• FIFA asks leagues to use 'common sense' over Floyd protests
    BERN, June 2 (Reuters): World soccer's governing body FIFA has asked competition organisers to use "common sense" with players who display messages of protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States.   FIFA regulations bar players from displaying any "political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images" on their kit. Since 2014, this ban has included undershirts -- a respo
  • Japan's Naomi Osaka adds voice to U.S. protests: 'silence is betrayal'
    TOKYO, June 2 (Reuters): Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has added her voice to protests over the death of an African-American man in U.S. police custody, criticising people for tweeting more about lootings than his death.   Protests set off by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old who died in Minneapolis after being pinned beneath a white police officer's knee for nearly nine minutes erupted around the United States again on Monday, the latest o
  • Mayweather offers to cover funeral costs for George Floyd
    NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters): Boxing great Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests across the United States.   The former five-division world champion's promotional company, Mayweather Productions, confirmed on Twitter that he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have accepted.  
  • Woods says Floyd death a 'shocking tragedy'
    NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters): Tiger Woods said on Monday he has always respected U.S. law enforcement but that their use of force on George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man who died while in police custody, clearly crossed a line.   Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white Minneapolis police officer, was arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges, after cellphone footage showed him kneeling on Floyd's neck.   "I ha
  • On this day: Born June 2, 1980: Abby Wambach, American soccer player
    (Reuters): When Abby Wambach towered over the Brazilian defence to head home a desperately late equaliser at the 2011 World Cup it set a United States side struggling to emerge from the shadow of its illustrious predecessors on a path to renewed glory.   Wambach's 122nd-minute header in the quarter-finals prevented the U.S. from suffering their earliest ever World Cup exit and set them en route to their first final in 12 years.   Although they were ultima
  • BFI recommends Amit, Vikas for Khel Ratna Award
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS): The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Monday recommended the names of Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. "Boxing Federation of India has made due diligence exercise on the performances of athletes and coaches during the last four years," the BFI statement read. Boxers Simranjeet Kaur, Lovlina Borgohain and Manish Kaushik have been recommended for the Arjuna Award while N. Usha has been recom
  • Messi motivates you in every aspect of the game: Alba
    Madrid, June 1 (IANS): FC Barcelona left back Jordi Alba is optimistic that he and his teammates will be in perfect physical condition to play the remaining 11 rounds of matches in the Spanish LaLiga when the competition returns to action after a lay-off of over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 11. Spain's football teams were only allowed to start training with their full squads this Monday after three weeks working first as individuals and then in group
  • Sania comes forward to encourage local brands in India
    Mumbai, June 1 (IANS): Tennis sensation Sania Mirza has been vocal about promoting Indian brands in her bid to help the country strive towards becoming self-reliant amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has taken a toll on the world's economy at large. Sania has come forward to encourage the local brands in India. The ace tennis player took to her social media and announced an initiative called '#SupportSmallBySania', calling out to brands, designers, craftsmen, properti
  • Nagaland Gooners extend a helping hand
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 1 (MExN): Members of the official Arsenal Supporters' Club Nagaland got together and contributed 1000 kgs of rice to the International Red Cross Society (ICRC) Nagaland on June 1, who in turn distributed the same to the needy. The club also handed out refreshments to the frontline workers in various parts of Dimapur.  The Arsenal Supporters club, Nagaland edition, was established in 2018 and the current chairman of the group is Orenthung Ovung. “I
  • Union Ministers Rijiju & Munda inaugurate Khelo India e-Pathshala
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS): Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Arjun Munda on Monday inaugurated Khelo India e-Pathshala program through a webinar which was attended by young archers, archery coaches and experts of the discipline, from across the country. Launched by the Sports Authority of India, in association with National Sporting Federations, the program is India's first-ever national-level open online coaching and education program for grassroot-level athletes. It aims to im
  • 8th Nagaland Online Open Chess Tourney on June 6
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 1 (MExN): The 8th Nagaland Online Open Chess Tournament, sponsored by N Yangpothung Ezung, President Lotha Youth Hoho, in collaboration with Nagaland Chess Association (NCA) will be held on June 6. The series of weekly online chess tournament is being organised to give platform to the talented players of the State especially for kids during this lockdown. Interested players can contact 7005580145, 9612866445 or 7005458265 for registration. 
  • Hamilton slams F1 for staying silent on Floyd death
    LONDON, June 1 (Reuters): Six times Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised his sport for its silence on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck.   The death in Minneapolis triggered a wave of outrage and violent protests in the United States.   Hamilton, Formula One's first black world champion, spends much of his time in America and spoke out on the issue
  • NBA great Michael Jordan speaks out on death of George Floyd: 'We have had enough'
    (Reuters): Basketball great Michael Jordan voiced outrage on Sunday over the death of George Floyd, a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, an incident that has triggered violent nationwide protests.   Jordan said his heart went out to the family of Floyd and others who have died through acts of racism.   "I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan, a Basketball Hall of Fa
  • La Liga announces fixtures as season re-start looms large
    BARCELONA, June 1 (Reuters): Barcelona will recommence their bid to defend the Spanish title on Saturday June 13 away to Real Mallorca after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Real Madrid will host Eibar on June 14, organisers La Liga announced on Sunday.   The season kick backs into action with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on June 11 and there will be fixtures for the following seven days, with Barca hosting Leganes on June 16 and R
  • Valencia respond to Atalanta coach's coronavirus confession
    VALENCIA, June 1 (Reuters): Valencia have criticised Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini for taking charge of his side's Champions League match against the Spanish side in March despite suffering from symptoms of the novel coronavirus.   Gasperini told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday that he felt ill on the day before the last-16 second leg match in Valencia on March 10, which was played without spectators as northern Italy was then the epic
  • English Championship sets provisional June 20 restart date
    LONDON, June 1 (Reuters): England's second tier Championship plans to resume play on June 20, more than three months after it was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the English Football League (EFL) said on Sunday.   The provisional date was subject to all safety requirements and government guidance being met and clubs receiving clearance from local authorities to stage home matches.   Clubs are set to resume full contact training this week, with the
  • Winning Dhoni's trust key to getting India captaincy - Kohli
    NEW DELHI, June 1 (Reuters): India captain Virat Kohli believes he landed the job largely because his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni was impressed with his reading of situations in matches.   Kohli, 31, replaced Dhoni as test captain in 2014-15 and took over the limited-overs reins in early 2017, becoming India's all-format leader as well the team's batting mainstay.   Fielding in the slips, Kohli had easy access to wicketkeeper Dhoni and he felt th
  • On this day: Died June 1, 2002: Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer
    (Reuters): All-rounder Hansie Cronje, who died on this day in 2002, flirted with greatness but succumbed to temptation, exposing the dark world of bribery in cricket before his tragic death in a plane crash at the age of 32.   The perennially scowling South African averaged above 36 with the bat both in tests and one-dayers and was more than a handy medium pacer. But it was his inspirational skill as a leader which stood out.   Under the Bloemfontein-born Cro
  • Ex-champion boxer Dingko Singh tests positive for COVID-19
    New Delhi, May 31 (PTI): Asian Games gold medal-winning former boxer Dingko Singh, who is already battling liver cancer, has tested positive for COVID-19, a source close to him told PTI on Sunday.   The 41-year-old was flown to the national capital earlier this month to undergo radiation therapy and had returned to his home state Manipur after being diagnosed with jaundice once again.   "He was negative when he left from Delhi but has tested positive on his r
  • When you look at Virat, you're thinking male model, pin-up boy: Gould
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Former ICC elite panel umpire Ian Gould has named Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli as three batsmen that he loved watching while officiating and also pointed how the current India skipper is a lovely guy.   "Jacques Kallis. I loved watching Jacques. He was a very, very fine player. Sachin. And probably Virat. I was unlucky in some respects. I didn't see the best of Ricky Ponting. He was an outstanding character, outstanding c