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UFC: Racism row - How far is too far when insulting a rival?

Sport|: Dubai: Boxers and MMA fighter are not known to mince their words and it has been suggested that you take their often venomous comments with a pinch of salt. Rather a handful of salt. Fans of combat sports love to see a black eye, bloody noses and mangled legs. But more than that they love the trash talk in the build up a fight and the vitriol rivals pile on each other with. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Ireland’s Conor McGregor is the undisputed king of trash talk and some of his insults have become stuff of legend. For when he’s not knocking out opponents in the Octagon or getting in a ruckus with unsuspecting individuals at a restaurant, it appears that McGregor is busy trawling through social media sites to post a slew of insults on other MMA fighters’ twitter or Instagram accounts. Sure, we all love to devour this and pretend that its part and parcel of the sport, something that adds a bit of Tabasco to the dog-eat-dog nature of MMA. UFC: The President’s man Colby Covington delivers a knockout UFC: Donald Trump man Colby Covington crying for blood Abu Dhabi welcomes epic ‘Return To UFC Fight Island’ MMA: Strong Arab flavour at UAE Warriors 13 in Dubai How far can fighters go in insulting each other is the question that is being asked after the latest controversy to hit MMA. Many are labelling comments made by Colby Covington following his recent defeat of Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11 as racist. Covington called the former champion “a communist” and “a Marxist,” and also hit out at Black Lives Matter, saying the movement “is standing up for lifelong criminals” and it’s “a complete sham” and “a joke”. Was he out of line? Covington did not stop there, later after the fight he took aim at Kamaru Usman, who was working on the broadcast that night. After receiving a call from President Donald Trump on the air following his massive win over Woodley, Covington found it was time to insult Usman, a Nigerian native living in America. “Who did you get a call from? Did you get a call from your little tribe? Did they give you some smoke signals for you?” Covington shouted. “You’re a joke, Marty Fakenewsman!” Jamaican-British mixed martial artist Leon Edwards was so agitated that he promised to take out the “racist scumbag”. Edwards told MMA Fighting that facing Covington in the Octagon will give him the chance resolve the issue even if the UFC chose to remain silent and not censure the American for his actions. “That’s what got me — the UFC has said nothing about it,” Edwards said. “ESPN has said nothing about it. Letting it flow like it’s a normal thing to say and do. He’s calling Woodley a terrorist because of Black Lives Matter! All these statements he’s making is racist. There’s no other way to go around it.” UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who is set to fight Brazilian Paula Costa at UFC 253 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, thinks the problem is more deep rooted. “It just shows you the landscape of the media, what it is right now,” Adesanya said when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I made a joke about dropping [Yoel] Romero like the Twin Towers and everyone lost their mind, even if I said it was a joke and it was pretty funny, but people took it as I was being offensive and digging — but I was making a joke. “This guy has directly insulted my culture, my brother and many other cultures and stuff and no one says anything. But it just shows you a mirror. Shows you a mirror to you guys. So yeah, I don’t really care. Kamaru Usman broke his jaw.” Several other fighters like Hakeem Dawodu, UFC women’s bantamweight contender Sijara Eubanks also took strong exception of Covington’s behaviour. “It is America, and everybody can say what they want, but to be fair, I think guys that talk like Mike Perry and Colby Covington, I think a lot of things they say are racist and disgusting,” she said. “Like let’s be real, it’s racist. He’s calling the guy a Marxist and a Communist, and he’s saying that he’s un-American. Like if you’re born in this country, you’re American. I don’t give a damn. If you were born in this country, I don’t care what your background is, what your race is, what your socioeconomic status is, you’re an American and that’s it.” Interestingly, there is a school of thought that Covington was just playing the bad man to support the UFC fan base, which in turn results in higher paydays, bigger television ratings and better opportunities for his career. But where do you draw the line, and how far can you go to making racist remarks, even if you did not really mean it?

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Alex Carey looking to hone T20 sweep skills with Rishabh Pant

IPL|: Dubai: Alex Carey, the dashing Australian wicketkeeper-batsman in white ball cricket, is relishing the prospect of sharing the dressing room with fellow professional Rishabh Pant in the Delhi Capitals camp for the next one and-a-half months. “Rishabh and I spoke when we played the ODI series in India earlier this year. So, I met him back then and said how excited I was to join him. We haven’t had many training sessions together but we’ve got a couple of months now to catch a lots of balls and play some reverse sweeps, some slog sweeps together. He’s got a lot of energy, and is a great guy to get along with so I’m really excited about that,” said the Australian, who watched from the dugout as Delhi pulled off that sensational Super Over win against Kings XI Punjab last Sunday. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in pictures UAE: Cricket fans watch Delhi Capitals face off against Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 in UAE: Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Rajasthan Royals defeat Chennai Super Kings in pictures It’s been a hectic month for the Australian and England cricketers, who completed a T20I and ODI series of three matches each before hopping into a chartered flight commissioned by the franchise owners to reach Dubai late on September 17. Speaking on the prospect of playing in the IPL in the new normal, Carey told the team website: “It’s a different situation to be in and to be able to come over here (UAE) and play, to have the IPL go ahead is an amazing feeling. For that, we thank the players - thank everyone for putting things together for us. When we were in England, we had a bubble life there, which went really well. Faith on Rabada “From there, we jumped on the plane the day after the game (against England) and stayed in Dubai in our hotel bedrooms for the next 24 hours and got our COVID tests done. We were prepared to do anything to come here and to be able to play. The tournament has started so well for us and with another game just around the corner against CSK, hopefully big Stoiney (Marcus Stoinis) can continue his great form,” he added. Witnessing his first-ever IPL game as a player even though he was on the bench, Carey said he had full confidence in Kagiso Rabada, who put up a remarkable show with the ball to muzzle Punjab in the Super Over. “It was my first IPL game and also my first Super Over, so that was a new experience as well. I suppose we went into the Super Over with a bit of momentum and managed to steal the game then. I had full confidence in Rabada, I have faced him a few times, so I was sure that he was going to nail his yorkers, which he has done a few times to me. He was incredible,” Carey said. “For him (Kagiso Rabada), firstly to get KL (Rahul) out was a big wicket, and then to nail a fast yorker to take apart the off stump from the ground was pretty exciting,” said the 29-year-old. “It was a really great feeling to start off with a win, and I think you make really good friendships in a short amount of time when you win such games together,” Carey added. Delhi Capitals take on Chennai Super Kings in their second game at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

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IPL in UAE 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore move into contention among favourites

IPL|: Dubai: Now that all eight teams have opened their campaigns in this year’s Indian Premier League in the UAE, let’s see which team, or teams, have impressed the oddsmakers the most and who have failed to do so. Only defending champions and four-time winners Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings — three-time victors in the T20 event — have played two matches each, both registering one win and one loss. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab The remaining six have had just the one outing as of Wednesday, September 23 with Kings XI Punjab, Hyderabad Sunrisers and Kolkata Knight Riders all ending up on the losing side. Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have never won the IPL since it was launched in 2008, appear to have caught the eye of the international oddsmakers the most, and have been pushed up from the lower half of the table to join CSK and Hyderabad Sunrisers as second favourites at odds of 5/1 to 11/2. RCB defeated Sunrisers by 10 runs in a tight match but there was a lot to like about the way the team played overall, something which the bookmakers also like. First-ever forum for Asian para-athletes IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals already at par with 2019 revenue, say owners Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy launches anniversary challenge Dubai Sports Council confirms commitment to develop Emirati coaches However, they remain committed to keeping Mumbai at the head of the markets at a best-price 4/1, the same odds at which they were quoted at before the start of the tournament a lot having to do with their vastly improved showing against Kolkata Knight Riders, who they comprehensively beat by 49 runs on Wednesday. It was a big improvement to their five-wicket loss to CSK in their campaign opener on the first day of the tournament on September 19. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s classy knock of 80 is the highest so far in the tournament and has helped him overtake Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli at the top of the top batsmen market. Generally, the IPL remains a very attractive betting proposition with players still looking for trends and pointers to shorten odds or extends offers on teams who look weaker. Latest OddsIPL 2020 winner Mumbai Indians 4Chennai Super Kings 11/2Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2Delhi Capitals 6Hyderabad Sunrisers 13/2Kolkata Knight Riders 8Rajasthan Royals 9Kings XI Punjab 12Source: Oddschecker

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals already at par with 2019 revenue, say owners

IPL|: Dubai: Delhi Capitals, the re-christened IPL franchise and one of the serious title-contenders in the 13th edition in the UAE, is already a winner off the field - according to the team management. A staement says the Delhi-based franchise has already matched it’s 2019 revenue. They already have 16 partners, including title sponsors JSW Group and went on a signing spree with multiple brands across different categories including Ebix Cash, APL Apollo, Acko General Insurance, Colgate, Livinguard, Nissin and OK Credit ahead of the tournament. The franchise has also signed licensing associations with leading brands like Kotak for credit and debit cards, Boat for music accessories and Fancode for merchandise and deeper fan engagement. Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO Delhi Capitals, said: “The combination of the most highly awaited edition of the IPL, along with Delhi Capitals’ strong squad has inspired a lot of confidence in the market and made our franchise an ideal avenue for Indian and International brands that are looking to associate with a young and dynamic team. We are thankful to all our partners. Their support further motivates us to clinch the title.” Brand Finance, a well known brand valuation consultancy, concluded in it’s IPL review last year that the Delhi-based franchise witnessed the highest growth in brand valuation in 2019. Despite initial commercial uncertainties surrounding this edition of the IPL, early signs indicate an even more successful 2020 as the team’s jersey branding assets have acquired equal or higher value than in 2019. In another first, the team also announced Livinguard as its Hygiene Partner, ensuring safety of the players on and off the field, while also encouraging adherence to health and safety protocols to battle the virus. The team’s association with Indian innerwear brand Bodycare, also sees them support the message of body positivity and shed light on pertinent issues like body shaming prevalent in society.

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Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy launches anniversary challenge

Dubai: The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy has launched a unique ‘10 Million Steps Challenge’ to mark its 10th anniversary. The challenge will be a virtual event that will allow participants the freedom to log in their steps from wherever they are. So the steps for the challenge can be calculated either in the comfort of one’s home, or in the gym, or through walks in the park and even while visiting a mall. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab The main goal and thrust of the initiative is to reach 10 million steps together under the #WeCanDoIt platform. Participants are urged to share their steps with the organisers on the #WeCanDoIt handle, irrelevant of the number of steps that have been logged in by the individual. The steps must then be uploaded on the link available on various FBMA social media platforms or on the official website (www.fbma.ae). The main goal behind having this challenge is to encourage residents in the UAE to be more active on a daily basis while making fitness a part of their lifestyle. All participants reaching 10,000 steps for 10 days in-a-row you will automatically enter a raffle draw and stand the chance of winning exclusive prizes. This unique challenge is open to all and it is scheduled to kick-off from October 1 and go on until October 10.

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Dubai Sports Council confirms commitment to develop Emirati coaches

Dubai: The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has reaffirmed its commitment to development plans and programmes dedicated to supporting Emirati coaches, young sporting talents and academies, as well as sports at schools, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. Empowering Emirati coaches and developing young Emirati talents has been one of DSC’s primary focus since its inception and it has launched a number of programmes and initiatives over the years to meet those goals, and has achieved considerable success through optimal investment of resources. The DSC has organised a number of training workshops and seminars — in partnership with leading international federations and top stars — for their development and progress, and have opened many doors of opportunity for them in Dubai clubs. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Over the years, the number of Emirati coaches at the Dubai clubs has steadily risen and today, 70 of the 130 coaches — or 54 per cent — working at the clubs are Emiratis. The initiative to empower and develop Emirati coaches started 10 years ago following directives from the then Chairman of DSC Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to appoint Emiratis as assistant coaches of the first teams at all clubs in Dubai. Following the decision, the Council launched programmes to identify and promote young Emirati coaches, and organised a number of workshops with top international coaches from countries such as France and Spain for their development. The DSC also opened doors for them to work as assistant coaches with the first team and to obtain advanced training certificates, which has allowed many of them take over the top position since. Today, 10 Emiratis, who have emerged from these programmes, hold professional training licence (Pro Licence) which allows them to train first teams, and seven of them are working with clubs outside Dubai and with different national teams. The DSC also made a decision to allow only Emiratis to helm reserve teams at Dubai clubs, and today the heads of all reserve teams are locals. Discovering talents Over the years, the DSC has also launched a number of initiatives to support the youth sector and organised training workshops, symposiums and international tournaments for different age groups like DSC Academies Championship, U13 Dubai Intercontinental Football Cup, Dubai International U16 Football Championships, Dubai International Junior Basketball Championship and Dubai International Junior Handball Championship, which allow Emirati youngsters to gain exposure and experience from playing against top club teams from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. To power the professional development of high-potential football talents at Dubai clubs, last year the DSC signed a partnership with du La Liga High Performance Centre (HPC), which will see two players from each of the four Dubai clubs — Al Nasr, Al Wasl, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Hatta — travel to Spain for Du La Liga HPC’s summer programme in Spain, where they will raise their level of play in competitive matches against the best La Liga youth clubs. The DSC has other similar programmes like the ‘Talent Development Programme’, the ‘Future You Programme’, the ‘Future Striker Programme’ and the ‘Future Goalkeeper Programme’. School Sports The DSC has also launched similar initiatives and programmes to encourage and promote sports in schools, which it sees as the base of the sporting pyramid in Dubai. The most notable of these initiatives is the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Order of Merit for Sports Education School, which seeks to encourage both public and private schools in the Emirate of Dubai to achieve both academic and sporting excellence, and nurture young sports talents. The aim of the Order of Merit is to improve the general health and vitality of school students; to promote healthy behaviours in the school community; to create a healthy, safe and sporting environment in schools; to develop sports services in schools; and to create the right environment for gifted young athletes to prosper and infuse them with the spirit of fair play.

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First-ever forum for Asian para-athletes

Dubai: The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced that the first-ever Athletes’ Forum for Asian para-athletes will be held on December 2-3. The two-day event has been timed to coincide with the International Day of People with Disabilities which falls on the closing day. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Athlete representatives from all of the 44 Asian National Paralympic Committees will be invited to participate and discuss topics covering a wide range of areas including information on future Games, increasing female participation in sports and preparing for post-competition careers. APC President Majid Rashid Al Usaimi, commented: “We have a clear vision to make for an inclusive Asia through para-sport and it is the athletes acting as role models who will drive this. We put them at the heart of our activity and therefore I’m delighted to announce the first ever Athlete Forum for our region. This will help our athletes be informed about key issues that can help them in their sporting careers and afterwards but also crucially it gives them a platform to share their views which will help us in our future decision making.” A number of expert speakers will take part to lead on the various topics and the APC Athletes’ Committee Chair Jeong Min-Lee (KOR) will act as a moderator supported by the other members of the Athletes’ Committee. Joeng spoke of his excitement at the upcoming event. “Since being elected, along with my fellow committee members, I have been working hard to connect athletes from across our region. Asia has some of the most sophisticated NPCs with proven track records of helping athletes to achieve success but also we have some of the most under-resourced NPCs which are much earlier in their stage of development. All athletes though share a common goal, to be the best that they can be and to support others to follow in their footsteps. So I’m really excited that we have this forum to connect us all, share our experiences and learn from one another.” The Forum is being supported by the Korea Paralympic Committee who, prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic had offered to host the meeting in Korea. Their President, Lee Myung-ho said: “Throughout my career as a para athlete and sport administrator, there has been one major mission – making athletes’ voice more effective in the governance of the Paralympic Movement. So, personally, what is more exciting about the Asian Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Forum 2020 is that this will be a great opportunity to actualize my lifelong mission at a much broader scale. This forum will become another communication channel for athletes to exchange their views and for APC to ensure that the athletes’ voice is heard. I am more than delighted that KPC will play a part in the first ever online APC Athletes’ Forum and hoping that this will lead us to a whole new phase in our region.” Registrations have already opened and the panel of speakers will be announced shortly.

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‘Not enough’: US athletes decry charges in Breonna Taylor shooting

Sport|: Miami: US sports figures who have used their platforms to back the Black Lives Matter movement and call for police reform reacted with dismay to the charges filed Wednesday in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor, an emergency room technician, was shot dead after three plainclothes policemen turned up at her door in the middle of the night to execute a search warrant. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab A grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, charged detective Brett Hankison with three counts of “wanton endangerment” over shots fired into adjoining apartments. Neither Hankison nor the two officers who fired the shots that killed Taylor were charged in direct connection with her death. “Something was done, but it wasn’t enough. Most guys thought it was definitely not enough,” Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green told reporters after the team trained in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida. Messages backing the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for police reform have been a hallmark of the league’s return to play in the wake of a coronavirus hiatus. “I’m devastated, hurt, sad, mad!” LeBron James wrote on Twitter. “We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbours apartment walls and not her beautiful life. “Was I surprised at the verdict. Absolutely not but I was & still am hurt and heavy hearted! I send my love to Breonna mother, family and friends! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!!” The play-offs were halted in the bubble for three days after Milwaukee Bucks players, shocked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, refused to take to the court and players on other teams backed their move. Green said NBA players would continue to try to find ways to promote the cause of racial justice and police reform. “It’s a tough one. We’re still trying to make the proper steps What happened today wasn’t enough. We felt, and I’m sure most people around the country felt the same.” ‘So demoralising’ Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke about the grand jury decision to The Athletic after his NBA team trained in California. “It’s just so demoralising. It’s so discouraging,” said Kerr. “I just keep thinking about the generation of American kids of any colour. Is this way the way we want to raise them? Is this the country we want to live in? There’s just so much violence and it’s demoralising when we can’t be accountable or hold anyone to account for it.” Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown wasn’t expecting Taylor’s killers to be indicted. “To be honest I wasn’t surprised by the verdict,” said Brown after Wednesday night’s playoff game. “This society, the way it was built, its intentions were to never protect and serve people of colour.” Dismayed reactions weren’t limited to the NBA. Megan Rapinoe, the trailblazing World Cup star and feminist icon who earned FIFA’s 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or after starring for the World Cup-winning United States called the decision “devastating.” “My heart is with the family of Breonna Taylor right now,” Rapinoe said on social media. “My god. This is devastating and unfortunately not surprising. Black and brown folk in this country deserve so much more.”

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Herro shines as Miami Heat hold off Boston Celtics for 3-1 lead

Sport|Americas|: Orlando: Rising star Tyler Herro scored a career high 37 points and Jimmy Butler chipped in 24 as the Miami Heat seized command of their Eastern Conference final series with a 112-109 win on Wednesday. The 20-year-old rookie Herro made five of 10 threes as Miami took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab The win moved them to within one victory of an NBA finals berth which they will try to secure in game five on Friday. Goran Dragic had 22 points, and Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, who rebounded from just their second loss of the postseason in game three. Cartoon from Satish: IPL 2020 in the UAE Actor Ryan Reynolds looking to invest in Welsh football club Wrexham IPL 2020 in UAE: How to solve a problem like Rohit Sharma on rampage? Atletico Madrid announce signing of Luis Suarez from Barcelona Jayson Tatum scored a team high 28 points, all coming in the second half, and Jaylen Brown had 21 for Boston, who were looking to win consecutive play-off games for the first time since the start of their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Kemba Walker scored 20, Gordon Hayward 14 and Marcus Smart had 10 points and 11 assists. Miami went on a 10-4 run at the end of the first half after Hayward hit a pair of free throws to tie the score 40-40 with 3:38 left in the second. In the second half, Herro nailed a three pointer with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Miami a 98-90 lead. Brown made a three pointer and Smart dropped in a layup to get the Celtics within three, but Dragic and Butler each made baskets to pad Miami’s lead. Dragic responded from beyond the arc and Herro added a layup to put Miami up by nine with 56 seconds left in regulation. Boston got within three again on a Brown three-pointer with 16 seconds to go, but free throws by Herro and Butler sealed the victory.

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COVID-19: Scottish Open golf to be played without fans

Golf|: Glasgow: The European Tour has scrapped plans to allow a limited number of fans to attend the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian next month due to the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions in the country. The Tour planned to allow 650 spectators per day for the Rolex Series tournament, which has been rescheduled from its usual July date to October 1-4. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab However, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced this week that additional restrictions aimed at halting the spread of the second wave of coronavirus outbreak would be imposed. “A robust and thorough plan had been put in place, in close collaboration with the Scottish Government, to welcome a limited number of spectators over the weekend,” the European Tour said in a statement. “However, in line with the consistent approach now being taken in Scotland and across the UK to pause pilot events, the tournament will now return to a closed-door model.” Cartoon from Satish: IPL 2020 in the UAE Actor Ryan Reynolds looking to invest in Welsh football club Wrexham IPL 2020 in UAE: How to solve a problem like Rohit Sharma on rampage? Atletico Madrid announce signing of Luis Suarez from Barcelona There have been no fans in attendance at any of the European or US PGA Tour events since professional golf resumed in June after the COVID-19 shutdown, with strict bio-secure protocols enforced at each of the tournament venues.

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Hat-trick for Havertz as Chelsea stroll in English League Cup

Football|: London: A hat trick for Kai Havertz. A debut for Thiago Silva. Things are slowly falling into place for Chelsea after their spending spree. After two underwhelming appearances in the English Premier League, Havertz — signed for $92 million from German club Bayer Leverkusen — announced himself in English football by scoring three goals in Chelsea’s 6-0 win over second-tier Barnsley in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday. SEE MORE Photos: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic to seal Tour de France title IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab The 21-year-old Germany international played in his favoured position behind the striker after being tried in various roles in the forward line so far by manager Frank Lampard. He looked more at home as a No. 10 and his finishing was assured, albeit against modest opposition. Thiago, meanwhile, lasted 61 minutes before being withdrawn by Lampard as the Brazil centre-back looks to build up match sharpness before a league debut, which could come at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Chelsea have spent more than $250 million on new players ahead of this season, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell also joining for big fees. Chilwell came on as a 66th-minute substitute against Barnsley for his debut, replacing Havertz, and set up the sixth goal scored by Olivier Giroud. Arsenal won 2-0 at Leicester in an all-Premier League matchup thanks to an own-goal and a late strike by Eddie Nketiah, while Everton, Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley and Fulham enjoyed victories over lower-league opponents. Newcastle routed fourth-tier Morecambe 7-0, with Joelinton scoring twice, while another Brazilian forward, Richarlison, netted two goals for Everton as Carlo Ancelotti’s side overwhelmed Fleetwood in a 5-2 away win. Brighton, Burnley and Fulham all won 2-0, against Preston, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively. Results TuesdayWest Bromwich 2 Brentford 2(Brentford win 5-4 on pens)Newport County 3 Watford 1West Ham United 5 Hull City 1Luton Town 0 Manchester United 3WednesdayPreston North End 0 Brighton 2Fulham 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0Millwall 0 Burnley 2Stoke City 1 Gillingham 0Morecambe 0 Newcastle United 7Leicester City 0 Arsenal 2Fleetwood Town 2 Everton 5Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

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IPL 2020 in UAE: How to solve a problem like Rohit Sharma on rampage?

IPL|: Dubai: A six-month break from any form of cricket may have posed a few question marks over the match fitness of Rohit Sharma, but not certainly not his class. The Mumbai Indians captain, after a rare failure in their first game, chose a hapless Kolkata Knight Riders attack on Wednesday evening in Abu Dhabi to show why he is regarded as one of the white ball giants of the modern game. It was his 37th half-century in IPL - which came in quite trying circumstances with the sapping heat and complete lack of match practice which seemed to be taking it’s toll on the man who had a dream 2019 season. Not willing to slacken the tempo which saw Mumbai drifting away in the first game, Rohit batted deep into their innings - getting out only in the 18th over by which time the champions were looking good for a handsome total. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in pictures UAE: Cricket fans watch Delhi Capitals face off against Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 in UAE: Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Rajasthan Royals defeat Chennai Super Kings in pictures Which one of his six sixes would be my pick? Well, they mostly came from the audacious pulls - a hallmark of the Rohit Sharma repertoire - but I would go for the two which he picked up against Pat Cummins. The Australian, one of the finest fast bowlers in the game today, had just come into the attack and Rohit dispatched two of his short deliveries over deep midwicket in regal fashion. One should spare a thought about Cummins, the costliest acquisition among overseas players in the last auction, who could not eventually complete his four overs and ended up with unflattering figures of 3-0-49-0. It must have been not easy for the Australian, who alongwith Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton, had completed their shortened quarantine on arrival from England only on Wednesday afternoon and was a part of the playing XI straightaway against a rampaging Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav. Much like most Australian pace bowlers, Cummins prefers to hit the deck and it remains to be seen how he improvises in these conditions in the coming matches. He is too good a bowler and has to give leadership to the largely inexperienced fast bowling unit of the Knights. Moving on, Brendon McCullum’s team has to take a hard look at their team composition if the Knights have to emulate their 2014 feat when the journey started from the UAE. I think they need to find a way of fitting Tom Banton in among the four foreigners - as the opening combination of young Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine looks a ragtag one for me. Narine, who had been tried by the team management for a couple of years now, can be used as an occasional gamble if the team is looking to chase a steep total - but it may be unfair to expect him to deliver against quality pace attacks consistently. It’s a tricky proposition, but Banton is a player who was being compared to Kevin Pietersen the other day by KKR’s chief mentor David Hussey. It’s still early days, so let’s wait and watch!

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UAE Team Emirates’ Pogacar promises the best is yet to come after Tour de France triumph

Dubai: Tour de France’s latest champion Tadej Pogacar has promised his best is yet to come for his UAE Team Emirates. Pogacar, who turned 22 on Monday, upstaged hot favourite and fellow countryman Primoz Roglic to win his first Major and become the first-ever Slovenian to win Le Tour and the youngest winner since 1904, while also picking up the King of the Mountains and Best Young Rider jerseys. SEE MORE IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in pictures IPL 2020 in UAE: Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and David Warner arrive in UAE IPL 2020 in UAE: Fans in Dubai enjoy opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: Cool runnings from Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab Going into Saturday’s penultimate stage, Roglic had nearly a minute lead over a younger rider from UAE Team Emirates. But, the 30-year-old Roglic succumbed to a meltdown as Pogacar rode his heart out to reverse the order and snatch an unbeatable 59-secs lead heading into Sunday’s largely processional final stage in the shadow of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. “Now that I have won the Tour de France, I will surely need to find some other relevant goals. One of these is definitely going to be prepared all the time to try to defend my title next year,” Pogacar told Gulf News in a chat on Wednesday. “Of course, there is the World Championships next week (in Como, Italy), and that’s going to my next big goal. “And in the future, I want to be at my best and try to win the Tour again and some of the Monument races and the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta (Spain) as well.” UAE officials hail Pogacar’s grand feat for UAE Team Emirates Tour de France win: UAE’s arrival on the big stage Cycling: UAE’s birthday boy Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France, capping dramatic comeback UAE wins Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar youngest post WWII champion The finish from Pogacar brought to mind historical flashes of drama reminiscent of the 1989 Tour, when Greg LeMond unexpectedly overhauled Laurent Fignon in a final-day time trial to win by eight seconds. Richie Porte of Trek-Segafredo was also assured of a spot on the podium in Paris after nestling in third place, three minutes and 30 seconds away from the leader. Pogacar won Stage 20, a clear 1.21 minutes ahead of Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma teammate Tom Dumoulin, while Porte climbed to third overall after finishing in third place on the stage. Much had been expected of Roglic who had been tipped a firm favourite alongside defending champion Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers. But Bernal abandoned the race before Stage 17 following a disastrous climb up the Grand Colombier on Stage 15 after losing more than seven minutes to Roglic. “For sure, this was a race that decided the old generation from the new,” Pogacar said. “There have been a lot of new riders coming through since the past couple of years. They are strong and they are motivated. Last season was good for young riders like me and others and this year has been amazing with this win. I reckon this tussle will continue for the next few years, maybe another ten years and then we will be back to the same situation wherein the youngsters will try and replace the older ones.” In addition to all the records and accolades, Pogacar picked up a cheque for 500,000 euros (Dh2.175 million) for the yellow jersey, another 25,000 euros for the ‘King of the Mountains’ award, and a further 20,000 euros for being the best-placed young rider. “Not only was it the first win for Slovenia, but it was also the second place. The whole country is like a big casino now. They are all going crazy about this. Everyone is happy and celebrating,” Pogacar said. “But for me, it is about staying safe and healthy with my girlfriend [Urska Zigart — also a cyclist] in our apartment in Monaco before heading off for the World Championships and the Belgian Classics after that.”

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Live coverage of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match

IPL|: Abu Dhabi: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the only team to have not played a match so far, will be keen to get off to a winning start against holders Mumbai Indians at the UAE capital’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium today. Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai brigade, meanwhile, will be smarting under the first match loss to Chennai Super Kings and will want to come hard against Dinesh Karthik’s men – who are expected to have some first match jitters. Last season, they missed the play-offs by a narrow margin – Sunrisers Hyderabad had same points as them but progressed on the basis of a better net run-rate. Click here to see the live scoreboard With the Abu Dhabi wicket offering a tinge of grass in the first two matches, the match may see a speed duel between KKR’s Australian tearaway Pat Cummins and New Zealander Trent Boult of MI. Follow our live coverage… General view of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, before the match. Image Credit: Sportzpics for bcci Read more IPL 2020 in UAE: Kolkata Knight Riders brace for a tough opener against Mumbai Indians IPL 2020 in UAE: Dhoni at No. 4 would have helped the chase of Chennai Super Kings IPL 2020 in UAE: You can turn from hero to villain quickly, says Marcus Stoinis IPL 2020 in UAE: Brendon McCullum, the ultimate Knight of the IPL IPL 2020 in UAE: Chahal waves the magic wand for Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2020 in UAE: Boult relishing the challenge of bowling to Russell