Danish players criticise decision to resume game after Eriksen collapse
Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Martin Braithwaite on Monday lamented that they had to choose whether to restart the Denmark-Finland Euro 2020 match while they were reeling from Christian Eriksen's mid-game collapse.
Swinging ball could be a problem for Rohit Sharma: Scott Styris
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris feels India opener Rohit Sharma might find it difficult to negotiate the swinging ball during the World Test Championship final against the Kiwis, beginning in Southampton on June 18.
Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all?
Novak Djokovic's French Open triumph, which made him only the third man to win all four majors twice and took him halfway to a rare calendar Grand Slam, has reignited the debate over who is the greatest male player of all time.
Eriksen in 'good spirits', remains under observation: Agent
Christian Eriksen's agent has said the Danish player is in "good spirits" but anxious to find out the cause of his cardiac arrest during his country's opening Euro 2020 game. "We spoke this morning (Sunday). He was joking, and in good spirits, I found him well," Martin Schoots told Italian media on Monday. "He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation," said the doctor.
Fewer opportunities to mingle and more in Olympic Village
Tokyo Olympic organisers plan to give away about 150,000 condoms at next month's Games, but are telling athletes to take them home rather than use them in the Olympic village where social distancing rules and coronavirus measures are the top priority.
Want to pay tribute to COVID warriors by winning medal in Tokyo: Manpreet Singh
Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh says they will leave no stone unturned to end their four decade-long medal drought at the Tokyo Olympics and has vowed to dedicate the achievement to the country's COVID warriors.
There are a lot of battles we fight within ourselves: Krunal Pandya
As a travelling athlete, life was already tough. Staying away from family, sometimes for months on end, living pretty much out of suitcases in hotel rooms, while having to stay completely focused on the job at hand. Not allowing your focus to waver at all. After all international sport can be an unforgiving entity. And now the bio-bubbles have made that life tougher.
French Open done and dusted, Novak Djokovic on track for calendar Slam
Novak Djokovic has a real shot at becoming the first man in more than 50 years to win all four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year after the Serb added the French Open to his Australian Open title on Sunday, seven-times major winner Mats Wilander said.
Rohit would want to prove himself against the moving ball in England: Panesar
Though there are multiple opener options that the team management can pick from, most experts would say that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are the prime picks for the two opening slots in a match that is being compared to a World Cup final and one where the two best Test teams in the world currently, going by ICC team ranking, will clash.
'I knew I could do it,' says Djokovic as 52-year landmark falls
Novak Djokovic said he never doubted he could launch a dramatic fightback from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's French Open final and claim a 19th Grand Slam title and become the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice.
Southampton curator aims for 'pace, bounce and carry' in WTC final pitch
Both India and New Zealand have high quality pace bowlers and the head groundsman at Southampton Simon Lee wants them to be in the game at all times. "Pitch preparation for this Test is a little simpler as we are a neutral venue, we are guided by the ICC, but we all want is a good pitch that offers an even contest between the teams," Lee said.
Euro 2020 Group E match preview: After COVID-19 scare, Spain ready to face Sweden
Football|: Seville: It was only a week ago that Spain received some bad news that could have jeopardized its participation in the European Championship. Captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the coronavirus and the national team suddenly faced the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak. Busquets left the team’s training camp and the rest of the squad had to go into isolation. Everyone had to be tested and retested. Spain coach Luis Enrique had to hastily put together a parallel squad in case more players were infected. Personalized training routines were put into place. The team’s final warm-up match had to be played with an under-21 squad. Fears increased when a second player, defender Diego Llorente, tested positive a few days later, and Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales said more positive results were likely. More players were pulled away from their vacations to join the parallel training bubble. Tournament delayed It was a grim outlook for “La Roja” on the eve of the tournament that was delayed for a year because of the pandemic. But normalcy was somehow restored for Spain ahead of its Group E opener against Sweden on Monday in Seville. Little by little, the good news started trickling in. Llorente’s test result turned out to be a false-positive. The government rushed in to vaccinate the entire squad. Players were allowed to practice together again after tests kept coming back negative. Spain will be much closer to full strength when it takes on the Swedes at La Cartuja Stadium. “It was a difficult week, no doubt about that,” Luis Enrique said Sunday. “I think one important thing as a human being is the capacity to adapt, and we are in that moment to think about the future with hope.” Jordi Alba, who will be Spain’s captain on Monday in the absence of Busquets, said the squad was prepared despite the setbacks. “Everyone is doing well,” Alba said. “We are motivated and in good physical condition despite everything that happened.” Players and coaches for Spain and Sweden offered messages of support for Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who was recovering after collapsing on Saturday. “When something like this happens, there’s no such thing as rivals or different nationalities,” Sweden captain Sebastian Larsson said. “He’s a colleague and a fellow human being.” Before practicing on Sunday, Sweden players and coaches lined up behind a banner with the message: “Keep fighting, Christian.” Sweden's manager Janne Andersson, center, speaks to his players during a training session at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, Sunday, June 13, 2021. Sweden will play against Spain on Monday for the Group E of the Euro 2020 soccer championship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Image Credit: AP Sweden also had to deal with setbacks because of the coronavirus. Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg tested positive last week and had to go into isolation. They won’t be available to play on Monday, and neither will Busquets. The Barcelona player had taken over as captain of the national team after Luis Enrique decided not to call up veteran Sergio Ramos because he was plagued by injuries this season. Sweden will be without its own veteran star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who ended his five-year international retirement in March but had to rule himself out of Euro 2020 because of a knee injury. It was because of the virus that the match will be played in Seville instead of Bilbao, the Spanish city originally picked as host. But the high contagion rate of the virus in the northern part of the country forced UEFA to change venues. Group matches About 16,000 fans will be able to attend matches at La Cartuja in the southern city of Seville, where Spain will also play its other group matches against Poland and Slovakia. A quarterfinal match will also be played at La Cartuja. Local officials removed the requirement for fans to show a negative test to attend matches after many complained they were not told of the requirement at the time of purchase. Luis Enrique didn’t say who would be replacing Busquets, the only player remaining in the squad that was in Spain’s World Cup-winning team in 2010. Manchester City player Rodri Hernandez was the likely substitute in the midfield. “We would have loved to be able to count on Busquets, but these things happen with other teams as well,” Luis Enrique said. “We can’t complain, we don’t have any excuses. We have a very good team and we are thrilled about making our debut.”