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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walks with his team after landing at Dubai Airport after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘You are our champion’: deported Djokovic welcomed home to Serbia

BELGRADE/MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic arrived home in Serbia on Monday after Australia deported the world men’s tennis No. 1 for not having a COVID-19 vaccine, a stance…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic rides in car as he leaves a government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his lawyers office in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (James Ross/AAP via AP)

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the door open for Novak Djokovic to compete at next year’s Australian Open despite the tennis superstar facing an automatic three-year ban from entering the country. The world number one player left Australia late on Sunday…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wears a face mask as he arrives at the Lawyer’s office ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2022. Martin Keep / AFP

‘Disappointed’ Djokovic leaves Australia after court defeat

Novak Djokovic flew out of Melbourne airport Sunday after losing a court battle to avoid deportation from Australia over his stance on Covid-19 vaccinations. An AFP reporter aboard the plane…

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes a break during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on January 12, 2022. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Djokovic admits ‘errors’ in urgent fight to avoid deportation

Melbourne (AFP) – Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted “errors” in his travel papers and in his behaviour after a claimed coronavirus infection as he battled to stay in Australia and fight…

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In this image taken from aerial video footage, tennis star Novak Djokovic practices on the tennis court during a training session Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Melbourne Australia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Channel 9 via AP)

Djokovic back into swing in Australia despite visa concerns

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic held a practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, his second day out of detention, focusing on his Australian Open title defense while…

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FILE – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic’s visa

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government…

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Nadal says Djokovic knew the risks: ‘He made his own decisions’

Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he must face the consequences for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.   World’s number one was…

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Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, seeking injunction to stop his removal

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Thailand win Suzuki Cup for record sixth time

Thailand lifted the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record sixth time on Saturday, after a 2-2 draw with Indonesia in the final’s second leg sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory at the…

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Why Thailand is facing embarrassment on the sporting world stage

It should have been an occasion of soaring national pride as Thai badminton champions enjoyed the crowning success of their career. Instead, Thai viewers watched in embarrassment recently as the…

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Thailand thump Indonesia 4-0 to take control of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Chanathip Songkrasin scored twice as Thailand closed in on a sixth AFF Suzuki Cup title with a 4-0 thumping of Indonesia in the first leg of the final on Wednesday. The Thai…

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Thailand book place in AFF Suzuki Cup final

Thailand booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final for a ninth time in 13 attempts after they held defending champions Vietnam to a goalless draw on Sunday in the…

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi-final match against Britain’s Andy Murray in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi on December 17, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Nadal tests positive for Covid in latest blow for tennis legend

Madrid (AFP) – Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who was expected to play in the Australian Open next month, said Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and was isolating. The Spanish…

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Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh (L) and Sapsiree Taerattanachai celebrate beating Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino after the mixed doubles final badminton match of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, on December 19, 2021. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Thailand’s Dechapol and Sapsiree make history as badminton world champions

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, the world’s top ranked mixed doubles team, beat Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan 2-0 in the finals of the 2021 badminton tournament in…

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Former Saudi Arabian international Nawaf al-Temyat (R) and former Brazilian world cup winner Cafu carry the trophy at the end of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 final football match between Tunisia and Algeria at the Al-Bayt stadium in the Qatari city of Al-Khor on December 18, 2021. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Next, the World Cup: after Arab Cup, Qatar faces bigger test

Qatar passed their first test with a successful hosting of the Arab Cup but bigger challenges lie ahead when 1.2 million fans and 32 international teams arrive for the World Cup one year from now….

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Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh pose with their shields after winning the BWF World Tour Finals in Bali.

Super-duo Dechapol and Sapsiree smash Thai badminton back to top of the world

Thailand underlined its status as a global badminton power on Tuesday (Dec 7), when Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai claimed the mixed doubles No 1 throne in the latest rankings…

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A visitor to the Shougang Park walks past the a sculpture for the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. China on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Djokovic says he ‘fully’ supports WTA’s China decision over Peng

Madrid (AFP) – World number one Novak Djokovic said he supports “fully” the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend its tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of female player…

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Ronaldo pays tribute to ‘outstanding human’ Solskjaer after sacking

Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute on Monday to “outstanding human being” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian was sacked as Manchester United manager. Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford in August,…

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Manchester United’s Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League group F football match between Atalanta and Manchester United at the Azzurri d’Italia stadium, in Bergamo, on November 2, 2021. His club is among an increasing number of Premier League teams being affected by a new surge of COVID-19 (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Man Utd lean on Ronaldo to prove Man City’s missed opportunity

Manchester (AFP) – Manchester United are relying on Cristiano Ronaldo to show Manchester City what they missed out on when they meet at Old Trafford on Saturday with both sides in…

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Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, Cai Qi, lights the cauldron during the Olympic flame welcoming ceremony ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in the lobby of the Olympic Tower in Beijing on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Beijing marks 100 days to Winter Olympics amid COVID, rights concerns

BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – With 100 days until the start of the Winter Olympics, Beijing is promising a “simple and safe” 2022 Games – although preparations are anything but…

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Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, Cai Qi (R), holds the torch before lighting the cauldron during the Olympic flame welcoming ceremony ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in the lobby of the Olympic Tower in Beijing on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Winter Olympic flame arrives in Beijing after activists ramp up boycott calls

Beijing (AFP) – The Olympic flame arrived in China early Wednesday for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, following a ceremony in Greece overshadowed by protests over China’s human rights record. Beijing…

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Thailand to accelerate legal changes after being declared non-compliant with WADA anti-doping code

Thailand will try to speed up the amendment of anti-doping laws, possibly by issuing an executive decree, to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2021 code, said Sports Authority…

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In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, empty seats during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle, England. English Premier League club Newcastle was taken over by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 after a protracted takeover. The takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund initially collapsed last year over concerns about how much control the kingdom’s leadership would have in the running of Newcastle amid concerns about Saudi human rights abuses and the pirating of sports rights. (Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via AP, File)

Premier League club Newcastle bought by Saudi sovereign fund

LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund completed a buyout of Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday, giving hope to fans dreaming of a first title in almost a…

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Can ‘Madame Football’ revive sinking fortunes of Thailand’s national team?

After the Thai men’s team capped years of poor form by again failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has decided to bring…

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File photo / Red Bull’s Alexander Albon celebrates on the podium after finishing in third place in the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Nov 29, 2020./ Reuters

Motor racing-Albon returns to F1 with Williams, Latifi confirmed

(Reuters) – Red Bull-backed Thai racer Alex Albon will return to Formula One next season as a Williams driver alongside Canadian Nicholas Latifi, the British-based former champions announced on Wednesday. Albon, 25, has…

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Fireworks illuminate over National Stadium viewed from Shibuya Sky observation deck during the closing ceremony for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo’s 8-year Olympic saga

TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The…

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Ronaldo says Ferguson is key to Manchester United return

Manchester (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his relationship with former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson played the key role in convincing the Portuguese to return to Old Trafford. Ferguson retired as boss…

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Barcelona’s departing Argentinian forward Lionel Messi arrives with his family to board a plane at El Prat airport in Barcelona on August 10, 2021. – France is waiting impatiently for Lionel Messi with supporters gathering outside Paris Saint-Germain’s ground hoping to see the Argentine who is expected to join the Qatar-owned club after his exit from Barcelona. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Messi’s father tells Spanish media his son is joining PSG

Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s father told Spanish media Tuesday that his son will join Paris Saint-Germain. Asked by reporters at Barcelona’s El Prat airport if the Argentine star would later…

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Olympics-Tokyo hands Olympic flag to Paris, prepares to douse its flame

Tokyo handed its Olympic flag to the mayor of Paris on Sunday, setting the stage for the next Games in 2024 at a closing ceremony that featured park scenes of both cities,…

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Pandemic-era Olympics ‘proved doubters wrong’

Britain’s Olympic chief has told AFP the staging of the Tokyo Games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has proved the doubters wrong while a former IOC executive claims…

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End of an era: Barcelona says Messi won’t stay with the club

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi’s time at Barcelona appears to be over. Barcelona announced Thursday that Messi will not stay with the club, saying that the Spanish league’s financial regulations…

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, screams during a match against Jack Sock, of the United State, at the Citi Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nadal makes triumphant return in three-set thriller

Washington (AFP) – Rafael Nadal made a triumphant return from a two-month layoff on Wednesday but aggravated a foot injury and needed a third-set tie-breaker to outlast American Jack Sock and…

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From left, silver medal Daniele Garozzo of Italy, gold medal Ka Long Cheung of Hong Kong and bronze medal Alexander Choupenitch of the Czech Republic celebrate on the podium of the men’s individual Foil final competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hong Kong investigates China anthem booing during Olympics broadcast in mall

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into booing of China’s national anthem in a shopping mall broadcasting live the city’s first…

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Panipak Wongpattanakit during the women’s 49kg taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Kicking back with Panipak, Thailand’s Olympic Taekwondo queen

Panipak Wongpattanakit has etched her name in history as the first Thai woman to win an Olympic gold medal with a kick. Crowned the Taekwondo champion after scoring a last-minute…

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Japan’s Momiji Nishiya celebrates after performing a trick on her way to win the skateboarding women’s street final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Japan’s Nishiya, 13, first women’s Olympic skateboard champion

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest individual Olympic champions in history when she won the inaugural women’s skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330 days…

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(Photo by Taekwondo Association of Thailand)

Choi Young Seok, the “Thai” coach who won Thailand its first Olympic gold medal in Taekwondo

Behind every successful man is a supportive (albeit sometimes grumpy) woman, but behind the Olympics gold medal success of taekwondo heroine Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit is a South Korean man who…

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Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit holds a gold medal during medal ceremony for the women’s 49kg taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Panipak wins taekwondo’s 49kG gold medal for Thailand

On a day of many upsets, Thailand’s taekwondo flyweight queen Panipak Wongpattanakit did not disappoint in the end, winning her first Olympic gold by a hair on Saturday (July 24)…

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Fireworks illuminates over National Stadium during the opening ceremony of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Amid fireworks, Tokyo’s opening ceremony begins

With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. It began with a single female athlete at the center of…

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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Italian rider Valentino Rossi (L), Team Suzuki Ecstar Spanish rider Joan Mir (C) and Team Suzuki Ecstar Spanish rider Alex Rins (R) compete during the MotoGP race for the Thailand Grand Prix at Buriram International Circuit in Buriram on October 6, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai MotoGP cancelled again due to COVID concerns

(AFP) – MotoGP announced on Wednesday that this year’s Thai Grand Prix has been cancelled, for a second straight season, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race was scheduled for…

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A steward watches from the empty grandstands during the softball game between Japan and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Fukushima, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Japan tops Australia in softball as delayed Olympic Games open

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Host Japan got off to a winning start when the Tokyo Olympics got underway after a one-year delay, beating Australia 8-1 Wednesday in softball behind 39-year-old…

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Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Final – Italy v England – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 England’s Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho prepare to come on as substitutes Pool via REUTERS/Carl Recine

England’s Black players face racial abuse after Euro 2020 defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – Black players in the England soccer team have been subjected to a storm of online racist abuse after their defeat in the final of Euro 2020, drawing wide condemnation from the squad’s manager Gareth Southgate along with…

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Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini raises the European Championship trophy during the presentation after Italy won the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Italy win Euro 2020 final on penalties to wreck England party

Italy wrecked England’s Euro 2020 party at Wembley on Sunday, winning the final on penalties to plunge the host nation into despair and prolong their 55-year wait to win a…

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(Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

Messi ends trophy drought as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa

Superstar Lionel Messi won his first trophy with his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final on…

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Scaffoldings for the spectator seats are seen at Aomi Urban Sports Park, ahead of the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Olympics bans spectators after Tokyo declares COVID-19 emergency

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo Olympics will take place without spectators, organisers said on Thursday, as a resurgent pandemic forced Japan to declare a coronavirus state of emergency for the capital that will run throughout the event….

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(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2021 shows a torch bearer (C) running past spectators with the Olympic torch during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Torch Relay in Yaizu, Shizuoka prefecture. – The Olympic torch relay has been scrapped on Tokyo’s public roads, officials announced on July 7, 2021, as virus concerns continue to plague the Games just over two weeks before they begin. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Tokyo scraps Olympic torch relay legs in capital

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) – The Olympic torch relay has been scrapped on Tokyo’s public roads, officials announced Wednesday, as virus concerns continue to plague the Games just over two weeks…

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Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Group D – England v Scotland – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – June 18, 2021 Scotland fans celebrate after the match Pool via REUTERS/Frank Augstein

Euro 2020 crowds driving rise in COVID-19 infections, says WHO

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Crowds at Euro 2020 football stadiums and in pubs and bars in host cities are driving the current rise in coronavirus infections in Europe, the World Health…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organising Committee president Seiko Hashimoto arrives at a news conference after a meeting with a local municipalities working group hosted by the government in Tokyo on June 23, 2021. (Photo by ISSEI KATO / POOL / AFP)

No booze, no autographs: Tokyo 2020 unveils fan rules with a month to go

No alcohol, no hugs, no cheers and no autographs: Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled tough new rules for spectators at the pandemic Games on Wednesday, as they marked one month until…

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(L-R) Germany’s defender Marcel Halstenberg, forward Timo Werner, defender Robin Gosens, midfielder Kai Havertz, midfielder Joshua Kimmich and defender Robin Koch warm up during an MD-1 training session at the team’s base at the Adi Dassler stadium in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on June 22, 2021, on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match against Hungary. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

UEFA refuses to light Munich stadium in rainbow colours for Germany-Hungary match

UEFA’s decision to block plans by Munich to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for the Germany-Hungary Euro 2020 match was met on Tuesday with defiance in the Bavarian…

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UEFA EURO 2020 opening ceremony (Photo by Andrew Medichini / POOL / AFP)

PM concerned over illegal gambling during Euro 2020 soccer tournament

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over an increase in illegal gambling by Thais during the month-long UEFA European Soccer Championship, or Euro 2020. The prime minister had…

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A view of the stadium prior to an Italian national team training session ahead of Friday’s Euro 2020, group A soccer match against Turkey, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Euro 2020 opening marks return of mega-scale sports events

Postponed by a year, the biggest sporting event since the coronavirus brought the world to a halt kicks off Friday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, a milestone both for…

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This photograph taken late December 10, 2019 shows Vietnamese fans celebrating on the streets in Hanoi following Vietnam’s victory over Indonesia in the men’s football final match at the SEA Games. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam to postpone SEA Games until next year

Vietnam plans to postpone this year’s Southeast Asian Games, state media said Wednesday, as the country grapples with a new virus outbreak. The regional Olympics are due to be held…

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Half of Japanese think Olympics will go ahead whether they want or not: poll

Half of the Japanese public think the Olympics will take place this summer whether they want it to or not, a survey by Yomiuri daily newspaper showed on Monday, less…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games decoration board bearing illustrations of Games logo and mascot in Tokyo. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test: report

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed into venues, a Japanese newspaper report said Monday. Cheering, eating, high-fives, and drinking…

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig during their women’s singles first round tennis match on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2021. (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)

Osaka threatened with French Open disqualification over media boycott

Naomi Osaka has been threatened with disqualification from the ongoing French Open by Grand Slam organizers if she continues her media boycott at Roland Garros. “We have advised Naomi Osaka…

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Chelsea’s German coach Thomas Tuchel celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match at the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. (Photo by SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP)

Pupil beats the master as Chelsea’s Tuchel gets the better of Guardiola

Five months after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lifted the Champions League as he got the better of Pep Guardiola once more to keep Manchester City waiting for…

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Chelsea’s Kai Havertz celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League final soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Jose Coelho/Pool via AP)

Kings of Europe: Chelsea beats City to win Champions League

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — As Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta cradled the European Cup before thrusting it into the air to the backdrop of fireworks, Pep Guardiola and his distraught Manchester…

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning against Jennifer Brady of the US during their women’s singles final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 20, 2021. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

French Tennis Federation says Osaka’s press conference boycott a ‘phenomenal error’

Naomi Osaka’s decision to boycott press conferences at Roland Garros was blasted as a “phenomenal error” by the head of French tennis on Thursday who said the Japanese star’s move…

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Most Japan firms say Olympics should be cancelled or postponed, poll shows

Nearly 70% of Japanese firms want the Tokyo Olympics either cancelled or postponed, a Reuters survey found, underscoring concerns that the Games will increase coronavirus infections at a time when…

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Patty Tavatanakit with the ANA Inspiration trophy. (Photo by LPGA)

The driving passion of Patty Tavatanakit – golf’s next global superstar     

As a young girl, Paphangkorn Tavatanakit watched golf legend Tiger Woods on TV and told her dad “That’s who I want to be.” Her dream of golf superstardom came true…

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Thai court sentences 15 people to up to 5 years for 2017 soccer match-fixing

Fifteen people in Thai League soccer circles, including a former referee, a former linesman, a former soccer club manager, former players and others, were sentenced to prison terms of 1…

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FILE PHOTO: Athletics – 2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships – Arena Torun, Torun, Poland – March 7, 2021 General view of athletes during the women’s 4×400 relay final REUTERS/Lukasz Szelag

World Athletics makes new equality pledges to mark International Women’s Day

LONDON (Reuters) – World Athletics has marked International Women’s Day with a series of pledges to “further advance the role of girls and women” in the sport under the campaign…

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Muay Thai to make debut at European Games 2023

Muay Thai, the popular kickboxing martial art and combat sport, regarded as Thailand’s national sport, will be a competitive event at the European Games, in Kraków, Poland in June 2023,…

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NBA All-Star Game to go ahead amid COVID-19 pandemic

The NBA will hold the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7 despite a number of top players expressing concerns about staging an exhibition game amid the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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FIFA chief Gianni Infantino gestures during an interview in the Qatari capital Doha on February 11, 2021 ahead of the Club World Cup final. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)

Infantino says Covid measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said for the first time Thursday coronavirus containment measures could still be in place during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but he insisted stadiums would…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner in Tokyo on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Biden: “Remains to be seen” if US will send team to Olympics

US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team to the pandemic-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a radio interview in…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 28, 2021 shows Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon hitting a shot against India’s PV Sindhu during their women’s singles match at the World Tour Finals badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon downs Indian star PV Sindhu

Former world number one Ratchanok Intanon landed a crucial victory over Indian star PV Sindhu at badminton’s World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday. It was a double victory for Thailand’s…

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The Olympic Rings are lit up on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Olympic chief Bach to respond to Tokyo Games fears

With the coronavirus pandemic threatening the holding of the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach is expected on Wednesday to set out how a “safe” Games could be organised…

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This photo taken and released on January 24, 2021 shows Spain’s Carolina Marin celebrating after the women’s singles final match where she beat Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying at the Toyota Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND / AFP)

Marin and Axelsen claim back-to-back badminton titles in Bangkok

Spain’s Carolina Marin and Viktor Axelsen from Denmark on Sunday claimed their second Thailand Open badminton singles titles in a fortnight. Axelsen was a commanding force against his compatriot Hans-Kristian…

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Thai League soccer tournament to resume in February

Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has given the greenlight for the resumption of the Thai League soccer tournament, albeit with restrictions, tentatively in February. The decision to resume…

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Jonatan Christie of Indonesia hits a return against Anders Antonsen of Denmark during their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Fuzhou China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou in China’s eastern Fujian province on November 8, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie makes surprise Thailand Open exit

Indonesia’s seventh seed badminton player Jonatan Christie has been knocked out of the Thailand Open in a mesmerising high-intensity upset against India’s HS Prannoy, who hung on despite a late…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 10, 2021 shows an official wearing a face mask and shield while cleaning the net as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, ahead of the Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bubble badminton: tour returns behind closed doors in Bangkok

A wretched spell for badminton ends at this week’s Thailand Open, where players will emerge from hotel quarantine to restart the world tour in bubble conditions in Bangkok. The world’s…

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Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (L) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia pose with their gold medals on the podium after winning the men’s doubles final match at the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on January 20, 2019. (Photo by SADIQ ASYRAF / AFP)

Top-seeded ‘Minions’ out of Thailand badminton after positive test

Indonesia’s men’s doubles top seeds have been forced to pull out of next week’s Thailand Open badminton after one of them, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, tested positive for coronavirus, the Badminton World Federation…

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Momota positive for Covid-19, Japan to miss Thailand Open

Badminton world number one Kento Momota tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the withdrawal of all Japan’s players from this month’s Thailand Open, Japan’s Badminton Association said. “Momota has tested positive…

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Chen Yufei (L) and Chen Long of China attend a press conference ahead of the Thomas and Uber Cups badminton tournament in Bangkok on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand pledges ‘world’s safest’ badminton as China pull out

Thailand’s badminton chief pledged that next month’s restart tournaments will be the “safest in the world” after heavyweights China withdrew because of coronavirus restrictions. China’s pull-out blows a big hole…

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Lebron James (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Still The King: James wins AP Male Athlete of Year award

LeBron James told the world in 2020 that Black Lives Matter. He helped convince many who had never voted to finally head to the polls. He found more ways to…

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Liverpool have won the Premier League

Premier League return: the issues to resolve

Premier League football is set to return on June 17 after a three-month coronavirus-enforced absence.   Nothing realistically will stop Liverpool from being crowned English champions for the first time…

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(Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Italian PM wants ‘more guarantees’ before Serie A return

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday said he needs “more guarantees” before the green light can finally be given for the resumption of Serie A after a two-month lockdown…

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‘I struggled to breathe:’ Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he “struggled to breathe” after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.   The Argentine international announced last Saturday he…

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan.   The flame,…

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Japan’s Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Abe pledged Japan…

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English Premier League suspended until April 4

The English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 4 on Friday after a spate of coronavirus cases, including Arsenal manager MikelArteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. “Following a meeting…

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Thailand’s Amateur Weight-lifting Association committee quits over doping scandal

The executive committee of the Amateur Weight-lifting Association of Thailand has resigned en masse ”to show responsibility” after a former Thai Olympic bronze medallist told German TV that Thai weight-lifters…

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Fans gather to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant at a mural near Staples Center

Grieving Lakers return to training after Bryant’s death

The Los Angeles Lakers, reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant, “want to represent what Kobe was about” as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach Frank…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 06, 2008 Kobe Bryant of US attends a practice session at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. – NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, killing all nine people on board and plunging the sports world into mourning. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in helicopter crash

ALABASAS, Calif. (Reuters) — Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with…

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Sergio Aguero will die scoring goals according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the Argentine broke two more Premier League records at the weekend

Aguero breaks the record scoring goals in the Premier League

Sergio Aguero, fresh from breaking two more goalscoring records in Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa, will “die scoring goals”, according to proud Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.   The…

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger (centre) believed he was the victim of racist chanting during his side’s 2-0 win at Tottenham last month

Investigation finds no evidence of racial abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Rudiger

Tottenham confirmed on Monday that a club and police investigation has found no evidence of racial abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.   The German defender complained that he was…

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Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Saud, President of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority, speaking during a press conference in December about the 2020 Dakar Rally

Saudi uses sports ‘soft power’ as lever of influence

Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Dakar Rally this month is just the latest international sporting event to take place in the kingdom as part of a multi-billion-dollar push to boost…

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Football racism inquiry call after Spurs-Chelsea clash halted

The Professional Footballers’ Association called for a government inquiry into racism in football after Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win at Tottenham on Sunday was marred by alleged racist comments from…

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12-year old “Milk” wins world drone racing championship again

  12-year old Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong from Thailand has won the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final (women’s division) for the second year in a row. The competition…

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E-sports become a serious business

Once perceived as a mere recreational pastime, e-sports will be included in the multi-sport 30th SEA Games for the first time this year, reflecting growing popularity of e-sports which has…

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Kenya’s Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of…

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Japan wins the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship

In an energetic, almost two hour final against Thailand today (Sunday), Japan won the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by South Korea since August 18th. Japan opened the match…

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(Photo) Alexander Albon Ansusinha/F1 website

Alexander Albon to drive for Red Bull in Belgium

The Formula 1 website released the surprising news this afternoon (August 12th) that the Thai-British driver, Alexander Albon, will replace Pierre Gasly’s in the Red Bull team for the mid…

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Thailand wins 2 golds in Asian mountain bike race in Lebanon

Vipavee “Petch” Deekaballes, 28, has won a gold medal for Thailand in women’s individual 2.1 km downhill cycle racing with a time of 4.44.125 min, beating Sirapassorn Chardkamnerd, who won…

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‘I am fully committed to taking the Thai team to the World Cup’ – Akira Nishino

The new Head Coach of Thailand’s national football team, the ‘War Elephants’, spoke in public for the first time, at Friday’s media conference at the New Otani in Tokyo, following…

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(Photo) Akira Nishino/AFP

It’s now official – Akira Nishino appointed head coach

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) announced on its website on Wednesday (July 17th) that Mr. Akira Nishino, the former chief of Japan’s national football, has now been officially appointed…

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(Photo) Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer/REUTERS (Andrew Couldridge)

Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic to win fifth title

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth…

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(Photo) Simona Halep kisses the Venus Rosewater Dish/AFP

Halep stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on after Simona Halep stunned the off-key American 6-2 6-2 in a one-sided Wimbledon final…

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(Photo) Akira Nishino as Japan’s coach at World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Senegal – Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia – June 24, 2018/REUTERS (Max Rossi)

Nishino likely to become head coach of Thailand’s football team – Somyot

Speaking after watching the Bangkok-Sukhothai Thai league game at Thammasat Rangsit on Saturday night, Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung, president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), said that, if a…

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