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Ibrahimovic scores on return from injury, dents Lazio’s title hopes

Milan, who have been unbeaten since the start of the season, climbed to sixth. While Lazio dominated the early proceedings, Milan scored from their real attack in the 23rd minute with Hakan Calhanoglu's deflected shot finding the back of the net.

Jaipur to get world’s third largest cricket stadium with 75,000 capacity

The world-class green stadium shall have modern grand pavilion stands, corporate boxes, plush sports field, modern clubhouse and many other world-class features for indoor games and sports training facilities, said Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) Secretary Mahendra Sharma. He added that the stadium will be spread over 100 acres of land.

Manchester City honour PL champions Liverpool before thashing them

Kevin De Bruyne put City on the way with a penalty, before Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden added two more to give the hosts a three-goal advantage at half-time

World Chess Championship to be postponed to 2021, says FIDE chief

"The match for the World Championship will almost certainly be postponed to the next year due to the current situation. We have already discussed this informally, and I think a formal decision will be made shortly. We are discussing various options — both spring and autumn 2021, but we will announce everything later," Dvorkovich told Russian state-run agency TASS.

West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes passes away

He made his Test debut at age 22 against England at Kensington Oval in 1948 under the captaincy of George Headley. His final match was against Pakistan in Trinidad a decade later.

India express interest to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

Apart from India's All India Football Federation, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar Football Association, Saudi Arabian Football Federation and Uzbekistan Football Association are the other four associations who have submitted their expression of interest to host the event.

Serie A: Juventus conquer Genoa, Lazio overhaul Torino

Juventus left-back Danilo on Tuesday evening returned to action after a one-match ban, with Barcelona-bound Miralem Pjanic pulling the strings in the midfield, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi formed the attacking trident, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sumit Nagal wins PSD Bank Nord Open tournament in Germany

Nagal, who is currently India's highest-ranked singles player at 127, recently defeated second seed German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-3 in the final match at the tournament held at the Pinneberg tennis club, two hours away from his home in Peine.

FIFA bans former Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner for 10 years

In a statement, FIFA said on Tuesday: "The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Markus Kattner, former FIFA Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General, guilty of conflicts of interest and having abused his position, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics."

COVID-19: Former Gokulam Kerala assistant manager & mother pass away

The Egyptian was recruited by the then coach of Gokulam, Bino George for the club's inaugural 2017-18 season. Allousha was with the side for two months before he left for family reasons.

NADA launches its first mobile phone app

"I congratulate NADA on this initiative," said Rijiju. "It is a very important step for Indian sport because we are working towards clean sports and the first step in that direction is to create awareness and provide relevant, accessible information to athletes so that they know which medication or substances are not to be used by them.

Mercedes to run black-liveried cars as a stand against racism

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars when the former targets Michael Schumacher's record as Formula One returns this week after the 2019-20 season was savaged due to coronavirus pandemic.

MS Dhoni to lead Aakash Chopra’s all-time IPL XI

Dhoni is one the most successful IPL captains, leading Chennai Super Kings to three titles and taking the side to the final a record seven times.

Pakistan cricketers arrive in England for Test & T20I series

The Pakistan cricketers and the support staff arrived in Manchester on a chartered flight from Lahore and were then transported to Worcestershire. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared the video of the team's arrival on their official Twitter handle in which both the players and the support staff were seen wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Indonesia announces 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup venues

The six stadiums are located on the main Java Island, Sumatra Island and Bali Island, reports Xinhua news agency.

India’s ‘Golden Girl’ P T Usha celebrates 56th birthday

Usha won medals right through the course of her illustrious career but it was the 400m hurdles race at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that remains one of her finest moments.

NRAI releases 32 names for Olympics core training group

"In consultation with the chief coaches, a training core group has been formed for preparations for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. The Games are scheduled to be held in July 2021," said the NRAI in its statement.

FIFA approves $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief fund for world football

FIFA said that each of the 211 member associations will get a one million dollars payment, part of which will be granted in July this year, while the rest in January next year.

Australia & New Zealand to host 2023 FIFA Women’s WC

FIFA said that the joint bid submitted by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football received 22 of the 35 valid votes cast by the FIFA Council members in the first ballot, with the Colombian Football Association having obtained 13 votes.

Sanjita Chanu to get Arjuna, demands reparations from IWF

"I was informed on June 10 via an email that the IWF is dropping the charges against me. I always knew I did nothing wrong, this was their mistake. And now that my chances of qualifying for the Olympics is over, they have sent me this email saying everything is fine. I sent a mail asking them these questions and I am yet to get answers on this," she told IANS on Thursday.

Clare Connor to become first female MCC President in 233 years

Clare is current England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director of women's cricket. The 43-year-old will take up the post on October 1, 2021, pending approval by the club's members, the MCC confirmed on Wednesday.

Karate Association of India de-recognised by WKF

"This letter is to inform you that, further to the investigations and inquiry led by the commissioned members to review the status of the Karate Association of India (KAI), the WKF Executive Committee has decided to provisionally withdraw the recognition of KAI, of which you are the President, as of June 22 with immediate effect in accordance with the WKF Statutes," WKF President Antonio Espinos informed KFI chief Hariprasad Pattanayak in a letter.

Rakitic goal takes Barcelona back to top in Spain

Rakitic, who came into Tuesday's game as a second half substitute, scored the winner after an assist from Lionel Messi, who was lucky to still be on the pitch after an incident two minutes earlier when he caught Athletic defender Yeray Alvarez with a full set of studs on his ankle, reports Xinhua news agency.

Novak Djokovic tests Covid positive

Earlier, Viktor Troicki became the latest player to test positive for coronavirus after playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour. Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric had also tested positive, raising doubts over tennis governing bodies' intentions of restarting the tour.

Ronaldo breaks another goal-scoring record during Bologna win

Ronaldo went past former Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa in this particular list following his penalty during Juventus' 2-0 victory over Bologna on Monday.

Barber friends among those who took maximum impact in lockdown, says...

Gillette, one of India's leading grooming brand, recently announced the 'Gillette Barber Suraksha Program' aimed at educating, protecting and providing resources to the barber community as they return to business.

Bindra, others condole demise of former India shooter Pournima Zanane

The 42-year-old, who was a national record holder in 10m air rifle event, represented the country at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships and other events.

The Undertaker announces retirement from WWE

The news was revealed to the fans during the last episode of the legendary wrestler's docuseries Undertaker: The Final Ride'. In the final chapter of the series, Undertaker revealed that he is at peace with not getting in the ring again.

Tennis star Dimitrov tests positive for coronavirus

Taking to Instagram, the player wrote: "Hi Everyone-I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy."

Bengaluru FC sign Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva

Silva, who also operates on the wing, became the first foreign player to reach the 100-goal mark in Thailand and finished top scorer of the Thai League 1 for two seasons.

US Open 2020 organisers to consider wheelchair event

On Friday, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) held a call with wheelchair tennis leadership during which they stated they should have worked in a "collaborative manner" with wheelchair athletes when developing the plan for the US Open set to be played from August 31 to September 13 with restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Sri Lanka sports ministry launches probe into 2011 WC allegations

Sports Ministry Secretary K.D.S. Ruwanchandra told Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror that Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma had called for an impartial and transparent investigation under Section 16 of the "Prevention of Offences Related to Sports" Act passed in 2019.

Cricket Australia ready for a female CEO, says Ellyse Perry

On Tuesday, Cricket Australia appointed Nick Hockley as its interim Chief Executive following the resignation of Kevin Roberts who had been facing severe criticism for his handling of the shutdown since a decision to furlough about 80 per cent of staff at the head office in April amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Kerala ready to welcome Sreesanth into Ranji team if he proves...

"The KCA has decided that he will be considered for selection once his ban ends in September," newly appointed Kerala Ranji coach Tinu Yohannan confirmed to IANS.

Napoli beat Juventus 4-2 to win Coppa Italia trophy

The summit clash, played in an empty Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening, was decided on penalty kicks after a hard-fought but scoreless match, reports Xinhua news agency.

COVID-19: Champions League to resume on August 7

"The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in August. All these ties will be single-leg fixtures," the statement on UEFA's official website read.

Fourth Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Bahrain in...

Around 800 athletes under 20 years of age are expected to compete in nine sports: athletics, badminton, boccia, goalball, para taekwondo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

Messi, Fati shine in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Leganes

Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi scored respectively to give Barcelona all three points on Tuesday evening, reports Xinhua news agency.

No handshakes, spitting or nose-clearing: Premier League set to resume

"Maintain distance during goal celebrations. No handshakes. No spitting or nose-clearing. Use hand-sanitisers before and after every match," these are among the guidelines for during a game under 'Player Behaviour' as directed on the Premier League's official website.

WADA to probe IWF doping allegations

McLaren, who led an independent investigation into IWF, has said that the organisation was plagued by corruption orchestrated by former president Tamas Ajan.

Emotional Djokovic breaks down after victory over Zverev

Despite beating Zverev, Djokovic failed to progress into the next round of the event, which is sponsored by his own foundation.

Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 in La Liga

First-half goals from Tony Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo gave Zinedine Zidane's side all three points in the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Sunday evening, where they will play out the rest of the season, reports Xinhua news agency.

LaLiga: Barcelona hit four against Mallorca in return to action

Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi scored the goals that extended Barca's lead at the top of the table to four points over Real Madrid, who entertain Eibar on Sunday.

India’s oldest first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji passes away

Raiji, a right-handed batsman, played nine first-class matches in the 1940s and scored a total 277 runs.

It is our resolve to break down racial barriers in cricket,...

Many cricketers across the global sports community, including former England cricketer Michael Carberry and current pacer James Anderson, have come out in open and talked about racism prevalent in the sport. All these voices have been growing following the killing of George Floyd, an African-American who died in police custody in the United States last month.

Juventus advance past AC Milan to enter Coppa Italia final

The match, played in an empty stadium on Friday, postponed from its original date of March 4, was the first to be played since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, reports Xinhua news agency.

Tokyo 2020 CEO says 80 per cent of venues secured for...

Muto told reporters that those secured venues include the new National Stadium and that negotiations are ongoing to secure other facilities, reports Xinhua news agency.

Gomathi Marimuthu gets four-year doping ban

The AIU said that the 31-year-old Indian runner will be banned until May 2023 and disqualified from all races in a two-month period last year.

Team India will not travel to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, says...

The BCCI in a release said: "The Indian Cricket Team will not travel to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe owing to the current threat of COVID-19. Team India was originally scheduled to travel to the island nation from 24th June 2020 for three ODIs and as many T20Is and to Zimbabwe for a series comprising three ODIs starting 22nd August 2020.

Belgium on top, India remain at 108 in latest FIFA rankings

Belgium remain at the summit ahead of France and Brazil, who complete the podium, while England and Uruguay continue to occupy fourth and fifth respectively. Lying in wait behind them are, in descending order, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.

IOC condemns racism in strongest terms

The Fundamental Principle 6 of Olympic Charter reads: "The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Bayern overcome Frankfurt to reach German Cup final

Bayern were clearly in the mood right from kick-off on Wednesday and Thomas Muller had a header cleared off the line as early as the sixth minute.

On Prakash Padukone’s 65th birthday, remembering his All England Championships win

Padukone was a known name going into the tournament in 1980. That he was the best from India was undisputed because of the fact that he had won the National title seven times in a row between 1972 and 1979.

ITF to consider rankings on June 7 next year for Olympic...

It said the criteria to determine the eligibility of athletes will remain unchanged.

AIFF announces Indian football’s amended season, transfer window dates

"....we are pleased to inform you that the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has approved the amendment in All India Football Federation's (AIFF) season dates and registration period (transfer window) for 2020-21," a AIFF circular to all member associations read.

Was called ‘kaalu’ in SRH dressing room, alleges Sammy

Recently, Sammy had expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word 'kaalu' which he says was used to refer to him and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera when the pair played for SRH. At that time, he had not specified who used to direct these slurs at him.

Decathlete Kevin Mayer wins Ultimate Garden Clash

The unique triathlon competition on Sunday brought together three of the world's best decathletes competing in three countries on two continents.

COVID-19: Mohun Bagan club tent to reopen on June 15

"Mohun Bagan Athletic Club tent will be reopened post lockdown for members/supporters on 15th June 2020," a tweet on Mohun Bagan's official Twitter handle read.

Bayern continue march to title with 4-2 win over Leverkusen

Leverkusen looked lively on home soil and broke the deadlock with their first chance when Lucas Alario slotted home Julian Baumgartlinger's through-ball in the ninth minute.

Qatar announces completion of third 2022 World Cup stadium

It is the third tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022 to be completed, following the successful redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium in 2017 and the inauguration of Al Janoub Stadium in 2019.

Michael Jordan pledges $100 million for racial justice, equality

In a joint statement on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said on Friday that the money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of "ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

Ronaldo becomes football’s first billionaire, pips Messi

Juventus and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 35, is only the third athlete to hit the mark while still playing, following Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather, the report said.

India to host AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 finals

In a letter to AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, AFC General Secretary Dato Windsor John wrote: "The Committee awarded the hosting rights of the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 finals to the All India Football Federation."

Serena’s comment on equality shared on social media in wake of...

Floyd, aged 46, died last week shortly after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe," and "please, I can't breathe".

Silva, Ilsanker fire Frankfurt to 3-0 win over Bremen in Bundesliga

Silva had found the net three times in Frankfurt's previous four games ahead of kick-off and the Portuguese also had the first sight of goal in what was a full-blooded relegation battle, only to see Jiri Pavlenka make a good save on Wednesday, according to the official Bundesliga website.

Let’s treat animals with love, bring an end to cowardly acts,...

The brutal incident of animal abuse took place in Kerala's Palakkad district, which resulted in the death of the elephant while standing in the river.

CAS to hear Russia’s appeal against WADA ban in November

In December last year, Russia was banned by WADA for four years after an investigation found that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated before being handed over to investigators.

Former India pacer Tinu Yohannan named Kerala cricket coach

The Kerala Cricket Association took the decision during an online meeting held on Monday.

Bundesliga: Sancho hat-trick helps Dortmund thrash Paderborn

In the 29th round of the Bundesliga on Sunday, Paderborn frustrated Dortmund for large periods in the first half, whilst creating a couple of presentable scoring chances through Christopher Antwi-Adjei, who dragged wide either side of BVB's best work, according to the official Bundesliga website.

La Liga announces fixtures as season nears restart post COVID-19 hiatus

The season will return to action on June 11 with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis and there will be fixtures for the following seven days, with Barcelona hosting Leganes on June 16 and Real Madrid playing at home to Valencia on June 18.

1956 Olympics triple gold medallist Morrow passes away

Born in Harlingen, Texas and raised in San Benito, Morrow was deemed as one of the most dominant sprinters of the 1950s.

Cricket West Indies agrees to tour England for Test series

The Jason Holder-led side was scheduled to visit England for three Tests in June but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was pushed back. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now looking to host series in July.

Very high risk on 2020 T20 World Cup, says CA CEO

The tournament is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 this year but the shakeup in the cricket calendar that is needed due to the extensive break that has come up due to the coronavirus pandemic has put the tournament under a cloud of uncertainty.

LaLiga 2020-21 to begin from September 12, says Tebas

Tebas gave an insight into the plans put in place to keep players and officials safe during these unprecedented times.

Italy’s Serie A to resume from June 20

The decision, announced by Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora after less than an hour of virtual discussions with officials from the Italian Football Federation and representatives of Serie A, players, coaches, and referees on Thursday, comes after weeks of contentious talks and widespread media speculation on the topic, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bowlers will find it more difficult to get back to rhythm,...

All cricketing activities have remained suspended since mid-March following the outbreak of novel coronavirus which has so far claimed more than 3.5 lakh lives across the globe.

Bayern beat Dortmund 1-0 to extend lead in Bundesliga

On Tuesday, the "BVB" started brightly at home and should have opened the scoring with less than a minute played but Erling Haaland nutmegged Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer just to see Jerome Boateng clear the ball off the goal line, reports Xinhua news agency.

Great initiative, but hard to implement, says Brett Lee on saliva...

Speaking on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected, Brett Lee said: "When you have done something your whole life from 8,9, 10 years of age where you lick your fingers and you put on the ball, it's very hard to change that overnight too. So, I think there's going to be a couple of occasions, or there's going to be some leniency I think from the ICC, where there may be warnings. It's a great initiative, it's going to be very hard to implement I think because cricketers have done this for their whole life."

Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

According to the Forbes magazine, Osaka earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, $1.4 million more than Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015.

India touring SA for T20Is in August quite difficult, says BCCI...

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that considering the current situation, it will not be possible to travel for the series to South Africa as there are players in the team who haven't had proper training sessions in the last 50-60 days.