SHANGHAI – Next season’s Chinese Super League will take on a new look after the 16 teams were told to drop the corporate part of their names, infuriating some fans. The Chinese Football Association is making good on its order that clubs must remove references to investors and the companies that own them, and instead […]

TOKYO, Japan -About 18 percent of tickets sold in Japan for next year’s coronavirus-postponed Olympics will be refunded, Tokyo 2020 organisers said Thursday, with over 3.6 million seats still reserved domestically for the Games. A three-week refund window for domestic tickets closed November 30, and organisers said about 810,000 of the 4.45 million tickets sold […]

JOHANNESBURG – A reunion between Pitso Mosimane and Gaston Sirino could be on the cards after the Al Ahly coach confirmed that the player wanted to join the Egyptian giants. The Uruguayan striker penned a new five-year deal with Mamelodi Sundowns in June but has been linked with an R90 million move away. Speaking to […]

BUDAPEST – Antoine Griezmann struck for the third game running as Barcelona beat Ferencvaros 3-0 on Wednesday to keep their 100% record intact in this season’s Champions League group stage. Ronald Koeman again rested Lionel Messi with qualification for the last 16 already assured, and Barca made it five wins from five in Group G […]

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Paris Saint-Germain took a huge step towards avoiding an embarrassing early exit from the Champions League and left Manchester United with work to do to reach the last 16 as Neymar scored twice in a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. PSG, United and RB Leipzig are now all tied on nine […]

LONDON – Anthony Watson says England have multiple motivations to win the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup when they face France at Twickenham on Sunday. The 26-year-old Bath wing said Eddie Jones’ men were eyeing a second piece of silverware immediately after claiming the 2020 Six Nations title and could avenge their only defeat of the […]

LONDON – England captain Harry Kane says Premier League players should carry on taking the knee in support of the fight against racial injustice, using their profile to raise awareness of the issue. Clubs began making the symbolic gesture before kick-off when football resumed after the coronavirus hiatus last season, and it has continued into […]

LONDON – England batsman Dawid Malan has set a ranking-points record for batsmen in international Twenty20 cricket after smashing 173 runs in England’s 3-0 whitewash against South Africa. The 33-year-old left-hander climbed to number one in the world in September after a relentlessly consistent period of scoring in the format and has followed up with […]

SAKHIR – Formula One driver Romain Grosjean left hospital on Wednesday, three days after escaping a fiery high-speed crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix with just burns to his hands, his team said. Grosjean was treated in a military hospital in Bahrain for the burns he suffered while jumping out of his blazing Haas car […]

MELBOURNE, Australia – The Australian Open tennis Grand Slam will start three weeks late on February 8, reports said on Wednesday, with players cleared to train during quarantine following lengthy negotiations with state authorities. According to Australian media, the start date was announced to players by tournament director Craig Tiley. If confirmed, it will join […]