No soccer balls in sight: Serie A teams train individually

ROME: No soccer balls. No contact with teammates. And no entering the locker room. One by one, Serie A players are returning to the training field this week under a…

Premier League return would lift morale says government minister

LONDON:  Restarting the Premier League would be a boost to Britain’s morale amid the coronavirus crisis, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. Premier League chiefs have targeted a June return to…

Pogba using lockdown to prepare for return after injury woes

LONDON: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is using the coronavirus lockdown to step up his return to fitness after an injury-plagued season. Pogba had made just eight appearances for United this…

Judge rules against US women’s soccer team in equal pay case

LOS ANGELES: A federal judge dismissed the United States women’s soccer team’s bid for equal pay, rejecting claims the players had been underpaid in a crushing defeat for the reigning…

Coronavirus US sport shutdown will cost $12 billion: report

NEW YORK: The 100 billion US sports landscape will lose 12 billion in revenue due to the coronavirus shutdown, ESPN reported, with deeper cuts if NFL and college gridiron games are…

Thierry Henry notes positive changes in his return to MLS

WASHINGTON: There’s been a shift in Major League Soccer in the relatively short time since Thierry Henry was a player. The former Arsenal star, now the new coach of the Montreal…

Maradona pleads for ‘Hand of God’ to end pandemic

BUENOS AIRES: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has asked the “Hand of God” to deliver the world from the coronavirus pandemic and allow normal life to resume. The World Cup winner…

Premier League set for points-based work permits post-Brexit

MANCHESTER: All players from overseas seeking to join Premier League clubs are set to be subject to points-based criteria for work permits after Britain’s departure from the European Union is…

Ligue 1 delays decision on season fate until Thursday

PARIS: The French league (LFP) has said its executive board will meet on Thursday to discuss the effect of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s earlier announcement about cancelling the season. Philippe said…

Everton ‘appalled’ by Kean’s house party in midst of virus lockdown

LONDON: Everton said they are “appalled” at one of their players widely reported to be Italian international Moise Kean hosting a house party contravening the social distancing measures recommended by the…

Coutinho goes under the knife for ankle injury

BERLIN: Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho has undergone surgery to remove loose fragments from his right ankle and will be sidelined for at least two weeks, the club said. The Brazil…

FIFA to make advance payments to members

LAUSSANNE:  FIFA says advance payments of USD 500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled…

Man United’s Woodward says virus will hit transfer spending

MANCHESTER:  Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players as the entire football industry deals with the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Don’t rush to restart La Liga, Bale warns

MADRID: Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says there should be no rush to restart La Liga during the coronavirus lockdown as the Spanish football federation plans tests and a return to…

Serie A season to be extended until August 2

MILAN: Italian football chiefs announced that the end of the Serie A season will be pushed back from June 30 to August 2 to finish the season suspended amid the coronavirus…

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

LOS ANGELES: A pair of fans in New York sued Major League Baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred and the 30 teams, asking for their money back for tickets and for certification of…

La Liga, Spanish FA agree training restart protocol

MADRID: La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have agreed on a return to training protocol for professional players in the country after the coronavirus outbreak, the Spanish National…

Valencia players agree to coronavirus pay cuts

MADRID: Valencia has confirmed its first-team players will accept pay cuts to limit the economic damage felt by the club from the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of negotiations, Valencia announced…

Arsenal players and boss Arteta agree coronavirus pay cut

LONDON: Arsenal became the first Premier League club to agree on a coronavirus pay cut with their players as manager Mikel Arteta and his stars slashed their wages by 12.5…

Bit surprised by CA’s financial health but we will work together to overcome crisis: Hazlewood

MELBOURNE: Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is a “bit” surprised that Cricket Australia is struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic but said players will work together with the governing body to…