Argentina’s second city resumes lockdown after virus cases spike

Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina's second city Cordoba has rolled back on the easing of lockdown measures following a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, authorities said Tuesday. Social isolation measures have been in place in Argentina since March 20, but some local and regional authorities were allowed to relax those, particularly in areas with few cases. … Continue reading Argentina’s second city resumes lockdown after virus cases spike

Tour de France preceeded by several warm up races

Paris (AFP) Several races will be staged in the run up to the rescheduled Tour de France which starts at the end of August, an updated cycling calendar revealed on Tuesday. As the ban on the sport is lifted the first race in France will be the Route d'Occitanie between August 1-4 followed by a … Continue reading Tour de France preceeded by several warm up races

League-by-league guide to the return of football around Europe

Paris (AFP) With the German Bundesliga having become the first major European league to resume following the two-month coronavirus shutdown and more and more countries now planning to follow suit, AFP Sport casts a glance at the situation across the continent: - Leagues restarting - The German Bundesliga returned at the weekend to play out … Continue reading League-by-league guide to the return of football around Europe

Researchers find ancient rooms under Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Jerusalem (AFP) Israeli researchers on Tuesday unveiled mysterious underground rooms with an unknown function, carved out of the bedrock near where the Second Jewish Temple is believed to have stood two millennia ago. The discovery was made when Israeli students from a pre-military college were excavating a large, lavish Byzantine-era structure from some 1,400 years … Continue reading Researchers find ancient rooms under Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Five takeaways from the WHO assembly

Geneva (AFP) The World Health Organization concluded its virtual annual meeting on Tuesday at which member states resolved to launch an independent investigation into the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are five takeaways from the WHO's two-day World Health Assembly: The coronavirus pandemic forced the WHO to shorten its annual meeting to two … Continue reading Five takeaways from the WHO assembly

Marseille offer coach Villas-Boas new contract amid doubts over future

Marseille (AFP) Marseille have offered coach Andre Villas-Boas a two-year contract extension, the French club announced on Tuesday, amid widespread reports that the Portuguese is set to leave after just one season in charge. A Marseille statement said the club wished to put right "erroneous" media reports about a new contract offer and confirmed Villas-Boas … Continue reading Marseille offer coach Villas-Boas new contract amid doubts over future

German FA, Bayern want salary cap for ‘credible’ football

Berlin (AFP) German FA president Fritz Keller and Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge want to propose a salary cap to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, it was revealed on Tuesday. "There are absurd salaries and transfer fees that are no longer credible," Keller, boss of the German Football Association (DFB), told reporters. Fritz Keller (R), president … Continue reading German FA, Bayern want salary cap for ‘credible’ football

In virus-hit eastern France, masked dancers get back to work

Mulhouse (France) (AFP) In Mulhouse in eastern France, particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, professional dancers are getting back to work, practising pirouettes in their long-abandoned studio -- but no pas-de-deux. With an easing of France's strict coronavirus lockdown last week after two months of home confinement, the ballet performers of the Opera National du … Continue reading In virus-hit eastern France, masked dancers get back to work

Abattoirs could be coronavirus factories, experts warn

Paris (AFP) As coronavirus clusters in slaughterhouses around the world continue to multiply, health experts are calling for better virus monitoring to prevent further infection. How many cases? Slaughterhouses are shutting down across the United States after thousands of cases were confirmed. In Germany, more than 90 cases were discovered in a Saxony slaughterhouse in … Continue reading Abattoirs could be coronavirus factories, experts warn

Bundesliga restart draws criticism from German sports community

Berlin (AFP) The restart of the Bundesliga last weekend has drawn criticism from the sports community in football-mad Germany with world champion rower Oliver Zeidler branding it "a joke" and criticised an "insane system". "It's a joke," Zeidler told AFP subsidiary SID. German rower Oliver Zeidler says it is "a joke" that the Bundesliga has … Continue reading Bundesliga restart draws criticism from German sports community

Man City’s European ban appeal to be held June 8-10

Lausanne (AFP) Manchester City's appeal against a two-season ban from European competition by UEFA will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport from June 8-10, the Swiss court confirmed on Tuesday. The reigning English champions are accused of committing "serious breaches" of UEFA's financial fair play regulations by overstating sponsorship revenue in its … Continue reading Man City’s European ban appeal to be held June 8-10

Canada, US border closure extended until June 21 – Trudeau

Ottawa (AFP) The Canada-US border will remain closed to all non-essential travel for another month, until June 21, to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. The world's longest international frontier at 8,900 kilometers (5,500 miles) was closed to travellers on March 21, but trade in goods has continued. … Continue reading Canada, US border closure extended until June 21 – Trudeau