtual sports game changer

Mar 30 2020

With an unprecedented captive audience of three billion people in coronavirus lockdown virtual sports events are wooing …

Rugby Australia posts big losses, warns of 'significant cuts'

Mar 30 2020

Rugby Australia's alarming financial state heading into the coronavirus shutdown was revealed Monday with the …

Bryant's towel fetches $33,000 at auction, report

Mar 30 2020

The towel that Kobe Bryant wore over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final National Basketball League …

Scrap season if it can't be finished by end of June says Kane

Mar 29 2020

England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday the Premier League season should be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the …

Foam in hole and toilet paper for prizes, US golfers play on despite virus

Mar 29 2020

While most global sport has shut down over the coronavirus pandemic, a US third-level women's golf tour is playing …

Ex-Knicks star Marbury makes huge China mask deal: report

Mar 29 2020

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury, now coaching in China, says he has a deal with a Chinese manufacturer to provide 10 …

African football date-juggling looms amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 29 2020

The May semi-finals and finals of the two annual African club competitions are likely to fall victim to the coronavirus …

Xavi wants 'total harmony' to return to Barcelona as coach

Mar 29 2020

Xavi Hernandez has reiterated his desire to coach Barcelona in the future but suggests he will not return until a …

South African Premiership finish date 'unrealistic', warns doctor

Mar 29 2020

Former South Africa national team doctor Ntlopi Mogoru says it is "unrealistic" to expect the country's Premiership to …

Spurs star Son returns to South Korea for 'personal reasons'

Mar 29 2020

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has been allowed to fly home to South Korea for "personal reasons".

Postponing Olympics saves athletes from mental turmoil: Coe

Mar 29 2020

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said Sunday that the decision to postpone this year's Tokyo Olympics because of …

Tokyo organisers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics: reports

Mar 29 2020

Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, …

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Mar 29 2020

The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, …

Star batsman Smith's leadership ban ends

Mar 29 2020

A two-year leadership ban slapped on Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa ended Sunday, leaving …

Hunger games?: Tennis foot soldiers struggle in time of virus

Mar 29 2020

With careers spent scratching around dusty outposts, sometimes with "just $100" in their pockets, tennis' unheralded …

Ex-MLB All Star Edmonds in hospital with COVID-19 symptoms

Mar 29 2020

Former eight-time Gold Glove winner Jim Edmonds was in hospital Saturday with symptoms similar to the COVID-19 disease.

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29 2020

Japanese star Naomi Osaka says she's disappointed not to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year but supports the …

Juventus players agree to take pay reduction in 90-million-euro cost cut

Mar 29 2020

Juventus on Saturday announced that they had cut their players' and coach Maurizio Sarri's salaries after all Italian …

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the 2020 sporting calendar, with the Tokyo Olympics and football's European …

World champion boxer Saunders sorry for 'hit women' virus video

Mar 28 2020

British world champion boxer Billy Joe Saunders was forced to apologise Saturday after a video emerged of him handing …

Belarus ploughs lone furrow over coronavirus as football league plays on

Mar 28 2020

As the rest of Europe shuts up shop to combat the new coronavirus, Belarus remains resolutely open for business.

Cancel County Championship if it can't be played in full, says Cook

Mar 28 2020

Former England captain Alastair Cook on Saturday called on cricket chiefs to cancel the English County Championship if …

'Today it's our turn' - French rugby clubs raise funds to help coronavirus victims, carers

Mar 28 2020

French rugby clubs are taking the shirts off their backs as a way of displaying the "solidarity" they cherish in the …

Europe mulls finishing football season at end of year

Mar 28 2020

Europe's football bosses have not given up hope of finishing this pandemic-hit season -- even if it might have to be …

NHL looks to possible Stanley Cup playoff run into August

Mar 28 2020

National Hockey League officials still want to finish the regular season and stage a full playoffs despite a coronavirus …

MLB, players union set terms for shortened season

Mar 28 2020

Major League Baseball and its players union have reached a deal on business issues ahead of a likely shortened 2020 …

Fleetwood wants Ryder Cup to be 'shining light' after virus

Mar 28 2020

Tommy Fleetwood on Saturday said he wants the Ryder Cup to provide a "shining light" for sports fans after the …

Pedro reveals angst of separation from children due to virus

Mar 28 2020

Chelsea winger Pedro admits he is finding it hard separated from his children due to the coronavirus lockdown.

UEFA chief says season can still be saved

Mar 28 2020

The head of UEFA said European football leagues were still looking at all options and not ruling out finishing this …

Virus crisis hasn't ruined Rashford's recovery

Mar 28 2020

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says his recovery from the back injury that has sidelined him since January …

Eight West Ham players have virus symptoms says Brady

Mar 28 2020

West Ham have eight players in self-isolation after showing mild symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the club's …

Former Liga winger dons white coat to take on coronavirus

Mar 28 2020

Journeyman footballer Toni Dovale put his football boots to one side and slipped into a pharmacist's white coat in the …

All Blacks coach doubts Wales, Scotland Tests will go ahead

Mar 28 2020

All Blacks coach Ian Foster conceded Saturday the July home Tests against Wales and Scotland are likely to be scrapped …

New date for Tokyo Olympics 'won't satisfy everybody', says Coe

Mar 27 2020

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe admitted Friday that settling on a new date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will …

Defoe backs Gerrard to become top manager

Mar 27 2020

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe believes his boss Steven Gerrard has the personal qualities that will take him all the way …

'I struggled to breathe:' Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

Mar 27 2020

Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he "struggled to breathe" after contracting coronavirus which has killed …

Jones tells public to follow 'head coach' Boris Johnson's advice

Mar 27 2020

Eddie Jones has sent a video message to the rugby community, calling for a group effort to tackle a coronavirus crisis …

Gobert, all NBA Jazz players and staff clear of coronavirus

Mar 27 2020

Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, and all Utah Jazz players and staff have been …

Ryder Cup winner Love's home destroyed by fire

Mar 27 2020

Two-time US Ryder Cup captain and 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love's home was destroyed by fire Friday but there …

Tiger Roll's historic National bid back on... virtually

Mar 27 2020

Tiger Roll will have his chance to become the first horse to win three successive Grand Nationals -- in a …

Ex-Newcastle winger Solano arrested over virus offence

Mar 27 2020

Iconic former Newcastle United winger Nolberto Solano was detained in his native Peru for breaking the country's …

Italy scraps rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 27 2020

Italian rugby chiefs announced Friday that they were definitely scrapping the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus …

Safety bigger than milestones for NHL star Ovechkin

Mar 27 2020

National Hockey League superstar Alex Ovechkin is chasing a host of scoring milestones, but he's more concerned about …

English cricket chiefs consider virus checkpoints

Mar 27 2020

English cricket chiefs are considering installing coronavirus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds as a way of …

Baseball jerseys being turned into hospital gowns, masks

Mar 27 2020

Major League Baseball jerseys are being turned into desperately needed hospital masks and gowns to help health care …

Dancing Klopp says Liverpool spirits are high despite virus lockdown

Mar 27 2020

Jurgen Klopp says the mood at Liverpool is upbeat despite the coronavirus lockdown, even admitting he has tried to copy …

Delayed Olympics will be a relief for sponsors in current chaos, experts say

Mar 27 2020

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 will be welcomed by the sponsors who pay hundreds of millions to …

Djokovic donates 1 million euros to help Serbia combat coronavirus

Mar 27 2020

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said Friday he was donating one million euros ($1.1 million) to help his native …

Man Utd to offer refunds, season ticket delay to fans

Mar 27 2020

Manchester United will refund supporters if they have to play their remaining home games of the season behind closed …

Cherry blossom Olympics: could Tokyo 2020 delay beat the heat?

Mar 27 2020

Every cloud has a silver lining and the devastating postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could hand organisers a …

Badminton boss fires back at 'disappointing' virus criticism

Mar 27 2020

Badminton's top official has hit back at "very disappointing" criticism after the sport was accused of putting profits …

Lessons from China as coronavirus-hit football faces difficult return

Mar 27 2020

With nagging concerns about coronavirus sweeping through teams and players scattered across the world, unable or …

Australia football body slashes staff as virus shutdown bites

Mar 27 2020

Football Federation Australia sent home 70 percent of its staff Friday in a bid to survive the coronavirus pandemic, as …

Northern Ireland sportswear factory scrubs up in virus fight

Mar 27 2020

As other factories fall silent due to the coronavirus, the din of production continues at O'Neills sportswear factory in …

Cheika reveals hurt at not winning major Wallabies trophy

Mar 27 2020

Michael Cheika admits he was "hurt" by not being able to secure a major trophy while Wallabies coach, and suggested …

NBC nursing 'massive headache' from Olympic postponement

Mar 27 2020

The postponement of the 2020 Olympics delivers a short-term blow to US broadcasting giant NBC but the network is …

Aussie coach Langer sees 'silver lining' to virus shutdown

Mar 27 2020

Australia coach Justin Langer is encouraging his players to see a "silver lining" from the coronavirus shutdown of sport …

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

Mar 27 2020

The Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020 have both fallen victim to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic with global sports …

Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots

Mar 27 2020

Athletes who had already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed will keep their places when …

Italy's sports minister 'doubtful' of early May return for Serie A

Mar 26 2020

Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora said Thursday he was "very, very doubtful" that Serie A action would return …

Arteta reckons Arsenal 'homework' could lead to new coaches

Mar 26 2020

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes the 'homework' he has set his players during the coronavirus outbreak could see …

Key questions as Wimbledon faces postponement or cancellation

Mar 26 2020

The All England Club will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the possible postponement or even cancellation …

Indianapolis 500 moved to August 23 due to coronavirus

Mar 26 2020

The 104th Indianapolis 500 was moved from May 24 to August 23 on Thursday by IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway …

Nadal, Gasol launch fundraiser to pay back debt to Covid hit Spain

Mar 26 2020

Spanish sports stars Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol launched a fund-raising drive on Thursday explaining they wanted to give …

England coach Jones takes pay cut amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 26 2020

England coach Eddie Jones is to join other top officials at Twickenham in taking a pay cut of more than 25 percent for …

Newcastle's Bruce wants games every day to finish season

Mar 26 2020

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce suggested Thursday playing games every day in a bid to get the Premier League …

In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 26 2020

High-level sports was one of the first social activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and many athletes, who …