• WADA wants answers after banned Sun's 'Olympic training call-up'
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    WADA wants answers after banned Sun's 'Olympic training call-up'

    The World Anti-Doping Agency demanded answers Friday after reports that Chinese swimming star Sun Yang was called up for national training for the Tokyo Olympics in an apparent breach of his doping ban. The latest incident in the colourful career of the three-time Olympic champio

  • ATP, WTA announce measures aimed to limit coronavirus spread
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    ATP, WTA announce measures aimed to limit coronavirus spread

    The ATP and WTA announced measures aimed at combatting the spread of deadly coronavirus on Saturday, days before the start of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California. "As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to cause concern on a global scale, the ATP and WTA have jointly

  • World Rugby rejects post-virus international cup fund-raiser plan
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    World Rugby rejects post-virus international cup fund-raiser plan

    World Rugby has dismissed an idea for a major international tournament to be held in England next year designed to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis less than a day after it was made public. Francis Baron, a former chief executive of England's Rugby Football Union, put forward a scheme to stage a 16-team invitational tournament to be staged in Britain and Ireland next June and July based on the 2015 World Cup hosted by England. This would be in addition to the £80m World Rugby support funding package already in place for a global game shut down by COVID-19.

  • Surrey learning from Dolphins as they hope for Oval matches in 2020
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    Surrey learning from Dolphins as they hope for Oval matches in 2020

    Surrey are "copying the homework" of American football's Miami Dolphins as they draw up plans to stage county cricket at their Oval headquarters this season despite the coronavirus. Next week should have seen the south London ground hosting the first Test between England and the West Indies. Surrey have several England players on their books, including batsmen Rory Burns and Ollie Pope, sibling all-rounders Sam and Tom Curran and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

  • Speedy Matondo, 'Gladiator' Gjasula: Five moments from the Bundesliga
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    Speedy Matondo, 'Gladiator' Gjasula: Five moments from the Bundesliga

    RB Leipzig missed out on the chance to leapfrog Borussia Dortmund to second place, Schalke continued their poor form despite some standout displays and Paderborn boasted their own 'Gladiator' on Wednesday. AFP Sport looks at some of notable moments from the third round of matches since football's restart in Germany: Bench marks -- As has been the case since the German top-flight resumed, hygiene measures were maintained throughout the midweek matches. A steward at RB Leipzig's Red Bull Arena was caught cleaning one of the stadium's substitute benches at the break of the event-filled draw.

  • 'Like a school team': Nagelsmann slams ten-man Leipzig after Hertha draw
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    'Like a school team': Nagelsmann slams ten-man Leipzig after Hertha draw

    Julian Nagelsman slammed 10-man RB Leipzig for defending like "a school team" in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin behind closed doors which cost them the chance to go second in the Bundesliga. Hertha forward Krzysztof Piatek equalised with a late penalty to seal the draw and save the blushes of goalkeeper Rune Jarstein who had made a blunder for Leipzig's second goal.

  • F1 News: Rule changes, reduced cost cap for 2021 approved by WMSC
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    F1 News: Rule changes, reduced cost cap for 2021 approved by WMSC

    The World Motor Sport Council has ratified the proposed changes to Formula 1's sporting, technical and financial regulations, including a reduced cost cap from 2021

  • England captain Morgan wary of Hales return
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    England captain Morgan wary of Hales return

    Alex Hales's hopes of an international recall suffered a setback Wednesday when England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan said it would take yet "more time" for the Nottinghamshire batsman to regain trust following a drugs ban. Nottinghamshire opener Hales was dropped from the World Cup squad shortly before last year's tournament after it emerged he had tested positive for drugs. England went on to win the event on home soil in dramatic fashion without him and he has not played international cricket since.

  • Ianis Hagi makes permanent Rangers move
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    Ianis Hagi makes permanent Rangers move

    Ianis Hagi, the son of former Romania great Gheorge Hagi, has signed a long-term contract at Ibrox, the Scottish Premiership side announced Wednesday. The 21-year-old attacker had been on loan at Ibrox from Belgian club Genk but the midfielder has now made a full-time move to Glasgow. "I am excited about rejoining the squad for pre-season and putting on the famous shirt once again," Hagi told Rangers' website.

  • Favre backtracks on Dortmund exit hint following Bayern defeat
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    Favre backtracks on Dortmund exit hint following Bayern defeat

    Swiss coach Lucien Favre on Wednesday back-tracked on comments he made hinting he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season after defeat by Bayern Munich left his team seven points adrift of the champions in the Bundesliga title race with six games left. "I am not thinking of giving up at all," Favre, who is under contract until 2021, insisted on Wednesday. Favre's attitude was very different to his crestfallen demeanour immediately after Tuesday's 1-0 home loss to Bayern, thanks to Joshua Kimmich's deft chip just before half-time.

  • Scottish club's fans 'to decide' goalkeeper's fate on Twitter
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    Scottish club's fans 'to decide' goalkeeper's fate on Twitter

    Scottish football club Livingston have taken an unusual approach to working out whether to keep goalkeeper Gary Maley... asking supporters on Twitter to decide his fate. The part-time goalkeeper's contract expires in June and the Scottish Premiership side, whose season has now finished, reached out with a tongue-in-cheek post. "Quite possibly a football first but we're giving you the chance to decide on the future of goalkeeper @Maley1Gary," Livingston tweeted.

  • F1 News: First two weekends in August reserved by F1 for Silverstone races
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    F1 News: First two weekends in August reserved by F1 for Silverstone races

    Formula 1 is reserving the first two weekends of August for races at Silverstone if UK government quarantine restrictions allow personnel to travel freely at that time

  • Baffert horses in new doping case: reports
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    Baffert horses in new doping case: reports

    Two horses trained by US racing legend Bob Baffert failed drug tests at a recent meeting in Arkansas, US media reports said Wednesday. The two horses, including highly rated Kentucky Derby contender Charlatan, tested positive at the Oaklawn Park meeting on May 2. The meeting is a qualifying event for the 146th Kentucky Derby, which has been rescheduled for September 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • English rugby league chief fears Ashes series 'sacrifice'
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    English rugby league chief fears Ashes series 'sacrifice'

    Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer has warned the home Ashes series against Australia may have to be sacrificed because of the coronavirus. England were scheduled to play three Tests against the Kangaroos in October and November but Rimmer said it would be tough for the matches to go ahead. Australia's National Rugby League resumes on Thursday when the Brisbane Broncos face the Parramatta Eels behind closed doors.

  • Serie A's Bologna face quarantine threat with potential positive virus case
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    Serie A's Bologna face quarantine threat with potential positive virus case

    Serie A club Bologna announced on Wednesday a member of their coaching staff might have tested positive for coronavirus which could lead to quarantine. The Italian top-flight has been suspended since March but the league wants the campaign to resume on the weekend of June 13-14 after group training restarted in mid-May. The announcement comes on the eve of a meeting between Serie A and the Italian government which will determine the fate of the season. "Pending further investigation, the team as a precaution will resume training individually and at different times tomorrow without the use of indoor areas," a Bologna said in a statement.

  • Kolbe's Toulouse agree to salary cut
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    Kolbe's Toulouse agree to salary cut

    South African Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe's Toulouse announced on Wednesday their squad will take a pay cut of up to 15% for next season. The record 20-time French champions join fellow Top 14 sides in Eben Etzebeth's Toulon and 2018 winners Castres in reducing wages due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "This project, which was presented by our president Didier Lacroix, was approved unanimously," a club statement said.

  • Esports News: Coronavirus leads to "two years' growth in two months" for Esports
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    Esports News: Coronavirus leads to "two years' growth in two months" for Esports

    With coronavirus forcing motorsport and the wider world to grind to a halt, one aspect of racing has thrived with predictions for "two years' growth in two months" in Esports

  • MLB players disappointed with pay cuts in return plan
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    MLB players disappointed with pay cuts in return plan

    Major League Baseball players are disappointed with pay cuts in the latest proposal from team owners to return from a coronavirus pandemic shutdown, dimming hopes for a 2020 campaign. A revenue-sharing plan pitched by the league to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday reportedly had a harsh reception from players, with top-paid stars taking a larger salary hit than those making nearer minimum paychecks. "This season is not looking promising," tweeted New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman.

  • Esports News: FE, IndyCar stars join JOTA-run Virtual Le Mans team
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    Esports News: FE, IndyCar stars join JOTA-run Virtual Le Mans team

    Formula E championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa and IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist will race in the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours next month