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COVID-19: PREMIER LEAGUE SUSPENDED

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The FA of England says that it "remains committed" to finding a way in which to conclude the season and is open to playing up until the end of June. In their recent statement issued, the governing body confirmed that there will be no professional football in England, including the Premier League, until at least April 30 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Initially, fixtures in the country were suspended until the weekend of April 3-5 as a minimum , but this has been extended as the UK battles the pandemic, with more than 2,500 cases confirmed in the country. The FA released a statement on Thursday, which said: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19.
With all games suspended, the Covid-19 outbreak has delayed Liverpool's Premier League celebrations. They are currently on top of the table and need six more points to s…

PERAK BEAT PJ CITY TO TAKE SECOND PLACE

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Perak moved to the second position in Liga Super after beating PJ City 2-0 at Perak Stadium. The Bos Gaurus showed their superiority playing on home turf by getting goals in both halves.
Perak took-off with a good start by dominating the match. Mehmet Durokovic named seven young players in his starting line-up. Shahrul Saad broke the deadlock in the 24th minute with a powerful header to give the home team the lead. PJ City tried to find the equaliser, but Perak held on until the break.

As the match resumed, the Bos Gaurus continued their domination. Thierry Chanta Bin scored Perak's second goal of the night with a nice freekick in the 63rd minute. The crowd went crazy and the score remained until the final whitle. The win lifted Perak to the second place in Liga Super, followed by Melaka United with just one point adrift. 

NEW ZEALAND BEAT AUSTRALIA IN CANADA SEVENS FINAL

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New Zealand hung on to win a tense final at the HSBC Canada Sevens in front of another bumper crowd at BC Place in Vancouver. The All Blacks Sevens’ 17-14 victory over rivals Australia means they stretch their lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings to 11 points after six rounds of the competition. The silver medal represents Australia’s best result of the Series so far and their second podium finish following bronze in Hamilton.
The final was a see-saw affair, which included three yellow cards, but ultimately a pair of tries from Joe Ravouvou sealed the victory for New Zealand who duly performed their famous Haka in celebration after receiving their medals.
The All Blacks Sevens reached the final courtesy of a dominant 17-5 quarter-final victory over Fiji before seeing off last year’s HSBC Canada Sevens champions South Africa, running in five tries to win a high quality semi-final 27-15.
Hosts Canada were outstanding throughout the weekend and brought the huge…

SIMSBY SEALS SENSATIONAL PLAYOFF VICTORY AT THE BANDAR MALAYSIA OPEN

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American Trevor Simsby picked up his first Asian Tour title after sinking a four-foot birdie putt to emerge triumphant on the second play-off hole against Andrew Dodt of Australia at the weather shortened Bandar Malaysia Open on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Simsby, who earned his 2020 Asian Tour card after capping a commendable season on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year, opted for an aggressive style of play in his three trips down the 18th hole which clearly paid off for him at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.
He went for the green on the par-five, 565-yard hole but found himself in the right rough in regulation play. He then hit his third shot to the green and two-putted for par to sign for a closing two-under-par 70 and a 13-under-par 203 total.

Simsby, who played in the second last group, endured an agonising wait in the clubhouse before countryman Jarin Todd and Australian Andrew Dodt matched his efforts by carding rounds of 70 and 72 respectively in the prestigious US…

SOUTH AFRICA STAGE INCREDIBLE COMEBACK TO CLAIM LOS ANGELES SEVENS TITLE

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South Africa staged an incredible comeback to win the HSBC Los Angeles Sevens with a thrilling 29-24 extra-time victory over Olympic Champions Fiji. In a repeat of the final from the previous round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, it was South Africa who this time triumphed thanks to an extra time try from Sakoyisa Makata after the scores had finished level at full time 24-24.

Fiji opened the final strongly with three unanswered tries in the first five minutes, but the Blitzboks clawed back the scoreline and equalised with a converted try by Branco Du Preez in the final minute of normal time. Earlier in the day South Africa won a hard-fought quarter-final against hosts USA with a last minute try from JC Pretorius edging them home 12-10 much to the disappointment of the exuberant Los Angeles crowd, which was being orchestrated by celebrity actor David Hasselhoff. In the semi-final the Blitzboks produced a dominant display to beat current Series leaders New Zealand 17-0.…

KENNEDY STORMS BACK TO WIN NEW ZEALAND OPEN

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Brad Kennedy returned to the winner’s circle again when he signed for a stunning eight-under-par 63 to win the 101st New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sport on Sunday. The Australian had won New Zealand’s prestigious National Open in 2011 and held aloft its prized trophy for the second time after overcoming a two-shot deficit to pip compatriot Lucas Herbert to the title with his winning total of 21-under-par 264 at the Millbrook Resort
Herbert, who won the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour in January, was seemingly in control of winning his second title in two months. However, a costly double-bogey on 13 pegged him back momentarily before he battled back gallantly with three straight birdies from the 15th hole. Standing on the 18th tee, Herbert still had a chance to at least force a play-off with Kennedy but hit his shot into the water which effectively cost him the title. Herbert’s closing bogey meant he would end the week in second place, two shots ahead of fellow countrym…

JAPAN CLINCH WORLD RUGBY SEVENS CHALLENGER SERIES IN URUGUAY

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Japan defeated Uruguay 5-0 in an unforgettable final at Montevideo's Estadio CharrĂșa, bringing to an end the second tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in South America. After 22 minutes of rugby where both sides cancelled each other out, Japan captain Chihito Matsui finally managed to break the deadlock when he scored in the second half of sudden-death extra-time.

Following both rounds of the Challenger Series events hosted in Chile and Uruguay, Japan are top of the standings on 39 points, followed by Hong Kong in second and Germany in third place with Chile sitting in fourth position. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series focuses on the development of the next generation of sevens stars from emerging sevens nations featuring 13 core teams who compete over two rounds alongside three invitational teams.