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SPORTS NEWS | European Soccer’s Return To Action After Coronavirus

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Professional soccer leagues around Europe are gearing up for a return to action following the novel coronavirus stoppage, but some are more advanced than others. Here is a roundup of the state of play: GERMANY The Bundesliga restarted on May 16, games played without fans and with a strict health protocol … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | European Soccer’s Return To Action After Coronavirus

SPORTS NEWS | Soccer: European Season Will Finish In August, Says UEFA President

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA –  UEFA has a plan to finish the 2019-2020 season by August, including the Champions League and European 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 … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Soccer: European Season Will Finish In August, Says UEFA President

BUSINESS NEWS | Serie A TV Rights Holders Freeze Payment Amid Virus Uncertainty

MILAN – The companies holding the broadcasting rights to Italy’s top-flight Serie A soccer championship, including Comcast’s Unit SKY, have not paid the last installment of the 2019/2020 season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter said. Serie A was suspended on March 9 and the league … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Serie A TV Rights Holders Freeze Payment Amid Virus Uncertainty

SPORTS NEWS | British GP Could Go Ahead Despite Quarantine Restrictions

UK – Formula One is working to put on a British Grand Prix in July Even if the country imposes quarantine measures on visitors during the COVID-19, F1, sources said on Sunday. The Sun newspaper quoted a government source as saying there would be an exemption for sports, with Formula One and soccer teams free … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | British GP Could Go Ahead Despite Quarantine Restrictions

SPORTS NEWS | U.K. Considering Restarting Sports League Behind Closed Doors, Minister Says

LONDON – – The British government is looking at the option of restarting sports league behind closed doors, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday. Asked during a news conference about the possibility of sports matches restarting, Raab said it would ‘lift the spirit of the nation’. ‘(The sports minister) has also been working on … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | U.K. Considering Restarting Sports League Behind Closed Doors, Minister Says

SPORTS NEWS | McLaren Boss Expects To ‘Hit A Glitch’ In F1 Season Plans

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Formula One can be expected to ‘hit a glitch’ as the sport tries to complete a 2020 season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic but 14-15 races looks feasible, McLaren boss Zack Brown said on Monday. The American told motorsport.com that number could be achieved at 10 circuits. Organizers have said they … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | McLaren Boss Expects To ‘Hit A Glitch’ In F1 Season Plans

SPORTS NEWS | Riyadh and Doha Submit Bids For 2030 Asian Games

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Riyadh and Doha have submitted official bids to host the 2030 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced on Thursday. ‘The OCA is delighted to receive two strong bids for our Asian Games in 2030’, the governing body’s president, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, said in a statement. ‘It … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Riyadh and Doha Submit Bids For 2030 Asian Games

SPORTS | Horse Racing: Saudi Cup Withholds Prize Money After Trainer Servis Charged

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Organisers of the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest horse race, have said they will withhold the $20 million prize purse pending the completion of an internal investigation after winning trainer Jason Servis was indicated in a doping scheme. Servis, who trained race winner Maximum Security, was one of 27 trainers, … Continue reading SPORTS | Horse Racing: Saudi Cup Withholds Prize Money After Trainer Servis Charged

SPORTS | Dubai Sports Council Announces ‘Marathon At Home’

DUBAI – Dubai Sports Council, in collaboration with ASICS Middle East and 5:30 Run club, have come up with an exciting new initiative, the ‘Marathon at Home’, which will take place under the umbrella of DSC’s  ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ and #stayhome campaigns, and is designed to keep members of UAE’s community in running shape … Continue reading SPORTS | Dubai Sports Council Announces ‘Marathon At Home’

SPORTS | UEFA Suspends Champions League ‘Until Further Notice’

BUCHAREST | UEFA bowed to the inevitable on Wednesday and suspended all Champions League and European League matches ‘until further notice’ due to the coronavirus pandemic. European soccer’s governing body also said all national team games scheduled for June have been postponed, including playoff matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021. The … Continue reading SPORTS | UEFA Suspends Champions League ‘Until Further Notice’

SPORTS | Nadal Calls On Spain’s Athletes To Raise 11 Million Euros To Fight Coronavirus

Rafael Nadal has issued a rallying cry and called on Spanish athletes to help raise 11 million euros (9.96 million pounds) to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Spain is one of the most badly affected countries in the world with over 56,000 cases and the parliament voted to extend the coronavirus lockdown to at least … Continue reading SPORTS | Nadal Calls On Spain’s Athletes To Raise 11 Million Euros To Fight Coronavirus

SPORTS | Formula One Expects Shortened Season Of 15-18 Races

LONDON – Formula One expects to run a shortened season of 15-18 grands prix once racing can resume after the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully during the European  summer, chairman and chief executive Chase Carey said on Monday. The original 2020 calendar had a record 22 races but the season  has yet to start with the first … Continue reading SPORTS | Formula One Expects Shortened Season Of 15-18 Races

SPORTS | Monaco Grand Prix Canceled As Formula One Postpones Start Of Season

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Monaco Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be canceled as the sport continues to be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The lucrative event was scheduled for May 24 and is one of the sports’ showcase events with drivers racing through the principality’s historic streets. Formula … Continue reading SPORTS | Monaco Grand Prix Canceled As Formula One Postpones Start Of Season

SPORTS | Esports-F1 To Hold Virtual Races In Place Of Postponed Grands Prix

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Formula One will run a series of virtual races, with some current drivers taking part, to replace a string of grand prix postponed by the coronavirus outbreak, the sport announced on Friday. The first, run on the official F1 2019 PC video game, will be held on Sunday, when the … Continue reading SPORTS | Esports-F1 To Hold Virtual Races In Place Of Postponed Grands Prix