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Kobe's towel from finale sells for $33K in online auction Kobe's towel from finale sells for $33K in online auction
LONDON: The towel that was draped over the shoulders of Kobe Bryant during his farewell speech following his final NBA game sold for over $33,000 at an online auction, CNN reported on Sunday. The Lakers star ended his speech at Staples Center in Los Angeles with his trademark “Mamba Out” before walking off the court. A fan grabbed the towel, beginning a stretch in which that souvenir has been...
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Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO
LONDON / LONDON: Football is facing its first economic crisis for decades with the prospect of mass layoffs of players if nothing is done to bail out clubs left without matches by the coronavirus pandemic, the global players’ union FIFPRO said on Tuesday. Professional football has been wiped off the map for weeks, maybe months, after all the major leagues, cups and international competitions ...
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Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed because of coronavirus Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed because of coronavirus
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The event, due to begin on 24 July, will now take place "no later than summer 2021". "I proposed to postpone for a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement," said Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister. The event will still be called Tokyo 20...
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Kipchoge suffers loneliness of long-distance runner Kipchoge suffers loneliness of long-distance runner
NAIROBI: When he broke the two-hour barrier for the marathon in October, Eliud Kipchoge did not run alone, but now, as a diary he is recording reveals, he has no choice. Kipchoge may be the only man to have broken two hours, but when he set the time in Vienna he ran with an echelon of pacemakers. Now, as the first episode of “Eliud Kipchoge’s Isolation Diary”, makes clear, he is experienci...
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‘Premature to postpone Olympics’ ‘Premature to postpone Olympics’
WASHINGTON: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said it would be “premature” to postpone the Tokyo Games Thursday but admitted the body was “considering different scenarios” as the coronavirus pandemic advances. The IOC will act on advice from its own taskforce and the World Health Organization, Bach told the New York Times, after a week when the IOC has weathered criticism ...
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Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO
LONDON / LONDON: Football is facing its first economic crisis for decades with the prospect of mass layoffs of players if nothing is done to bail out clubs left without matches by the coronavirus pandemic, the global players’ union FIFPRO said on Tuesday. Professional football has been wiped off the map for weeks, maybe months, after all the major leagues, cups and international competitions we...
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Trump praises Tokyo Olympic preparations after suggesting delay Trump praises Tokyo Olympic preparations after suggesting delay
WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump late Thursday praised Tokyo’s Olympic preparations and their “magnificent” venue just hours after he suggested delaying the Summer Games for up to a year due to the coronavirus. Trump’s apparent change of heart came after a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Just had a great conversation with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. I told him t...
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Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics
KABUL: One of thousands of Afghans badly injured during years of conflict, Nilofar Bayat hopes for peace so that her wheelchair basketball team can take part in the Paralympics but fears a return to power by the extremist could quash her dreams. Bayat, now 26, suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of two when a rocket hit her house, killing her brother. Her injury limited her ability to run ...
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Hamilton chases Schumacher as virus-hit F1 season roars into life Hamilton chases Schumacher as virus-hit F1 season roars into life
MELBOURNE: Lewis Hamilton believes his all-conquering Mercedes is even better than last year as he begins his bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven world crowns at an Australian Grand Prix given the green light despite coronavirus fears. The British driver has been the dominant force in recent times, winning five of the previous six titles, including in 2019 when he bettered legendary ...
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Ferrari wants to put 'smiles on faces' as Italy locks down Ferrari wants to put 'smiles on faces' as Italy locks down
MELBOURNE: Ferrari Formula One boss Mattia Binotto Tuesday urged his team to “put a smile on people’s faces” at the Australian Grand Prix as Italy went into lockdown to combat coronavirus. Most teams, including the Scuderia, are already in Melbourne or en route for the opening race of the year on Sunday, which organisers have said will go ahead as scheduled in front of packed grandstands despit...
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