Barca chief says Setien to stay, has no regrets about Valverde

8 July 2020, 10:11 PM
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said coach Quique Setien will remain in charge of the team next season despite the team’s fading La Liga title bid, adding that he does not regret sacking Ernesto Valverde in January.
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Dream is to have a team full of Scousers, says Liverpool boss Klopp 8 July 2020, 9:48 PM

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he was encouraged by the development of the club’s academy graduates and hopes to have an entire squad of homegrown talent at his disposal in the future.

Root tells stand-in skipper Stokes ‘Do it your way’ 8 July 2020, 6:17 PM

Stand-in England captain Ben Stokes says regular skipper Joe Root has given him a simple piece of advice ahead of Wednesday’s first test with West Indies - do it your way.

Kyrgios rants at Thiem for defending Adria players 8 July 2020, 5:43 PM

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has slammed Dominic Thiem for defending players who competed at the ill-fated Adria Tour and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Fewer fans, increased costs ‘new normal’ for clubs in post COVID-19 world: Study 8 July 2020, 5:06 PM

Reduction in stadium capacities, improved ventilation systems and mobile payment for tickets and drinks are some of the measures football clubs may have to implement while designing stadiums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sri Lanka resume domestic cricket minus spectators next week 8 July 2020, 4:36 PM

Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka will resume on Tuesday without spectators, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.

Kolisi named most influential person in world rugby 8 July 2020, 6:51 AM

Siya Kolisi has been named the most influential person in world rugby by British magazine Rugby World, which has two South Africans in the top ten.

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win 7 July 2020, 3:43 PM

A dream private coaching session from Andy Murray will become a reality for one tennis fan after top players signed up to an initiative raising funds for professional coaches who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Keane own goal gives Spurs win over Everton 7 July 2020, 2:28 PM

An own goal by Michael Keane proved the difference as Tottenham Hotspur beat visitors Everton 1-0 in a dour clash on Monday to move up to eighth in the standings and hand manager Jose Mourinho a 200th Premier League win.

Guardiola confident City’s UEFA ban will be overturned 6 July 2020, 7:13 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident the club will win their appeal against a two-year UEFA ban from European football.

Gambian pair give Bologna unlikely win at Inter 6 July 2020, 4:11 PM

Bologna’s Gambian duo Musa Juwara and Musa Barrow scored in the last 20 minutes to give the 10-man visitors an unlikely 2-1 win over Inter Milan who once again threw away a match that seemed to be theirs for the taking in Serie A on Sunday.

Adebayor leaves Olimpia after four months 6 July 2020, 2:29 PM

Emmanuel Adebayor has left Olimpia after less than five months at the club due to complications thrown up by the new coronavirus, the Paraguayan side said on Tuesday.

Jimmie Johnson becomes first NASCAR driver to contract COVID-19 6 July 2020, 8:00 AM

Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has become the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports said on Friday.

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Romania’s Halep hopes to play in Palermo in August 6 July 2020, 3:00 AM

Romanian women’s world number two Simona Halep hopes to take part in next month’s Palermo Open, the first WTA event to be held after the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, she said on Sunday.

Quinton de Kock and Laura Wolvaardt win big at CSA awards 5 July 2020, 4:13 PM

Cricket stars Quinton de Kock and Laura Wolvaardt were named South Africa's Men's and Women's Cricketers of the Year.

Leclerc says Ferrari’s pace ‘not even close’ to expectation 5 July 2020, 8:45 AM

Ferrari had warned their car was off the pace but Charles Leclerc said Saturday’s qualifying for the season-opening Austrian Formula One Grand Prix was not even close to expectations.

Man United comes from behind to beat Bournemouth 5-2 4 July 2020, 8:21 PM

Manchester United came from behind to soundly beat Bournemouth 5-2 during their match at Old Trafford.

The Brumbies thrash the Rebels in the Super Rugby AU campaign 4 July 2020, 5:22 PM

The Brumbies raced out for a 31-23 bonus point win over the Rebels in Canberra to record their first win of the new Super Rugby AU campaign.

Hamilton makes a statement as F1 gets back on track 4 July 2020, 10:19 AM

Formula One got back on track in changed circumstances but familiar fashion at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes and six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton picking up where they left off last year.

Bayern wary of Leverkusen’s speed ahead of German Cup final, says Flick 3 July 2020, 9:47 PM

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick says he is wary of how devastating Bayer Leverkusen can be on the counter-attack but that his team was well-prepared to handle their opponents in Saturday’s German Cup final.

Special prosecutor to examine allegations against FIFA boss, Swiss Attorney General 3 July 2020, 9:38 PM

Switzerland named a special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber after the men held undocumented meetings while Lauber’s office was investigating suspected graft surrounding the global soccer body.

Liverpool reiterate need for safe celebrations ahead of Villa clash 3 July 2020, 9:07 PM

Liverpool have again urged their supporters to avoid mass gatherings in the city and to celebrate their Premier League triumph safely at home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, chief executive Peter Moore said on Friday.

Sane completes move to Bayern from Manchester City 3 July 2020, 8:06 PM

Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Manchester City, the German club announced on Friday.

McLaren first on track as F1 season finally starts 3 July 2020, 7:04 PM

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was first out on track as the opening free practice session of the much-delayed Formula One season got underway at a damp and overcast Red Bull Ring on Friday.

Flyhalf Barrett to play in Japan, miss Super Rugby in 2021 3 July 2020, 6:15 PM

Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan’s Top League but the flyhalf will be available for the All Blacks international programme, the Auckland Blues said on Friday.

Arteta optimistic Aubemeyang will stay at Arsenal 3 July 2020, 4:59 PM

Arsenal should not be a club that sells their best player in order to fund improvements to the squad, manager Mikel Arteta has said amid continuing speculation over the future of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kenya’s Kipsang banned for four years for anti-doping rules violations 3 July 2020, 4:20 PM

Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has been handed a four-year ban for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.

American Gauff can improve the world, says Navratilova 3 July 2020, 3:19 PM

American tennis player Coco Gauff can improve the world, 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova has said, lauding the teenage tennis prodigy for her role in the Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice.

Djokovic, wife Jelena test negative for COVID-19 3 July 2020, 9:09 AM

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have tested negative for COVID-19, nine days after returning a positive test, the world number one tennis player’s media team said on Thursday.

Up to 60% of usual capacity will be allowed to attend 2020 French Open, say organisers 2 July 2020, 9:22 PM

Up to 60% of the usual capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the COVID-19 crisis, organisers said on Thursday.

Inter reach agreement to sign Hakimi from Real Madrid 2 July 2020, 7:29 PM

Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Moroccan fullback Achraf Hakimi, the La Liga club announced on Thursday.