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Golf: Australia Open cancelled for first time in 75 years

Friday, 2020-10-16 10:00:31
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Marc Leishman of Australia hits from a sand trap on the seventh hole during third round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, US, Apr 7, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Australia Open will be absent from the sporting calendar for the first time since World War II this season after Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia cancelled all of their top events on Friday (Oct 16) because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 105th edition of the country's oldest and most prestigious tournament, scheduled to take place at Melbourne's Kingston Heath Golf Club, had already been postponed from its usual slot in November.

* Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting enjoyed a successful Bayern Munich debut, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-0 win over amateurs Dueren in the German Cup first round on Thursday (Oct 15).

* Multiple world swimming champion Federica Pellegrini has contracted COVID-19, the Italian said in a social media post on Thursday (Oct 15). The 32-year-old, who intends to take part in her fifth and final Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, was due to leave for the International Swimming League event in Budapest but felt unwell after training on Wednesday.

* European soccer clubs could lose an estimated €5.2-6.3 billion (US$6.1-7.4 billion) in revenues due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, European Club Association Chairman Andrea Agnelli said on Thursday.

* Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Aragon MotoGP. Rossi, who travelled back to his to his home in Tavullia, Italy after last weekend's French Grand Prix, confirmed on Thursday he woke up with slight fever and underwent two tests for COVID-19.

* The English Football League, representing the three divisions below the Premier League, has rejected a 50 million pounds (US$65 million) COVID-19 bail-out offer from the top flight, the EFL said on Thursday. The Premier League made the offer on Wednesday, specifying the money was for the bottom two tiers, League One and League Two, and not for second-tier Championship clubs.

* Ecuador's Jhonatan Narvaez soloed his way to victory on a rain-drenched 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday (Oct 15) to give Ineos Grenadiers their third win in this year's race.

* Paris Saint-Germain will be without injured Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi for their opening Champions League group match against Manchester United, coach Thomas Tuchel announced Thursday (Oct 15).

* Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon winner, has been banned for four years due to an Athlete Biological Passport violation, the sport's independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said. Wanjiru, who has denied any wrongdoing, was provisionally suspended in April.

* Son Heung-min has helped Tottenham Hotspur past Manchester United to become the most popular foreign club in South Korea with more than 20% of the nation now allied to the North London side, according to Nielsen Fan Insights.

* Japan will allow baseball fans to pack into a near-full stadium to test coronavirus containment measures, the economy minister said Thursday (Oct 15), as the country seeks ways to safely hold mass sports events ahead of the Olympics.

Reuters, CNA