Cricket players will need more mental health support: Coach Paddy Upton

24 May 2020, 8:04 AM
The novel coronavirus lockdown has been a traumatic experience for many cricketers and teams will have to change their approach to mental health when the game resumes, mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton has said.
Park triumphs in golf’s return to action in South Korea 17 May 2020, 12:41 PM

Park Hyun-kyung won the KLPGA Championship title on Sunday as women’s golf in South Korea joined the country’s professional baseball and soccer leagues to restart amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spanish clubs to start group training on Monday 17 May 2020, 10:33 AM

Clubs in Spanish soccer's top two divisions can begin training in small groups from Monday as they move into the third phase of a protocol for resuming activity after disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a source close to the matter has said.

New York to reopen auto, horse racing tracks without fans 17 May 2020, 2:16 AM

New York's Watkins Glen International auto race circuit and several horse racing tracks in the state can reopen without fans from June 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

MLB plan: No showers, no spitting and social distancing 16 May 2020, 9:47 PM

Major League Baseball will perform thousands of tests for the coronavirus each week and require social distancing among players and staff, according to its road map of how the league can return to play, The Athletic reported on Saturday.

Dortmund rout Schalke to close gap on Bayern 16 May 2020, 7:09 PM

Borussia Dortmund thrashed traditional rivals Schalke 04 4-0 to close the gap on champions and leaders Bayern Munich to one point as the Bundesliga restarted on Saturday after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas Bach and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
International Olympic Committee, WHO sign Memorandum of Understanding 16 May 2020, 6:11 PM

President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding at the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cyclists urged to wear masks when cycling 16 May 2020, 9:09 AM

The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has called on cyclists across the country to wear a face mask when out on the roads during the daily outdoor exercise window between 6 and 9 am.

Pilot in fatal Kobe Bryant crash had no alcohol or drugs in system 16 May 2020, 7:09 AM

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed with Kobe Bryant and seven others aboard didn’t have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to multiple media reports on Friday.

McLaren boss expects Vettel to leave Formula One 15 May 2020, 7:19 PM

Daniel Ricciardo was McLaren's first choice to replace Ferrari-bound Spaniard Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel was never in the frame, the Formula One team's chief executive Zak Brown said on Friday.

SA Rugby to cut budget 15 May 2020, 5:22 PM

SA Rugby and all its stakeholders have agreed to a financial impact plan to save the sport from financial ruin due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Family health more important than football: Watford’s Deeney 15 May 2020, 7:12 AM

Watford skipper Troy Deeney says he will put his family's health before football and has raised concerns about the Premier League's plans to restart the campaign disrupted by COVID-19.

Durban July
Durban July might be held without spectators 14 May 2020, 6:16 PM

Horse racing and betting company Gold Circle is proposing to hold the prestigious Durban July racing event on the 25th of July without any spectators present.

Comrades Marathon
2020 Comrades Marathon cancelled 14 May 2020, 5:41 PM

The 2020 Comrades Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban has become the latest casualty of COVID-19 and joins a long list of major international sporting events cancelled due to the pandemic.

Possible Tyson return raises questions for promoter Hearn 14 May 2020, 11:06 AM

British promoter Eddie Hearn says he would probably like to see former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson fight again but has questioned whether boxing should be encouraging a 53-year-old to get back in the ring.

Bulls add veteran wing to roster as they strengthen squad 13 May 2020, 3:49 PM

Former Springbok wing Gio Aplon has been offered a chance to return to Super Rugby at the age of 37 as new Bulls coach Jake White on Wednesday added a second signing to his squad since taking over in March.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan opposed to Premier League June restart 13 May 2020, 12:56 PM

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan is opposed to the idea of the Premier League resuming in the capital next month while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause hundreds of deaths in the UK each day, a spokesperson for his office has said.

Algerian Ibbou finds support after challenging Thiem over player fund 12 May 2020, 5:26 PM

Algerian Ines Ibbou was hailed as a hero by Venus Williams while her country’s president pledged full support after the low-ranked tennis player posted an emotional video to take on world No. 3 Dominic Thiem for his opposition to a player relief fund.

Laporta eyes Guardiola return if elected Barca president 12 May 2020, 4:11 PM

Joan Laporta has said he will seek to bring former manager Pep Guardiola back to Barcelona if his bid to return as president of the La Liga club in 2021 is successful, Spanish media reported.

‘I’m back’ declares Tyson in training video 12 May 2020, 2:42 PM

Former-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson continued to tease boxing fans about a possible return to the ring by posting another training video on Instagram on Monday that ended with the message, “I’m back”.

Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of year – Media reports 12 May 2020, 3:17 AM

Four-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to quit Ferrari at the end of the year after contract talks broke down, German media reported late on Monday.

Bundesliga teams in isolation ahead of season restart 11 May 2020, 9:36 PM

German soccer teams started the week in isolation on Monday after going into seven-day quarantine ahead of the Bundesliga season restart on Saturday, with club bosses saying completing the campaign amid the coronavirus outbreak will not be easy.

Players need to be disciplined in virus plan: Bundesliga chief 11 May 2020, 6:07 PM

Each individual player’s behaviour will be “crucial until the end of the season”, the medical head of the Bundesliga and UEFA’s efforts to restart the game across the continent warned on Sunday.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Sirino found guilty by PSL Disciplinary Committee 11 May 2020, 5:03 PM

The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (DC) previously found Mamelodi Sundowns and their player Gastón Sirino guilty on several charges. 

Players must play, crowd or no crowd: Pietersen 11 May 2020, 4:58 PM

The resumption of sport will lift morale for people around the world during the COVID-19 crisis and cricketers owe it to fans to play behind closed doors if that hastens the process, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has told Reuters.

Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne praises Arthur, eyes top-four rank 11 May 2020, 4:11 PM

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne lauded the impact of new coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday and said his side must target a top-four spot in the world rankings for both the test and 50-over formats.

Five coronavirus cases in Spain’s top two divisions 11 May 2020, 3:01 PM

Five players in Spain’s top two divisions have tested positive for COVID-19 since clubs began testing players and staff members last week, organising body La Liga said in a statement on Sunday.

Burundi announce resumption of domestic league and cup 11 May 2020, 2:58 PM

Burundi’s domestic season is to resume on Thursday, May 21, more than a month after Africa’s last remaining football competition was suspended to allow political rallies to be held in stadia ahead of general elections, authorities have confirmed.

Afghanistan’s Shafaq handed six-year ban for corruption 11 May 2020, 2:43 PM

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been hit with a six-year ban after he accepted four charges of breaching their Anti-Corruption Code, the country’s cricket board (ACB) said on Sunday.

Helping the needy during COVID-19: Proteas seam bowler Hendricks does his part 11 May 2020, 2:01 PM

South African seam bowler, Beuran Hendricks, was one of the players Cricket South Africa awarded a national contract for next season, earlier this year.

John Coates optimistic 2021 Tokyo Games could be the greatest ever 11 May 2020, 2:00 AM

Senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, John Coates, says the 2021 Tokyo Games could be the greatest ever.