Italian Open date announced, health rules set

Organizers of the Italian Open tennis tournament on Monday formally announced that the tournament will take place from September 14, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.

The new dates are more than four months later than its normal spot on the calendar.

The move was widely anticipated after the Madrid Open was canceled because of fears related to the pandemic. The Italian event will now precede the French Open by two weeks instead of one.

The Italian Open, which is held on clay courts, is a key tune-up event before the clay-court French Open, one of four Grand Slam tournaments.

In a Monday statement to media, sponsors, and other stakeholders, the Italian Open’s main sponsor said the event will be held with COVID-19 protocols in place, including those for social distancing in locker rooms and periodic disinfecting common areas.

The final will take place on Monday, September 21.

The Italian Open normally takes place during the second week in May, but the pandemic required the professional tennis calendar to be reshuffled, with several events suspended or reduced in scope.

The Italian Open plans to return to its normal spot on the calendar in 2021, assuming the pandemic is no longer a threat, with a May 9 start date already set.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova respectively won the men’s and women’s championships last year. Nadal went on to win the French Open later in May. 

CBA president Yao Ming -excited and nervous- about league resumption

CBA president Yao Ming speaks during an interview with Chinese Central Television on June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)  CBA president Yao Ming speaks during an interview with Chinese Central Television on June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)

Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) president Yao Ming said he felt both excited and nervous about the league’s imminent resumption on Thursday.

“I’m excited because I have seen the hope and possibility of going back to normal. But at the same time I feel nervous, because there are many factors beyond our knowledge. We are always concerned about some details that we haven’t paid attention to,” Yao said in an interview with China Central Television.

The Chinese basketball icon admitted he still felt apprehensive about the resumption, especially given the new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Beijing over the past few days.

“But I trust my team and all the clubs. As long as we execute as planned, it will be under control in our competition sites,” he commented.

“Some people have concerns. It’s understandable because they take families into consideration, and that’s what we are trying to figure out.”

China’s basketball league is set to resume on Saturday. Qingdao in east China’s Shandong province and the southern city of Dongguan in Guangdong province have been selected as hosts for upcoming matches that will be played behind closed doors.

“We have never experienced it before. But our expectations overshadow anxiety toward some unpredictable challenges,” Yao said.

With many overseas players unable to return due to current restrictions on international travel, more than half of the teams have chosen to play with all-domestic rosters.

“Overseas and domestic players are all participants in the CBA who aim to make the game more spectacular. Overseas players are a part of the league, but not all. What I focus on is the games’ quality,” Yao noted.

The format of competition will see winners of the round of 12 matches and quarterfinals decided through a single game, while semifinals and the final will adopt a best-of-three format.

“From a sporting point of view, lower-ranked teams will get more opportunities,” said Yao.

Despite setbacks faced by Chinese basketball in recent years, Yao said he has unwavering confidence in the “CBA 2.0” initiative, which aims to upgrade the image of the league.

“We need to upgrade our financial and legal system for the league’s sustainable development,” Yao concluded. 

Guangdong eases past Beijing Ducks for 29th straight win in CBA

  Jeremy Lin (L) of Beijing Ducks competes against Yi Jianlian of Guangdong Southern Tigers during a match between Beijing Ducks and Guangdong Southern Tigers at the 2019-2020 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, July 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Xulei)

Defending champions Guangdong Southern Tigers smashed the Beijing Ducks 101-82 in their last game of the 2019-20 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) regular season for a record-extending 29th straight victory here on Sunday.

“After CBA’s resumption, both of Beijing’s teams had two overseas players in their squads. Our opponents are quite strong, but we are very dedicated,” said Guangdong head coach Du Feng.

From an early 5-0 lead, Hu Mingxuan made consecutive jump shots to enlarge the gap to over 10 points with four minutes remaining in the first quarter where Guangdong led 25-14 after Zhao Rui succeeded in his three-pointer.

Zhao’s unsportsmanlike foul midway through the second quarter gave Jeremy Lin two free throws to narrow the margin to 10 points. Beijing pulled back 40-38 after Lin converted another pair of free throws, but Sonny Weems buried a three-pointer to set it 45-38 before the interval.

Guangdong kept their comfortable margin around 15 points in the third quarter and soared in the final period.

Zhou Peng’s jumper on Weems’ assist helped Guangdong lead at 83-63 before Weems scored later to create a game-high gap of 25 points to extinguish Beijing’s hope to reverse.

“It’s really a tough game. They are the defending champions and a strong team. We still have a lot to improve in our mentality and technical details. We are in a mid-level position, so I always tell players to fight for our best,” said Beijing coach Xie Libin.

Weems notched 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists for Guangdong, while Zhao added 18 points.

Lin and Wang Xiaohui each contributed 16 points for Beijing, whose 11-game winning streak was ended by the regular-season champions. Beijing sits fourth on the standings after the defeat.

A new wave of players to be ushered at Express Football Club

Some of Express’ expected new players include; Chrispus Kusiima and Denis Otim (goalkeepers), Michael Abel Eturude, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Yaya Mahad Kakooza, Charles Musiige, John Byamukama, Isaac Nsengiyunva, Isa Lumu, Baker Sakali, Arthur Kiggundu, Richard Bbosa, Dennis Mubuya, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Enoch Walusimbi and Uganda Cranes experienced defender Murushid Jjuuko

The pre-season epoch is that period that every football club optimally utilizes to rebuild ahead of the forthcoming grueling period.

Prior to the 2020-21 Uganda Premier League, six-time Uganda Premier League champions Express Football Club are also back to the famous drawing board.

The Red Eagles first secured head coach Richard Wasswa Bbosa who was accorded a three-year contract,a new CEO Isaac Mwesigwa and a communications manager Peter Tabu.

Bbosa and the management confirmed the release of several players, totaling to 18.

Now, the club has looked around the market and poached very well to beef up all the departments with crucial additions of players who are technically gifted.

The players in the box are; goalkeepers Chrispus Kusiima and Denis Otim, Michael Abel Eturude, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Yaya Mahad Kakooza, Charles Musiige, John Byamukama, Isaac Nsengiyunva, Isa Lumu, Baker Sakali, Arthur Kiggundu, Richard Bbosa, Dennis Mubuya, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Enoch Walusimbi and Uganda Cranes experienced defender Murushid Jjuuko.

Although Lwesibawa had reportedly handed over his passport to BUL and signed a pre-contract, Express is willing to fight over for the player.

The nitty gritty of Jjuuko’s transfer remain scanty since the player already had a valid and running contract with Moroccoan side Wydad Casablanca.

Perhaps, all the aforementioned players are subject to further scrutiny with medical examination before the final contracts will be handed and officially unveiled to the public.

Good enough, all these players are ambitious and focused, ready to fight for the treasured Express badge at all times with diligence under all working conditions.

The Express faithful now believes that this is the right squad assembled to compete favourably with the big boys KCCA, Vipers, SC Villa and URA for silverware.

Last season, the Red Eagles finished in 9th position with 31 points from 25 matches as the league was prematurely ended because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new football season will tentatively kick off on 19th October.

Taijul snatches victory for Tigers

A five-wicket haul by Taijul Islam followed by ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s record feat saw Bangladesh to take 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series beating visiting West Indies by 64 runs in the first Test held on Saturday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took him in a new height as he become the first player of Bangladesh to take 200 Test wicket also the fastest to complete the double of 3000 triggered the West Indies collapse along with Taijul Islam in the spin paradise wicket while The Caribbean were chasing a winning target of 204-run set by Bangladesh.

Visiting West Indies are in deep trouble when they lost their top four wickets inside 11 runs at in the first session of on the third day.Bangladesh spinner had their final say in a spinning-favored wicket as the the match ended in less than three days.

Shakib launched early inroad on West Indies innings sending back to opener Kieran Powell,who backed to the pavilion without disturbing the scoreboard.He then picked up the second wicket on the day dismissing Shai Hope who was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Taijul Islam also struck on West Indies innings picking up two wickets in the same over.West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase both trapped leg before wicket to Taijul islam,leaving West Indies in a deep trouble.

West Indies lost Shimron Hetmyer(27)when Mehidy Hasan struck again after the post lunch session.

Taijul Islam joined the party picking up the wickets of Roston Chase,Devendra Bishoo,Shane Dowrich and Kemar Roach to complete his six wickets haul.

The Sunil Ambris(43),Jomel Warrican(41)and Shimron Hetmyer(27)were the only three West Indies batsmen who able to reach the double figure in the face of tight bowling display by the Tigers’bowlers especially Taijul Islam.

Apart from Taijul Islam’s six wickets haul for 33 runs,Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan shared two West Indies’s wickets conceding 27 and 30 runs respectively.

Mominul Haque of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for hisa impressive batting performance.Earlier,Bangladesh resumed their second innings on the third day with overnight score at 55 for 5 and finally dismissed their second innings at 125 setting 204 runs winning target for West Indies.

Shannon Gabriel struck early on Bangladesh innings removing Mushfiqur Rahim(19)making him a clean bowled.

Mehidy Hasan(18)however added 37 runs for seventh wicket stand with Maumudullah to take the team past to hundred runs landmark before he fall to Devendra Bishoo.

After the departure of Mehidy Hasan,wickets fall like nine pin balls as Bangladesh lost their last four wickets in just 19 runs with Mahmudullah was thelast man to go for 31.

Devendra Bishoo was the pick of West Indies bowlers taking four Bangladesh wickets conceding 26 runs.He was well supported by Roston Chase who claimed three wickets giving away 18 runs.

Besides,Jomel Warrican bagged two wickets for 43 runs.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 1st innings–324 for all,Mominul 120,Kayes 44,Shakib 34,

Taijul 39 n.o,Naeem 26,Mehidy 22,Mithun 20,Jomel Warrican 2/62 and

Shannon Gabriel 4/70.

2nd innings–125 for all,Mahmudullah 31,Mushfiqur 19,Mehidy 18,Mithun

17,Soumya 11,Bishoo 4/26 and Roston Chase 3/18 and Jomel Warrican 2/43.

West Indies 1st innings–246 for all,Hetmyer 63,Dowrich 63,Roston 31,

Sunil 19,Powell 14,Nayeem 5/61,Shakib 3/43.

2nd innings–139 for all,Ambris 43,Warrican 41,Hetmyer 27,Taijul 6/33

Mehidy 2/27 and Shakib 2/30.

IPL 2020 likely to be held from September 26 to November 8

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Board of Cricket for Control in India has come up with a tentative schedule for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. The cricket body is likely to conduct the event from September 26 to November 7. It is also planning to shift the venue of the tournament to United Arab Emirates. However, the fate of the tournament is linked to the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled between October 18 and November 15.

A final call on the T20 world cup is expected to be taken at the online ICC Board meeting on Monday. BCCI is keenly awaiting ICCs decision, to be announced by 4 pm today. In case of postponement, BCCI is expected to set the ball rolling for IPL. Hosts Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Earl Eddings has already termed the idea of hosting T20 World Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic as “unrealistic”.

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“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” Eddings told reporters.

With India’s caseload also exceeding the 10 lakh mark, including more than 26,000 deaths, the Indian cricket body hopes to get a green-signal from the government of India to move the IPL outside India.

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“As of now, nothing has been decided.We are watching the situation very closely and keeping track as far as hosting of the IPL is concerned. We are exploring all options and some countries have offered to hold the IPL, UAE also. But we are going to wait and watch and will speak to the government. We will do whatever is in the best interest of the country and cricket, will discuss in IPL GC (governing council),” new agency ANI reported quoted BCCI official.

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Riverside Rugby League World Cup Fixture Revealed

Tonga v Cook Islands to be staged at the Riverside Stadium…

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament organisers have today revealed the much-anticipated fixture schedule for what promises to be the biggest and best World Cup in the history of the sport, as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams all compete at the same time in a major sporting first.

Tees Valley will be hosting a men’s RLWC2021 fixture, when Tonga take on Cook Islands at the Riverside Stadium. The match will take place on Sunday November 7 at 2.30pm.

In June, it was revealed that Tees Valley will be the team training base for Cook Islands men’s team.

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “This is a huge moment for the tournament and for fans in our host cities and towns as we reveal the full fixture schedule.

“The tournament has been gaining momentum over recent months and fans can now look forward to being part of this unique global event. With match dates and locations confirmed, the excitement will only intensify.

“RLWC2021 will bring together the very best that the sport has to offer, and you can see from the schedule that there is no end of world class, not-to-be-missed matches, across all three tournaments.

“It Is an exciting day for all our Rugby League fans and communities across England who will be proud and brilliant hosts to the travelling nations as together we deliver the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup to date.”

Middlesbrough FC Chief Financial Officer David Joyes said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Tonga and the Cook Islands to the Riverside Stadium. It’s the final game of the group stage and there is a real Polynesian rivalry between the two countries so it should be a cracking occasion.

“Being able to bring the Rugby League World Cup 2021 to Teesside is something we are incredibly proud of and we’re sure the people of the region will really get behind such a prestigious sporting event.”

With 61 fixtures over a six-week period the tournament will showcase a festival of world class sporting action. The dates, venues and kick-off times* for each of the three tournaments is now confirmed and available to view at

Please visit for more information, for details on how to sign up to receive ticket alerts and all the latest news first.

Long Time No See

On the 19th June @ 20:00

For the 1st round of eighth-final of ACL League Group Tournament in the season of 2019

Shanghai SIPG will compete against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in Shanghai Stadium

Long Time No See

History records between two teams

2016-09-13    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 5:0 Shanghai SIPG ( ACL)

2016-08-23    Shanghai SIPG 0:0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Shanghai SIPG

2019-06-14    Shanghai SIPG 0:2 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao ( CSL)

2019-06-02    Dalian Yifang 1:2 Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

2019-05-29    Shanghai SIPG 4:0 BJFC ( CFA Cup)

2019-05-26    Shanghai SIPG 2:1 Beijing Guoan ( CSL)

2019-05-21    Shanghai SIPG 5:0 Ulsan Hyundai ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

2019-06-15    IUFC 0:1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( K League)

2019-06-02    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 2:0 Sangju Sangmu Phoenix ( K League)

2019-05-29    Gangwon FC 2:3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( K League)

2019-05-26    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 4:1 Gyeongnam FC ( K League)

2019-05-21    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 0:0 Buriram United ( ACL)

Poster. Moving Forward

On the 17th September @ 18:30

The 2nd round of semi-final for AFC champion league in 2019

Shanghai SIPG will play against Urawa Red Diamonds

Eager to break through

Go for the battle without fearless

History records between two teams

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2017-10-18    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:0 Shanghai SIPG( ACL)

2017-09-27    Shanghai SIPG 1:1 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2017-04-11    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:0 Shanghai SIPG( ACL)

2017-03-15   Shanghai SIPG 3:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Shanghai SIPG

2019-09-13    Shandong Luneng 3:1 Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2019-08-20    Shanghai SIPG 0:2 Shandong Luneng ( CFA Cup)

2019-08-14    Shanghai SIPG 5:1 Tianjin Teda ( CSL)

2019-08-09    Guangzhou R&F 2:2 Shanghai SIPG Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

Previous five tournament result for Urawa Red Diamonds

2019-09-13    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:2 Cerezo Osaka ( J League)

2019-09-08    Kashima Antlers 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( League Cup)

2019-09-04    Urawa Red Diamonds 2:3 Kashima Antlers ( League Cup)

2019-09-01    Shonan Bellmare 1:1 Urawa Red Diamonds ( J League)

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

‘Stay inside, stay safe’: Ashwin uses ‘mankad’ moment to ask people to stay ‘inside’ during lockdown

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the nation to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, many cricketers supported his decision and urged the public to avoid all ‘non-essential’ travel and practice social distancing.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also came up with a cheeky post to urge everyone to stay inside their houses during the lockdown.

The 33-year-old cricketer, who has taken 365 wickets in Test cricket, shared a picture of him ‘mankading’ English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler in the Indian Premium League (IPL) 2019.

“Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it’s exactly been one year since this run out happened. As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens. Don’t wander out. Stay inside, stay safe! #21DayLockdown,” Ashwin wrote while sharing the picture on his social media accounts.

However, Ashwin had said that he didn’t do anything wrong and he was well within the laws of the game.

Butler was batting at 69 when he got out of the crease at the non-striker’s end and got mankaded by Ashwin. The Rajasthan Royals were 108 for two when Butler got out and with his dismissal, the team collapsed and the Royals lost the match by 14 runs.

Talking about the 21-day lockdown, PM Modi on Tuesday said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively, adding that saving lives is priority as of now.

PM Modi warned that if the citizens don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.