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Kobe Bryant autograph on last game court piece hits auction block

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s autograph, on a hardwood section of the court where he played his last game, is on the auction block online and expected to fetch at least $500,000 next week. The four-panel floor piece, measuring 4 feet

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Thailand approves special visa for long-stay foreign tourists

BANGKOK: Thailand’s cabinet today approved in principle a special visa for foreign tourists to stay up to nine months in a bid to revive its tourism industry, which was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said a cabinet meeting chaired by

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World No. 1 Trump progresses at Snooker Championship League

LONDON: World No. 1 Judd Trump started the new snooker season with two wins and one draw on Sunday, progressing to the second stage of the Championship League from Group One, reported Xinhua news agency. Trump, 31, opened his play

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Ronaldo eight goals shy of Ali Daei’s world record

PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo is now eight goals away from reaching former Iranian striker Ali Daei’s world record of 109 men’s international goals, reported Xinhua news agency. On Tuesday night, Ronaldo scored two goals for Portugal, his 100th and 101st international

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Ref says had ‘no other option’ but to disqualify Djokovic

NEW YORK: US Open Tournament Referee Soeren Friemel said there was “no other option” but to disqualify world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today after he struck a line judge with a ball. A frustrated Djokovic swatted a ball to the back

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Ronaldinho released after 171 days in detention

BOGOTA: After nearly six months of house arrest in Paraguay, former soccer star Ronaldinho was granted liberty on Monday, reported Anadolu Agency. The ex-Barcelona forward and his brother, Roberto de Assis Moreira, were arrested for entering the country with false

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Atletico Madrid announce two positives for COVID-19 on eve of trip to Lisbon

MADRID: Atletico Madrid confirmed on Sunday evening that two members due to travel to Lisbon on Monday for the quarterfinals of the Champions League had tested positive for coronavirus, reported Xinhua news agency. The club did not confirm whether the

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Bolt becomes father for first time

JAMAICA: Athletics great and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and his long-time girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed their first child on Sunday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed in a congratulatory tweet on Monday. Jamaica’s Bolt, who holds world records in

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Aidil monitors Kedah players’ fitness via video calls

KUALA LUMPUR: Kedah head coach, Aidil Sharin Sahak today said that he will make video calls with his players four times a week to monitor their fitness level throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, aimed to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak. The

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Hammer thrower Jackie Wong first national athlete tested positive for COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR: National hammer thrower Jackie Wong Siew Cheer is the first national athlete to test positive for COVID-19, according to the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF). Its president, Datuk SM Muthu today said the national record holder was confirmed positive

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