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FIFA say loan restrictions set to come into force in July

Restrictions on the international loan of players are set to come into force in July as part of a wide-ranging reform of the transfer system, FIFA said on Thursday.

Soccer: Uncertainty hangs over Serie A as Juve host Inter

The most eagerly-awaited Serie A match of the season takes place on Sunday when leaders Juventus host third-placed Inter Milan yet, like the rest of the programme, uncertainty hangs over the match due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Soccer: Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round 28 of the Premier League on Feb. 28-March 1 (games at 1500 GMT unless stated):

Soccer: Champions League hopes add spice to Everton v Man United clash

The tight and unpredictable battle for Champions League places provides Everton and Manchester United with some extra motivation for their Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Cricket: Warner returns as Sunrisers captain for IPL 2020

Sunrisers Hyderabad have named Australia batsman David Warner as captain for the 2020 season, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise said on Thursday.

Low on snow: Japan's Olympic cooling plans on thin ice

A plan to use snow collected in Japan's mountains to cool 2020 Olympics venues this summer is being stymied by snowfalls on track to be the lowest on record, according to officials involved.

Pessimism surrounds 'Clasico' after European disappointments

Sunday's 'Clasico' between Real Madrid and Barcelona may have huge ramifications on La Liga's title race but poor showings in the Champions League mean the fixture is lacking its usual billing as a battle between the two best teams in the world.

Low on snow: Japan's Olympic cooling plans on thin ice

A plan to use snow collected in Japan's mountains to cool 2020 Olympics venues this summer is being stymied by snowfalls on track to be the lowest on record, according to officials involved.

IOC president 'fully committed' to holding Olympics on schedule - media

The International Olympic Committee is "fully committed" to holding the Tokyo Olympics on schedule despite the coronavirus outbreak, IOC President Thomas Bach told Japanese media in a conference call on Thursday, Kyodo news agency reported.

Soccer: Liverpool announce 42 million pound pre-tax profit for last season

Premier League leaders Liverpool announced on Thursday a pre-tax profit of 42 million pounds ($54.57 million) and increased turnover of 533 million pounds for last season's Champions League-winning campaign.

Factbox - Sports events hit by the coronavirus epidemic

The following is a list of international sports events hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Wrestling: Bulgaria's Nazaryan aims to follow in father's footsteps

Bulgarian Greco-Roman wrestler Edmond "Eddie" Nazaryan is determined to emulate his father and stand on top of the Olympic Games podium with a gold medal hung around his neck.

India sprint into Twenty20 World Cup semis, Australia thrash Bangladesh

India became the first team to reach the Women's Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals on Thursday after beating New Zealand by three runs to register a third successive victory at the tournament.

Sarri says he is struggling to impose his style on Juventus

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri is struggling to impose his style of play on the Turin side and his frustration came out into the open again after a poor performance in their Champions League defeat to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday.

AIBA cancels European Forum amid coronavirus fears

The international boxing federation (AIBA) has cancelled its European forum, which was scheduled to take place in the Italian town of Assisi on Saturday, amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak, AIBA said on Thursday.

Shooting: India cancels pre-Olympic base in Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

The Indian shooting federation has dropped Italy as a training venue for its shooters and also cancelled plans to set up a pre-Olympic base in South Korea following the coronavirus outbreak, its president told Reuters on Thursday.

AFC to hold emergency summit as coronavirus plays havoc

The Asian Football Confederation will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss contingency plans for holding World Cup and Olympic qualifiers as well as the Asian Champions League as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc across the continent.

Hungary's Honved suspends Italian coach as coronavirus precaution

Hungarian club Honved have suspended their Italian coach Giuseppe Sannino as a precaution because of the new coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

West Ham's Fredericks undergoes shoulder surgery

West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks has undergone right shoulder surgery that will keep him out for around six weeks, the Premier League club said.

De Bruyne leads remarkable Man City comeback win in Madrid

Manchester City finally produced a Champions League performance worthy of their status as one of European football's elite clubs by beating Real Madrid 2-1 away in Wednesday's last-16 first leg after pulling off a stunning late fightback.