Cricket-IPL resumes in UAE after COVID-19 disruption

DUBAI – More than four months after the COVID-19 outbreak halted the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League resumes in Dubai on Sunday with a mouth-watering clash between the IPL’s two most successful franchises — Mumbai and Chennai. With India grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, the eight-team league was suspended near its halfway stage in May after two franchises reported several positive cases. The rest of the league was subsequently shifted…

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NHL says 98 percent of players will be vaxxed by opening night

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told multiple media outlets Friday that the league projects 98 percent of its players will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by opening night of the 2021-22 season next month. According to that math, fewer than 15 players would not be vaccinated by Oct. 12. “We want everybody fully vaccinated and, obviously, the last couple of months have shown that that doesn’t necessarily preclude the fact that people are going to…

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Golf – Rift between Koepka and DeChambeau can inspire the U.S. team, warns Harrington

– The long-running feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau has the potential to inspire the American team instead of weighing them down at next week’s Ryder Cup, Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington said on Friday. Koepka and DeChambeau have been involved in public spats for more than a year, with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker having to step in last month to broker peace between the duo. Harrington, however, said that the animosity…

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Tennis – Reviewing U.S. Open final win felt like watching someone else – Raducanu

LONDON – U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu on Friday said that re-watching her stunning victory in this month’s final felt like watching someone else, adding that her achievement had started to sink in but it was still difficult to fully comprehend. The 18-year-old Briton took the tennis world by storm when she beat Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, 19, in straight sets last weekend to become the first qualifier in the men’s and women’s game ever to…

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Soccer – Still a long way to go before Messi and co shine for PSG

PARIS – After failing to impress in their first outing together, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe clearly have a long way to go before the most lethal attacking trio in the world, on paper, can produce the goods on the pitch for Paris St Germain. None of them found the net in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday with only Mbappe producing a decent performance, before the…

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Olympics-Beijing 2022 Games to have rigorous COVID-19 measures-IOC

BERLIN – The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will have tight COVID-19 countermeasures in place to ensure the safety of all participants, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. Just over a month after the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an open letter that next year’s Winter Games would also require strict measures amid the ongoing pandemic. “While the pandemic is far from over, I would like to…

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Cricket-Former players back Rohit to replace Kohli as India’s T20 captain

NEW DELHI – Opener Rohit Sharma has demonstrated his leadership qualities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is an obvious choice to succeed Virat Kohli as India’s Twenty20 captain, according to several former players. Kohli, who has led India across formats, has decided to relinquish Twenty20 captaincy after the 20-overs World Cup scheduled in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from Oct. 17. Kohli has a 27-14 win-loss ratio as India’s Twenty20 captain, while…

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USMNT drops out of top 10 in world rankings; L.A. opens 2026 bid

The U.S. Men’s National team fell out of the top 10 in the newest FIFA world rankings, released Thursday. The Americans fell from No. 10 to 13 after tying with El Salvador and Canada before beating Honduras in the first 2022 World Cup qualifying window. Belgium remains No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Brazil, England, France and Italy. Rounding out the top 10 are Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark. The 2022 World Cup…

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Soccer-FIFA says survey shows majority of fans back more frequent World Cups

MANCHESTER, England – FIFA says it has fan backing for the much-criticised plan to shift to a biennial World Cup after releasing a summary of the results of an opinion survey of supporters. The proposals, which have been outlined by FIFA’s head of Global Football Development, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, have been met with widespread opposition from within the game. [L1N2QB23Q] FIFA’s congress in May voted by a large majority to conduct a feasibility…

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Soccer-England push France out of top three in FIFA men’s rankings

– Euro 2020 finalists England pushed world champions France out of the top three in world soccer body FIFA’s latest men’s soccer rankings published on Thursday. Belgium remained the top ranked side, followed by Brazil. European champions Italy, on a record unbeaten international run of 37 matches, are fifth with Argentina sixth. Third place equals England’s highest ranking in 2012. Gareth Southgate’s side lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley…

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