Without fans, Bahrain Grand Prix among events hit by virus

Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix has been closed to spectators due to the global virus outbreak, but won’t be postponed like the Chinese round of the

Cycling | Tour champ Bernal’s team stops racing amid virus outbreak

After the team of Tour de France champion Egan Bernal withdrew from all races over the next three weeks, Astana became the latest outfit to stop racing on Thursday because

Tokyo 2020 | ‘Host City Contract’ gives IOC much leeway to cancel Olympics

Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto suggested in Parliament this week that the Tokyo Games could be postponed by a few months from the planned July 24

Tokyo 2020 | Olympic Minister: Games could be held any time

Japan’s Olympic minister said yesterday the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. Seiko Hashimoto’s response to

Football | Showdown with fans leads to chaos in Germany

The German soccer federation’s power struggle with fans escalated dramatically over the weekend when Bundesliga games were interrupted by protests with the threat of being called off.

Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreak

ORGANIZERS of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the

Football | Champions League: Man City rallies to beat Real Madrid

  REAL MADRID 1, MAN CITY 2 With two late goals in five minutes, Manchester City turned the tables on Real Madrid and boosted its chances of finally winning an elusive Champions

Football | Champions League: Barcelona draws at Napoli in first leg

Napoli 1, Barcelona 1 On a night when Lionel Messi was expected to put on a show in the stadium that was once Diego Maradona’s, the Barcelona forward did relatively little

Athletics | Olympic champ van Niekerk back after more than 2 years out

Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk is competing again after more than two years out with a career-threatening knee injury and is facing a race against time to be ready to

Virus in Italy affects Olympic meetings, soccer games

The first board meeting for the Milan-Cortina Olympics was changed to a video conference yesterday as authorities sought to contain a spreading virus that has made northern Italy the focal

England’s women to open Euro 2021 at Old Trafford

The 2021 Women’s European Championship will open at Old Trafford featuring host England, UEFA announced on Sunday with 500 days to go until the tournament. If there is a sell-out of

Lampard masterminds another win over ex-coach Mourinho

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard made all the right calls to mastermind another win over his old coach Jose Mourinho and strike a significant blow in the bunched race for Champions

Football | Champions League: Hateboer scores two as Atalanta routs Valencia 4-1

With roughly a third of the population of Bergamo packed into Milan’s San Siro stadium, Atalanta made the journey well worth it for the club’s travelling “home” fans. Hans Hateboer scored

Virologist: Olympics could not be held now; hopeful for July

A respected Japanese virologist yesterday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading coronavirus from Wuhan, China. “We need to find the

Football | Tears of joy for Reinier as teen is presented by Real Madrid

Brazilian teenager Reinier couldn’t hold back the tears when he was officially introduced by Real Madrid late yesterday. The 18-year-old Reinier had to compose himself a few times while speaking about

Athletics | Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners because of virus

Tokyo Marathon organizers drastically reduced the number of participants for this year’s race yesterday out of fear of the spread of the virus coming from China. The general public is being

Rugby | Fans told to remove rainbow flags on Israel Folau’s debut

As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in

Olympics | Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the games are on

Tokyo Olympic organizers reiterated their message yesterday at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee: The 2020 Games will not be waylaid by

Oskar Rozenberg | Swedish star fronts skateboarding’s move to mainstream

Oskar Rozenberg nonchalantly drifts around the skate park before unleashing a series of high-energy tricks — mounting a wall, sliding down a railing with his arms outstretched, vaulting a stairwell,

Virus impacts opening round of AFC’s Asian Champions

  The coronavirus will have an impact on the opening week of the Asian Champions League despite the absence of Chinese clubs. The champions from South Korea and Japan meet in the

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