Turkish Super Lig resumes after three-month suspension

Istanbul (AFP) Turkey's Super Lig resumed officially on Friday with two games played behind closed doors, after a nearly three-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak. The first game was played in Istanbul between Fenerbahce and Kayserispor at 1800 GMT, and the other in western Turkey between Goztepe and Trabzonspor who are currently at the … Continue reading Turkish Super Lig resumes after three-month suspension

Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to film hospitals

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Critics slammed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Friday after he called on supporters to film videos inside their local hospitals to prove they have not been overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The far-right leader urged his backers Thursday to "find a way to get inside and film" to see whether intensive care … Continue reading Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to film hospitals

Juve v AC Milan cup semi-final kick-off signals return of Italian football

Rome (AFP) Football returned to Italy after three months away on Friday when Juventus and AC Milan kicked off in the second leg of their Italian Cup semi-final in Turin. The match at the Allianz Stadium, on the day Italy would have kicked off Euro 2020 in Rome had the tournament not been postponed for … Continue reading Juve v AC Milan cup semi-final kick-off signals return of Italian football

Wenger wants players pay lowered to tackle football’s virus fallout

Paris (AFP) Arsene Wenger said on Friday football needs to tackle inflated player pay if it is to bounce back from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, saying "thousands" of clubs across Europe risk extinction. Former Arsenal coach Wenger warned a reduction in wages was needed in the wake of the billions set to be … Continue reading Wenger wants players pay lowered to tackle football’s virus fallout

NASA names first woman to head human spaceflight

Washington (AFP) The NASA official who managed the inaugural private crewed flight into space last month has been promoted to become the first female head of human spaceflight, the agency said Friday, as it prepares to return people to the Moon in 2024. "Kathy Lueders has been selected to lead @NASA's Human Exploration & Operations … Continue reading NASA names first woman to head human spaceflight

Premier League approves kneeling protests, ‘Black Lives Matter’ on shirts

London (AFP) The Premier League will support players taking a knee before or during matches in protest against racial discrimination, while "Black Lives Matter" will replace player names on the back of shirts for the first 12 games of the league's restart next week. "The League supports the players' wish to have their names replaced … Continue reading Premier League approves kneeling protests, ‘Black Lives Matter’ on shirts

How Black Lives Matter is changing entertainment

Paris (AFP) In the few short weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police, the reinvigorated Black Lives Matter movement has rocked the entertainment landscape. We look at the some of the most dramatic changes it has sparked, from the temporary withdrawal of "Gone With the Wind" from HBO Max … Continue reading How Black Lives Matter is changing entertainment

Ukraine scientists see signs of hope after huge Chernobyl fires

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine) (AFP) Ukrainian scientist Oleksandr Borsuk looks bitterly at the charred trunks of old pine trees as the acrid smell of burnt wood hangs in the air. The scene he is taking in would not be out of place on the set of a sci-fi post-apocalyptic movie. Charred trees loom over a … Continue reading Ukraine scientists see signs of hope after huge Chernobyl fires

Greece reopens for tourists, but UK flights barred for now

Athens (AFP) As Greece prepares to reopen for foreign visitors in a bid to get its crucial tourism sector back on its feet, the government said Friday that flights from coronavirus hotspots such as Britain would not be allowed in, at least for now. Tourism minister Harry Theoharis said that while regular international passenger flights … Continue reading Greece reopens for tourists, but UK flights barred for now

Messi fit and ready for Barca return – Setien

Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi will know how to manage his own fitness through La Liga's rapid end to the season but has no injury problems ahead of Barcelona's return against Real Mallorca on Saturday, says coach Quique Setien. Messi missed three sessions last week with some discomfort in his thigh but has been back in … Continue reading Messi fit and ready for Barca return – Setien