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Football

MLS extends moratorium on matches to June 8 due to coronavirus

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer said on Friday it extended its moratorium on matches until at least June 8 because of the coronavirus outbreak and is exploring a number of ways to play the entire 2020 season.

Football

Time running out on hopes for full season, says MLS

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer is still planning to play a full season but said on Tuesday that it could soon run out of available dates due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Football

National Women's Soccer League delays season, training

(Reuters) - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is extending its training moratorium and delaying the April 18 start of its regular season to follow guidelines released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nine-team professional league said on Friday.

Rugby

England lock Parling joins axe-threatened Melbourne Rebels

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Melbourne Rebels, one of two Australian Super Rugby clubs threatened with the axe, said on Tuesday they had signed former England lock Geoff Parling for next season.

Rugby

Rugby - ARU still committed to axing Super Rugby team, no decision close

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia Rugby Union Chairman Cameron Clyne on Monday refused to rule out the prospect of all five Super Rugby franchises surviving into next season but said the governing body remained committed to the process of removing one.

Other Sport

Anti-doping group calls for blanket ban on Russia

(Reuters) - The association of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) on Tuesday called for a blanket ban on Russia from all international sport until the country can demonstrate it has installed and embraced a credible anti-doping system.

Other Sport

Brazil mulls emergency loan to Rio de Janeiro ahead of Olympics

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil is considering an emergency loan to the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in less than two months, two senior government officials familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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Olympic champ backs IOC threat to ban India

NEW DELHI: India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra on Sunday lashed out at the country's sports officials, saying an Olympic ban could be a blessing in disguise.