India asks two states to consider night curfews amid COVID spike

India has asked the states of Kerala and Maharashtra to consider night curfews in areas with high COVID-19 case numbers as the country reported more than 40,000 new infections for two days in a row on Friday. Cases fell to a five-month low of 25,166 in the middle of the month but have risen sharply in the last three days, mainly in Kerala that recently celebrated a big festival during which families typically come together. India reported 44,658 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, taking the…

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Live match preview – Wolves vs Man Utd 29.08.2021

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Man Utd in the Premier League on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm. Team news Wolves could have defensive duo Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly available after hamstring injuries but Pedro Neto and Jonny (both knee) remain out. Daniel Podence will be hoping to feature after returning from a groin problem to score in Tuesday’s 4-0 Carabao Cup win at Nottingham Forest. Manchester United will be without midfielder Scott McTominay, who underwent groin surgery earlier this week and joins goalkeeper Dean Henderson (recovering…

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Paralympic cheats stopped me winning gold

British swimmer Dan Pepper had always dreamed of competing at the Paralympic Games but the opportunity was taken from him, he says, when a ban was imposed on intellectual impairment sports in the Paralympics. The ban came into force after a huge scandal at Sydney 2000, when the Spanish basketball team were found to have cheated their way to gold. It was discovered that of the 12 players, only two were genuinely disabled. Although the ban was lifted in 2009 for certain sports, there are still fewer medals available for…

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Erling Haaland scores late winner as Borussia Dortmund down Hoffenheim – European round-up | Football News

Striker Erling Haaland fired a stoppage-time winner to give Borussia Dortmund a thrilling 3-2 win over Hoffenheim on Friday that lifted them to the top of the Bundesliga standings. Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric hit the woodwork with a third-minute shot and his team-mate Oliver Baumann pulled off a great save to deny Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna as the game started at a frantic pace. It was a sign of things to come as Dortmund withstood a barrage of crosses early in the second half before mounting an attack down the left…

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COVID-19 not a dangerous disease – SB

COVID-19 was not a dangerous disease and most of the deaths were caused by the extreme fear of the virus, SLPP MP S.B. Dissanayake said yesterday addressing a press conference. Dissanayake said that people were unnecessarily worried about COVID-19 and that it was only the sixth highest cause of death in the world, he said. “The WHO did a recent study about leading causes of death in recent months. Most people have died from cancer. This is followed by smoking, alcohol abuse, suicide and malaria. COVID only comes after them,”…

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Vitality Blast: Kent Spitfires beat Birmingham Bears to ensure Finals Day is an all-South Group affair | Cricket News

Kent join Sussex, Hampshire and Somerset at Vitality Blast Finals Day on September 18 as South Group sides complete quarter-final clean sweep; Spitfires post 162-7 as Sam Billings and Daniel Bell-Drummond strike fifties before Bears dismissed for 141 in reply at Canterbury Last Updated: 27/08/21 10:32pm Sam Billings scored a half-century as Kent beat Birmingham to reach Vitality Blast Finals Day Sam Billings and Daniel Bell-Drummond fired fifties before Kent Spitfires’ spinners shredded Birmingham Bears’ top order to ensure Vitality Blast Finals Day will be an all-South Group affair for…

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David Allen stops Andrea Pesce in second round as British heavyweight makes winning return from retirement | Boxing News

David Allen ruthlessly stopped Andrea Pesce in the second round as the British heavyweight made an explosive return from retirement in Sheffield. The Doncaster man ended an 18-month absence from the ring with a dominant victory as he floored his Italian opponent on two occasions before the bout was waved off at Ponds Forge Arena. Allen had told Sky Sports that he intended to “surprise” his heavyweight rivals if he made a winning return. “To be honest, I don’t know what’s left,” said Allen. “I’m a bit older, got a…

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Mali ex-PM Boubeye Maiga arrested over corruption claims

Mali’s former prime minister, Boubeye Maiga, has been arrested for his role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, his lawyer has said. The exact reason for the arrest was not clear, but it was related to Mali’s purchase of a jet in 2014 for $40m, his lawyer, Kassoum Tapo, told the Reuters news agency by phone on Thursday, without giving further detail. “We have not seen the case file and until then we cannot speak…

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Craig Overton insists England still remain confident of levelling the series against India at Headingley | Cricket News

Josh Gorton Comment & Analysis India reached 215-2 at stumps on day three, trailing England by 139 runs after Joe Root’s men boasted a first-innings lead of 354; coverage of day four begins at 10:15am on Sky Sports Cricket Last Updated: 27/08/21 8:21pm Craig Overton has picked up four wickets on his Test return, having also made 32 with the bat in the first innings Craig Overton insists England are still in a great position to level their five-match series against India, despite a spirited rearguard action from India’s top…

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Valtteri Bottas or George Russell for Mercedes? Sky Sports F1 pundits debate key 2022 decision

It’s one of the most eagerly-awaited driver decisions in recent years: Will Mercedes pick Valtteri Bottas to remain as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate, or promote young gun George Russell to form an all-British line-up? The drivers have been giving little away, the team are keeping shtum… so how about a Sky Sports F1 debate to discuss who should get one of motorsport’s most coveted seats in 2022? Martin Brundle, Paul Di Resta, Karun Chandhok and David Croft joined Natalie Pinkham for an extensive chat at the Belgian GP, looking at the…

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Ranil against recognising Afghanistan under Taliban rule

By LATHEEF FAROOK This is in response to UNP leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe cautioning the government against recognising the new Taliban government in Afghanistan. This was disappointing, especially in the context of the absence of such statements from Mr. Wickrmesinghe who, as prime minister, refused to condemn the US invasion of Iraq, a friendly country to Sri Lanka, with regard to US-European and Israeli global terrorism, and war crimes on Muslim countries which make Taliban look like an angel. The Taliban are sons of the soil. They…

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Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United: Gary Neville says Portuguese gives club hope of great season ahead | Football News

Gary Neville says the return of Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo to the club will give supporters hope of a great season ahead. United have agreed to re-sign the Portuguese forward from Juventus on a two-year deal and Neville says Ronaldo, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League when he was first at the club, can give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the boost they need to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for major honours this season. Ronaldo had seemed on course to…

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Daily COVID cases count hits 4,591 today

Daily COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka exceeded 4,000 for the sixth consecutive day today (August 27) as 779 more people were tested positive for the virus. According to official data, 4,591 novel coronavirus infections in total were detected within the day. The Government Information Department stated that 4,561 of the latest cases were associated with the New Year Cluster and the remaining 30 have been identified as arrivals from foreign countries. The new development brought Sri Lanka’s confirmed COVID-19 cases tally to 416,961. At present, 55,399 active cases are…

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