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European Super League will pour €400m into grassroots football, says new chief

Anas Laghari claims elite competition will reignite love of game and end ‘madness’ of big money transfersEuropean Super League: backlash builds against breakaway planThe Spanish banker who created the controversial new European Super League has promise…

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Formula One to stage inaugural Miami Grand Prix next year

Ten-year deal sealed for Hard Rock Stadium to host race Prospective 24-race season would be new recordFormula One has announced an agreement to stage a race in Miami from next season. A Miami Grand Prix has been in the pipeline for a number of years fo…

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Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘remains an option’ says top Japanese politician

Toshihiro Nikai’s comments are at odds with the united front presented by the Japanese governmentA senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said that cancelling the Tokyo Olympics “remains an option” if the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen.“If…

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The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?

With coronavirus surging in Japan and internationally, this summer’s Games are a risky prospectAs coronavirus swept the globe last spring, Japan portrayed the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until this summer as an opportunity as wel…

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Hideki Matsuyama masters Japan’s golfing nerves to lift pre-Olympic spirits

TV commentators ‘could hardly speak’ as 29-year-old becomes first Japanese man to win a majorHideki Matsuyama has recorded one of Japan’s greatest international sporting successes after winning the US Masters golf , months before Tokyo is scheduled to …

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Japan denies planning to prioritise Olympic athletes for Covid vaccine

Reports the government was considering the move have provoked outrage on social media See all our coronavirus coverageJapan’s government moved to cool a social media furore by saying it was not looking to prioritise Covid-19 vaccines for Olympic athlet…

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Trump and Carlson lead backlash as MLB pulls All-Star Game from Georgia

Former president calls on fans to ‘boycott baseball’Obama lauds MLB ‘for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights’Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson led rightwing backlash after Major League Baseball said it would not play its All-Star game in Georgia be…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s discarded armband raises €64,000 to help Serbian baby

Auction raises funds to help young Gavrilo DjurdjevicIncident happened after goal disallowed in 2-2 drawThe captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo angrily threw to the ground during Portugal’s World Cup qualifier in Belgrade last week has been sold t…

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Football teams retain home advantage with no crowd, study finds

Research carried out during Covid spectator bans suggests support is not a key factor in match resultsWhile football players sweat it out on the field, their supporters in the stadium shout and sing, giving those playing at home an advantage. When Covi…

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Could a Norway boycott of the Qatar World Cup change the future of football? | Håvard Melnæs

Football fans are asking leaders of the game difficult questions, and it all started with a club north of the Arctic Circle“Tromsø IL thinks it is time for football to stop and take a few steps back. We should think about the purpose of football and wh…

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No play, no pay: Covid drives Zimbabwe’s pros to unofficial football matches

Informal games are a lifeline while the Premier League is locked down, but at what risk to players?Sweaty and tired, the players tussle before the winning goal is scored on a red-dust pitch at the No 1 ground in Mufakose, a township west of Harare. The…

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Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar contracts Covid-19 as cases surge

Country reports highest daily infections level since OctoberCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageSachin Tendulkar has revealed that he has contracted coronavirus and has mild symptoms, as infections continued to surge in India…

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Germany players add support over human rights before Qatar World Cup

Joachim Löw backs team’s message before qualifying winFifa said it would not take action after initial Norway protestGermany’s players had made an important statement by displaying support for migrant workers building 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar o…

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins as sign of hope in Japan amid Covid curbs

Torchbearers ran through sparsely populated streets in Fukushima as large crowds and cheering were discouraged due to the pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe official countdown to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games has b…

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins as sign of hope in Japan amid Covid curbs

Torchbearers ran through sparsely populated streets in Fukushima as large crowds and cheering were discouraged due to the pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe official countdown to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games has b…

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organisers confirm overseas fan ban

‘Covid-19 situation in Japan … still very challenging’Overseas ticket holders will be refunded, organisers sayCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageNo overseas spectators will be permitted to attend this summer’s rearranged Olympic…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay legs could be cancelled if Covid rules broken

Organisers say spectators must stay distanced, wear masks and avoid loud cheeringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSections of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay could be scaled down or even cancelled if spectators lining the …

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IOC reveals China has offered vaccines to Tokyo and Beijing Olympic athletes

Thomas Bach confirms offer from Chinese Olympic CommitteeTokyo Games chief: no final decision made on overseas fansThe Chinese Olympic Committee has offered vaccine doses to be used for participants at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter …

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Italian volleyball club sues player for contract breach over pregnancy

Politicians and Olympics chief back Lara Lugli, who was fired and is now being sued after requesting back payAn Italian volleyball player who is being sued by her club for allegedly breaking her contract after becoming pregnant said she was being treat…

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Protesters demand ‘justice’ for Diego Maradona amid investigation into death

Maradona’s ex-wife and two daughters lead Buenos Aires rallyInvestigators assessing medical treatment of World Cup winnerProtesters took to the streets in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to demand what they say is “justice for Diego Maradona”. The football i…