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IOC chief Bach says there is no plan B for Tokyo Olympics

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International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach voiced confidence Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead this summer, saying there is "no plan B" even as doubts grow amid a sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases in the Japanese capital and elsewhere. "We have at this moment, no reason whatsoever to… Read

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Tokyo Olympics may be too big a gamble, Japanese virus experts say

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As embattled Tokyo Olympics organizers enter the final six months of preparations for the delayed Games on Saturday, virus experts believe hosting the world's biggest sporting event may be too big a gamble. The Olympics are due to start on July 23 but with much of Japan in a state… Read

SOCCER

Liverpool home run ended by shock Burnley defeat

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Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield came to a stunning end as Ashley Barnes's late penalty earned Burnley a 1-0 win on Thursday. Jurgen Klopp's men have now failed to win in five consecutive league games to see their title defense collapse as they remain six… Read

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Some athletes shelving Olympic bids amid delayed Tokyo Games

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it’s, well, a long way from Tipperary. Too long for Dean Gardiner, especially with a new baby and full-time university courses. The Irish super heavyweight boxer tried to endure the grind of traveling and training for another shot at the Olympics, but he's called it a career. The four-time Irish… Read

TENNIS

World number one Barty to end year-long absence in Adelaide

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World number one Ashleigh Barty will make her first top-level tennis appearance in nearly a year when she joins a star-studded exhibition in Adelaide this month, organizers said on Thursday. Australia's Barty, who has remained top of the rankings despite not playing since last February, joins a field which also… Read

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Tokyo unwavering on Olympics but fans not guaranteed: CEO

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Tokyo Olympics organizers are "unwavering" on holding the coronavirus-delayed Games this year but can't rule out staging it without spectators, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told AFP. In an interview ahead of the Games' six-month countdown, Muto conceded people are "anxious" as virus cases soar worldwide, including in Japan where… Read

SOCCER

What has gone wrong in Liverpool's title defense?

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After romping to a first league crown for 30 years last season, Liverpool are suffering a hangover in their title defense as Jurgen Klopp's men have gone four games without a Premier League win for the first time since 2017. The champions find themselves down in fourth with Klopp claiming… Read

SCCER

Man United beats Fulham 2-1; back atop Premier League

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Paul Pogba scored a long-range winner for the second time in a week as Manchester United came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 and move back to the top of the Premier League on Wednesday. Pogba created space for himself just outside the corner of the penalty area and bent… Read

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Man City breaks down Villa's resistance to win 2-0

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Bernardo Silva finally broke Aston Villa’s resistance by scoring off Manchester City’s 36th effort at goal before Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty sealed a 2-0 victory on Wednesday that extended the winning run of the Premier League’s form team to six matches. An end-to-end match in which City lost Kevin De Bruyne… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic hits back at criticism over Australian Open quarantine stance

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World number one Novak Djokovic on Wednesday hit back at criticism of his letter to Australian Open chief Craig Tiley in which he suggested easing of quarantine restrictions, saying his good intentions were "misconstrued". As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable… Read

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